The 1st August 2019 will be remembered as another black day in the parliamentary history of Pakistan. The opposition lost the vote of no-confidence despite having clear majority in the Senate. The government won despite having less number of votes. The horse-trading worked well for the government.
The PTI government did what PML-N military dictators were used to do. The party of change and high moral ground once again proved that it is not different from other major political parties. It believes in power politics and ready to do everything to retain power. Everyone, who knows little bit about Pakistani politics, knows well that how the opposition members changed their loyalty. The change of minds and hearts comes with heavy price. The government has tarnished its image.
The politics of 1990s has come back. Imran always publicly opposed the politics of Changa Manga. He opposed the horse-trading and politics of defections while in the opposition. But it seems that he has changed his views about horse-trading and defections. The result of senate vote is the clear indication of this change.
The PTI government might have won for the time being but in the long run it will be a real loser of this exercise. Such dirty tactics weaken the democracy and political process in the past. It will never strengthen the democratic culture and traditions. It is not a good sign for the democracy in Pakistan.
The 09 opposition senators turned the tables on opposition benches. They changed their minds and hearts for personal gains. If these senators are not happy with policies of their party leadership then they should come out openly and raised their objections. If they decided to vote according to their conscious then they should do it openly and tell the reasons for that.
How they can justify their decision to support Sanjrani in secret ballot while supporting the vote of no confidence against him in the show of hands. This change in few minutes tells the whole story. They should have expressed their differences in the parliamentary and consultative meetings. They never did it. They have bring dishonour and disrepute to senate.
These 09 senators defeated the opposition’s vote of no-confidence against Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. The horse-trading worked perfectly for government benches. Their total strength before the voting was 36 senators which increased to 45. The opposition needed at least 53 votes for no-confidence but fell just three votes short of victory. Five votes were rejected, while 45 were cast in favour of Sanjrani.
The opposition parties should think seriously about their senate members. They should review their selection process. The parties always ignore the ideological and committed workers and prefer the wealthy billionaire backers. These billionaires have no political commitment and can easily change political affiliation. They should bring their own house in order.
It is worth mentioning that the resolution to remove Sanjrani had been passed with 63 votes. The opposition has a total of 67 members, one of whom (Ishaq Dar), has still not taken oath. PML-N’s Chaudhry Tanvir was also not in attendance as he is out of country.
This is the first time the upper house of parliament has tabled no-confidence motions against its chairman and deputy chairman (Saleem Mandviwala). The motion against Sanjrani was submitted by opposition members last month. A similar motion was submitted by the government senators against Senate Deputy Chairman Mandviwala and will also be debated upon today.
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17 November, 2019