There are some occasions when we must rise above the political and personal differences. There are some issues which need immediate attention from the leaders and the masses. The alleged links between the law minister of Punjab Rana Sanaullah with the banned religious outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) is one of those burning issue.
In the recent years, Pakistan has seen the worst. We all know how this all tastes. We all have recoiled in terror many a times after hearing blast in our own city or coming to know about yet another attack in our country. Though the bombing streak is at ease these days with intermittent attacks in remote areas, still the images of these bombings are vivid as not much time has passed. Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Islambaad, Peshawar and Quetta and almost all other notable cities and towns have gone through this terrible time.
We also remember the sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni outfits in the eighties and nineties. No mosque or Imambargah was safe in those days.Thankfully that was ended when sanity prevailed, and some outfits from both sides were banned. SSP one of these banned organization.
Now there is a by-election in the sensitive Jhang area, and to gain political advantage, Rana Sanaullah the law minister of Punjab done a favor to the SSP. The latest scandal against Rana Sanaullah about his links with SSP followed by the release of two convicted members of the SSP ahead of the by-elections in district Jhang, has further eroded the credibility of Shahbaz Sharif and his claims about good governance in the province.
This matter must be resolved immediately as it is sending very wrong messages both at the national and international levels and needed to be snubbed before such kind of acts could lead to revival of sectarian violence, which had greatly disturbed the whole province in the mid 80s and 90s.