Reconciliation to end political deadlock

Leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz have launched a verbal war against each others. It seems that all the politicians have failed to end the deadlock. Politics is the name of give and take, reconciliation to solve the issues but our politicians seem unaware with this art. They can learn from our neighbouring country Afghanistan, two leading candidates for the seat of President were blaming each other for the rigging in the general elections but they came up with the idea to form a national government with reconciliation. Now both of them looking forward to solve the issues of their country. Almost one and half year has gone but still we are unable to decide were the elections rigged or not. According to all the political parties elections were rigged even the eons who won were claiming that elections were rigged. Then there is no harm in strengthening the electoral process and find the flaws and eradicating them. All the stack-holders must come forward for the cause, putting aside all their political goals. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf continuing the sit-in which has crossed over 100 days, they are claiming their mandate has been stolen and they would not end the sit-in until the high-level inquiry takes place to find out the rigging. Their demand makes sense and at a time when they have taken a step back from their harsh demand, asking the resignation of the elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, government should also show some flexibility. If a comprehensive inquiry would find out the flaws in our electoral system it would be a win-win situation for all of us.

The government is oscillating between letting the protests take place and planning to curb instances which led to the violence the last time. On one hand the government has allowed the rally to take place, while the police force has been bolstered and their guns have been swapped for batons. The government intends to use water cannons this time around to disperse the crowd. D-chowk is being encircled by containers to streamline the crowd, while passage to the red zone will be blocked.

On the other hand, it seems that the government is cognizant of the fact that a similar ‘peaceful’ protest turned violent a few months ago. With Imran Khan touring the country and drawing massive crowds each time, the estimated number of the expected protesters is quite high. Chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf has hold rallies in major cities of Punjab and also in Larkana Sindh and asked the people to come out from their homes and reach to the capital on November 30, because it is the time like now or never to get rid of from the status quo political parties. Reports are emerging of the Punjab government attempting to curb this flow by blocking points of entry into Islamabad, and planning to pre-emptively arrest party workers; a move that is surely to lead to clashes. The PTI on its part has little idea what Imran’s “final war” means; is it just a show of force or is it a ‘war’ in the sense to get justice or the academic term?

It seems that both the parties have made it a matter of their egos and in spite of resolving the issue they are playing the game blame. It would have bad effects; people must be thinking about their leaders they can not solve the basic issues among themselves then how they would do any good for the masses. PTI is trying to build up pressure of the government but this time it seems it would not be lethal as it was in the mid of August because government was not aware with the outcome of the sit-ins but government has gain the confidence from all the political parties in the parliament. This time government seems more confident to deal with the PTI show and they are aware with the situation as they have isolated PTI on the political front. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf has shown some flexibility but if they would put their part in making the strong independent election commission it would be their win. At the same time federal government formed by the Pakistan Muslim League must take the issue more seriously as it would be hard for them if the PTI would announce the country wide protests on November 30, it would add more worries for them to run the government, PTI is also gaining popularity with every passing day. Therefore, it is in the best interest of all to come forward and solve the issue of weak electoral system and start working for the betterment of the people. Obviously country is facing the long list of issues so a lot more needs to de done rather wasting the energies and time on blaming each others.   

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