Ban on MQM-P

A new Pandora box has been opened after the government lifted the ban on Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP). Besides, proscribed organisatons, disgruntled political parties in Sindh and Balochistan have also started raising voice for the restoration of their status. Mainly, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan’s (MQM-P’s) parliamentary leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi has demanded the removal of undeclared ban on MQM-P and its supporters. It is the responsibility of the government to address the grievances of a mainstream political party like the MQM-P. After lifting a ban on TLP, now the government has to act more responsibly regarding the treatment of other political parties and their leadership. MQM-P has time and again accused the government and security agencies of launching a crackdown on its workers. Extrajudicial killings and workers’ arrests without charge or due process can lead to further anarchy in the country.

If police action against the workers of a religious party is not acceptable, the crackdown against workers of a political party is also not justifiable. The government needs to constitute the monitoring committee comprising credible and neutral members to evaluate the grievances of the MQM-P. In the garb of the operation, no one, including the personnel of the law enforcement agencies, can be allowed to take the law into their own hands. No one can be arrested or killed in an arbitrary manner.

At this juncture, our country cannot afford the politics of confrontation and street protests. In principle, there is nothing wrong in allowing a political party to work for the masses to win their support in elections. The country needs continuity of the democratic system. The MQM-P can play a more positive and constructive role to address the masses’ problems from the platform of parliament. All political parties need to play a responsible role and avoid the politics of confrontation. On its part, the MQM needs to get rid of criminal elements within the party. The same applies to other political parties. A positive and cooperative political culture should be promoted for the common good.

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