Another new variable which will have a great influence over the outcome of upcoming general elections is the election manifestoes of the political parties. The lofty claims by both parties will be of no use unless they come up with a concrete plan of action of addressing the pressing issues of energy crisis, corruption, terrorism and unemployment. A vibrant and vigilant media will not only scrutinize the election manifestoes of various political parties in minutest detail, but it will also dissect the plan of actions given by these parties to address the major issues facing Pakistan. So the electorate will be well informed and educated before exercising their right to franchise.
So far none of the two parties has come up with a tangible plan of action which could satisfy the electorate. Imran Khan’s 90 day formula of eliminating corruption and terrorism sounds hollow in the absence of how he will bring about such a miracle in such a short period of time? One wonders if he has a magic wand by rubbing which everything in Pakistan will be hunky dory in 90 days. The PML-N’s situation is no different either. The electorate will not be taken into out and out PPP bashing. Holding the PPP responsible for all ills of Pakistan will not work anymore.
The SC’s verdict against the PM has immense political significance for the future course of politics in Pakistan. In a show of power both the government and opposition parties are facing off each other in political rallies and meetings. Pakistan is transitioning into a phase of electoral politics without change of political guard. Had these gathering and rallies been held in an election environment under a neutral care taker setup their impact have been positive for the country. Such mudslinging and blame games between the divided opposition and the government have turned this trend into a vicious cycle of confrontational politics.
By organizing political gathering without relinquishing power PPP and its allies has given the impression of their lust to rule at the cost of public welfare while divided opposition also shows a negative tendency. It is about time that political actors show some maturity. They should sit down and negotiate a care taker set up and a suitable date for elections. Early polls will not only provide current government with a face saving but will also be good for the supremacy of rule of law and strengthening of democratic institution in Pakistan.