The opposition is considered to be indispensable part of parliamentary system of government. It has a crucial role to play in the same system. An efficient, vigilant and vocal opposition also ensures the smooth and effective functioning of the parliamentary democracy.
The primary function of the opposition is to point out and criticize weak and defective policies formulated and enforced by the government. In this way, it indicates loopholes existing within the system of governance.
Regrettably, during the last five years, we didn’t witness any significant or serious endeavor made by the opposition in this regard. In fact, upon all the government’s inefficiencies, blunders and malpractices, the opposition has only been either a silent spectator or rather a passive collaborator all the time.
The opposition has been giving the impression of being very friendly, co-operative, accommodating and less-critical towards the government all the time.
On the other hand, it has obviously failed to take any definite and firm position on crucial issues like terrorism, deteriorating law and order situation, chronic energy crisis, economic turmoil, inflation, unemployment, corruption and others.
Instead, in this regard, its attitude and behavior have not only been ambiguous but also sometimes quite dubious.
We witnessed the consensus of the both on certain matters like electing the President, making the 18th amendment in the constitution and appointment of Chief Election Commissioner etc. At the same time, both failed to build consensus on other important issues like the appointment of chairman NAB, construction of Kalabagh dam, enactment of effective anti-corruption laws, anti-terrorism strategy, holding of Local Bodies election and recently the appointment of caretaker Prime Minister.
In the absence of such active opposition, the media and the superior judiciary in the country have somehow performed these functions for the opposition efficiently. Both have proactively highlighted all the mega-scandals and plunder made by the government functionaries during this period.
Despite persistent and pervasive corruption in the country, the government and the opposition have been protecting each other’s ‘personal skeletons’ in their respective ‘political cupboards’ by putting the process of accountability on the backburner and keeping silent.
In fact, the collusion and cooperation between the two has helped in preventing their ‘dirty linens’ from being openly washed. If the government is guilty of the crime of ‘commission’, then the opposition can also be declared as being guilty of the crime of ‘omission’.
Therefore, in a way, the opposition is also somehow equally responsible for the existing pathetic and frustrating state of affairs in the country.