PM Resignation: maximalist OR unconstitutional?
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Moeed Pirzada |

Responding to Ayesha Hasan:- I never said that demanding PM Nawaz’s resignation is “unconstitutional” – I have repeatedly said it was a “maximalist” demand which in politics means that you will ultimately settle for lesser but substantive concessions from a regime. I have not supported this “resignation of PM Nawaz” demand because he came through a process in a federal scheme of things and demand for his resignation is coming from political parties in two provinces; parties with strong presence in Sindh and Baluchistan are not demanding that so it looks less than convincing; however PM and his team have continuously mismanaged the political situation creating an atmosphere of violence & counter-violence and it looks they don’t want to agree on a meaningful Election Audit through a JIT under a Judicial Commission; they want to resolve this political crisis by using Police and Administrative measures and by the support of Washington & international community – you can see that pattern; I am afraid this approach will lead to more and more unexpected problems in coming weeks with govt finding it more and more difficult to govern or deliver, it will also be more and more dependent on Police & Administration which will compel them to become dictators and civil dictatorship is very difficult…..but I gradually started to support the resignation of CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, who should resign and face courts and clear his name; this will be politically helpful in terms of resolving this crisis and will make Shahbaz Sharif politically stronger but as you can see he and his family does not want to take this risk – so we are facing a strange situation which is not finding a resolution…


Moeed Pirzada is prominent TV Anchor & commentator; he studied international relations at Columbia Univ, New York and law at London School of Economics. Twitter: MoeedNj. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Global Village Space’s editorial policy. This piece was first published in Moeed Pirzada’s official page. It has been reproduced with permission.

Moeed Hasan Pirzada is a Pakistani political commentator, geostrategic analyst, and a television news journalist. He is an anchor at Dunya News and hosts TV programs. He has interviewed many politicians around the world. Moeed Hassan Pirzada has also been a Director World Affairs and Content Head of PTV News and hosted the famous talk show Sochta Pakistan, a program that discussed national, regional, strategic, social and educational issues with politicians, analysts and policy makers. He has worked with Dunya News-TV channel as a Director World Affairs and hosted the current affairs talk show Dunya Today. He has written for Dubai-based regional paper Khaleej Times. His columns have appeared in major Pakistani papers such as Dawn, The News International, Daily Times, Friday Times and blogs. He has attended national and international conferences, seminars and policy workshops and had been a member of the Prime Minister's Education Task Force that collaborated with the British Council to produce the Next Generation Report. He has contributed policy papers to Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and also written several policy pieces for Pique Magazine. He is an Executive Director of Governance & Policy Advisors (GAPA) that provides consultancy services to the government institutions, development organizations and corporate bodies on issues related to media, governance, health policy, and regional peace.

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