Desperate measures indeed


The opposition bigwigs are getting serious. They seem to be moving away from allegations of rigging towards mounting a more serious challenge to largest party in the National Assembly. In a meeting held on Thursday, it was announced that our major parties would attempt to form government on their own.
A draft prepared by Senate opposition leader Sherry Rehman and PML-N’s Mushahid Hussain aims to put into power a Pakistan Muslim League — Nawaz (PML-N) prime minister, a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) National Assembly Speaker, and an MMA Deputy Speaker. Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will be given a tough time in the forthcoming elections within the assembly.
An ambitious plan indeed, but not one that will lead to stability. The PTI candidates are likely to win and though the opposition needs to play its role, it is time for our leaders to accept the reality of the situation they find themselves in. Despite the allegations of rigging and manipulation, the opposition parties need to accept that in most constituencies the voters simply rejected them.
It is time for this opposition to play a serious, constructive role in ensuring that PTI lives up to the promises that it made — instead of indulging in what can only be called petty politics. They may call Khan’s win a step towards a “puppet government”, but there are many ways to hold Khan and his policies accountable as the opposition.