The Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) backed by coalition partners is required a simple majority to get its nominee elected as the new leader of the House and another one after his disqualification.
The latest decision by the PPP to nominate Raja Pervez Ashraf for premiership will further exacerbate the ongoing confrontation between the apex court and the executive.
One may oppose the way the Supreme Court carries out pressure to the executive to dispatch a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari but it is must for everyone to carry it out once the court has delivered it ruling. The PPP government has rightly played in the present scenario.
There are two simple ways to soothe the crisis. Firstly, the ruling PPP instead of refusing to write letter to Swiss authorities can agree to do so.
There is little likelihood of the party taking the course what President Zardari calls the trial of Benazir Bhutto’s grave.
Secondly, the ruling party should hold talks with the opposition parties to put together a neutral interim setup for early polls.
Legally, President Zardari’s insistence that the PPP has the right to complete its five-year constitutional term may be a sound decision but politically this does not appear to be realistic.
The current state of affairs is rife with dangers for the democracy. The ruling parties are at boneheads with the opposition which is gradually moving towards one-point agenda of fresh polls. Moreover, the PPP is simultaneously confronting the apex court.
A few sections of the establishment might be happy over the way the Supreme Court has disqualified the premier, but they are deranged over the way the apex court is making efforts to rein the security agencies.
In the meantime, the legal fraternity has been divided into hostile groups and banned the entry of the outstanding lawyers of their community into bar rooms. The government has to apprehend the significance of the situation but it didn’t.
In the present scenario, the government should not take confrontation with the apex court and the opposition parties as a small push from outside derails the democratic system.