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Has PTI and PML-N defamed politics?

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Opposition leader in the National Assembly (NA) Syed Khursheed Shah claims that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have defamed politics.

Pakistan Peoples Party’s senior leader said that political parties PML-N and PTI are using foul and derogatory language and are engaging in defamatory politics, regularly hurling baseless allegations at their political opponents.

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While addressing the media in Sukkur, he exerted, both PML-N and PTI share a similar manifesto which is to slander the politicians. It is evident in their public gatherings where PTI insults and disrespects, while, PML-N uses the curse words against its opponents, alleged, Shah.

Shah attacked Imran Khan’s policies in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP). He termed the Khan’s Billion Tree Tsunami Project a blatant fraud with the masses, but, accredited PPP’s tree plantation a success, as it was recognized by the Guinness Book team.

Taking a jibe at Khan, he expressed his surprise that why was Guinness team unable to notice the one billion trees? Perhaps Imran’s trees are planted in the skies instead of the earth, he asserted.

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Winning the political battle merely over the hallow rhetoric may not be possible now unless accompanied by solid evidence. World Economic Forum and many reliable and pertinent independent institutions have praised and admired the transparent implementation of billion tree Tsunami project, which is declared a welcome step to combat the soaring temperatures in the region.

KP government took successful initiatives to curb the timber mafia in the province.  The forces which are trying to scandalize the reforms introduced by the KP government are the one who was direct beneficiaries of an old system and has seen their interests damaged immensely in the due process.

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The opposition leader also reacted strongly to former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan statement against the ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. ‘I told Nawaz to be careful regarding Nisar’, he said.

He argued Nisar is no good either, as Nisar has had a long association with Nawaz and was well aware of his bad antics.

On Monday, Nisar accused his party of suppressing the right to have a difference of opinion.

In his last press conference on February 10 in Taxila, Nisar declared that he is not willing to work under the leadership of youngsters like Maryam Nawaz, as he is not a ‘political orphan’ that has to address juniors as Sir or Madam.

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Similarly, in the past, he had been a vocal opponent of Maryam’s role in party decisions.

He again reaffirmed that he would not become part of any decision that makes Maryam Nawaz the party’s leader. Since, Nisar has based his opinion on apparent logic, unlike Shah, who accepted a young guy in his twenties his chairman under no apparent logic other than politics of dynasty. No wonder Nisar was called a “snake growing up in Nawaz’s sleeves”, merely for contradicting party line over certain issues, including Maryam’s political ambitions.

Nisar is singled out for not following the party line and failing to publically ridicule Khan over his personal life.  Shah’s decision to criticize Nisar over his right to have a difference of opinion speaks volume of his submissive attitude as an opposition leader, who failed to take a decisive stance against the government and always favored the government. The latest example his stance over institutional conflict created by PML-N, where he opted more balanced and guarded approach and reminded the legislators of the consequences of the personalized legislation.  

When PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi attacked judiciary on parliament floor seeking parliament supremacy, he did not disagree but argued that every institution should work within its parameter and pre-define boundary. Adding that judiciary has no authority to reject the legislation, though, it may interpret as required.

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Knowing that formation of a caretaker government is not far and consensus on caretaker government will be achieved in May, all the political parties are actively participating in pre-poll engagements to decide on the ticket holders from different constituencies. Aiming to discredit the politics of strong rivals, Shah is hoping to build on this narrative seeking ascendancy over its political rivals.  As far as defamatory politics is concerned, bowing down to young Bhutto doesn’t make PPP’s politics more democratic and praiseworthy.