Pakistan has suffered successive bouts of so called ‘democratic’ and military rule during the past six decades. When we look at the Islamic period, we see the ‘Khulfa-i-Rashideen’ as a golden period, based on election of caliphs or rulers by consensus between a council of elders, rather than a franchise based on all and sundry. This was followed by a dynastic rule of kings and sultans with autocratic powers that led to democracy. However, the so called ‘democratic rulers’ deteriorated into autocracy.
Placing their relatives and cronies on high posts, an impasse developed between the rulers and the masses. They became more and more corrupt, pushing the poor and middle class down. Now we must go back to the era of strength, we need to constitute a council of elders, comprising seven members, taken from retired politicians, retired judges of the Supreme Court, lawyers of repute and integrity, retired generals, retired educationists and some prominent women leaders. This council could elect or select the future head of state or government. The President would be at liberty to select his advisers, while legislators could be elected by normal election process but they could not be appointed as ministers.
DR. MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI,
Lahore, August 25.