Viability of democracy in Pakistan
In the sight of global eyes Pakistan is recognized as a “Democratic State; where majority is given authority and they can vote according to their own will to elect a righteous person who can represent their voice before the parliament. Most of the political leaders in Pakistan are seen raising the slogans of proud, loudly and enthusiastically, that Pakistan is a democratic state.
Obviously, Pakistan is a democratic state as the entire governmental system takes the mandate of majority of people living in the country. But the question arises that “Is it logically possible for a country to be democratic state in real terms just on the basis of presence of democracy in its name and constitution?” When there is the rule of military official in the country; who imposes marshal law and abrogates the constitution, people call it dictatorship but what would people call a state where there is democracy but despite of being a democratic state, more than ninety percent of people sitting in the country’s parliament belongs to either one family or either are financially rich and strong?
If Pakistan is observed since 2007, the beginning of renaissance of democracy in the country, it seems to show no sign of improvement in its any sector either it is observed in economic terms or political terms. However, there seems an increase only in one factor which may be considered as positive one, that is population, but again the credit of this does not go to representatives of people but indeed to the people. Being a democratic state by name doesn’t make any country, by any definition of democracy, a real democratic state; therefore same is the case with Pakistan.
Pakistan has been bestowed by many intellectual leaders, since its establishment, who brought the derailed democracy on its track. But unfortunately, till today no one ever has put forth his/her ideas and opinions to improve the system by which the majority in the country is given full liberty to choose their own representative whom they perceive for their best welfare.
Can anyone claim about the current horrible scenario of the country is in real terms the will of Pakistani citizens. If yes then one must have to accept these unfavorable factors towards country’s development as per demands and will of people, including political instability, economic deficit issues, terrorism issues, poverty, unemployment, low literacy rate, violence against women, trafficking and abduction of children, sectarianism conflicts, Language issues, Target killing, money exortion and internal insecurity due to law in order situations. If there is true democracy in the country then why there is increase only in those factors which are considered as sweet poison for a country’s development?
No one can prove that present elected members of Pakistani Parliament are those people who have been elected by the majority of people through votes. Are these actual representatives of the majority, who are seen enthusiastic during election season and very soon after their success they vanish from the screen? While focusing these arguments an analysis arise in the mind that “either the people of Pakistan are bid craze to vote in favor of these corrupt aristocrats and feudal or their votes are stolen and they have no control over it”.
Current instable political system and cases of riggings during General elections 2013, over many seats, proves that, even the majority of Pakistani citizens cast their votes but unfortunately due to poor and improper mechanism of accountability and transparency in the electoral system, the votes are stolen, democracy has been hijacked and now is in the control of political pirates in the country. Whatever is the actual scene behind this complex wall, this is bid clear like a crystal that Pakistan needs an entire new political system which will never be introduced until and unless each and every citizen of the country has only one agenda that is “You can change the system, before you have to change”.
Muhammad Attique Shah
Columnist at "Daily The Pioneer", Pakistan.
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