Renewed deadline by Bilawal
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.