Lahore - Farrukh Saeed Kh & m Dilawar Ch - Making a change in its administrative strategy, the government gave permission to the Inqlab march of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) along with the Azadi Macrh of PTI to head for the federal capital. The government’s policy of containing both the marches was not being appreciated within the political circles since it had been the unanimous demand of the political parties that the marchers be allowed to proceed to Islamabad without any hurdle.
Owing to the government’s sane decision, guarantees from political parties of their support and meditation have been secured. On the one hand, the government has been able to avert collision, and on the other, it has been able to garner support of parties including PPP, MQM, ANP and Jamaat-e-Islami. It bears mentioning that MQM is well in with PAT while JI is on a friendly footing with PTI which has enabled the federal government to control the turmoil.
Meanwhile, the burden of responsibility has shifted on the shoulders of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri to follow the Lahore High Court’s orders of keeping the march peaceful and within the ambit of the constitution. This backdrop can make them flexible leading the deadlock to be politically resolved.
It also falls to the government to contain hawks within its ranks as rabble-rousing can put a match to the march antagonising the marchers. Suggestions by those who are administratively controlling the march would have to be rejected. The government would have to act like a true democratic setup. It will have to rely on the power of dialogue taking on board members of those parties who believe in dialogue and who can help it find a settlement with Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri. The objective should be to reach political solution which can let democracy continue and also preserve the integrity of the dramatis personae involved.
It should also be stressed that in view of the prevailing situation, if hawks and those who believe in muscle-flexing are not restrained, it would plunge the country into chaos which has been visited on the homeland in the past.