There has been much ado about the wires revealed under Panama Papers that blamed the prime minister of Pakistan for being a corrupt politician. The current political scenario of the country brings us to the question whether the government and the political parties can be on the same about these papers and accountability issue after long debates, issuing statements, arranging sit-ins, nonagreement over TORs, and opposition’s claims that the government is dodging the topic.
The current political scenario of the country brings us to the question whether the government and the political parties can be on the same about these papers and accountability issue after long debates, issuing statements, arranging sit-ins, nonagreement over TORs, and opposition’s claims that the government is dodging the topic.
According to the recent news, while deliberating on the issue of PTI’s sit-in, the president of the ruling party and the prime minister of Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz Sharif has come to a conclusion that the government finally needs to sit with the opposition parties and discuss the possible solution of the problem.
Having said that, we remember that the government had agreed on opposition parties sitting together with the government and drafting TORs on the same issue, a while back but the two sides could not agree on these terms.
Can government accept the terms that opposition parties will present this time or can it convince these parties to drop the matter or this is just another state tactic to linger the battle? We are yet to know the answer to these questions.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), had been adamant since the papers saw the daylight that after such a huge exposure the head of the government, prime minister Nawaz Sharif had lost his credibility as a public representative so he shall resign from the top office.
Recently, PTI has announced another sit-in (dharna) in the capital of the country, Islamabad, to further stress the need for accountability of every office of government, especially the top office.
The said sit-in is supposed to happen on Nov. 2, 2016. On the other hand, the leader of Pakistan People’s Party, the other biggest opposition party of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has also threatened the government of a long march if their demands regarding the Panama papers are not met; the long march in question is scheduled for Dec. 27, 2016, in case of nonagreement.
The young leader of Pakistan People’s Party has tried to convey a very critical message while saying that if the demands that PPP had presented were not met, PMLN and the country might be looking into a scenario he described as ‘boot march’.
Is Bilawal Bhutto Zardari indicating that there can be yet another military coup and that the PPP will support it? Because thus far the policy of the largest party from Sindh has been to support the democracy even a weak one.
Are the political parties uniting on the Panama papers? Will this increase the pressure on the government and the PM? Will democracy prevail? A lot needs to be asked and even more needs to be answered.