Now, think about the solutions

Our wise politicians must not be wise for their families' benefit only. If they prolong their dirty blame game and abuse one another they will start thinking only along these imaginary lines and will never be able to sit together for the national cause and will never understand the arguments of others. These are the facts why every commoner and the impartial person thinks the early solution to political problems is necessary to save national integrity and save our economy

After all, Imran Khan has asked his party’s workers and followers’ long march to reach Rawalpindi on November 26. He invited the whole nation to reach Rawalpindi on Saturday and said that he will meet them there and announce future courses of action. He said that this movement is not going to stop even after this march. He emphasized that we can never achieve real freedom while sitting at home and living like sheep. He urged his supporters to come out of their homes to force the government to call snap polls. He said,” Ask anyone you want, be it the business community, farmers, IT sector, or anyone else, everyone believes that free and fair election is the only way forward to steer the country out of this marsh.

Without siding with any political group, we can name it a clear failure of our politicians. Though other institutions have nothing to do with our national politics, a good number of people are looking at them to play some role to save any major conflict between the struggling politicians. During this long march, Wazirabad’s assassinating firing which resulted in one death and many injuries along with Imran Khan’s injuries injured the emotions of the majority of this country’s people. The nonsense statements of Imran Khan’s enemies throw oil on the burning emotions of Imran Khan’s supporters. The patience and courage shown by Imran Khan during and after this incident are commendable. He delayed his final call for the long march for avoiding unnecessary conflict but proved himself serious in his cause by all means. The coalition government people may be right in their own stance and are playing all peaceful political tactics to prolong their government but avoiding the elections and sticking to the government at any cost is its weakness by all means. God forgive us if during or at the end of this long march something wrong happens again it is guessed that it will naturally go toward some unforeseen miserable conditions of which every patriot is afraid. The authorities or the politicians who didn’t give away on the negotiations and let the position worsen are not Pakistani by spirit and action. Including Imran Khan, no one has shown sportsman spirit in this grave situation. Politics and especially democratic politics means winning public opinion and making a government with the majority vote of the people. It is generally said that stiff in opinion, always in the wrong. Jefferson’s famous saying is always there to enlighten us about the imperative importance of democracy. He says:  It is rare that public sentiment decides immorally or unwisely, and the individual who differs from it ought to distrust and examine well his own opinion. Joubert supports it in his own words: Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth. Lowell also supports differences of opinion and the strength of arguments by saying: The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion. Robert Peel has the best opinion about opinions: public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs. Jeanne Roland says: The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skilful direct it.

These opinions about opinions of some wise people can serve as a beacon for politicians if they want to introduce themselves as sensible and true patriots. It is strange that in a democratic country no institution did any effort to start a dialogue between the politicians for saving our economy and integrity. In a sane people’s country, there might have been strong and elaborate dialogues in a position as we have, and all the focus could have been on such dialogues for weeks or whatever time they may take. The question is: are they politicians and serious people who are continuously avoiding dialogue and are relying on the blame game and the powers that they carry in the government? This position is the test of those who are not responsible for such worsened conditions but everyone looks toward them for a nice and doable solution. Imran Khan is talking about the continuity of the struggle even after this long march. If this struggle could be peaceful and of some social service to the people it will certainly be appreciated but if he intends to start another struggle like this long march it will be to the benefit of no one. Our wise politicians must not be wise for their families’ benefit only. If they prolong their dirty blame game and abuse one another they will start thinking only along these imaginary lines and will never be able to sit together for the national cause and will never understand the arguments of others. These are the facts why every commoner and impartial person thinks the early solution to political problems is necessary to save national integrity and save our economy.

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  • Dr. Shafiq Jullandhry

    With 50 years of teaching experience, Professor Dr. Shafiq Jullandhry, a noted writer and author of award-winning books, is former chairman of Punjab University's Mass Communication Department (now School of Communication Studies); also heads Elaaf Club and Pakistan Media Guild as president. He can be reached at drjullandhry@yahoo.com.

With 50 years of teaching experience, Professor Dr. Shafiq Jullandhry, a noted writer and author of award-winning books, is former chairman of Punjab University's Mass Communication Department (now School of Communication Studies); also heads Elaaf Club and Pakistan Media Guild as president. He can be reached at drjullandhry@yahoo.com.

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