Democracy and the men on the horse back

 

Threats still exist

 

Eighteen years ago Pervez Musharraf illegally took over the country by suspending the 1973 constitution. His stint as a military dictator proved to be as harmful for the country and its institutions as those of his three predecessors.

 

There was significant democratic progress since Musharraf was forced out of office. The first peaceful transition of power took place in 2013 with PML-N replacing PPP. One hopes for another timely election.

 

However the recent political turmoil has put a question mark on that happening. Since his disqualification, Nawaz Sharif has been relentlessly blaming – without taking any names – the army and judiciary for engineering his ouster. This civ-mil tussle is counterproductive and dangerous and the ruling party after accepting the decision of the apex court should refrain from provocative statements and move on.

 

During the past several decades accountability mechanisms have been manipulated by both the civil and military establishments instead of allowing these to function independently. This has discredited accountability bodies.

 

A lack of faith in institutions such as National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for example is what compelled Imran Khan’s PTI to take to the streets to get the Supreme Court to hear the Panama case against Nawaz Sharif.

 

Another inherent issue with political parties is their casual attitude towards parliament reflected by poor attendance, embarrassingly insignificant legislation tabled let alone passed. What should have been a place of constructive debate is used by the ruling party to bulldoze self-serving bills or mudslinging between opposing members of parliament often ending in walkouts.

 

The ruling party mistreats the opposition. The opposition in turn fights backs with no holds barred

 

As witnessed in the past, left unaddressed, systemic weaknesses of the type can be used for launching unconstitutional misadventures with the help of a handful of civilian conspirators. Space for such an occurrence should not be provided by the government and any attempt to undermine the constitution or hamper the progression of democracy should be fiercely opposed by all.

 

 



3 Comments

  1. Pakistan Today said:

    You have wasted your and reader’s time with this Editorial You have not said a word about the human ingredients of this sham democracy. It is pathetic and hopeless barring a few! They are corrupt to the core and thoroughly dishonest to the people. You have not said a word about Nawaz and his gang of enemies of Pakistan inside and outside the country. They want to destroy it. What happened in NAB Court is the beginning. A Police Officer was slapped repeatedly by an employee of Shabaz Sharif. You also ignored the Modal Town murders and the murderers who are doing all to stop publication of Najfi report. Be honest and don’t behave like a Parliamentarian.

  2. Dr.M.M.Khan said:

    In Pakistan we have a sham Democracy. May i ask how often did the now disqualied PM attend the national Assembly?. He used to occasionally descend from the sky and vanish as soon as possible. I bet he had more Foreign tours than tours to the national Assembly.

  3. Dr.M.M.Khan said:

    In Pakistan the army has a country but in India the reverse is the truth.

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