‘Rally’ fever in Pakistan

Hypothetically, it’s the same well-mannered and electorate that the politicians are contending, however, the different parts of the political ambit appear to be holding different worlds at the same time.

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, last week in Davos, Switzerland, rebuffed the possibility of early elections, saying the option is off the table after passage of the parliamentary resolution in support of the government.

However, the opposition parties are not looking at the same page. The insiders of the PML-N have initiated a process to move away from the get-Zardari campaign that was supposed to assist in triggering for early elections. However, it’s not really a strong point.

All in all, what does this rally fever mean in the present scenario when Senate elections are approaching. In case the government’s parliamentary position looked unsettled, the rallies by opposition parties make sense and help in building pressure on the incumbent to move for fresh polls.

Apparently it does not seem reasonable tactic. In the present scenario, where the government appeared to be safe and the key parliamentary opposition calm, rally fever just ends up causing electoral burnout even ahead of ringing bell for the campaign cycle is heard.

Possibly some of the parties may want to mull over keeping up their energy for the short but intense race to the end that Pakistani polls have been traditionally instead of plodding along marathon-style when the finish-line in out of prospect.

There is a lengthy list of things that are in due prior to the elections. It include solutions for Pakistan’s long-standing economic, security and political problems; developing a realistic health and education policy; figuring out how Pakistan can take positive advantage of its regional position instead of always fending off threats, real and perceived.

The county needs a break from all the rallies, as there is plenty of time for that later.


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