Mujhe Kyun Nikala?
Judiciary and primarily the apex court have been criticized for political and military biases time and again. It seems as the elder Sharif hasn’t been able to keep calm on his nerves and is willing to sacrifice the league`s political capital gained in the last three decades or so. The recent waves of accountability and judicial activism have made the electorate much more aware of the current political scenario with questions pertaining to the character, wealth, biases and much more about who is entitled to represent them in the parliament.
A few years ago during the PPP reign, the same house of Sharif participated in the lawyers’ movement for the restoration of Chief Justice with political motives aside. With a clear majority in the parliament and one of Noon`s veteran as the prime minister, the self-proclaimed party leader seems to have lost the direction in his post ouster rallies. Is he really building the electoral momentum? Or is in search of excuses to malign his own government as the premiership was destined for him.
Recently at a press conference, Mr. Sharif expressed his concerns over the judicial process and complained that he wasn’t aware of the complexities and what one has to suffer to get justice. These concerns aren’t coming out of an average citizen, in fact, the leader of the largest political party in Pakistan, the only politician to be elected as the prime minister for the third time and has occupied public office for the last 30 years. Looking for answers as to why was he disqualified and the irony that country`s top legal counsel and senior advocates could not interpret the 28th July verdict for him. As a matter of fact, referring to the honorable judges as those 5 people, what is he trying to prove? Out of all the years in public office, Mr. Sharif has finally stood up for the sanctity of vote and parliament where his attendance was recorded as 16 percent in four and a half parliamentary years. Rest assured that were the last sittings of his political career.
Despite Dharnas and political turmoil by the mainstream or the religious groups against ruling party, they are still in a comfortable position for the upcoming elections and may win premiership again. The vacuum still exists and will continue to exist until local bodies are strengthened and given a decision making role while legislators focus on lawmaking.
The only conspiracy and existential threat to the so-called democracy are these political leaders completely unaware of the changing global dynamics. Trump and his Whitehouse mates are in no mood to give leverage to Pakistan while Pentagon which had a strong backchannel with Pakistani establishment seems to wither away. There is an international paradigm shift towards Russia, China, and Iran. Pakistan still hinges between the Shaikhs caught up in a Riyadh hotel on corruption probe and a 71-year-old man in the oval office who has no idea what to do as the leader of the free world.
The state needs to act and act swiftly with elections in few months, it’s necessary to safeguard and secure narratives that will shape our future. The answer to Mr. Sharif`s question is in his very own statement and the reason he is using it for political gains tells much about our democracy.
Let’s hope for the best and future leaders with answers rather than questions.
Shehryar Imran Ejaz
Student – Lahore University Management Sciences