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Lahore show: PDM enters blind alley – a bad omen for democracy, country’s sovereignty

By Rehan Khan

ISLAMABAD, Tuesday, December 15, 2020 (WNP/DL): Without going in the controversy of Lahore show’s success or unsuccess, it is very much clear that Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has entered a blind alley which is completely a bad omen for the democracy and even sovereignty of the state.

Taking the lead, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced the PDM’s upcoming event to hold a long march against the incumbent government in Islamabad and said they have set their ships on fire which is carrying a clear -cut message for the ‘selected’ and ‘selectors’ that they have reached at the point of no return.

Seconding Bilawal, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, the chief of his own faction Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) declared the timeframe of the Islamabad sit-in and further added that the PDM legislators would also tender their resignations if they could not meet their demands from the center and federating unit assemblies.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice Chairperson Maryam Nawaz as usual portrayed the grey picture of the national security institutions and the same was reiterated by his father Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who has unluckily deposed from the premiership thrice through video link from London.

Criticizing the ‘most obedient’, she said it is do or die as they will leave no stone unturned to send him back to pavilion.

A PPP veteran politician, expressing his anonymity, said Bilawal Bhutto Zardari should not stand united especially with PML-N and JUI-F under the umbrella of PDM.

He said the PML-N leadership throughout the history has stabbed in the back despite signing the ‘Charter of Democracy’.

He said he feels ashamed of repeating the language, used against the PPP chairman’s mother martyr Benazir Bhutto by the JUI-F and PML-N leaderships.

He proposed Bilawal to continue his struggle against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government but not at the cost of his political legacy.

He said his chairman should not close the doors of negotiation whether or not he is about to reach his destiny. There are many an example such as; in recent past, the PPP has been a collation partner with ‘Qatil League’ sorry Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) in the larger interest of democracy and for the smooth functioning of democratic institutions, he added.

He opined that if it can sit with its severe opponents in the past why not; it should resume talks with the present set up through all diplomatic channels instead of standing by the Talibanization promoters in the country and abroad.

The PPP is only the party which was being called the chain of four provinces including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan and it is the best option for those who brought the PTI in the corridors of power, he maintained.

On the contrary, what a pity! The treasury benches kept on counting the number of participants in the Lahore PDM’s rally and terming it a flop show during the talk shows on various news channels.

It is beyond comprehension that who are the counsels of Prime Minister Imran Khan endangering his 22-year-old political career dragging him too in the blind alley. Instead of cooling down the political temperature, they have brought the government and opposition at the brink of clash.

Talking to this scribe, some seasoned politicians who have been the part of various regimes suggested the captain, mandated to bring the change through social, political, economic and even religious reforms in the country that his focus not only be corruption centric.

More than two and half years have passed and his government has delivered nothing in any spheres of life, they said and added the remaining period will be completed in the blink of an eye and his chapter ‘from hero to zero’ will close once for all.

They urged him if he wants to save his sinking ship, he must control the price hike of daily use items in a bid to provide a sigh of relief to the masses.

This step will help him to cope with the opposition’s blackmailing in the wake of public gatherings amid the second powerful wave of coronavirus pandemic and give him a piece of mind to think beyond all this fuss in the larger interest of country and countrymen, they maintained.