LAHORE: Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) said Thursday in a statement that efforts to oust an elected government through agitation and use of street force are contrary to democratic norms and principles.
In a statement, PILDAT maintained that governments that were selected through popular will represented the mandate of the citizens. Any efforts to dislodge them by blocking the streets/roads and denying the general public access to educational institutions and hospitals went against the very principle of democracy that celebrated the rights of people to choose their representatives. It was especially difficult to understand the rationale of such a movement at a time when the term of the incumbent government was scheduled to expire in the next five months, the statement added.
It further said that such measures were undemocratic in essence and aiming to dislodge an elected government could very quickly lead the country towards anarchy along with jeopardising the coming general elections. Political parties openly claiming to do so were not only posing a threat to the country’s stability but were in flagrant violation of the very principle of their own existence, the statement added.
PILDAT also regretted the unfortunate use of words by some politicians who have publicly chosen to condemn and curse the elected parliament. Performance of individual members and the parliament as an institution would always be critically examined and commented on, but cursing the institution that represented the will of the people was unacceptable in any civilised society, the report said, adding that to condemn the parliament was tantamount to condemning the citizens of Pakistan.