Letter of Ch Jaffar Iqbal to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif:
Islamabad, the 24th August, 2014.
Honourable Mian Muhamamd Nawaz Sharif,
Prime Minister of Pakistan,
Subject :OPTIONS AVAILABLE IN THE PREVAILING POLITICAL SCENARIO.
Respectfully during our short meeting on Friday in the Parliament House, Islamabad, I have made few submissions about the prevailing political situation in the country. However, you have desired that I may make written submissions for your consideration. Therefore, in the light of your directions and in the light my long parliamentary and political experience, the following OPTIONS are available to the Party to come out of the presently escalating political tension and conflict which may also lead towards extra-constitutional consequences unless suitably managed within constitutional limits in accordance with provisions of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan :-
Allowing escalating political deadlock, confrontation among workers of rival political parties, entry of sectarian elements for political purposes ultimately leading towards situation of law and order, failure of executive machinery and sectarian violence presumably civil war-like situation causing halting of constitutional order.
|Not acceptable at any cost as it will result extra-constitutional steps by concerned stakeholders.|
|2.||DEALING WITH PTI
PTI may be engaged in a viable and acceptable political solution which may be as under :
Leadership of PTI may be requested to give three names amongst whom one will be appointed as Deputy Prime Minister by the Prime Minister.
|If the rigging will be proved by the Inquiry Commission then National Assembly may be dissolved and new Elections be ordered.
If no rigging will be proved, the post of the Deputy Prime Minister may be abolished and process regarding Electoral Reforms will be continued by the Government.
|3.||DEALING WITH PAT
PAT can also be engaged within the provisions of the Constitution as under :
|If the general public (Electorate) will support the demands of PAT then there will be no harm to initiate necessary legislation i.e. amendments in the Constitution and other laws, etc.|
HOW TO ACHIEVE THE ABOVE OPTIONS ?
The President of Pakistan may initiate the confidence-building and problem-solving process being the symbol of the Federation and representing the unity of the Republic under Article 41 of the Constitution BY INVITING ALL PROTESTING STAKEHOLDERS AT THE PRESIDENT’S HOUSE, ISLAMABAD.
At the moment there is serious crisis of confidence between the Government and the Protesting political forces. This gap may be bridged by initiating confidence-building measures at top level i.e. under the auspices of the President, who is representing the unity of the Republic and will also be ultimately representing the PML(N) with active advice andguidance of the Prime Minister and the delegation nominated by the Prime Minister on his behalf with rich political experience with good message to people of Pakistan, as under :
Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Leader of the House in Senate;
Lt. Gen. ® Abdul Qadir Baloch, Federal Minister;
Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister;
Sardar Mehtab Khan Abbasi, Governor, KPK;
Raja Farooq Haider, Former Prime Minister, AJ&K;
Ch. Muhammad Jaffar Iqbal, Former Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan; and
Any other person, as may be deemed suitable by the Prime Minister.
IMPACT OF ACCEPTANCE OF ABOVE OPTIONS WILL BE A WIN-WIN SITUATION FOR ALL STAKEHOLDERS.
POLITICAL CIRCUMSTANCES WILL REMAIN WITHIN CONTROL OF THE PML(N).
PML(N) WILL BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO MANAGE THE CIRCUMSTANCES WITHIN SUITABLY ACCEPTABLE LIMITS WHILE ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN DECISION-MAKING ISNTEAD OF SEEKING ASSISTANCE OF OTHER POLITICAL FORCES ON THEIR TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
CONFIDENCE OF THE MASSES WILL BE IMPROVED AND MAINTAINED STRENGTHENING THE PARTY AT GROSS-ROOTS LEVEL.
GOVERNMENT AND PARTY WILL GAIN APPROPRIATE TIME, IF FORCED, FOR PREPARATION OF NEXT ELECTIONS IN ANY UNCONTROALLED EVENTUALITY BY TAKING STEPS REGARDING GOOD-GOVERNANCE AND FASTEST DEVELOPMENT DURING THIS GAINED TIME.
I may be available on your call for explanation of my above-said suggestions, as and when desired by you.
With best regards and prayer to the Allah Almighty to help us successfully passing through present political crisis.
Senator Ch. Muhammad Jaffar Iqbal
Senior Vice President, PML(N) Punjab
Former Deputy Speaker
National Assembly of Pakistan