Thousands gathered in the city of Gujranwala under umbrella of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to protest the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, hoping it will be able to take advantage of rising prices and other frustrations to overthrow the government.
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of 11 opposition parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League’s Nawaz (PML-N), the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and the Jamiat Ulema Islam’s Fazl (JUI-F), from each of those main opposition parties addressed the gathering, including PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and JUI-F chief Fazl-ur-Rehman.
Former three time prime minister, Nawaz Sharif accused the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, of toppling his government, pressuring the judiciary, and installing Imran Khan in the 2018 elections.
Maryam Nawaz, his daughter, also addressed the gathering and said “governments should come from your votes and go from your votes as well and no one should have the power to throw them out of office.
PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that to end corruption, we need to have across the board accountability. “If there is an accusation, then there should definitely be an investigation on a former prime minister or a president. But if there is an accusation against a general or a judge, then we must investigate that as well” added Bilawal.
The pages of this newspaper have been filled with corruption stories of Nawaz Sharif since last three decades but this nation has continued seeing him till last night.
And only Allah knows till when Pakistani nation will bear seeing him. A government owned property was sold in Lahore Cantt by by the then provincial minister Punjab, Nawaz Sharif in the early eighties but he still managed to become Chief Minister of Punjab. LDA scandal, Sugar Mill scandal, Raiwand land scandal, Tax scandal, dollars related State Bank scandal, Taxis scandal, and many more scandals have appeared on the pages on this same newspaper, The Frontier Post but Nawaz Sharif despite conviction from court was allowed to travel aboard. Whose decision was that? Those who made this decision did not know that Nawaz Sharif loves his wealth more than Pakistan? How many more evidence do they need to accept the fact that this man never deserved to become prime minister of Pakistan.
The language used by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif against Pakistan and its armed forces might have surprised some, but the pages of this newspaper are evidence of fact that Nawaz Sharif ‘s only agenda since last thirty years was to loot, plunder and make fool of the poor people of Pakistan.
People’s Party stalwart, Bilalwal Bhutto Zardari despite being charismatic and educated is carrying the burden of his fathers corruption cases. Since last thirty years Pakistan has been seeing volley of cases against each other by the Sharif and Bhutto families but at the end of the day those who have suffered are the people of Pakistan.
The new generation of Pakistan have been listening to corruption cases of these two families since their births and now they want judiciary of Pakistan to end these cases once and for all and move forward.
The judiciary of Pakistan who has been asking for funds to setup new courts so they can deliver justice at the earliest must be provided their desired funds at the earliest. Prosecution departments of every government section must be equipped with lawyers who are at par with other private lawyers.
Pakistan Army has recently sentenced its own generals to gallows for corruption and dishonesty. Every day we hear about young soldiers sacrificing their lives for the sovereignty of Pakistan but are we doing justice to them? Pakistan Army Chief, General Qamar Bajwa instead of being shy and defensive needs to support Imran Khan more strongly and openly. Strongly in a sense that Imran Khan must be encouraged and supported when it comes to across the board accountability.
Openly it means that just like armed forces give daily briefings to the media across the world, Pakistani ISPR needs to speak openly when their leader or institution is being targeted. And those in Pakistani media who are not paid by international forces on monthly basis must be encouraged and supported.
Media within Pakistan and globally needs to be utilized by the ISPR and PID to portray the true image of those who have looted Pakistan in the past and those who wish to loot it in future. ISPR and PID must highlight the positive image of Pakistan nationally and internationally.
It is no longer a secret that social media platforms like Google, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram are making millions of dollars from our politicians in achieving their image building or damaging the image of their opponents.
PDM rally has left many lessons for all the pillars of democracy. All these pillars must keep the interests of Pakistan first. If legislators are honest the executive will not be in a position to do corruption.
If judiciary is honest and strong, no corrupt is spared and when media is free and patriotic then the image of a nation to the people locally and abroad is well presented.
Pakistan and its leaders must focus on these four elements. Pakistan must not forget that the region where we live, has fires all around and Pakistan armed forces is the only institute which has kept this nation intact and safe.