Accountability is the beauty of democracy

The accountability court is hearing very vital corruption cases against the ousted premier Nawaz Sharif and his kith and kin. The hearings of these cases are very sensitive and should proceed without any distractions. Coming and going of the ministers and the party’s workers in the premises of the court seems to be a tactic to pressurize the proceedings. The most crucial thing to comprehend is that these cases are against a family and not regarding a political party.

The court has already suggested that political heads avoid taking ministers with them whenever they have to appear before the court. Unfortunately, the leaders of PML-N have failed to follow orders. They spent about half of their ruling tenure in defending their chief and his family. The ministers’ time is very precious and they should not waste it in the manner that they are. Denial of the interior minister to the court by the Rangers has left a very bad impression on an international level.

Instead of finding ways to reduce foreign loans and mending the twisted foreign policy, the ministers are completely focused on saving the Sharif family. One thing is very clear – the process of accountability is the need of the hour and should move forward in any case.

Ministers who do not have time to meet a common man or even aid their departments in times of need are creating another crisis which is too precarious to handle – messing with the establishment unduly. There are a number of similar instances like these that have taken place in the past, but all of them failed and resulted in martial law. It is better to stop getting unnecessarily involved in institutional matters and allow them to carry on their duties without obstructing them. The people of Pakistan demand democracy in the country at any cost; but with it they also want accountability.

If the Sharif family considers themselves innocent and free from corruption charges, they should appear before the court on a regular basis and provide the necessary documents and evidences. The court has also issued non-bailable warrants for the offspring of Nawaz Sharif owing to their disappearance. This of course is not a good sign and could lead towards intensification of the clash.

The courts are liberated and the judiciary, which is one of three crucial branches of the state, is doing a stupendous job. It is hearing cases against the opponents of PML-N too. It is hoped that the accountability process has been initiated in Pakistan. One can now consider themselves a proud citizen of a country where law is equal for everyone.

The government seems in a blatant mood to confront the establishment, which is why anything revealed against them is considered to be a ‘saazish’. The democratic forces need to understand that without accountability, democracy will never get strengthened. Therefore, it is clear that the process of accountability is the beauty of democracy. Last but not least, the ministers should focus on carrying out their duties and responsibilities and let the process move on smoothly.

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