Dialogue with other parties

ACCORDING to media reports, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is in London because of health conditions of his spouse, would initiate process of dialogue with other parties on his return home. He plans to first talk to PML (N) allies and would then establish contact with other political parties.
Mian Nawaz Sharif had dropped hints about such a dialogue during his GT Road journey to Lahore after his disqualification by the Supreme Court in Panama leaks case. The stated objective of the dialogue was to create consensus about the need for restoration of respect and sanctity of the mandate of the people. An almost similar proposal was mooted by Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani, who floated the idea of dialogue among institutions with a view to defining the role and limits of all of them and ensuring Constitutionalism and rule of law. His initiative found favours with PML (N) but even his own party – PPP – distanced from the idea saying that this is personal thinking of Mian Raza Rabbani. Dialogue or no dialogue among institutions, political parties must get united for strengthening democratic system and ensuring continuity of the democratic process and for this to happen all parties must agree to install a viable, impartial accountability institution in the country to carry out across-the-board transparent accountability. Government authority is at the lowest ebb mainly because of follies and misdeeds of the politicians who are more interested in self-interests than interest of the country, cause of democracy and rule of law. Politicians are loyal to their cause and even if they agree on something, as PPP and PML (N) agreed on Charter of Democracy, only lip service is paid to implementation of the understanding. Dialogue can succeed only if there is sincerity on part of leadership and political parties, which is not the case at the moment, therefore, fate of dialogue seems to be in doldrums in given circumstances.

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