Sanity should prevail!
Court, hearing the petitions against PTI vis-à-vis threats to lockdown the capital, issued restraining orders to Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaaf (PTI) from locking down the federal capital. The order was given by the High Court’s judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui while hearing petitions filed against November 2 protest movement by the PTI. In his orders, the High Court said that fundamental rights of common man cannot be compromised in the name of protest.
The order said it is the right of political party to register protest but nobody could be allowed to siege the city. The order also directed the interior secretary not to allow placement of containers in the capital. It directed that the district administration should designate a specific place for the PTI public meeting, but the government as well the PTI appear to have ignored the orders. On Tuesday, Supreme Court will take up the issue of Panama Papers leak, and it is likely to decide about the admissibility of the petitions against the government. SC has taken another major step towards the Panama Leaks petition filed in the supreme court, and on Friday has established a five-member larger bench consisting of Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Hassan.
Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister for Information, Maula Bux Chandio said on Saturday that the federal government should accept four recent demands of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to save democracy and avert political crisis in the country. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has offered the government a way out of the prevailing crisis, suggesting that it should enact legislation to constitute a judicial commission to probe the Panamagate scandal before Nov 2. He added that if the government is serious, the joint session of Parliament can be convened and the said bill can be passed within half an hour. PPP also feels emboldened with the sacking of information minister, and to put the PML-N on the mat it has demanded that Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan should be sacked for the failure of implementation of National Action Plan.
Coming back to the news story by Cyril Almeida on national security aspects titled “Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians tell military,” was published in Dawn on October 06, 2016. The very title was provocative as if military was responsible for, what they say, isolation of Pakistan in the world. In such crucial times, when Pakistan is confronted with India’s jingoism and war mongering, a false story showing rift between military and civilian leadership could have devastating effects on the minds and hearts of patriotic Pakistanis. International media, especially Indian media has given prominent space to the news story and molded it to further enhance anti-Pakistan agenda in the comity of nations. In times of crisis, when all Pakistanis should get united, by publishing a fabricated story Daily Dawn tried to confuse the nation. In fact, the intro of the story was more damaging than the details.
Anyhow, the ruling and opposition parties should resolve the issues and focus on alleviating the miseries of the people. Members of the ruling elite, commentriat, analysts and panelists day in and day out recount the merits of democracy, but who will tell them that it is plutocracy and no democracy. Mostly jagirdars, waderas, khans and sardars make to the assemblies, who give overriding consideration to their personal interest over national interest. In fact it is the vested interest of the common people that sustains and lends the system and the government stability and longevity. But that interest is just not there in the present system. All politicians acknowledge the fact that change has got to come through transition, as political issues can be resolved through Parliament. But in the event the elected government fails to deliver, then it has to meet the wrath of the people.
Today, economic disparity, socio-economic injustice, political instability, internecine conflicts between politicians reminiscent of 1990s, rampant corruption, rising crime rate, energy crisis and ineffective criminal justice system especially in lower courts are the challenges facing the nation. In addition to ongoing war on terror, the nation faces threats on eastern and western fronts, which need to be met through unity and harmony between the pillars of the state. For six and a half decades, majority of the people are living in the gloom of stalking poverty, squalor, want and deprivation. But they are neither in focus of the ruling elite nor by the anchor persons, analysts and intellectuals who more often than not highlight the elites’ grouses rather than highlighting the grievances of the downtrodden. One would hardly listen to the discussion on finding ways and means to improve the lives of teeming millions living in abject poverty. —The writer is a senior journalist based in Lahore.