National Assembly

Skeptical about democracy

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former Sindh Chief Minister Syed Ghaus Ali Shah has said President Asif Ali Zardari had made it clear to PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif in their meeting in Raiwind in July that he cannot press for the trial of the former President Musharraf due to his compulsions.

It appears that the popular stance of Nawaz Shareef on dictator Musharraf seems to be fading away. N League were the only political party who were genuinely interested to try Musharraf on the breach of constitution and no doubt they had served all their energies to grill the dictator but lately a notable change has be seen in Nawaz Shareef’s behavior who now would not only allow democracy to prevail but respect each others mandate also according to the statement he has recently issued which means he will not demand for tyrant’s trial anymore.

A sudden flexibility by the man of principles has surprised entire nation, not sure about repercussions of PML N’s “U turn” on their rising stature but the way they are subtly distancing themselves from Musharraf’s trial exposes the culture of Nawaz Shareef’s “principled politics”. The excuse PML N has come up with is they would only table resolution against ex Army General if PPP and other political parties support them otherwise the proposed resolution will be a waste that would ultimately benefit Musharraf.

The phenomenon of being skeptical about democracy by its very custodians often amazes me yet they did it again. How on earth Nawaz league could go against the basic theory of democracy when it comes to fulfillment of their own interests. In democracy voice of the nation should be given respect and being the most popular party of Pakistan N league should not hesitate to submit resolution against the dictator. Expecting support or opposition should be left on the parliament depending upon the fairness of plea.

If Nawaz league is confident on their stance and Pakistanis really take Musharraf as usurp (as Shareefs claim) – N league would be backed by the democratically elected parliament but the pressure building tactics on other political parties to turn results in their  favor is against the basic theory of democracy.

The core objective of presenting resolution in parliament is to try Musharraf in court with the will of people of Pakistan but the same N league who won the elections against dictatorship is hesitant to “rely” on democracy this time and are afraid of tabling resolution in the parliament with the fear of being disapproved which not only demonstrates dictatorial mindsets of Shareef brothers but also these actions are against the glory of Pakistan’s most popular party.