APROPOS the editorial, ‘Bridging the divide’ (June 1), may I submit that one of the biggest parliamentary achievements of the last century has been the role of the opposition. It has been formally recognised and given a due place in the parliamentary system.

Treading carefully, by upholding the golden principle of checks and balances, the treasury and opposition both, in a participatory democracy, do not create a schism, rather generate an atmosphere reverberating with an aura of peace, tranquillity, harmony and the well-being of the people.

Lest the parliamentary system falls prey to the tyranny of an absolute majority, the MQM in its determination to thwart such a remote possibility has opted to sit on opposition benches, not to oppose everything and propose nothing, but to play a positive and constructive role to uphold and strengthen the democratic norms with unflinching intrepidity.

Let it be known that the MQM shall neither vitiate the spirit of participatory democracy nor in any way entertain any such move that may threaten the solidarity and integrity of the province of Sindh.

SYED SARDAR AHMAD MPA (PS 124)    Karachi

Updated Jun 04, 2013 05:05am

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Pravin
Jun 04, 2013 09:02am
Then what happened to peace in Karachi?
Akil Akhtar
Jun 04, 2013 11:40pm
But MQM will continue to openly threaten with consequences everytime they make a statement.
M Rafique
Jun 04, 2013 06:36am
I pray to Almighty God, Sardar Saheb and his party will keep his/their words in letter and spirit.
S. Tanwir Hasan
Jun 04, 2013 04:22pm
I am writing from Canada and salute you for this letter. You have shown a courageous and honest path to democracy by sitting in opposition. I am not a MQM fan but seeing people like you in MQM will make me reconsider my stance towards MQM. Good luck.
karachicity@yahoo.com
Jun 04, 2013 02:33pm
well said
A R Khan
Jun 05, 2013 08:57am
Nicely presented arguments, but what is the truth in Pakistani politics (generally speaking).
mohammad shafique
Jun 04, 2013 11:53am
very encouraging statement by MQM .....hope they walk the talk