Pak­ista­nis con­tinue to con­demn Achakzai

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS -

IT is en­cour­ag­ing that anti-Pak­istan re­marks, churned out by Mah­mood Khan Achakzai, leader of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP), at­tracted coun­try­wide con­dem­na­tion with de­mands for se­ri­ous no­tice of his com­ments made dur­ing an in­ter­view with an Afghan news­pa­per. PML(Q) leader Ch. Per­vaiz Elahi has also rightly pointed out that Achakzai vi­o­lated his oath by mak­ing re­marks against se­cu­rity and sol­i­dar­ity of the coun­try and that his out­bursts make him li­able to be pro­ceeded against Ar­ti­cle-6 of the Con­sti­tu­tion that re­lates to sedi­tion.

Strong re­ac­tion of the peo­ple against such a state­ment is quite un­der­stand­able as in the past too some so-called lead­ers and par­ties in­dulged in sim­i­lar rhetoric but Achakzai is, per­haps, ig­nor­ing what hap­pened to them and their phi­los­o­phy. Those talk­ing about break­ing of Pak­istan are be­ing dumped by the his­tory into per­ma­nent obliv­ion but Achakzai is try­ing to re­vive a cause that no one sup­ports. How­ever, it is sat­is­fy­ing that even in Balochis­tan, from where Achakzai be­longs, con­dem­na­tory state­ments from peo­ple be­long­ing to dif­fer­ent walks of life have been em­a­nat­ing dur­ing the last one week. All this re­ac­tion is un­der­stand­able be­cause sen­ti­ments of peo­ple have badly been bruised by the sedi­tious state­ment, as also is re­flected by large-scale con­dem­na­tion in the so­cial me­dia as well. It is, how­ever, sur­pris­ing, rather shock­ing, that the Gov­ern­ment and its in­sti­tu­tions have adopted a some­what shame­ful si­lence on the is­sue as if noth­ing has hap­pened. The at­ti­tude of the rul­ing PML(N) is un­der­stand­able as it can hardly af­ford to take a tough public stance against state­ment of the leader of an al­lied party and that too at this crit­i­cal junc­ture when it needs moral and phys­i­cal sup­port of other par­ties to ad­dress the po­lit­i­cal chal­lenge be­ing thrown by some op­po­si­tion par­ties in the garb of Panama Leaks. How­ever, it is all the more re­gret­table that the in­sti­tu­tions con­cerned have also pre­ferred a pol­icy of in­dif­fer­ence on a highly con­tentious is­sue. We be­lieve that a case should be in­sti­tuted against Achakzai, rel­e­vant agencies should in­ves­ti­gate whether this was an off-the-cough re­mark or part of the sin­is­ter de­sign against sol­i­dar­ity of the coun­try. Like­wise, the Supreme Court, which takes no­tice of a bot­tle of whisky in the pos­ses­sion of At­tiqa Odho, should also take suo moto no­tice of this re­bel­lious state­ment.

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