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One Pakistan

Published Date: Feb 11, 2013

Pakistani political system lacks basic pre-conditions, says Naseem Bajwa

The
Pakistani political system lack some basic pre-conditions to democracy such as
democratization of political parties, integrity, service delivery,
accountability and strict adherence to rule of law. Without introducing radical
reforms and pre-conditions to democracy, the current inept and corrupt system
is unable produce any tangible change and would further destabilize the
society.

These
views were expressed by Barrister Naseem Bajwa, Editor  The Voice ,
Journal UK during a specking in the lecture on  Democracy: The Socio-
Political and Cultural Pre-Conditions   organized by Sustainable
Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Monday.

During
a lecture Barrister Naseem briefed participants on essentials of strengthening
democratic system and also compared it with the western models. He proposed
various suggestions in reforming the current system.

However,
he showed apprehension over the will of political elite in introducing reforms
and said,  the change would come from social movements geared by sheer
weight of people as happened in the case of Egypt and Tunis or for that part in
restoration of Chief Justice in Pakistan.

He
said the parties must exhibit firm commitment to genuine democracy rooted in
the will of people. He suggested some basic reforms in political parties and
said there must be a law eliminating the hereditary succession of party
leadership.

He
called upon political parties to conduct intra-party elections, adhere to party
manifestos and maintain ethical standards and integrity.

He
suggested general elections after every four years so that a political culture
must be in the country. Bajwa was of the view that Pakistanis are
temperamentally a  Presidential  nation and proposed Presidential
form of governance, suitable tailored to our needs. He also, demanded an
independent and impartial Election Commission, free of political influence and
encumbrances.