Pakistan is a hard country

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Pakistan is a hard country, a roller-coaster of events. If it was a reality TV show, it would’ve had the highest ratings because of how dramatic the circumstances always are. But in between this melodrama, the country has managed to stand still for over 70 years now.

There was a huge turmoil when the prime minister of Pakistan during an interview with TRT world revealed that the government was in talks with the outlawed Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan. This stirred up a storm in different factions of the country with security analysts being skeptical of these peace talks. They cited the same talks between the government and TTP which collapsed in 2007. TTP carried out some of the deadliest attacks in Pakistan, especially the 2014 attack on APS Peshawar which claimed the lives of in total of 140 people including 132 school children. 

In October 2021, President Dr. Arif Alvi signed an ordinance that extended the right of the president to reappoint or extend the tenure of the national accountability bureau (NAB) chairman. It extended the rights of the opposition in doing so. The ordinance also added to the authority of the prosecutor general of NAB enabling him to advise the chairman to withdraw or file any reference in court.

On the 20th of the same month, the chief minister of Baluchistan Jam Kamal Khan resigned from his office which eventually lead to the dissolution of the cabinet. The resignation came after the members of the opposition parties filed a no-trust move against him in the provincial assembly. The chief minister lost further ground when 12 members of his own party demanded his resignation. Furthermore, 3 ministers, nine advisers, and parliamentary secretaries also handed their resignation to the governor of Baluchistan Syed Zahoor Agha.

On November 17, the government of Pakistan in a joint parliamentary sitting passed 33 bills while facing the criticism of the opposition parties. One of the key bills from all 33 was the amendment in the election act 2017. This amendment allowed the use of electronic voting and in a historic move, gave overseas Pakistanis the right to vote in Pakistan for the first time. 

In the December of 2021, Pakistan hosted the extraordinary OIC with 20 foreign ministers, 10 deputies FMs, and 437 delegates. The session was called especially to establish a humanitarian fund under the Islamic development band and initiate talks with the UN for actions to unlock the Afghan financial assets.  

On February 23rd the prime minister of Pakistan paid the first in 23 years visit to Moscow which came in a very messy situation. There’s been constant bickering between Russia and the west amid the Russia and Ukraine crisis. The west has backed Ukraine in its war against Russia. Now in this situation, Khan’s visit to Moscow came as a surprise as Pakistan has always sided with Europe, especially the USA. 

The month of March was an extraordinary month in Pakistani politics. The major opposition parties formed a joint alliance to overthrow the prime minister of Pakistan. The PDM first presented a no-trust move against the prime minister on the 25th of March. In one of the historic horse-trading moves, the opposition parties paid the members of the ruling parties and the allies to vote against the prime minister. The prime minister claimed that the political unrest was a result of foreign involvement and revealed a letter that directly threatened the PM. The ruling party was struggling to cope with these political setbacks.  The voting session was called on the 3rd of April 2022. The session ended before it could even start. The deputy speaker Qasim Suri adjourned the session on the claims of the foreign lobby.

Above are just the highlights of the drama that has been unfolding in Pakistan for decades. Thus it is very easy to say that Pakistan is indeed a hard country.

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