Pakistan’s political situation continues to remain rocky. In this regard, one of Pakistan’s leading journalists Dr. Moeed Pirzada has suggested that early and free elections can save the country from disaster.
In an enlightening Vlog, Dr. Moeed Pirzada highlighted an alarming situation arising in Pakistan i.e. harassment of journalists critical of the government. He gave the example of journalist Imran Riaz Khan who has been facing a tough time as the Punjab Police continues to threaten him.
Moreover, in a shocking incident, senior journalist Ayaz Amir was attacked, a day after he made strong statements during a PTI seminar in Islamabad on the ‘Regime Change and its Fallout on Pakistan.’
While it is unknown who attacked Ayaz Amir and why Dr. Moeed Pirzada said such harassment and attacks on journalists, especially those who have made an impact and have a great reach, are giving the impression that the government is suppressing such strong voices. As a result, Western countries will then begin treating Pakistan like Burma since freedom of speech is so unstable.
Continuing threats against Anchor & Vlogger Imran Khan Riaz are sad & a poor judgement of decision makers on the political crisis! We all need to withdraw from this brink of disaster! We all need a solution & that is: Earliest Free Elections! https://t.co/il4EsWBlj9 via @YouTube
— Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) July 4, 2022
Elections to change future of Pakistan
Dr. Moeed Pirzada said to save Pakistan from a political crisis, the only solution is early free, and fair elections. He explained that upcoming Punjab by-elections will decide Pakistan’s future.
Currently, all eyes are on Punjab by-polls to be held on July 17. The polls are scheduled on 20 seats of the Punjab Assembly where PTI had won in the 2018 general elections and its MPAs had later defected to the PML-N and faced disqualification.
On the other hand, he said COAS Bajwa directing Army officers to stay away from politics is a welcoming development as it will ensure transparency in Punjab by-elections, thus clearly reflecting the public opinion.
Interestingly, Dr. Moeed Pirzada also noted that former Prime Minister Imran Khan has a very idealistic view of Pakistani politics, leading to issues with other political parties. However, for stable politics, Imran Khan needs to have a major political ally. PML-N is out of the question since both PTI and PML-N are competing for Punjab, but PPP could be an option.