30 days of sit-in: What is in the offing?

Thirty days have been passed since the two long marches are protesting in the heart of the capital but the political uncertainty is still on the rise. The fact completion of the thirty days benchmark is being celebrated by the followers of PTI like an anniversary. Since the start of the campaign back on 14th August no one had anticipated that the sit-in could be prolonged for this long. The process of diplomacy has taken too long a time and still there are no solid outcomes as witnessed in the past month.

Still the speculations are the center of talks regarding the ongoing political turmoil and its outcome. Numbers of talk sessions have been held between the government representatives and marchers but still people are thinking that what would be the climax of Azadi March of Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf and Revolution March of Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

In the last one month people have seen political drama, spicy speeches within the parliament by the lawmakers and right outside the parliament by ImranKhan and Dr. Tahir ul Qadri, it is indeed surprising that on the one side both parties were involved in the negotiations to calm down the air on the other side they were blaming each other for all the ills society is facing. Dragging army into the politics by the government for mediation and then denying the act and confirmation by the ISPR that government requested for the facilitation. Episode of Javeed Hashmi was indeed interesting as he has resigned from the parliament before putting the allegation on the Chief of his own party that Imran is working on the agenda of a third force. Formation of one block by the opposition and the incumbent government in the joint sessions of parliament against alleged undemocratic threats, they pledged that despite raising voices that elections were rigged massively they would stay united in the parliament. Not but the least, using force by the government on the marches and also on the media workers and fight back by the protesters as red zone became a battle field.

It is indeed the failure of the politicians that nation is facing the uncertain political situation for over a month now and still no solution being sighted in coming days. All the parties need to mend their ways to find a win-win solution for all.

It is sure that on part of the government, they have mishandled the reservations of other political parties which provided the reasons to the small waves of protests to become very high tides which if not would be able to sweep away the government than at least they have done remarkable damage and almost all the demands of the marchers have been given the nod apart from the resignation of the premier. Almost fifteen months have been passed but demand of PTI for the recounting and verification of thumb impressions of four constituencies was not met; now they are on the streets with bigger demands.

Government must realize that situation could be worst if the option of using force applied, incident of killing a dozen workers of PAT in Lahore added fuel to the fires being lighted by the opposition parties. The Model Town carnage provided the real strength to PAT Chief. It was a national tragedy which could have been avoided. The real culprits behind the carnage have not been brought to justice till now thus leaving more excuses for the PAT to continue their protests. Extreme statements have been issued by the Chief of PAT and PTI. Dr Qadri revealed that the government has issued orders of his assassination calling already angry activists not to spare Sharif family and ministers in case if he got killed. Similar statements were issued by Chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf that if he would be eliminated by any means by the government then his activists must not spare the Shareef brothers.

Considering the facts any further aggression by the authorities would be a disaster for the government, democracy and ultimately for the stability of the country. Cities are being brought to a standstill because of the threat of demonstrations, containers placed on entry and exit points. A democratic government must not take away the right of freedom of speech and expression, right of peaceful demonstration. Democratic government should not feel that they can act as they please and that there is no one to curtail them? How do they believe that they have the right to use state power to curtail the freedom of association and the peaceful right to protest? Present government should follow the footsteps of PPP government, the way they handled the sit-in of PAT in the winter of 2013.PAT was allowed to protest in the capital and a stage came Qadri and government representatives end the sit in with hugs and kisses.


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