No doubt, late Thursday saw a ground-breaking historical development as for the first time in Pakistan’s political history, Pakistan’s powerful Army Chief, General Raheel Sharif intervened publicly in the country’s political situation as a facilitator and guarantor for negotiations between the government and PAT chief, Dr Qadri. The intervention by the Pakistan Armed Forces was an attempt to reconcile matters between the Pakistan government and the supporters of the egalitarian and socio-economic agenda proposed by Dr Qadri, who have clogged the streets with the unwavering commitment to oust an illegitimate government.
The supporters of PAT have remained firm in their demands of the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, dissolving of the unconstitutional political posts of Members of Parliament MPA, and ultimately endeavouring towards the implementation of the Charter of Demands proposed by PAT chief Dr Qadri, which forms the basis of Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s inveterate political struggle.
It goes without saying that the military’s political intervention gravely underscored the weakness of the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty, confirming the government’s weak and futile role in the face of political dissent as well as further emphasising the instability of Pakistan’s weak democratic process and rule of law. With only moments to go for the end of the ultimatum, Dr Qadri asked the supporters whether a further 24 hours should be extended in order for the Chief of Army, General Raheel Sharif to act as facilitator and guarantor for negotiations and enforce the implementation of demands proposed by the Peoples Parliament.
The supporters eagerly wanting change agreed to a further 24 hours of negotiations. In expressing clarity regarding the situation, Dr Qadri emphasised that the negotiations were specifically with the Armed Forces of Pakistan as otherwise, despite the many negotiation steps with the government and a failure to reach a suitable conclusion, the roads to negotiations between the government had been closed.
Explaining the unparalleled role of Pakistan Armed Forces, Dr Qadri informed the masses that a public intervention by the military was unprecedented in Pakistan’s history. Arguably, the relationship between the military and the Sharif family has been especially turbulent. This is evident by the military d’état led in 1998 by General Pervez Musharraf, former Army Chief which ended Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s last reign in power.
Shocking revelations followed the 3 hours 20 minutes meeting with General Raheel Sharif which left the masses stunned. Dr Qadri revealed that the FIR submitted in Lahore to investigate the culprits of the Lahore Massacre was completely fabricated. A surprising revelation was that the Army Chief himself was unaware of the criminal deception behind the FIR registered. Also a copy of the FIR was given to General Raheel Sharif who was flabbergasted at how the government had managed to deceive the media and the people of Pakistan by fabricating a false FIR and as a result, disrespecting the due process of law. Dr Qadri paid a tribute to the Armed Forces as he commended the integrity of character of the Chief of Army Staff - “I found General Raheel Sharif an honest and upright person as I have first time met him in my life” – Dr Qadri said.
Furthermore, this morning mainstream media channels reported that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interim Minister Chaudry Nisar promulgated on the floor of parliament before the nation that Chief of PAT asked the General Army Chief to be the guarantor between Government and PAT. In rebuttal of this, Dr Qadri clarified that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lied on the floor of National Assembly and the arbitrary role of the government had been launched by Nawaz Sharif as a desperate attempt to resolve the situation and escape the inevitable outcome of his resignation. In further clarifying the deception, the Pakistan Armed Forces also released a statement and informed the masses that Chief of Army Staff was approached by the Pakistan government to play the central facilitative role in order to resolve the current impasse.
The supporters of PAT continue to exhibit remarkable zeal in their quest to attain true democracy, the difficult conditions being enduring, and an increasing threat of government attacks on the sit-ins, the masses protesting for socio-economic rights remain charged and full of energy. Hearts are anxious and time is slowly ticking away as the nation are waiting for the end of this final ultimatum proposed by the protesters to resolve the situation and ultimately implement the constitutional demands proposed by Pakistan Awami Tehreek. Dr Qadri also informed the Armed Forces and gave a final warning to the status quo that once this final deadline was over, and the demands remain unresolved, he could not stop his supporters and workers from any move they may deem appropriate.
(Dr Qadri addressing the masses yesterday in the historic address - 29/08/12)