Similarly, the people’s agenda has also been pushed to centre-stage in the political discourse because of this public protest. There will now be an immense pressure on the ruling parties to deliver on all those demands that they would agree to with the PTI and PAT. Electoral reforms and the devolution of power to the people through holding local government elections alone would go a long way to bring some relief to the miseries of poor people.
Last but not least, the public’s immense appetite for music and revelry in these dharnas demonstrated that Pakistanis are not ready for the Taliban’s Pakistan where music and dance are deemed haram (forbidden).
My only advice to the government in office is to learn from this political fiasco. Improvements in macro-economic indicators are meaningless for people if they fail to bring direct and immediate improvement in their daily lives. It is still not too late. If the Nawaz Sharif government wishes to come out of this quagmire and complete its tenure, it should come up with a social policy with clear social development indicators and matching resources must be pledged.