Posted on 9 months ago
So obviously was this contempt law motivated by political expediencies that the sages had presaged that it would not stand the judicial scrutiny. It has not. The Supreme Court has predictably struck it down in toto. And while the court ruling has triggered a debate of sorts among the legal eagles, each reading it in his own light, it has stirred some disconcerting speculations as well. As the PPP-led ruling coalition statedly resolved to uphold at every cost the parliament's right to legislate, some pundits opined that the government might even go in for a fresh contempt enactment. But calm and stability the people are desperately thirsting for will remain elusive. They are craving for normality to return to the state so that their tribulations that are multiplying by leaps and bounds are addressed to bring a little bit of relief to their miserable lives. That nevertheless now seems a vain hope. With the annulment of the contempt law, the incumbency of Prime Minister Raja Ashraf Pervez has been thrown into question, with the legal brains now predicting that he too may go the way of his predecessor Yousuf Raza Gilani.But for how long is this roulette game to go on? The PPP high command contends that it has many a head ready to proffer. It may be. But this head-rolling must cease for a measure of tranquility and normality to come for tackling the people's multitudes of painful problems and nagging adversities. The devil, of course, is the damned Swiss letter. The apex court wants it to be written in any event. The PPP is not prepared to write it at any cost. And this tiff has kept the state virtually in a condition of paralysis over the past four years or so. This is not acceptable. Stability must return to the land at any rate.Indeed, the condition of instability and uncertainty the country is persisting in for so long is very dangerous. Gigantic challenges are like vile demons staring the nation in the face viciously, both internally as well as externally. And if it stays as destabilised as is it now any longer, that could potentially land it ultimately into a wholly undesirable crisis with unforeseen but destructive consequences. This needs to be averted at any rate. But the hardened positions on both sides preclude such a denouement and the already-fragilely-placed nation seems perilously adrift to a precipice. And if, God forbid, the nation and the country do get hurt in any way, all will rue it then and the people will forgive none.A way out of the imbroglio has to be found out for the good of the country and for the betterment of its people. And there is no dearth of the patriotic imaginative and talented people, either, in the country who can certainly help out. They can suggest the way by which the court's ruling on the Swiss letter could be abided by and the PPP's reservations over the issue could also be satisfied at the same time. In the greater good of the nation, egos have to be eaten up to make for a mutually-acceptable third way.
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