Pakistan is going through a making or breaking situation and the ongoing week could be crucial for the democratic process.
The last week concluded on a comparatively peaceful note with civil-military leadership sitting together at the same place in front of cameras. They were got together at the Defence Committee of the Cabinet meeting in which the premier extended full support for the military forces.
He, at the same time, stated that all institutions should respect the limits of one another. However, he made the situation once again severe on Sunday when he stated that he was only answerable to parliament rather than a solo person.
This remark sidestepped a series of queries about a media report, which the presidency had already denied, that the military chief asked the premier to either clarify his remarks or completely retract it against the army leadership.
However, it does not mean that the juncture in civil-military relations is set to collapse. The crisis can be ended at such an advanced stage into the ties between the two mainly state organs.
Among the slanted civil-military relationships, the inglorious memogate is one of the key reasons in this regard. In the ongoing week, much of the concentration will be on the judicial commission formed by the Supreme Court to probe the controversial memogate.
At the same time, the NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) implementation case also moved ahead in which the Supreme Court had issued a contempt of court notice to Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani.
Some leaders of the PPP showed consent to write the letter to Swiss authorities in the case pertaining to money hoarded in Swiss banks that allegedly belong to President Asif Ali Zardari. However, Prime Minister can also resign to gain political scores in the history of politics.
The country may start new journey if the apex court shows flexibility that is exhibited on numerous occasions. Hitherto, Pakistan has observed amount to one step forward, two steps back and two steps ahead, one back.
All in all, the country is near to become politically paralyze in the coming days. At the present scenario, all stakeholders should come forward towards a permanent resolution of the crises to get democracy back on track.