Nawaz Sharif, a true heir of General Ziaul Haq – by Junaid Qaiser

Mian Nawaz Sharif has, throughout his political career, by and large shown little respect for constitution, parliament and democratic norms and traditions. Because of these ‘virtues’ (lack of respect towards constitution, parliament and democracy), the nation always regarded him as a true heir of General Zia-ul-Haq.

Nawaz Sharif has once again proved through his latest actions and activities designed by the establishment that the traditional perception about him is right; that he is a real heir of General Ziaul Haq. Now it’s obvious that Punjab based PML-N’s gang leader is a biggest threat to democracy and federation, as he is not ready to accommodate smaller provinces’ demands, wishes and concerns.

Once Mian Nawaz Sharif’s political father stated that:

“What is the Constitution? It is a booklet with 10 or 12 pages. I can tear them up and say that from tomorrow we shall live under a different system. Is there anybody to stop me? Today, the people follow wherever I lead. All the politicians, including the once-mighty Mr. (Zulfiqar Ali) Bhutto, will follow me with their tails wagging. But is that good for the country? No, I have no political ambition personally”
(Gen. Zia-ul-Haq, quoted in Working with Zia by General (retd) K.M. Arif.)

Today, Pakistan is standing at a critical juncture of the history and its future is very much dependent on the success of ongoing democratic order. It seems that through the 18th constitutional amendment, the country is moving towards a new constitutional framework. To some extent parliament is going to develop new social contract. However, due to his strong connection with undemocratic forces, Mian Nawaz Sharif, the establishment’s blue-eyed uncle, is resisting the removal of General Zia’s doctrine from the constitution.

Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Khuhro said Nawaz Sharif exposed his desire to derail the democratic reform in Pakistan with his last minute U-turn on the 18th amendment. Whole nation slam Sharif’s love for establishment and hidden forces.PMLN even betrayed its voters, during election campaign PMLN promised that after winning election, it will work for the supremacy of parliament and strengthened federation but now PMLN is once again standing with establishment. When its gang leader talked about the implementation of charter of democracy and removal of 17th amendment, his basic issue is to curtail the powers of elected civilian president. Whole nation witnessed that he always ignored other fundamental principles set in charter of democracy.

The power hungry Nawaz Sharif is just focusing on mid term polls or early elections. during recent “secret dates” Powerful lobbies ensured PMLN leadership that despite losing support in masses, PML-N will win Punjab and it’s rule will continue in big province. Powerful lobbies recently helped PMLN to win by polls. So there fore Mian Nawaz Sharif is not showing any interest, seriousness and responsibility in present political system, parliament and its proceedings.

The NA session was summoned by the government to fulfill its promise of restoration of 1973 constitution before the start of new parliamentary year. The session was summoned to make it clear that the government is sincere to bring the constitutional amendment bill in the parliament so that no body can say that the government is not fulfilling its promises made with the nation. The PPP is sincerely committed to continue the reconciliation process for strengthening democracy in the country, restore the 1973 Constitution according to its democratic, federal spirit and strengthen the constitutional framework.

The last minute U-turn by Nawaz Sharif over the proposed 18th Constitutional Amendment package has added to the troubles surrounding country’s politics, with democratic forces criticizing the PML-N (and especially its chief boss) over its sudden change in stance. Some authentic reports suggest that Sharifs change of stance was at the behest of some quarters, and the PML-N chief adhered to some phone calls he received just before his press conference.

Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira said: The nation has been disturbed by the sudden apprehensions raised by the PML-N about the constitutional reforms package. The Constitutional Reforms Committee had already reached a consensus on all issues, including the renaming of the NWFP as Pakhtoonkhwa, and expressed hope that Sharif would reconsider his strategy. Even (PML-Q) has also blasted Sharif, senior PML-Q leader and old friend of Mian Nawaz Sharif Kamil Ali Agha said when there is lack of vision among the leadership of a party than such U-turns and decisions could be expected, it was expecting the former Prime Minister to backtrack.

Mian Nawaz Sharif sahib, whole nation is requesting you to leave your political legacy aside and make your personal interests subservient to those of democratic institutions, and work for the success of democracy.



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