Democracy gets another lease of life… until next showdown
Wali Zahid’s assessment for Monday 23 June:
Islamabad: Nawaz Sharif (NS) government will overcome this #TUQ threat.
#TUQ will want blood on the streets (see tweets above and below) to create chaos and civil unrest. Because of preemption by NS admin, #TUQ may not achieve.
In the meanwhile, some behind-the-scene give & take between powers on Musharraf, TTP/NWA ops, IDPs rehab, defence spend, security setup, civil contracts and cabinet reshuffle may take place.
What started as the end of Sharif brothers (with eight #TUQ worker deaths in the Lahore police firing incident last week) may have been averted … only until the next clash of interests or a showdown emerges.
Wallahu Alam Bissawab
Things to watch out in future:
- Polarisation between various political and provincial interest-groups is quite high. There’s a clear daggers-drawn opposition, contempt and zero tolerance for each other, visible on social media and TV channels. This needs to be brought down. Whoever controls them need to write a new codebook for their followers.
- Media reporting and talk shows require also soul searching and self regulation.
- The ruling NS party or government has no presence on social media. They need to create – both to know what’s going on (early warning signals) and to respond to situations, which in a vacuum, may turn into mountains.
Wali is a social scientist and an active user of social media.
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