What we are up to?


The author is a noted journalist, political analyst and ex-Director News Pakistan TV.


Mumtaz Hamid Rao

The relentless scenario in the national polity, based on a startling fiasco due to the visible collapse of attempts by the lawmakers-elect to touch the zenith of a consensus for renaissance of a democratic rule has-prima facie-put the peoples’ zest, observed during the Oct-10 polls at hazards.

The constant and consistent aspiration by almost everyone to grasp the dazzling slot of the Premiership plus other portfolios like Speaker ship and alluring ministries depicts an icon of a bewilderment vis-é-vis the restoration of democracy in Pakistan with parliamentary form as its pedestal. Such a mindset of the victors of the elections-explicitly the apex headship-is indeed putting the guiltless voters into a state of ordeal as they did not expect that their ‘leaders’ shall take so long to agree upon the formation of a regime, which could be defined as a government by ‘the people,! for the people and of the people’ that has by and large been a familiar slogan by almost all the contestants during their pre-polls crusade to attract optimal sympathies of the public.

Disquieted with the ill-fated lessons of the past, inked in the history in a crystal clear way, the outlook and perception of the populace towards the potential performance of the winners is taking a swift change with the advent of every dawn. Its’ thus an apposite time for the members-elect of the Parliament to take the ground realities seriously as the nation-irrespective of cast, creed or credo-can in no way afford to face a dilemma of any nature or magnitude any more and in the long run it will be left with no choice but to withdraw its back-up for a parliamentary system. If one goes by the factuality, no one nowhere is ardent in a specific mode of governance may it be a parliamentary or presidential one. Peace, progress and prosperity with the continuance of integrity and sovereignty is of-course the foremost desire of the population of every de facto state. It’s indeed a pre-requisite for a perfect welfare country
where the people could lead a snags-free life, which can only be ensured by a solid set-up. A common view, being envisioned in the wake of the current ‘tug-of-war to grasp the lofty slots’ is a flashing signal for the illustrious politicians to reach a mutually agreed formula, reflecting the hopes of their vote-bank lest the masses set off their up-dated feelings about the ‘course of a democratic system’ in Pakistan. One expects that all those who have stepped into the arena of momentous politics with a triumph shall make sure-by eschewing petty issues-that the on-going green signal does not turn into red shape.  It’s virtually a physiological as well as a universal phenomenon that the pragmatic nations always keep the national interests’ as leading instead of getting into fervour for their individual ambitions. No one can disprove the well-known truth that the patriotic people of our lovely homeland have always applied this yardstick! k in times of each predicament and seem resolute to uphold this approach even in times ahead.

Though keeping mum for the moment, they may disillusion their leaders in the same fashion as the elected-ones seem bent upon now a days through yearn for clutching the corridors of power in place of the revival of democracy, which is ought to seek the utmost priority as was energetically pledged by them to their electors. A fitting time for a consensus-in any way-is passing through with a high-speed velocity. Isn’t it so the parliamentarians-elect? So what is a hitch in translating the established phrase that-the ballot is stronger than the bullet-into a reality by quickly reaching an accord to pull the nation out of the present perplexity-cum- pandemonium-like setting?

The author is a noted journalist, political analyst and ex-Director News Pakistan TV.