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The Destination of Democracy

by Rana Zahid Iqbal
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Rana Zahid Iqbal

In a society where the rule of law is absent, the protection of fundamental human rights cannot be ensured, and the establishment of democracy is also impossible. Intellectuals and thinkers emphasize that the progress and stability of nations are directly linked to the enforcement of the rule of law. The enforcement of the rule of law is more fundamental than democracy and freedom. It is through the enforcement of the rule of law that peace and security are born, and in a state of peace, nations prosper. If rulers, whether democratically elected or not, continuously modify laws according to their whims or ignore certain laws and prevent voices from being heard even within the framework of a law, then a democratic society cannot be established. Regardless of the society, country, or system, once the authorized authority responsible for legislation enacts a law, it becomes obligatory for every individual to abide by that law and not violate it, regardless of whether they are affiliated with the ruling party, part of the opposition, an elite member, a bureaucrat, or a wealthy person who engages in bribery and breaks the law. Pakistan’s history bears witness to the fact that the state of enforcement of the rule of law has never been satisfactory. In every era, theories and movements related to the enforcement of the rule of law have been weakened, if not completely undermined, and the interpretation of the law has generally been done according to personal interests.

Wherever its own interest clashes, it is diverted there. That is why the destination of true democracy is getting farther away from us. The problems that arise from the violation of the law should only be resolved through the law, there is no other solution to it. Similarly, constitutional issues should be resolved through constitutional means and political issues should be resolved through political means. However, when constitutional issues are given a political color and the process of making political issues constitutional continues, the results are always negative. If those who make laws, those who are supposed to enforce them, are themselves involved in law-breaking, if a group or people are allowed to commit violations or if they are turned a blind eye to and not stopped from doing so, it will lead to unrest, obstacles in the path of democracy. In Pakistan, we do a lot of propaganda for democracy, but here democratic values could not rise, and if we want a real democratic system to be established in our beloved homeland, then first and foremost we must firmly adhere to the rule of law. Because without it, neither democracy will be established nor will the nation and the country prosper from the blessings of freedom.

When influential and powerful people realize that they can escape the grip of the law, they become audacious and society, plagued by fear and intimidation, falls victim to their actions. Peace and tranquility can only be established in a country when the rule of law is upheld throughout the entire nation. Legal and constitutional issues should be resolved through legal means. Decisions should be made in accordance with the demands of the constitution. Establishing assemblies through mere vote counting, without democratic traditions, values, temperament, and upbringing, does not mean democracy has been restored. The ruling elite of Pakistan, deprived of democratic upbringing, are resorting to using power and force to belittle each other in the context of political conflicts and tribal enmities. Politicians seemingly chant slogans of democracy, but internally, they strive to use any means necessary to defeat their political rivals, even if those means are undeniably undemocratic, as long as they retain power. Sometimes I think our politicians claim to have an affinity for democracy, but their actions are anything but democratic.

It is true that democracy is the best system of government among all existing systems, and it has been successfully implemented in many countries around the world. However, the unfortunate reality is that here, we have very few opportunities to witness its true implementation. Whenever we do get a chance, those who come into power have used it solely for their own interests and personal gains. The betterment of the people and the progress and prosperity of the country have perhaps never been their priorities. This is why the game of power has brought us to a delicate juncture today. We are faced with countless unresolved issues such as terrorism, inflation, lawlessness, unemployment, and economic decline, which seem to be standing in line one after the other, without any solution in sight

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