LAHORE: Accountability is necessary for success of democracy in Pakistan, said Governor Chaudhry Muhamamd Sarwar while addressing a sitting on “Pakistan and western democracy” at Tech Society Club on Tuesday.
Former National Assembly speaker Syed Fakhar Imam, former law minister SM Zafar, former state minister Qayyum Nizami, Zubair Sheikh, Jameel Gishkori and Dr Muhammad Sadiq also spoke on the occasion.
The governor said that democracy could not successfully deliver in countries where proper accountability was not ensured. He said that unfortunately, we were still indulged in a debate as to whether democracy was permitted in Islam or not.
Democracy was successful in the United Kingdom and the West because of high ratio of education and also because of strict system of accountability. A common man can reach the parliament as public representative on the basis of his capabilities in the United Kingdom but, unfortunately, it was not possible in Pakistan.
S.M. Zafar said that faults were not in democracy or Islam; rather democracy was the best system. Politicians had unduly influenced and hijacked our democratic system, he added.
Nizami said that it was beauty of western democracy that their political parties elect their office-bearers democratically whereas in Pakistan feudal democracy was in place. He said that one-thirds of parliamentarians in the United Kingdom were educated from the Oxford University while in Pakistan fake degree holders were sitting in the parliament. Another fault in Pakistani democratic system was that it was not connected with good governance, he said and added that our democratic system was neither Islamic nor truly democratic.
He proposed formation of a national government for four years through peaceful public revolution that should introduce effective reforms in democratic system to help elect real public representatives, who can deliver according to the expectations of the public.
Imam said that some hidden powers were continuously trying to fail democracy in Pakistan. He said that freedom of expression was the essence of democracy but asked that how many ministers in our cabinet could afford differing with the opinion or policies of the prime minister?
He said that public representatives in western countries prefer national interest over their personal interests but it was totally opposite in Pakistan.
Imam suggested accountability, transparency, education and character- building for achieving successful democracy in Pakistan.
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