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Spare democratic norms

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WHOEVER counselled the federal cavaliers to drop their campaign to destabilise the Sindh government has done well by the country’s democracy that still needs oxygen to breathe.

There is no fun in making oneself a laughing stock by declaring that the federation was not interested in forcing a change in Sindh. One excited gentleman repeatedly claimed that a good number of PPP MPAs in Sindh were ready to cross the floor, and that the Murad Ali Shah government could not survive. The purpose of the federal information minister’s plan to fly to Karachi was not concealed: he was going to assume command of the operation to overthrow the Sindh government. One dispatch from the war headquarters assured the people of Sindh that their new chief minister also would be a Shah.

These warriors did not realise that enforced defections are not only contrary to democratic politics, they also make the losing party more popular. The two other opposition parties in the Sindh Assembly — the MQM and PML-F, both the PTI’s coalition partners at the centre and both fiercely opposed to the PPP — realised this and hastened to distance themselves from the ‘get-Murad’ expedition.

It is surely time the government acquired the confidence to govern without demonising the opposition.

The PTI spokespersons also forgot that extra-democratic attacks on a battered and wounded PPP were helping it gain some ground. (A street wit thought some of the politicos in the........

© Dawn