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Representation Crisis of Pakistan: Who will Govern Pakistan?

Pakistan faces a crisis of representation. The foremost question is, who will govern the affairs of the federal and provincial governments?
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Pakistan is facing a representation crisis. Who will represent the people in the government? Can Pakistan afford a government without representation of people? Pakistan is a federal republic according to article one of the constitution. The term ” republic” denotes a government formed, represented and assembled by the people. A representative government is always more powerful and has the moral competence to rule. Therefore, there must be a powerful representative government in Pakistan. It is not only a constitutional obligation but also an administrative requirement.

Pakistan is facing a political crisis. Instead, it is more of a representative crisis. Who will govern? Constitutionally, Pakistan has an indirect democracy, and only chosen representatives shall govern the affairs of the government. However, it has yet to be the case in Pakistan. There are de-jure and de-facto powerhouses in Pakistan, and unfortunately, the de-facto powerhouses are more muscular in Pakistan. Then, this time around, the political crisis is more severe. The people are more concerned about their right to choose their representatives. People are more profound about resisting the de-facto powerhouses. Therefore, the right to elect the government must be delegated to the people of Pakistan.

Democracy is a way of political life. It does not matter what the constitution or laws reflect if political parties are unwilling to obey them. Democracy is a political consensus. Therefore, it is more important that political parties must ensure democratic principles and values. The leading reason democracy has not flourished in Pakistan is that political parties cannot find at least a way to develop a consensus on specific procedural issues of politics. How to play politics? It must be settled by the political parties, not the institutions or judiciary. Therefore, all political parties must sit together and develop a consensus on when to hold elections and how to proceed further. Still, the consensus process must be backed by law and constitution.

Political parties must take the national interest as their priority. The economy of Pakistan has almost collapsed, and critics believe that political parties have been more egoistic than conciliatory. Consensus is critical. However, it is also significant it should not compromise the legal, constitutional and moral positions of political parties. Furthermore, political parties can still wage a consensus, vigorously implementing their political interests and legal principles. Politics is an art of possibility. Political parties may not compromise their political ends; however, they must develop a consensus on the means to achieve their political ends. It is a matter of national interests, and people expect them to prefer national interests over political interests.

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