Pakistan’s relative fallacy

Published: March 17, 2019

OKARA: ‘What is true for me is true for me, what is true for you is true for you.’

This is the law of relative fallacy, which operates on the assumption of non-contradiction, or in simpler words: everyone’s idea of truth is true. This also reflects very aptly on the current political culture in Pakistan. Every mainstream political party has based its agenda on this philosophy and refuses to come to a mutual agreement for the benefit of the country. For instance, the PPP believes that the 18th amendment to the Constitution that their government had passed is a way of divulging powers to the provinces and makes for efficient governance. On the contrary, the ruling PTI wants to amend various clauses of the 18th amendment because they believe that they are not effective and would cause issues in governance. In response, the PPP chairman recently stated that his party would confront the government if it tried to change the 18th amendment.

I believe with the ongoing India-Pakistan situation, the threat of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) sanctions and the economic crisis, our country needs stability and harmony. All parties should keep this in mind and resolve issues like the 18th amendment through dialogue and mutual consensus. The parties should keep aside their political interests and hold a dialogue in the light of what is best for the country.

M Ahtsham Ul Haq

Published in The Express Tribune, March 17th, 2019.

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