Pakistani politics is saturated with the ‘blame game’, on the part of politicians to gain political advantage and derail the process of democracy. The very recent spat among the opposition and ruling party can be denoted as the ‘reference game’ where the silent spectators i.e. people of Pakistan observed politicians filing ‘disqualification references and counter references’.

The duplicity in the demands of the opposition for the Prime Minister’s resignation, pursued in the embodiment of filing the disqualification reference, can be gauged by the fact that it does not have a legal and constitutional alternative strategy/plan. Hence, the ‘reference game’ seems to be initiated with the intent of taking over the reins of government through the back doors of political blackmailing, pressure tactics and blame game.

It seems as if the PTI wants to undo the government one way or the other and to serve the purpose has been finding raison d’être time and again callously. It has gone as far as to even drag the army into the foray by putting forward the idea of “field marshal-ship” as a consideration. It went into mounting pressure on two fronts i.e. the Honorable Superior Judiciary and The Election Commission of Pakistan: Which happen to be constitutionally autonomous institutions, using media tirades coupled with street protests seemingly in anticipation that if the government completed its term, like its predecessor, it will walk over in next general elections of 2018.

Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT), very strangely in contradiction to its very own party manifesto is trailing the agenda of invoking political unrest and bloodshed. It is noteworthy that the party was established with the aims to introduce the culture of democracy and promote economic stability in Pakistan as per party’s manifesto. From the recent examples of the conduct of its Chairman, Dr. Tahir ul Qadri, it is evident that his intermittent visits to Pakistan and irregular and ambiguous demands are subject to the implementation of certain agenda having a tinge of covert vested interests. His flashing calls to his die-hard supporters for staging sit-ins and street marches and then abrupt call-offs are beyond an average person’s comprehension. Filing of disqualification reference appears to be another episode of this ilk which would serve no good cause except the derailment of the democratic set-up.

Disintegrated, rudderless and clustered opposition thinks that by propagating the ‘Panama Paper Issue’ it can outplay the ruling party. Although democracy in Pakistan is in its nascent stage, still an average voter understands that change can, and should be brought about through the power of vote only.

The boom in electronic media has let the electoral body become more enlightened today as compared to the era of 1990s. Almost every Pakistani, irrespective of his literacy background, is cognisant of his political rights including the fact that the right use of his vote can invoke political change but and revolutionize his economic and financial conditions. This notion can be argued well considering the results of the 2013 general elections. Some political parties were clearly discarded and chosen on the basis of their respective past performances.

Democracy in Pakistan is going to complete a decade with the end of tenure of the sitting government, which is a very healthy sign. Only the political stability can render a change in the plight of the masses through continuity of public policies. Public policy making is a very specialised job and a policy cannot be judged as good or bad till it is put to the test of implementation. It is quite obvious that the implementation of policies is feasible with political constancy only.

An average Pakistani is, primarily, more or less concerned with the economic development and growth of the country and understands that political stability is necessary to put the country’s economy on right track. It is unfortunate that Pakistan is losing its share in international export market while India, China, Malaysia, and Indonesia are capturing Pakistan’s shares in the global marketplace. Overseas buyers are already reluctant to visit Pakistan due to security concerns and recent political mayhem further pushed them to stay away from Pakistan. There is dire need for more reconciliation and all the parties should avoid confrontation on petty issues so that the ensuing negative impact on the economy may be averted.

Gone are the days when the army acted as a replacement for the civilian arrangement and all the stake holders should realise now that the military will not want to be embroiled in an internal conflict of a political nature since it is already stretched owing to Zarb-e-Azb, Karachi Operation and Western and Eastern borders etc. Furthermore, it has to deal with the emerging American, Indian and Afghan Nexus that can be seen as being on the same page with regards to regional politics. Verily, the people of Pakistan want to see their country as an economically developed state that has much potential to present handsome growth in future, provided the political stability prevails in the country.

It is high time that political stakeholders took cognisance of the verisimilitude of the notion that the decisions regarding the fate of the country cannot be made in streets or through staging sit-ins or power switch-overs through back channels and dirty politics of leg-pulling since there are democratic and constitutional ways available to serve the purpose. Political maturity lies in the attitude of playing a productive role towards the strengthening of institutions and resorting to legal fora for invoking any change as well as respecting their verdicts.