Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Showdown Dominates Parliamentary Sessions

Apparently, antagonism and showdown in the country have larger fans and disciples instead of cooperation and compromise that the country needs the most presently to cope with alarming threats. On Saturday, October 06, 2011, members of reformists' coalition in the lower house of the parliament, in opposition to the Law-supporting Coalition's decision of branding nine recently introduced MP's as illegitimate, left the session.

The walkout is linked to Independent Election Commission's (IEC) action. Previously, IEC disqualified nine of MP's and introduced nine others to replace them.

The decision sparked criticisms and protests across the country as several failed nominated members of last year parliamentary election were pressurizing to approve all 62 lawmakers disqualified by 'special tribunal'.

On the other hand, almost half of existing MP's formed Law-supporting coalition, stood rigidly against the measure and started resistance against replacement of a member of parliament.

The Law-supporting coalition boycotted parliamentary sessions almost for a month but finally reassessed the strategy and decided to participate and pursue their objective, as its chairman Mr. Abdul Zahir Qadir has said, from inside of the house.

The turn was deemed as symptom of a promising change that would end a month-long bewilderment and uncertainty that dominated critical issues that otherwise the house should deal with. But unfortunately it does not seem so.

The walkout of Reformists Coalition on Saturday showcased how previous antagonism between executive and legislative branches of the government now has crept inside the house and started dominating parliamentary sessions.

Earlier, they were united, somehow, and resisted jointly against activities deemed unconstitutional and anti-approved laws in the country. Now differences have widened and none of the wings is prepared to sacrifice group's interests for the sake of greater national interest.

In addition, it is worrisome that MP's are revengeful against one another as half of the MP's just left the other half alone in opposing IEC's measure. Putting light on members of the two parliamentary coalitions, the concerns are strengthened. The process of course dooms into omen.

The controversy has already proved expansive politically and its continuance is disgraceful for MP's who are unable to settle down their own problems. So, how they can deal with problems of the entire nation? Moreover, the persistence of antagonism and controversy would provide a grim image of the House and it may lose its current, somehow, strong foothold among common people.