Politics of vendetta

Political instability is evidently loud and clear

The government by cracking down on its political opponents in cases primarily booked on figment of imagination or vendetta is drawing ire

The arrest of Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, former federal minister and a seasoned politician, is the latest addition in the list of alleged witch-hunt that the coalition dispensation has opted for

Earlier, the arrest, detention, remand and subsequent release of Fawad Chaudhry, another PTI stalwart, on charges of sedition has drawn flak

The point is that such acts of victimisation against political adversaries — whether the charges are substantial or not — go on to breed discontent and further push society towards polarisation

Sheikh Rasheed’s arrest was, nonetheless, on the cards as the government wanted to nail him down for his pro-PTI stance and bewildered comments

Such intention was exhibited by the ruling party gurus tongue-in-cheek, time and again

Sheikh’s arrest is unwarranted, to say the least, and that too on a political jibe that he had talked of by implicating former president Asif Zardari in an alleged conspiracy plot

Politics is all about misgivings and a sense of diatribe wherein people play to the gallery by airing their views — it is not necessary that it is qualified or not

With an exemption to anti-state remarks, and that too on record by purpose, local administrations should look the other way round when there is a deluge of political mudslinging

It is not the job of the government to go on to quick-fix its adversaries for their criticism

But unfortunately, the tendency to opt for a knee-jerk reaction jeopardises harmony and social cohesion

Pakistan is on the verge of electioneering

All that is needed at this point of time is stability and a sense of direction to consolidate the dipping economy

The sequel of arrests and intimidation is undesired, and the government would be better advised to adopt a hands-off policy

Level-playing field in politics is a must to ensure tranquility

Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2023

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Date:04-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link