In an unusual move, three prominent politicians – former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former Senator Mustafa Khokhar, and former finance minister Miftah Ismail – have banded together to highlight the flaws of the system that has benefited them greatly. In this regard, the troika has scheduled a series of seminars and press conferences in various locations for charitable purposes. On Saturday, Abbasi, Ismail, and Khokhar spoke at a “National Dialogue on Re-Imagining Pakistan” event among other figures such as former Balochistan chief minister Aslam Raisani, former federal minister Khawaja Muhammad Hoti, Farhatullah Babar, and Lashkari Raisani. They strongly criticise all parties involved, including the judiciary, the establishment, the elite, and political parties, for the issues the general public is experiencing and call on them to find a solution to the current political and economic impasse in light of the Constitution rather than concentrating on a struggle for dominance.
The judiciary’s choices and actions have had a significant impact on how this country is managed, as Mr Abbasi stated during a news conference that he does not want to discuss those concerns or how they relate to the problems the country is currently facing. Politicians, military personnel, judges, and members of the media are all blamed for the current state of affairs, according to speakers who criticise themselves.
Therefore, who is to blame for the rut we’re in?
In our nation, martial law has existed for a very long period. Involvement of the military in politics has also occurred, but it is still necessary to put an end to it and keep it within constitutional bounds.
A detailed review and in-depth research of Pakistan’s political and parliamentary history are required in order to respond to the topic. History is rife with instances of assemblies being dissolved, martial law is imposed, and governors’ rule being proclaimed. This is demonstrated by the fact that, until 2008, none of the elected federal governments could fulfill their tenure. In actuality, only two governments-those of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz elected in 2013 and the PPP elected in 2008-have finished their predetermined mandates. The nation has never experienced a political whirlwind of this magnitude, where two of the four provincial assemblies have been dissolved, following the PTI chairman’s order to push for early elections.
The situation demands a comprehensive analysis and such debates should go on. But there should be no political plots behind such good-looking moves.