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Islamabad political upheaval.

Byline: Jehan Sher Yusufzai

The rapid development in the field of technology has not only revolutionized the communication system but also has brought an unprecedented development in politics of the world. The modern political philosophy tells us that it is not only essential for a politician to get a heavy mandate in polls but he has also to uphold the trust and confidence of his voters in the post-election period.

Unfortunately, a majority of our politicians are remnants of the British era who care only about their own interests. After coming into practical politics these politicians are always thinking of how to become wealthy overnight and soon open accounts in the Swiss banks. It is because of our politicians that we have neither seen political stability nor economic prosperity since the formation of Pakistan. The coalition government in the past led by PPP had broken the record of corruption during its tenure and its president Asif Ali Zardari was called mister ten per cent by the media world.

In the May 2013 general elections the disheartened people had ignored all other parties and voted for PML-N to bring the country back on the right track. When Nawaz Sharif became the prime minister there were high expectations from his government that it would overcome all the problems faced by the people. But after ruling for more than 14 months his government failed to provide any relief to the people and rather created some new problems in the country.

The daily sectarian and ethnic violence, killings in Baluchistan, the terrible law and order situation, kidnappings for ransom, the ever-increasing extortion incidents, growing poverty and terrorism have gripped the country.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which emerged as a second political force in the elections, had alleged rigging in four constituencies during the elections. Its chairman Imran Khan wanted to resolve the issue through debates and discussions in the parliament. In this context he had time and again asked the PLM-N government to probe the matter but the embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had not paid any attention to it. The prime minister never took it seriously.

In the meantime the unfortunate incident of Model Town in Lahore happened in which more than 14 workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) were killed in clashes between the police and protesters. The PAT head Allama Dr Tahir ul Qadri had demanded of the government to file an FIR against the Punjab government and asked for the resignation of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif but the PML-N government had shunned both demands.

As the government did not listen to the voices of these parties, finally their leaders turned towards Islamabad along with their agitated workers and camped in the capital. Again the premier did not approach these protesters to cool them down and rather turned the issue into a political drama. He approached the heads of other political parties to get their support and form a united front against these two parties. The grand reception hosted by Nawaz in honour of Zardari at his Raiwind palace was in this context. This reception was later termed by critics as a huge political blunder of the prime minister. When the situation became terrible, the beleaguered prime minister secretly approached the COAS for assistance in this hard time. Both the request to the army chief and reception for Zardari brought huge defamation for Nawaz.

The Islamabad political impasse has been created by the political inability of the prime minister. Politics is said to be a tough game and it needs a lot of training and stamina. A leader can face many challenges while performing his political obligations but as a politician after thoroughly studying the pros and cons of the matter one can easily overcome these issues. But unfortunately our current prime minister does not have these political capabilities.

On the first day of the protest it was in the best interest of the prime minister to come to the containers and directly discuss the matter with Qadri and Imran to remove doubts from their hearts but unfortunately he did not show this political maturity on that day. It is said the prime minister's rude attitude and lack of political farsightedness have created the ongoing political mess. As we have inherited traditional politicians that is why we are facing this situation. Our politicians have never paid attention to the core issues of the people. Generally, they are considered as the most corrupt community of the society and are always involved in looting of the national exchequer besides spreading nepotism and favouritism.

I am not in favour of these untimely political marches because these have created a lot of problems for people and an unstable political situation. But being Pakistanis we should understand the realities of these uprisings: what are the reasons behind these activities that have compelled people to come on the roads. The government had called a joint session of the parliament to discuss the issue on the floor and resolve the matter amicably. Since, we have been watching some fiery speeches of the lawmakers in parliament. But it is ironic these parliamentarians are singing their own songs and no one has so far discussed this core issue sincerely to find a way to resolve this issue.

These tested politicians are informed that people have already listened to their lengthy speeches in the past decades. But what had they given to these innocent people? Our 52 per cent people are living under extreme poverty. And these politicians have done nothing but taken huge amounts of aid from the US, IMF and World Bank for which the country will be in debt for the next 30 years. Now the people are politically mature and will not be fooled by the greedy politicians anymore. It is time for all politicians to sit together and evolve a strategy to release the country from the current political morass.

At the end it would be in the best interest of the country if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif steps down for a while and brings in a caretaker premier to resolve the matter peacefully. The opposition political parties are also urged to remove their mutual differences and come forward to release the country from looming fear and uncertainty.
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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Sep 6, 2014
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