Pakistan – Pro-Democracy Resolution

January 18, 2012

By Padmini Arhant

The recent political tension in Pakistan contained through recognition of powers with respective government body is praiseworthy.

Pakistan National Assembly passed pro-democracy resolution with overwhelming majority is a monumental step in strengthening democratic system.

The resolution upholding parliamentary procedure, federation governance and state institutions functionality all within constitutional parameters delineate individual responsibility in adherence to democratic principles with republic retaining absolute power.

The house acknowledged sovereignty belonging to Almighty Allah and,

Parliamentary authority exercised by people elected representatives with parliament being the confluence of consolidated vision and wisdom pledging allegiance to national interest.

Further the national assembly unanimously endorsed the incumbent political leadership of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani reiterating full confidence and trust in leading the nation on democratic path to dispel speculations on Pakistan’s political stability.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani stating utmost respect for judiciary reminded critics of the crucial steps taken upon swearing into office in releasing judges then kept under arrest by former President Pervez Musharraf during emergency rule.

Prime Minister Gilani has given assurance in obliging Supreme Court order on National Reconciliation Ordinance matter.

National Reconciliation Ordinance was unilaterally introduced by predecessor General Pervez Musharraf providing blanket amnesty to law offenders on various corruption scandals such as black money in Swiss bank accounts, embezzlements and tax evasions.

President Musharraf rule implementing economically detrimental ordinance burdened taxpayers in semblance with rest of the global society enduring corruption epidemic.

Pakistan Supreme Court subsequent order to null and void the unconstitutional measure for transparency and remedial response on corruption charges with the current political leadership has led to NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) hearing.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is accused in contempt of Supreme Court order calling for PM action to repeal NRO currently protecting unlawful wealth acquisition and management specifically citing President Asif Ali Zardari Swiss bank accounts maintained under privileged status immunity.

The dilemma for Prime Minister Gilani is President Asif Ali Zardari personal assets scrutiny posing litmus test on functional democracy in Pakistan.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani request to Swiss Bank for full disclosure of accounts and disproportionate assets on all Pakistan nationals including President Asif Ali Zardari would categorically exemplify the government’s democratic nature,

Alongside satisfying Supreme Court’s legitimate inquest on national wealth accountability.

Illegal wealth accumulation directly affects national economy contributing to economic and social inequality in global society.

Crime committed with impunity among political establishment and affluent elitists is the culture threatening meaningful democracy and economic progress world over.

Complacency to hierarchical income distribution widening gap between haves and have-nots diminish prospects for disadvantaged demography prolonging status quo.

Pakistan could perhaps be the trailblazer in transcending politics for revenue recovery besides restoring seriously jeopardized national image and credibility – the contemporary trend across the globe.

Leaderships on spotlight are often required to demonstrate convictions with result-oriented actions.

The decisions demanding diligence and courage for national benefit stand testimony to leadership trustworthiness and ability to deal with challenges ahead.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and coalition partners have a unique opportunity to lead the nation beyond conventionalism in addressing economically crippling corruption issue.

Pro-democracy resolution is a new chapter in Pakistan’s modern history with rationality prevailing over ideology not to mention the declaration on sovereignty reclaimed in accordance with statehood identity.

Good Luck and Best Wishes! To people of Pakistan and leaderships representing democratic institutions in peaceful reconciliation of all issues.

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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