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Why not inclusive politics in Pakistan?

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Hamidul Haq Savizai

The long march of successive developments and progress across the globe are the byproducts of conclusive and inclusive politics. Politics is the foundation of national determination. Comprehensive political strategies lead a dispersed and downgraded mass towards a progressive and prosperous nation in the world. Ostensibly, it is clear from the nature and definition of politics of the concerned nation. In simple terms, it refers to the continuous process of resolution of prevailing and rising issues through collective wisdom.

Unfortunately, politics in Pakistan has been confined up-to elites and made merely their tool to exploit spirits, emotions and resources of masses. It has become an expletive and epithet. It is usually termed as breakable and fake promises, white lie and deception. In the land of pure, it is the product of political chauvinism that politics cannot be trusted more by masses. Usually common men held responsible the current politics for institutional stagnation and confrontation. All these are due to the wicked wills, grudges, conflicts and deceitful actions of politicians. They make blunders while the masses pay off for their blunders up-to generations.

Historically, it has been a trend in national politics of Pakistan that treasury and opposition benches fight for their respective personal issues and grudges at the expense of national causes. Treasury bench always try to suppress opposition while opposition leave no stone unturned to throw garbage on treasury bench. Both plays with the emotions and hopes of people at their taxes. Taxpayers have no say in this unending tug of war. This tug of war create a space for un-constitutionalism while un-constitutionalism creates numerous crises and anarchism.

Since inception in August 1947, Pakistan has been experiencing mysterious political events and actions. Till date, crises have been prolonging. These crises could not be addressed. At least, since democratic transition in 2008, the political situation must have been improved. But yet, Pakistan is struck in 1950s in practice.

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For instance, after July 2018 general elections, PTI pursuing the treasury bench came hard on opposition. Opposition was excluded from its due role in the political affairs as enumerated by the constitution. Similarly, after April 2022 end of PTI government through constitutional move, the treasury bench repeated the antagonistic policies that have been causing political turmoil. Here, the question is of national interest not of their personal grudges. Who gets the benefits of un-constitutionalism and un-democratization of state politics? Why politics is deliberately polarized and radicalized? Do the masses pay taxes for their personal grudges, confrontation and ego satisfaction? Would exclusion of one leader or party from mainstream politics ensure political stability and harmony? Since inception, policy of exclusion has been followed. Why not policy of inclusion is taken in consideration to stabilize state affairs?

Moreover, exclusion of Imran khan or any other political leader or political party would ultimately lead to further chaos in the country. The very existence of Pakistan is in danger. Obviously, it would take time to facilitate common men on pretext of welfare state. Policy of exclusion is against the norms democracy. It would, further, make the fragile democratic process unworkable. The state and common are on the verge of downfall. They are not in a position to bear any such critical paradigm. It is time to relieve state and common men to determine their future.

At least, at this critical juncture, the political stability must be the sole concern of all. All the stakeholders ranging from an individual social activist and political workers to bureaucrats, institutions, departments and political leaders must follow the principles and policies of inclusion rather exclusion. They need to sacrifice their personal interests over national interests. They must come forward to share their wisdom and thoughts for a collective and common purpose.

In short, It is the state of all; all should be given enough space to exert abilities, all should be responsible, all should be given rights and duties alike. For the sake of state and resolution of grievances, miseries and troubles of common men, the political tug of war needs to be ended by moving towards inclusive political strategies. Inclusive politics can bring conclusive, firm and comprehensive policies and decisions. That would, in turn, help in addressing the prevailing socio-economic and political crises of the beloved land.

May Pakistan be a Great Nation!

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