By the point these strains go for print, the two-day ultimatum given by JUI-F chief Mualana Fazlur Rehman to Prime Minister Imran Khan, searching for his resignation, would have already expired. However Imran has made it abundantly clear that he is not going to step down.
Therefore the JUI-F’s demand is a non-starter. What plan of action will Maulana resort to in that state of affairs? Will he lead his followers to march in the direction of D-Chowk, the well-known venue the place Imran had staged the 126-day-long sit-in? The federal government has already warned protesters of penalties in the event that they violate the phrases of settlement.
The military has additionally mentioned it would assist the “democratically-elected” authorities and won’t let anybody undermine the interior stability. However taking over 1000’s of charged protesters will certainly result in violence, one thing that may neither profit the federal government neither is good for the nation.
The PML-N and the PPP are unlikely to hitch the JUI-F if it decides to march in the direction of Structure Avenue. There have been many theories doing rounds that the PPP and the PML-N are reluctant to go to that extent as a result of each these events, regardless of having critical reservations in opposition to the federal government, don’t need to antagonise the powers-that-be.
The function of Shehbaz Sharif is especially in query, who has taken a considerably completely different line than many hardliners inside the PML-N. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, although has strongly criticised the PTI authorities, can also be treading a cautious path.
However whatever the conjecturing, the very fact of the matter is that saner voices inside the PPP and the PML-N imagine that searching for the ouster of the PM by road protests must be discouraged. The rationale they don’t assist such an strategy is as a result of each events have suffered this politics of agitation previously.
However why then these political events are supporting Maulana’s Azadi March? The reply is that the present authorities or actual powers have left little area for the nation’s two foremost opposition events to function. Their foremost management is in jail and extra instances are being instituted in opposition to the opposition politicians. This state of affairs has naturally pushed them nearer to the JUI-F, which has little stakes within the present setup given their negligible presence within the Parliament.
The PTI authorities’s mishandling of the economic system and different follies have given added ammunition to those opposition teams. On prime of it, Prime Minister Imran’s confrontational strategy and continued diatribe in opposition to opposition leaders has additional induced polarisation. On a day 1000’s have been attending the Azadi March in Islamabad, Imran went to Gilgit and hit out at opposition leaders, calling Maulana an “Indian nationwide”.
What is definite is that Maulana just isn’t going to get the resignation of Prime Minister Imran however there are fears that the present standoff might not augur nicely for the nation. Some ministers have publicly threatened instructing the protesters a lesson.
However they need to keep in mind that the PTI can also be answerable for introducing this politics of agitation. If the present JUI-F protest is unsuitable, then the PTI’s 2014 sit-in can’t be justified both. Earlier than taking the upper ethical floor, Imran ought to publicly apologise for his dharna politics.
Now regardless of the JUI-F’s calls for, the federal government and its backers should search a political approach out as a substitute of crushing the political motion.
If Imran might attain out to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Balakot incident when the 2 international locations have been on the point of a struggle, why can’t he present the identical magnanimity at house? If as we speak he picks up the cellphone and talks to opposition leaders, together with Maulana, and invitations them for a dialogue, he gained’t do any hurt to his political credentials. Pakistan, dealing with a number of challenges, can not afford additional political upheaval. It’s time for introspection, not retribution!