Illogical Lawmaking.


As yet another ordinance is passed and then sheepishly taken back by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) following public outcry; one wonders what aversion this government has to the normal democratic process. These string of embarrassing U-turns makes the government look indecisive, reactive and amateurish - three adjectives that represent the bane of good management. The fact that such ineptitude is being displayed regarding the PTI's primary ideological and electoral agenda - corruption - reflects even more poorly on Imran Khan's Cabinet. Choosing to rule by unilateral proclamations might be this government's most egregious mistake yet - especially when the normal procedure solves all their woes quite easily.

How legislation usually works is quite straightforward: the government proposes a law in the parliament, it is criticized, debated, refined and fine-tuned in the eyes of the public, before being put to vote in front of the nation's representatives. This basic structure is unanimous across democracies of the world, and the reason behind that is quite straightforward as well. This method of dialectic debate ensures...

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