San­ity should pre­vail!

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Mo­ham­mad Jamil Email: mjamil1938@hot­

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.

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