Political consensus or forced unity?

It is a good omen that Senate chairperson has been finalized with the political consensus of two major political parties along with other allied parties.

It was an interesting scenario in which political parties contested Senate polls by accusing each other for horse-trading and they ended up with a mutual candidate ‘Raza Rabani’ for the post of Chairman.

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz improved its share of seats with 26 seats in the Senate in the recently contested poll for 52 seats, but still remained behind PPP 27 seats. Ultimately, circumstances lead PML- N to back PPP candidate. PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari moved swiftly with the allied and political parties of opposition on the agreement of candidate for chairperson but PML N could not do the same.  Whatever the reasons were, Nawaz Sharif’s decision to stand with Rabbani should be appreciated.

Deal making is the trademark of the politics of Asif Ali Zardari, JUI-F, MQM, and ANP all were agreed to back the PPP’s candidate for the top slot. Political consensus with mature approach marked pleasant change of willingness to work side by side. The Senate is a key component of our parliament. A dignified, undisputed election of a chairperson should be applauded even more.

Political parties must continue with the same pattern and also hold APC to find the ways to redress the grievances of the masses. If all major parties are truly able to work together, it will set up a more stable democracy and developing the parliamentary traditions that have too often been lacking. Sometimes forced unity can bring change, and we must hope this will be the eventual outcome of the election of a Senate leader today on March 12 with backing of all the mainstream parties. We hope that sense of political maturity continues in the future.

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