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EditorialPakistan, politics of confrontation

Pakistan, politics of confrontation

A confrontation between the PTI-led government and the opposition political parties is taking an ugly turn ahead of the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly. Both rival groups are planning to demonstrate street power instead of resolving the matter in the parliament. They are busy preparing their supporters’ militia in the form of ‘Tiger Force’ and sticks carrying political workers, who, it seems, will never hesitate to take the law in their hands. In this situation, the danger of a violent clash cannot be ruled out. Looking at the situation in the country in the wake of prevailing political chaos, this is not the most opportune time for protests, and politicians should not put the country into further turmoil. Due to any clash, the democracy will be put at risk and the poor economy can face further turmoil. Already, the Pakistani rupee is undergoing a downward slide and losing its value on almost a daily basis. On the other hand, it is the responsibility of Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government, it should not provide an opportunity to the ‘third force’ to derail the democratic system. The government would be unwise to continue with its politics of showing its usual apathy to constitutional demands by the opposition of holding timely voting on the no-trust motion. Efforts must be made to resolve the issue in a peaceful manner. The top leadership of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf party should come forward and engage all the opposition parties in talks for peaceful resolution of all issues causing conflict in the state and the society.

On its part, the opposition parties need to demonstrate some patience and adopt a peaceful way of protest instead of endangering the country’s already fragile security and economy. Any protest that may turn violent – keeping large, impassioned crowds peaceful can be a tad tricky at times – is not in the interests of the country. Nobody should try to derail the system because the masses become the ultimate sufferers of the misadventures of politicians. All political parties should focus on tackling the challenges faced by the country and its people in a rational manner. Only a democratic and representative system can promise the protection of the basic rights of citizens. All political parties should join hands in strengthening democracy and addressing the common issues that the country has been facing. They should not provide an environment to the ‘third party’ to intervene and if it does happen, the results would be disastrous, as in the past.

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