Sum­mer of Dis­con­tent

The peo­ple do not want a demo­cratic dis­pen­sa­tion that does not cater to their every­day needs.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Jamil Nasir

Hardly any­body could imag­ine even in his wildest dreams that a gov­ern­ment which came to power with a thump­ing majority will be fight­ing a bat­tle for its sur­vival only after 15 months of tak­ing charge. The Pak­istan Tehreeke-In­saaf’s ‘Azadi March’ and the Pak­istan Awami Tehreek’s ‘In­qalab March’ on Is­lam­abad did just that and cre­ated quite a stir in the cor­ri­dors of power. The dice was rolled and po­lit­i­cal lines were drawn be­tween the pro­po­nents of the sta­tus quo and those chal­leng­ing it.

The plot thick­ened with each pass­ing mo­ment. How­ever, one thing was very much clear: the marches and sit-ins un­leashed an ‘ir­re­versible process’ of po­lit­i­cal tur­moil and po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity in the short­run, while a big change in the po­lit­i­cal cul­ture and the rules of the game was ex­pected in the long run due to the ac­tivism and po­lit­i­cal mo­bi­liza­tion of the mid­dle and lower mid­dle class masses. What trig­gered the po­lit­i­cal tur­moil? Although the im­me­di­ate causes were the killing of four­teen PAT work­ers by the po­lice in La­hore – home of the chief min­is­ter of Pun­jab and the prime min­is­ter – com­bined with the un­re­spon­sive­ness of the gov­ern­ment and state in­sti­tu­tions to the al­le­ga­tions of rig­ging in the last elec­tions, rea­sons for

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