Mind your language please


Finally the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has broken its silence over the use of foul and derogatory language by political leaders against their rivals during their election rallies. On Thursday the ECP has issued notices to PTI chairman Imran Khan, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, former National Assembly speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak for using indecent language during their election campaigns.
In its notices, the ECP deplored abusive, insolent and derogatory language used against other leaders that has been aired and published by the electronic and print media, besides doing the rounds on social media. Terming it as a clear violation of the code of conduct issued by it, the ECP asked the three political leaders to desist from the tendency and summoned them to appear before the commission on July 21. It is worth to mention here that the politics of abuse has become a new norm in our society where not only the ordinary politicians but their top leaders have been using foul language frequently against one another while addressing public gatherings. Moreover their followers are using social media network sites and other related applications to vent out their anger and frustration in a similar fashion and the messages and posts uploaded on Face-book, whatsapp or twitter are sometimes so abusive that one feels perturbed and perplexed while going through the contents. And sometimes the filthy posts are so offensive and insulting that one cannot even dear to read them. Although it is difficult to identify or single out a person, a group or a party, who have or have not contributed in promoting the sort of culture that goes against the fundamentals of an Islamic society of which we proudly claim to be a part of. But the fact is that every one of us is/are responsible. This moral degradation has unfortunately torn apart the social fabric of our society. This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable, using derogatory or foul language, launching slander campaigns without any proof or leveling serious allegations against others is not just a violation of code of conduct issued by the ECP but it is also strictly prohibited in Islam. And more importantly the persons who according to article 61 and 62 of the constitution of Pakistan are deemed fit for contesting general elections must behave and act like true gentlemen rather than vitiating the already polluted political environment by resorting to coarse and uncouth arguments.
Now that the ECP had issued notices to all those who have violated the code of conduct one hopes that leaders of political parties and their followers follow the code in letter and spirit and stop hurling abuses at political opponents.


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