As the return of former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif on October 21 approaches, political activities in the country have increased. On one hand the preparations to clear Mian Nawaz from the cases through the courts are complete, on other hand, a former Prime Minister Imran Khan is in jail.
It seems like that in the upcoming elections he will stayed out from the process due to his party’s involvement in the May 9 violence. This is the reason why his party is struggling these days.
Alternatively, the People’s Party has started targeting the Muslim League (N) and making demands like holding general elections as soon as possible and providing equal opportunity to all political parties for this, due to which the political atmosphere is not conducive.
In such a situation, the caretaker government’s initiative to establish contact between political parties is nothing less than a breath of fresh air. In recent days, Federal Information Minister Murtaza Solangi has met Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Shafqat Mehmood and discussed with him the provision of equal opportunities in the general elections.
Tehreek-e-Insaf also delivered the massage of Imran khan to the president Arif Alavi, they demanded that the President should conduct negotiations between the political parties and the establishment while PDM leader and Ameer Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Maulana Fazl-ur- Rehman has suggested political parties should create space for each other.
In such a situation when the country is in political deadlock with economic crisis, these contacts are a good development. Therefore, it is necessary that all parties including Pakistan Muslim (N), People’s Party and Tehreek-e-Insaf show patience and democracy. Anarchy-based politics should be avoided for the sake of that, for that purpose if these parties and the establishment have to agree on a new charter of democracy, then it should not be avoided.
There the supervisors will have to treat all political parties equally to provide equal opportunities, which has been expressed by the government.
In this context, if we look back at the 75-year history of Pakistan, it is known that the Prime Minister of every era was pushed behind the bars whether it was his own mistakes or the circumstances were created for him. But as a nation, we have to admit that we have not taken the necessary steps to promote democracy in the country after independence, for that more of the responsibility lies on the political parties.
These were political parties that pulled each other’s strings and in their attempt to come to power through backdoors, democracy was damaged and the situation was brought to such a level due to which democracy was not derailed. now that is the situation where country is close to economic bankruptcy and suffering from political instability.
In such a troubled situation of the country, the initiative of the caretaker government to initiate a series of contacts between the political parties to create a democratic environment before the elections should be highly appreciated.
However, it is important that all the political parties give a positive response to it and elections will hold on the basis of equal opportunities.
Nevertheless, there is a saying that “applause cannot be clapped with one hand”. Therefore, in order to achieve this goal, the caretaker government will have a policy for all political parties including Tehreek-e-Insaf, so as to completely eliminate the impression that a party can be blocked behind the wall.
The higher authorities should also remember that all such efforts have not been successful in the past, a clear example of which is the People’s Party and the Muslim League (N) themselves, which have been walled up many times, but they still exist today. Therefore, the survival of democracy in the country lies in the fact that all the political parties and the establishment should formulate a system for the country that no one can violate and this is the prevailing way of running a democratic society in the world.