Demand of fresh polls
Addressing a press conference, Senior PPP leader and former Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani made a demand for holding fresh elections. He criticised the Law Minister Farogh Naseem proposal of invoking Article 149 of the Constitution to sort out the lingering administrative issues of Karachi and described it illegal. He opined that federal government can give only an advice how best these issues can be addressed. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has given an unwise and angry response to the Law Minster proposal on cleaning the roads and streets of Karachi which are littered with sold waste and heaps of garbage. He warned that central government intervention in provincial matters can give impetus to centripetal tendencies and reminded about the sad memories of creation of Bangladesh and happening of such tragedies in future.
The desperate opposition has adopted intolerant attitude towards the PTI government and the call for holding fresh general election is one shade of its manifestation. A similar demand had also been made by a senior PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal. The JUI (F) intended plan of locking down the federal capital Islamabad next month and the ruckus in the joint session of the parliament during the address of the President Arif Alvi and walk out of the house give credence to it. The opposition law makers did not listen to his speech which was mainly focused on the precarious situation and gross human rights violations in the Indian held Kashmir, rising tension on the Line of Control and looming threat of war between the two nuclear neighbour states. The Prime Minister Imran Khan is repeatedly sensitizing and jolting the collective conscience of international community to this threat. He will also draw the attention of the international community to the emerging dangerous scenario in this region in his speech in the United Nations General Assembly. It is high time that at this critical juncture the leadership of opposition political parties give unflinching support to the government both inside and outside of parliament. Pressing the demand for mid term polls are premature and unjustified.
PPP eldership sharp reaction to invoking Article 149 of the Constitution vindicates the point of view of certain political analysts that 18th Amendment has greatly diluted the powers of federation for compulsory legal intervention for addressing the law and order and administrative issues when the provincial government fails to tackle them. It may be recalled that Sindh government had resisted the deployment of Pakistan Rangers to assist the provincial government to curb lawless in Karachi. Most often signing of the summary by the Chief Minster to extend the deployment tenure federal civil armed forces was delayed. After the Supreme Court verdict in Karachi lawlessness case, the federal government stepped in and restored peace in Karachi. Because of self serving political designs and pressure from coalition partners Sindh government had failed to protect the life of the people. Target killing and kidnapping for ransom by the militant wings of political parties was rampant. Commercial activities in the financial hub of the country had been paralyzed. The constitutions of all democracies guarantees certain powers for compulsive intervention in the affairs of federating units and Pakistan should not be made an exceptional case of Laissez-faire state for the realisation of one’s own political ambitions at the cost of the interest of the country and its people.