It is obvious that Pakistan’s parliamentary system, modeled after the British system of representative government, has failed to deliver. If the current system fails to reflect popular will, can it legitimately be called a democracy? For example, according surveys conducted recently, PTI chairman Imran Khan is a very popular leader, yet due to the indirect nature of our political system, he may not be able to win many seats. Even if he should win a large number, he could still not win enough seats to form government. He will still need collaboration with small parties to win the simple majority of 137 seats to form a coalition government. Afterwards, the formation of a jumbo cabinet is the most likely thing to happen so that every coalition partner is made happy.
At provincial levels, the governor should be the chief executive. In neither case should he/she be eligible to hold no more than three terms. Pakistanis have some reservations about a presidential systems this system has been been abused by military dictators. Some dictators continued in power through military strength, fake referendums, or the “basic democracies” of Ayub Khan. Through frequent exercise of their voting right, the masses will become more mature politically. The people of Pakistan should seriously debate whether we need a presidential system, or whether we should continue with the British-style systeym simply because we have become used to it.