Hamza Shahbaz Sharif’s comments on life threat to Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari by the terrorist organization was not in good taste because his wishing the chairman well and in the same breath advising him not to do politics and focus on Thar relief work instead was indeed optimization of the sublime to the downhill slippery slope. Let us forget for a while and give him allowance of slip of the tongue with the hope that he will be cautious in future and will keep in view the imperatives of sense of proportion which is expected of him. Think before you speak as we say because wounds inflicted by words are deadlier than the arrow sometimes. Interval in mismatch situations is essential ingredient otherwise it will look like the stuff filled with malice. He is requested to always to keep in mind co-relationship and coherence while making public statements. I am conscious of being accused of rendering unsolicited advice, that I hardly contemplate, but in this case I tend to make an exception. I hope he will not take it with pinch of salt.
Young breed of politicians should be political opponents and not sworn enemies and this paradigm shift will surely be good prognosis on the political horizon of the country. They should be role model of best democratic practices in their conduct, in their utterances and in their speeches at the floor of the House. Above all, their commitment to the cause of the people, democracy and the country should not only be unflinching but also seen to be so in all its manifestations. They are special people and they should prove worthy of this honour bestowed upon them by the people.
Ironically, senior politicians soon afterthe untimely demise of the Founder of the Nation got entangled in trivial politics, and the popular politics was indeed hijacked by the drawing room politics thus paving the way for unpredictable and swift making and sacking of successive governments in the country. The changing of the parties’ positions due to change of political allegiance had been going on without compunction by all shades of politicians. Pakistani politics at that time was mostly looked like a theater of absurd. Ideological commitments and party discipline were like sand lines in the political desert of the country that used to disappear next morning without a trace. The civil and military bureaucracy not only emboldened this shenanigan in politics with ulterior motives but also was hands in gloves to make them redundant after giving them bad name in the eyes of the gullible people.
The political developments that proceeded were a big source of embarrassment for all Pakistani who do not want to look back to the political history of the country of that period. The making of the first constitution took almost nine years whereas in India it took about two years (1949) and the federation has been functioning under the same law of the land since then. However, the first constitution of Pakistan framed in 1956 was abrogated by General Ayub Khan in 1958 even before its becoming the law of the land. The rest is history.
The elders of Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Hamza Shahbaz Sharif had learnt the lesson hard way and understood the perfidious practices of their real enemy only after undergoing sufferings spread over almost ten years .The people of Pakistan again had to undergo the torture of the dictatorship of General Musharraf’s watch for about more than ten years. It was the other side of the horror story. Infighting of the politicians provided the lame excuse to the Establishment led by then presidents to sack the democratic governments of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif twice despite their majority in the National Assembly.
They became the target of witch hunting of the dictator and were forced to go on exile declaring their political career had come to a dead stop. Both the leaders came to definite conclusion during their days in exile that the politics of intrigues had put them in nutcracker situation implying of shooting their own feet with their guns. They fully understood that after the chess game king and pawns go into the same box. It was in this background that they signed Charter of Democracy on May 14, 2006, in London, making firm resolution that their commitment to the constitution would be sacrosanct from now on and democracy and it’s strengthening and promotion would be the guiding principle of their doing politics in the country. Nawaz Sharif proved this during the watch of previous democratic government of PPP and Asif Ali Zardari also proved his credentials when he minced no words in declaring that he wanted the new elected government to complete its constitutional tenure as well and Nawaz Sharif could count on his support. He proved his commitment that speaks louder than words when he accepted May 2013 elections and declined to extend his hand to the political forces those wanted to launch agitations to protest the allegations of rigging.
Asif Ali Zardari’s seeing the other way put the cold water on their plans to unleash a wave of protest right across the country. For Asif Ali Zardari “democracy is the best revenge” and therefore is non-negotiable, and more importantly it is pearl of wisdom given by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.
The new breed of politicians that has either entered in politics or about to step in the domain should prove themselves as capable of holding the legacy of their elders for the promotion of democracy, rule of law and above all serving the poor masses who deserve a fair deal after all. They should make difference in the lives of people, and they can deliver provided they deal with fellow politicians without hiding the daggers working on the Machiavellian like instructions ends justify means.
Ends and means both should be legitimate sanctified by rules of the game. They should be true to their manifesto and reach out to the people and convince them that they are best people to be elected for providing them good governance. This is the democratic and acceptable norms of political process that must be pursued to build Pakistan as envisioned by the Quaid-e- Azam.
The political landscape of the country is conducive for young politicians to do principled and serious people’s politics because the history of government establishes without fear of apprehension of contradiction that doing the bidding of others is like immediate gain for a long term pain and therefore least desirable by any stretch of imagination. The presence of independent judiciary, free media, assertive civil society and human rights organizations are very reassuring for the empowerment of the people whom politicians represent in the Parliament. Their strength and genuine respect is out there in the streets where voters live in large number not in posh areas where majority of dwellers are self-serving who are notorious for riding on the back of poor.
The head of PPP media cell
Source: The News