Deepening discord


With the coalition government led by the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) coming up with a decision to challenge the three-member Supreme Court bench hearing a case related to holding of general elections in the Punjab province, the constitutional discord gripping the country has only deepened.
The apex court is hearing a case over the delay in elections to the Punjab Assembly amid a controversy over the suo motu notice taken in this regard. The idea was pitched during a meeting of the coalition parties held in Lahore to deliberate over ways to create counterweights to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) mounting legal pressure on the government.
Pakistan has been grappling with political instability for several years now. The current situation has been exacerbated by the agitation of the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party over the delay in the general elections. And, this is deeply worrying in the sense that it undermines the democratic process and further destabilizes the already fragile political landscape of the country.
The delay in the election process has been primarily due to disagreements between the government and opposition over the constitutionality of the poll process. The opposition has been demanding elections in the light of the provision of the country’s constitution. However, the government has been reluctant to accept the demand, leading to a stalemate over the issue.
As reported on these pages, the delay in the election process has sparked protests and civil unrest across the country in recent days as the main opposition party has been accusing the government of trying to run away from the elections and manipulate the process in its favor. The coalition government, on the other hand, has accused the opposition of trying to destabilize the country by inciting violence and unrest. The situation is deeply concerning as it is only adding to the already existing tension and conflict.
It is essential for the political leadership to prioritize the interest of the country over their political agendas and work towards resolving the issues through dialogue and compromise. The government must listen to the legitimate demands of the opposition and ensure transparency and fairness in the election process. The opposition, on the other hand, must refrain from inciting violence and unrest and engage in constructive dialogue with the government to resolve the issues.
The delay in the election process is a matter of great concern. It is essential for all stakeholders to work towards finding a peaceful and democratic solution to the ongoing crisis. Only then can Pakistan emerge as a stable and prosperous country that upholds the principles of democracy and rule of law.