PPP, PML-N Supporters Feel Betrayed Over Their Parties’ Support For Bills Formalising Tenures Of Services Chiefs
The National Assembly today gave its approval to three bills pertaining the tenure of the services chiefs. The bill was only opposed by the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and National Party (NP) and independent lawmakers including Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir.
Interestingly, the parties who, for the recent months have been raising their voices for civilian supremacy and giving respect to the vote – the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) – gave their support to the bill, much to the surprise and dismay of their supporters.
Supporters of both parties took to Twitter to express dismay over the parties they support giving their approval to the amendment bill.
One user commented that Pakistan’s two largest parties, the PPP and the PML-N, had lost their ideological activists. He added that these politicians placed themselves and democracy at the tip of the shoe (a reference to the military) with their own hands.
Pakistan's two largest parties (PPP & PMLN) lost their ideological activists & these politicians placed themselves & democracy at the tip of the shoe with their own hands.#ArmyAct #RipDemocracy #RipParliament https://t.co/9ClybNJo59
— Sanaullah Achakzai (@SkAssakzai) January 7, 2020
Another user viewed that democracy was for the powerful, by the powerful and to the powerful. He added that PML-N and PPP were power players in the race of being ‘selected’.
Democracy is for the powerful, by the powerful and to the powerful…
PMLN and PPP are power players in the race of being "selected". So, they vote for the selector to get a chance of being selected. Isn,t it @MaryamNSharif and @BBhuttoZardari ??
— Dr. Shahid Khan (@AnalysisWithSIK) January 7, 2020
A PPP supporter said that the party was no more than a party of its words.
Pakistan Peoples Party has rescinded its proposed amendments on the #ArmyAct.
I think I'm ready to leave PPP for good.
It is no more a party of its words, principles and ideals.
— Mona S. 🇵🇰 (@ISpeakHenceIAm) January 7, 2020
Another PPP supported stated that PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto had been a disappointment, and that he was extremely disappointed to witness his leader’s compromised stance.
If they don't even listen to their supporters, why would they listen to the hue and cry of the others? Bilawal has been a disappointment. I'm shocked and extremely sad to see his compromised stance today, breaks my heart into pieces. #ArmyAct #PPP #PTI
— Ali Shawaiz (@ialisqizil) January 7, 2020
“PPP is not running on Bhutto’s ideology anymore,” another supporter opined.
So this is your ideology @BBhuttoZardari? You have today proven that you ain't same bhutto follower. PPP is not running on Bhutto's ideology anymore. It all finished with demise of Benazir bhutto. #ArmyAct
— Naveed (@doctorbatsunen) January 7, 2020
One supporter said that he did not have any justification for his party’s stance on the act.
My Chairman of PPP @BBhuttoZardari I have been PPP’s worker and shall remain so as I just can’t think about supporting and voting for any other party. But today I don’t have any arguments and justification about supporting #ArmyAct by PPP.
— Mubashir Aijaz (@Mubashiraijaz) January 7, 2020
PML-N supporters also received criticism for its support of the act. A user stated that the journey from ‘vote ko izzat do’ (give respect to the vote), which is a popular slogan of the PML-N, to ‘vote ko extension do’ (give extension to the vote), was an eye opener for the people.
Wow … The #ArmyAct and journey from "Vote ko ezat do " to " Vote ko extension do " was indeed an eye opener for the "Awaam".
The Bill got passed with full Majority and without any amendments or debates in National Assembly
PPP, PMLN and PTI all on one page .
— Nabya (@Nabya18) January 7, 2020
One supporter thanked PML-N for showing its true face, and lamented how much time he had wasted arguing with PTI supporters.
Pmln thank u so much for showing us your true face.Wasted so much time arguing with pti friends about Pakistani politics for so many years lost so many https://t.co/TGHX5oap1q hamam may sabh nangay hain.Allah hafiz not intreseted in Pakistani politics anymore.#ArmyAct #Pakistani
— Hassan (@Hassan27786763) January 7, 2020
Another supporter criticised the PML-N for letting their voter down.
Dear @pmln_org I voted for you, only because of “Vote Ko Izzat Do” narrative of Nawaz Sharif. Thank you for letting your voter down #ArmyAct@MaryamNSharif @ShahidKhaqanPML @KhawajaMAsif @hinaparvezbutt
— Tanzeela Niazi (@TNiazi16) January 7, 2020
One Twitter user stated that PML-N’s support of the act had left him speechless, adding that democracy had suffered a blow.
I've nothing to say over this. Ever since PML-N supported the #ArmyAct, I've been speechless. Then PPP joined in. Definitely, this is an NRO. So opposition gained something, while PTI's claims of accountability would die. All in all, Democracy has suffered a blow.. 1/2#BlackDay
— Ahsen Jamali احسن جمالی (@AhsenJamali) January 7, 2020
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