Govt should stay calm

WHILST Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the other day welcomed judicial proceedings into Panama Papers and also constituted a committee of federal ministers to contact political parties to firm up a consensus strategy to deal with November 2 planned lockdown of Islamabad by the PTI, it appears some of the cabinet members have made up their mind to give a tit-for-tat response to PTI’s diatribe — something that would only add fuel to political temperature and not augur well for the government but its opponents.
Much to our surprise Ishaq Dar, the Finance Minister, who is known for his decent and calm character made a fiery speech at FPCCI in Islamabad on Saturday calling PTI Chief a frustrated man with malicious intent? Upping the ante, he went on to state that some people misuse the donation money and have no courage to present themselves for accountability. This is the first time that we have seen Dar, often referred as a trouble-shooter for the PML (N), in such an angry mood. There is no doubt that Ishaq Dar had spoken out of his heart yet we believe that senior ministers like the stature of Ishaq Dar should avoid raising the political temperature through such a tirade as it would only serve the purpose of opponents and transmit a negative message to the masses. At this point of time, senior cabinet members need to demonstrate utmost maturity, sagacity and control over their nerves to come out stronger of the latest challenge thrown up by the PTI — similar they had demonstrated during the 2014 sit-in. The best course is to demonstrate utmost sincerity for accountability as has already been demonstrated by the PM as well as keeping doors of dialogue open for the parties willing to talk for possible solution to the matter. There is no harm if the government committee directly or indirectly contacts the PTI in order to reach a decision that saves people of Islamabad from any prolonged interruption in their routine lives.

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