Re­newed dead­line by Bi­lawal

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

AS PTI leader Im­ran Khan is pre­par­ing for a big show­down in Is­lam­abad, PPP Chair­man Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari has threat ened to launch a cam­paign for early elec­tions. He once again gave De­cem­ber 27 dead­line to the Gov­ern­ment to ac­cept and im­ple­ment his four points.

It seems both PPP and PTI are work­ing on a two-pronged strat­egy to ex­ert pres­sure on the Gov­ern­ment. As far as public stance of the PPP is con­cerned, it has been main­tain­ing that present Gov­ern­ment should com­plete its con­sti­tu­tion­ally man­dated term and that it would not ac­cept any supra-con­sti­tu­tional in­ter­ven­tion or change of Gov­ern­ment through pres­sure tac­tics. Some an­a­lysts have also been say­ing that the PPP is re­cip­ro­cat­ing the good­will ges­ture that PMLN demon­strated dur­ing PPP’s Gov­ern­ment al­low­ing it to com­plete five years in of­fice. Im­ran Khan’s cru­sade against cor­rup­tion and Pana­m­a­gate in­ves­ti­ga­tion is laud­able yet he also sees Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif as the only hur­dle in ful­fil­ment of his am­bi­tion to be­come chief ex­ec­u­tive of the coun­try. How­ever, one fails to un­der­stand what PPP is to gain from early elec­tions when its per­for­mance in Sindh has not been so en­vi­able sans a few months un­der the dy­namic lead­er­ship of in­cum­bent Chief Min­is­ter Syed Mu­rad Ali Shah. Oth­er­wise too, the party is in ut­ter dis­ar­ray and there are clear in­di­ca­tions that it can­not win re­spectable seats in any of the three prov­inces in pre­vail­ing cir­cum­stances. We be­lieve that ten­dency of leg-pulling should come to an end and ev­ery gov­ern­ment should be al­lowed to im­ple­ment its man­i­festo and agenda in five years that the Con­sti­tu­tion stip­u­lates for an elected Gov­ern­ment. De­mand of early elec­tions would do no ser­vice to demo­cratic process, which is al­ready un­der stress and strain be­cause of var­i­ous rea­sons. We would also urge the Gov­ern­ment to re­view its strat­egy as its link­ages and con­tacts with other po­lit­i­cal par­ties and stake­hold­ers are not as they should have been. The coun­try is fac­ing se­ri­ous chal­lenges and it would be in the in­ter­est of all not to rock the boat and al­low the sys­tem to sta­bilise.

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