While political turmoil in Pakistan has reached its peak this month, there have been some developments that have led to rumors that the growing rift between the opposition and the government is closing. Although the opposition denies it, government ministers, including Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, are promising to be “all on one page.”
While the opposition is expressing satisfaction at the briefing of the military leadership, it is also seen criticizing the absence of Prime Minister Imran Khan in this important meeting. So are only the army and the opposition appearing on one page?
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan for not attending the meeting of the National Security Committee. According to him, the briefing was very important regarding the changing situation in Afghanistan and its possible impact on Pakistan. According to Bilawal Bhutto, the non-participation of the Prime Minister in this meeting has once again proved that the ego of the Prime Minister is more than the national interest.
However, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that the Prime Minister was coming to attend the meeting of the National Security Committee but the Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif had sent a message to the Speaker of the National Assembly that he would not attend the meeting if the Prime Minister came.
PML-N Information Secretary Maryam Aurangzeb, while rejecting the claim of the Information Minister, asked how Shahbaz had banned the Prime Minister when he was not present at the meeting. The PML-N president did not send any message to anyone.
He further said that Fawad Chaudhry has any official document in which Shahbaz Sharif has denied any evidence. Show if there is any official correspondence of Shahbaz Sharif or Shahbaz Sharif’s office?
Maryam Aurangzeb also raised several questions on the absence of the Prime Minister. According to her, “Did Imran Sahib leave the National Parliamentary Meeting of Corona at the behest of Shahbaz Sharif?” Didn’t Imran Sahib come at the request of Shahbaz Sharif on other issues of national importance and security? Shahbaz Sharif also forbade consultation for the appointment of the chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women?
PPP National Assembly member Shazia Marri told the BBC that as far as the meeting of the National Security Committee was concerned, her party chairman Bilawal Bhutto had spoken about the briefing on the situation in Afghanistan and during the briefing He also questioned the absence of the Prime Minister.
According to her, there are a number of questions that have to be answered by the chief executive because he has the authority to make all such decisions. In her opinion, it would be an exaggeration to expose such institutions without attending the meeting itself.
Now the question arises, To what extent can the Prime Minister’s proposal for electoral reforms melt the ice?
Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address to the National Assembly had said that it was time for us to contest the elections and no one should be afraid that ‘I will lose due to rigging’. Imran Khan said that there was still a controversy in the Senate and by-elections that rigging had taken place.
He said he complained of rigging in the 2013 elections and was given four constituencies.
“We demanded the opening of four out of 133 constituencies. By going to court and fighting the case, those constituencies were opened. There are recommendations of the Judicial Commission on the 2013 elections. We decided to bring an electronic voting machine. If the opposition has any other suggestion, we are ready to listen.
According to Rasool Bakhsh Raees, the Prime Minister’s proposal could play an important role in moving things forward. According to him, if the PML-N is offered that the Establishment will remain neutral in the next elections, then perhaps the discussion on electronic voting machine can also move forward.