Azadi and Inquilab marches have their own importance for many reasons. Putting aside charter of demand and claims and counterclaims, one thing is clear; perhaps for the first time in the history of our country, except for PTI and PAT, all opposition parties and Pakistan military and the United States is supporting democratic process. In the past we have never come across such a scenario. The main opposition party, PPP is one step ahead in supporting existing parliament and democratic process; we have never seen such goodwill from a main opposition party.

The current standstill between ruling party PML-N and PTI-PAT is not a good omen for democracy of Pakistan. That stake holders have put their faith into the former president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari and are relying on him to use his wisdom to save the parliament and democracy; something new. Being an ardent supporter of democracy, I am afraid that the deadlock could put democracy at risk and it would compel military to “save” the state if things don’t improve.


Lahore, August 22.