Shehbaz Sharif’s proposal

AS bitterness in politics and overall situation of the country is not subsiding Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shehbaz Sharif has floated a proposal for dialogue among politicians, judiciary and army to bring sanity to state affairs. Talking to a delegation of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) in Lahore, he wondered why Pakistan has to face acute problems and challenges despite being a nuclear power and potential to grow and prosper.
The seriousness of the proposal is reflected by the fact that the Chief Minister talked high of the role of Pakistan Army and Judiciary and said being more organised institution, Army has a responsibility towards the nation. His earnest approach was also visible from the remarks he made about overall performance of both civilians and military rulers and said none of them could deliver as successfully as they should have and we must find out the reasons. There are no two opinions that from the very beginning, Mian Shehbaz Sharif has been focusing on development and good governance and with a view to fulfilling this cherished goal, he strictly pursued the policy of non-confrontation. In fact, media reports are strife with references to occasions when Shahbaz played the much-needed role to bring down tempers and normalise the situation. In fact, in normal circumstances, there should not be need for a dialogue among institutions as their role is clearly defined in the Constitution. If every institution plays its role and discharges its responsibilities strictly in accordance with the Constitution, there should be no problem and no conflict or crisis in the country. However, the fact remains that institutions have been stepping out of their domain and area of responsibility and that caused friction in national scene. In this backdrop, the proposal of the Chief Minister deserves serious consideration by all as the dialogue could define the red lines for all stakeholders, which they must not cross.

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