by Dr. Hassan Askari, Lahore

Pakistan’s experience suggests that the military rule and the administrative solutions do not resolve the political and economic problems. The MQM’s latest agenda would undermine constitutionalism and democracy and drag the military into unnecessary controversies, diverting its attention from helping the flood-affected people and countering terrorism.

In Pakistan the political leaders do not rise above their partisan interests and stay in the news by raising controversies. Invariably each party equates its party interest and agenda with the national interest. They often pursue confrontational discourse in an election-campaign mode. What they do not realize is that their self-centered approach and mutual confrontation does not help their reputation. They are seen as less sensitive to the challenges to the state and the problems of the common people.


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