Dialogue not derailment

 22 Oct 2017 - 11:21

The Peninsula

The drama of political tussle among various political parties of Pakistan has entered into the final phase with the indictment of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in corruption cases by an accountability court.

All tools employed to delay the process of trial by the ruling party - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz - have failed to win any relief for the embattled Sharif family. The accountability court as per ruling of the Supreme Court has to decide corruption cases framed against Nawaz Sharif, his family and incumbent finance minister Ishaq Dar by mid March next year. 

Until now, the Sharif family and a segment of the PML-N have been harshly criticising the disqualification of former premier Sharif by muddying the waters that the disqualification was owed to the controversial ‘iqama’ while no corruption case was proved by the opponents. 

Now the trial gets underway which is likely to bring details of matters revolving around money (white or black), offshore companies, foreign accounts and London estates to the public via media. In the coming days, old defence constructed on controversial ‘iqama’ will never work and the ruling party and its leaders will try to malign the institutions particularly the judiciary. 

On the other hand, the patience of state institutions particularly the judiciary and the military towards the unending criticism hurled against them by the beleaguered Sharif family is also running thin. Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency has arrested few social media activists affiliated with the PML-N who were involved in insulting and defaming state institutions on social media sites.

Other PML-N stalwarts including Punjab chief minister, Shehbaz Sharif who disagree with the hawkish politics of former premier Nawaz Sharif and his ambitious daughter Maryum Nawaz are advising them to calm down to avert the possible derailment of democratic order. 

The disqualification case of main opposition leader and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman, Imran Khan is also being heard by the apex court and in case he too like Nawaz Sharif is disqualified, the country will plunge deep into political chaos of no-way-out nature.

Pakistan’s economy is already facing serious challenges with burden of foreign and domestic loans on the constant rise. Few days ago, Pakistan’s chief of army staff expressed serious concerns over country’s economy prompting government team to give a detailed briefing to military top brass on affairs of economy.

If the existing political chaos and uncertainty in Pakistan grows, it will hit hard the already ailing economy.  The overall political, security and economic scenario demands all political parties to backtrack from their aggressive political designs and sit on negotiation table to find solutions of lingering issues in the parliament instead of settling disputes on the streets, through media or in the courts of law.