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Banking on Institutions

The rumblings about the elections are everywhere but, in my personal view, 2018 cannot be the election year.

By: Pervez Musharraf
Published: February 13, 2018
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The year 2018 is likely to be an unwelcoming one for the Pak-US relationship. In my view, Pakistan and the United States will witness rising tensions and bitterer ties in the days to follow. Although President Donald Trump’s approach and language are exceedingly undiplomatic and aggressive towards us, we should still make an effort to communicate with him for an effective resolution of the crisis at hand.

It is also imperative to note that a successful foreign policy is associated with the country’s own political stability. Considering the current scenario in Pakistan, and the commendable role being played by the apex court and the National Accountability Bureau in cases involving Sharif family, I believe that people are soon going to witness the dawn of political stability in Pakistan.

The corruption cases against the Sharif family are almost near to closure, but it all depends upon how institutions announce their verdict against those responsible for damaging the country.

I find it disgusting the way Nawaz Sharif and other PML-N ministers hurl abuses at the top of their voices against the Supreme Court judges and the NAB. It has become a routine for Nawaz Sharif and his followers to unjustifiably insult and abuse the state’s institutions.

The rumblings about the elections are everywhere but, in my personal view, 2018 cannot be the election year. Even if, by any chance, elections take place and the results happen to be the traditional ones, Pakistan’s future will be doomed yet again.

From 1988 to 1999, the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz both ruled the country twice and we all witnessed the way they damaged the country. Both these parties, lately, again completed their respective five years tenure without any interruption, yet they have miserably failed to deliver.

    The politics of Nawaz Sharif has entered into a blind alley. I don’t see that he will be able to revive it. Nawaz Sharif is now only good for keeping the herd of his party workers intact.

As far as the Peoples Party is concerned, it lacks leadership. Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is a kid, while the rest of their leaders are corrupt. The PPP’s style of governance is solely based on corruption. Its leadership pockets billions of rupees through illegal means.

However, I have high hopes that in 2018 the Supreme Court will continue to stand firm and strong and our military will provide it complete support. The setup of the interim government should be extended and it should be given powers to make constitutional amendments. The reason; political restructuring of Pakistan is crucial to revamp democracy and make the system pro-people. This is one of the best and practical solutions to prevent the derailment of democracy.

Nonetheless, one of the biggest challenges of 2018 would be to prevent Nawaz Sharif and all the other disqualified politicians, responsible for all the loot and plunder during the past ten years, from entering into politics ever again.

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Pervez Musharraf
Pervez Musharraf is Pakistan’s former president and Chief of Army Staff