De­con­struct­ing pol­i­tics ...

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its 2016-17 An­nual De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme, which is 8 % smaller than the out­go­ing year’s al­lo­ca­tion. More­over, in last three years, not a sin­gle worth­while de­vel­op­ment pro­jec­thas been put on ground in KP.

Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment re­quires po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and con­ti­nu­ity of poli­cies. The ob­jec­tive of lock­down pol­i­tics is to un­der­mine both of them. There­fore, it is tan­ta­mount to eco­nomic sab­o­tage of Pak­istan. PTI chief is cog­nizant of the fact that if PM Sharif’s gov­ern­ment fin­ishes its con­sti­tu­tional term, it will add 11,000 megawatts of en­ergy in the na­tional grid by 2018. It is worth men­tion­ing that from 1947 to 2013 the to­tal pro­duc­tion of en­ergy was only 16,000 megawatts. Se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion has re­mark­ably im­proved in last three years. Un­der CPEC $51 bil­lion in­vest­ment is com­ing to Pak­istan. I would re­mind those with short mem­o­ries that in 2013, Pak­istan was seen as the most dan­ger­ous coun­try in the world. But to­day Pak­istan is be­ing re­ferred as an emerg­ing econ­omy. To­day, the eco­nomic growth rate is high­est in last 8 years and in­fla­tion is at its low­est. The sum­mer of 2016 wit­nessed high­est num­bers of do­mes­tic tourists in Pak­istan. This re­flects that peo­ple are ex­press­ing con­fi­dence on the econ­omy. Thus, it seems im­prob­a­ble for Mr. Khan to win 2018 elec­tion.

Cyn­ics of PML-N gov­ern­ment equate ex­ist­ing po­lit­i­cal sys­tem with monar­chy (bad­sha­hat). Th­ese cyn­ics are ei­ther to­tally ig­no­rant or com­pletely dis­hon­est. Be­cause un­der ‘bad­sha­hat’ peo­ple are not for­tu­nate enough to crit­i­cize the regime. In Pak­istan po­lit­i­cal par­ties and me­dia ruth­lessly crit­i­cize gov­ern­ment 24/7. In al­most ev­ery by­elec­tion, lo­cal bod­ies’ elec­tions, G-B and AJK leg­isla­tive as­sem­blies’ elec­tions, peo­ple of this coun­try showed trust and con­fi­dence in the poli­cies of PM Sharif’s gov­ern­ment and re­jected quasi-fas­cist pol­i­tics of Mr. Khan.

Larry Di­a­mond noted that democ­racy is si­mul­ta­ne­ously an in­spi­ra­tional con­cept and a de­scrip­tive term. There is al­ways a room for a na­tion to be­come more demo­cratic, in­clud­ing the highly ad­vanced democ­ra­cies and Pak­istan is no ex­cep­tion. Ac­cord­ing to Di­a­mond, there are three main at­tributes that a regime must pos­sess to be clas­si­fied as a demo­cratic regime: i) uni­ver­sal adult fran­chise and cit­i­zen’s right to hold pub­lic of­fice; ii) ex­is­tence of po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion and iii) pro­tec­tion of civil lib­er­ties. Since 2008 Pak­istan has made huge gains in all three di­men­sions and PML-N gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to fur­ther im­prove the demo­cratic process.

The peo­ple of Pak­istan gave man­date to PML-N gov­ern­mentvia bal­lot and in last one year it has won al­most ev­ery elec­tion in the coun­try, viz., AJK, GB & by-elec­tions. It is con­sti­tu­tional duty of PML-N gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment its man­i­festo. And only through bal­lot peo­ple re­serve the right to elect a new gov­ern­ment. Mr. Khan col­luded with non-demo­cratic forcesin 2014 dharna to at­tack the Par­lia­ment and Pak­istan Tele­vi­sion (PTV). And he is plan­ning to do even worst this timeafter be­ing re­jected by peo­ple in elec­toral pol­i­tics. This shows that he has no re­gard for demo­cratic process

PML-N rec­og­nizes the role of a ro­bust po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion in a democ­racy. We en­cour­age ob­jec­tive and ev­i­dence based crit­i­cism on our pol­i­tics and con­duct. More­over, con­sti­tu­tion guar­an­tees right to protest to po­lit­i­cal par­ties with­out ob­struct­ing the rights of their fel­low cit­i­zens. PTI chief has openly de­clared that he would ob­struct the move­ment of peo­ple in Is­lam­abad and he is go­ing to de­cide who would be al­lowed to move around the city. This is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able in a democ­racy and it is a duty of the gov­ern­ment in of­fice to use ad­min­is­tra­tive means to stop may­hem in Is­lam­abad. Threat­en­ing to force clo­sure of cap­i­tal city and gov­ern­ment of­fices is not pro­tected un­der con­sti­tu­tion nei­ther it is a demo­cratic ex­er­cise. In fact, it is tan­ta­mount to spread­ing an­ar­chy.There­fore, I hope PTI would re­think its cur­rent strat­egy and will come in terms with par­lia­men­tary style of pol­i­tics.

I in­vite PTI law­mak­ers to come work with the gov­ern­ment on elec­toral re­forms agenda, which Mr. Khan has for­got­ten. PML-N gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to con­sult all op­po­si­tion par­ties to im­prove on the ex­ist­ing elec­toral process so that 2018 elec­tions are free of any ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

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