Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tahir-ul-Qadri can't bring change with "Mere Slogans" - PTI

Since Sheikh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri's Grand Welcome Gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has unleashed attack on his Slogan for Change and questioned it's realization and practicality, i.e. alike other mainstream political parties. 

Central Secretary Information of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Shafqat Mahmood has criticized Sheikh-ul-Islam and said that "Change cannot be brought with Mere Slogans". However, when counter questioned, Shafqat Mahmood was unable to present PTI's realization plan for it's Slogan for Change.

The slogan of "Renounce Politics and Save the State" made many Pakistanis raise their eye-brows for three main reasons. The first that the time chosen for this public meeting had ominous forebodings since the stage was already set for much-awaited General Elections, and the slogan which was raised in the meeting would in all likelihood disrupt the electoral process. Second, what prompted Sheikh-ul-Islam (who has been away from Pakistan for half a dozen years for reasons only he knows) to make a dramatic come-back with a new recipe for the country, and third, who is financing this extravagant campaign?

The threat to march makes a travesty of the constitution, wherein the goals set for establishing a just order have not been achieved through Protest Rallies or by Bullying an Elected Government, but through Rules and Procedure given in the constitution. In fact, it must be noted that, "No revolution has ever brought Real Change or Peace of Mind". Even otherwise how could the goals be achieved, as Sheikh-ul-Islam seems to suggest, within a short span of couple of weeks without following the due Electoral Laws and Procedure as given in the constitution. Did it not occur to him that if goals could be achieved by such a simple method, then what was the use of Elections and all the other paraphernalia provided in the constitution? By all means, the recipe proposed by Sheikh-ul-Islamis nothing more than a clever gimmick to create chaos and delay or put off the elections and is clearly inspired by forces inimical to Pakistan.

For bringing change, participation in Elections is the only course open to Sheikh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri under the constitution, which he so keenly quotes. Only then he will have a mandate to implement his program. We have already seen Imran Khan with a radical program preparing for change by adhering to the course of electoral politics as envisaged in the constitution.

Sheikh-ul-Islam should know that any other mode of imposing his will would lead to fascism of the worst type. We have already waded through much perilous waters of military dictatorships to reach our present stage of political development and therefore cannot afford further upheavals likely to derail us from a Democratic Course.

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