Shah­baz warns of sit-in con­se­quences

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS -

PUN­JAB Chief Min­is­ter Mian Shah­baz Sharif, who nor­mally keeps quiet on rou­tine po­lit­i­cal is­sues and con­cen­trates in­stead on his one­point agenda of de­vel­op­ing the Prov­ince, has urged the peo­ple to foil de­signs of those or­ga­niz­ing sit-ins. He de­manded those de­mand­ing res­ig­na­tion of the Prime Min­ster to first peep into their own con­science and go for self-ac­count­abil­ity.

The some­what harsh state­ment of the Pun­jab CM in­di­cates some omi­nous de­vel­op­ments are go­ing to take place af­ter Eid when PTI and PAT have de­cided to go for an­other round of sit-ins and protests with the sole ob­jec­tive of power grab­bing. The im­pa­tience of the two par­ties is noth­ing new as they have a his­tory of do­ing what­ever they can in their bid to dis­lodge the sit­ting elected Gov­ern­ment and pave the way for their en­try into power cor­ri­dors. How­ever, the pol­icy adopted by PPP is noth­ing but treach­er­ous as it negates the un­der­stand­ing reached with PML(N) not to be­come part of any plot of desta­bi­liza­tion. PML(N) ful­filled its com­mit­ment and al­lowed full five years to PPP de­spite the fact that Zar­dari-led Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment used all tac­tics at its dis­posal to dis­lodge the then Pun­jab Gov­ern­ment led by Mian Shah­baz Sharif. It is un­for­tu­nate that Bi­lawal is be­ing mis­led by the likes of Aitzaz Ah­san and Qa­mar Za­man Kaira who have their own axes to grind against Sharif fam­ily. There­fore, Shah­baz Sharif has been forced to re­mind Bi­lawal Bhutto about prover­bial corruption of PPP Gov­ern­ment and lead­ers, who stashed away hun­dreds of bil­lions of ru­pees in banks and prop­er­ties abroad. Peo­ple of Pak­istan have also not for­got­ten Rental Raja and re­ports about kick­backs and com­mis­sions that ap­peared in the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional me­dia ev­ery other day. There­fore, the real ob­jec­tive of PPP is not to cleanse the so­ci­ety of corruption but to desta­bi­lize the Gov­ern­ment but it must keep in mind that peo­ple of Pak­istan are fed up of dirty pol­i­tics of 90s.

CHINA blocked In­dia’s bid to gain mem­ber­ship of the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group (NSG) in a meet­ing held in Seoul (South Korea) on June 24, 2016,. Since the dis­cus­sions were held un­der closed doors, it is not clear what ex­actly hap­pened in the meet­ing. Chi­nese cir­cles said that the meet­ing did not dis­cuss the ac­ces­sion to NSG of any spe­cific coun­try. But a top U.S. of­fi­cial as­serted that In­dia had failed to get en­try in NSG due to China-led op­po­si­tion. Prior to the Seoul meet­ing, In­dia was claim­ing that it had over­whelm­ing sup­port in the 48-mem­ber group, but it has since tran­spired that as many as ten mem­ber coun­tries had reser­va­tions against In­dian mem­ber­ship of NSG.

In­dia’s re­jec­tion at Seoul is a big set­back for Prime Min­is­ter Modi who had can­vassed per­son­ally with many heads of states dur­ing his re­cent whirl­wind tours of sev­eral coun­tries. He had also talked to Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping who re­port­edly said that China would play a ‘con­struc­tive’ role. But the net out­come is that In­dia has been kept out of NSG. This should be an eye­opener for Modi. He is a novice in in­ter­na­tional diplo­macy and needs to un­der­stand that highly-pub­li­cised sum­mitry can­not be a sub­sti­tute for quiet be­hind-the-scenes diplo­macy. Modi is draw­ing crit­i­cism in In­dia not only from the op­po­si­tion but also from in­de­pen­dent ob­servers for caus­ing em­bar­rass­ment to In­dia, as also earn­ing a per­sonal re­buke, by con­duct­ing a high-pro­file cam­paign

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