The Shoe Club and Democracy


It is believed that democracy brings amazing things in reality. Where it brings so many goods it has some pitfalls too.  Democracy is the government of the people by the people, for the people.

Incidents like a man throwing the shoe on former PM Nawaz Sharif and throwing ink on Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif are not new to us.

Many world politicians in democratic states have gone through this pity.  At the same day at the rally of PTI, a man was caught while attempting to hit Imran Khan with the shoe. Earlier such incidents happened with Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal while he was at Narowla, a person threw a shoe at Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmed at Lahore Railway Station which hit him on his head.

The Shoe throwing trend started when a man threw the shoe on Former US President George Bush, then Australian Prime Minister John Howard faced the same case, then from Pervez Musharaf to Donald Trump the list goes long.

Here the point of consideration is that is it a true form of democracy is this shoe club is the way forward for democracy? Such aggressive acts from opponents only bring more aggression.  To fulfill the true essence of democracy the opponents must take an action with words and implementation. People are supposed to choose wisely and act wisely. Good people make strong institutions and strong institutions ultimately lead towards the formation of a strong and democratic state.

Many other politicians even from oppositions criticize the shoe attacks on their rivals.

The Leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan and the chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari including many other media persons and civil society representatives condemned the attacks.



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