Tuesday September 06, 2016
Spare Pakistan from Baby Politicians
Nothing can be more pathetic than bringing forward youngsters of political monopolists as future leaders. This trend not only encourages hereditary politics in Pakistan it is also a serious danger to the establishment of healthy democratic traditions in the country.
What sins Pakistan has committed to hear the names of Bilawal Bhutto, Moonas Ellahie, Hamza Shahbaz and Omar Ayub.
If Pakistan was not created for military generals it was also not created for such politicians who intend to occupy Pakistani politics for generations to come. What Z. A. Bhutto did for Pakistan was enough. BB could do something else. She did not need to become a politician. With her demise, Bhutto familyís role should have come to an end, but we are already living under her widower Asif Ali Zardari. As it was not enough for Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari has already declared his son Bilawal Zardari the chairman of PPP whereas he himself has chosen to become co-chair.
What is so special about Bilawal Zardari? His only qualification is he is son of Benazir Bhutto. Is it enough for a 19 year old boy to become the Chairman of PPP? Bilawal Zardari has not even broken his baby teeth as yet and he is already the Chairman of the largest political party of Pakistan.
This undemocratic trend is not limited to PPP. There are many other competitor youngsters who are flexing their political muscles to occupy the future politics of Pakistan. We have already mentioned couple of names above, but if we look around in Pakistan there are many more juniors who have already been elected from ancestral constituencies.
The way these youngsters are being groomed as future leaders of Pakistan it has turned political parties into cults. Practically all political entities that currently control Pakistan are more sort of cults than political parties.
Apparently, this trend is not only limited to Pakistan many South Asian countriesí politics faces identical scenarios. India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are few examples.
Since Pakistan is in transition from autocratic or dictatorial system to a democratic system it would be better if Pakistan promulgates laws to control this undemocratic trend right away. Nipping the evil in the bud will help Pakistan become a true democratic country.
There is already enough of religious pir parasti in Pakistan. This religious pir parasti has caused serious damages to Pakistanís social, cultural fabric. Allowing political cultism along with hereditary politics in Pakistan will not only complicate political situation in the country it will also hinder Pakistanís healthy political growth.
While we are discussing the issue of ugly trend of hereditary politics in Pakistan we would also like to point out that Parliament, Election Commission and Supreme Court of Pakistan should strike down undemocratic electoral practices in the country. For example, Senate has practically become the club of the favorites and privileged candidates of various so called political (cults) parties. If a favorite or privileged candidate of political (cult) is not elected MNA he becomes a senate. It is insult to those voters who reject such candidates through ballot box, but they are brought in senate from back doors.
These unhealthy practices are a serious danger to the growth of a healthy democracy in the country.
While we are trying to establish democracy in the country we must pay attention to these issues. If we wonít nip these evils in the buds Pakistan will never become a functional and health democracy.
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