What PPP is up to?

The Pakistan Peoples Party, being one of the three major parties of the country, has a role to play in national politics but regrettably its overall thinking and strategy seems to be highly confused. The Party, these days, is behaving strangely in order to make its presence felt in the political arena and while doing so is inflicting harm to core democratic values and the democratic process itself.
Both former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and the incumbent Shahid Khaqan Abbasi are trying to establish contacts with the PPP leadership with a view to enlisting its support for soothing the otherwise dismal political scenario in the country but former President Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Zardari are sticking to their rigid position not to have any contact with PML (N). There can be no two opinions that Mian Nawaz Sharif, as Prime Minister, might have wronged and annoyed PPP and even neutral observers and analysts too quote several instances when PML (N) leader should have demonstrated maturity and maintained, at least, working relationship with PPP leadership. However, one must say that the PPP leadership is now repeating the same mistake and as a consequence both the parties would lose in some ways. This is written large on the wall but unfortunately PPP leaders are unable to see this writing because of petty reasons. One can justify stubborn attitude of Mr. Zardari in not reciprocating to Mian Nawaz Sharif but how can the PPP justify its posture on the issue of constitutional amendment on delimitation of constituencies, which is a national cause as the outcome will have direct consequences for the next general election. What benefit PPP would get if the elections were delayed? And who will be responsible if some serious crisis erupts because of this infighting? The fact that PPP backtracked and changed its posture several times on the issue is sending wrong signals to people of Pakistan. All political parties including PPP agreed on the amendment but then it conditioned its support to the amendment to holding of CCI meeting. The CCI also gave go ahead signal for delimitations but then again PPP had afterthought and resorted to pressure tactics when it came to adoption of the Bill by the Senate. We believe that PPP should enter into serious negotiations with PML (N) as per demand of the ground realities as this is the only way forward for the two parties to improve their election prospects.

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