PPP decries ‘lassitude’ of govt, political ‘extremism’ of PTI, PAT

LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab Secretary General Tanveer Ashraf Kaira has said that “inaptness” and “lassitude” of the government along with “political extremism” of PAT and PTI have brought the political situation at this pass that was wrought with dangers to democracy, constitution and the rule of law.
In a statement on Wednesday, the PPP Punjab secretary general regretted that the government had failed to read the gravity of deteriorating situation, adding its inordinate delay to handle it with political sagacity had led the political crisis to worsen to a dangerous level.
Kaira maintained that the recent panicky steps taken by the government to control the worsening political situation had further accentuated the already problematic political state of affairs in the country.
He said that our heads hang in shame as the entire world watched on TV screens the infighting of political parties that had no iota of democratic politics but exemplified the petty politics in its worst form.
He recalled that the PPP government followed the policy of reconciliation and accommodation towards other political parties and always took them into confidence on matters of national importance.
The provincial secretary general maintained that the PPP completed its constitutional tenure of five years despite the fact that it was a coalition government and sword of no- confidence motion had been hanging all the times. 
He appreciated the political maturity shown by former president Asif Ali Zardari and the former prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, who succeeded in keeping the threat at bay. “It was mainly due to the policy of engaging political parties of all spectrums on public policy matters with a view to seek their consultations and also their support,” he added.
He said that members from the treasury as well as opposition benches supported almost all of the amendments to the constitution and the bills tabled in the parliament during that period. “That was functioning democracy in the real sense of the word,” he opined.

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