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Murky Political Scenario in Pakistan

19 December, 2007

By Dr. Tanvir Hussain Bhatti


The political horizon of Pakistan is enormously foggy. There is no gleam of anticipation in the near future for the misery-guts having wolf at the door. The establishment of true democracy is still a distant dream because the current grim scenario is not very different from the previous ones. Instead of improving the political situation it is petering out and getting out of whack with each passing day. The political history of Pakistan is a living testimony that every big cheese that raised on the ladder of power leave no stone unturned to concentrate maximum authority in his hand. The big-timer wheeler-dealers framed, amended, mutilated, suspended and abrogated the constitutions several times that suit their coteries’ vested interests but it basket cased and bottled out the state institutions. A strong corpus juries in mandatory for the establishment of democracy on sound and concrete foundations.

Law is said to be the will of the sovereign but sarcastically in Pakistan only the well-heeled men on the steering have been independent and those in Queer Street never got any chance to endorse their will because there has never been true public rule throughout the history of Pakistan. In every democratic country constitution is considered as a sacred asset but in our country the top cats living off the tit kick the consecrated statue book to insult its sanctity. They deliberately violate canons and twist the arms of the law of the land to prove that they are above any legal code, and the constitutions and the institutions are subservient to them. Due to partial implementation of the legislation the high monkey-monks are not accountable to anyone. The foundations of democracy in Pakistan are extremely rickety and flimsy because the constitution of 1973 still could not be put into operation in letter and spirit.

Overzealous civil and army bureaucracy are also key political players. Their time and again nosy parking have smashed-up blossoming democratic institutions. Even in the present Assemblies there are several on-velvet near and dear ones of the backseat driver bureaucrats and snooper brass hats although they have no grassroots public support. They enter the land of milk and honey due to their strong nexus instead genuine electioneering. Political master spirits emerge from political institutions but the country is suffering from severe leadership crisis because this country has been ruled for more than thirty years by the cohorts. Political parties and their activities were banned during different totalitarian governments. Therefore, no charismatic demagogue of high stature emerged after the birth of Pakistan except Z.A.Bhutto .But he was also hanged although he was the most popular leading light of the country after the death of the father of the nation. But even after his death he still rules the hearts of the millions and the entire world has seen hundreds of thousands eager beaver jubilating Jialeys of Bhutto who traveled from all over the nation state to provide red carpet welcome to his daughter on the roads of Karachi on October 18 following her return to the country after eight years self-imposed exile.

Political deals are the means to reap personal advantages .The engaged parties don’t bother to adhere to their own party manifestoes. The purpose of the current political bargaining between the PPP and President Musharraf is to support each other. The present regime has introduced NRO that is a manipulative way of mutual backscratching. According to this Ordinance the cases on politicians framed during 1986-99 would be withdrawn to generate an ambiance of reconciliation but actually it is a part of agreement between PPP and the men in the driving seat for sharing of power in the future. If this Ordinance is virtually implemented then several genuine plunderers of national moneybags would harvest its fruits and will easily exonerate from the accountability process. The blue nose leaders should work for genuine rapprochement to join hands to fortify the public rule and to unfetter the country from the quagmire of problems. The affluent ruling elite should bear in mind that the lucre pillaged by the cheapskate and tealeaf bigwigs is the public wealth. Therefore, it should be retrieved at any cost by bringing to book the despoilers of the national treasure.

Democracy is to empower the public but it never happened in Pakistan. The loudmouth fat cats play to the gallery during the election campaigns to lure the public by propagating sugary thundering catchphrases and fabricated promises that never materialize after they win the polls. They raise hollow slogans while canvassing to hoodwink and allure the fuddy-duddy teeming millions but after assuming power the silk stocking goldbricks turn a blind eye to the public wellbeing and throw the national imperatives to the backburner. The skinflint victors design schemes to get back their scads of money that they splurged during the polls. Therefore, they deem it their right to hush currency and slush public funds to make a bomb. Thus the men on a good wicket strengthen their political base by enfeebling the institutions by hollowing their foundations. Many of them become turn coats and hired guns after the elections to safeguard their own hoggish preoccupations.

When a politician having a shot in his locker changes his loyalty the backing of the party on the ticket of which he regularly contests the elections in the pertinent region ends and the party is left with no other option but to replace that Pooh-Bah with a Buggin’s turn who is no great shakes for the rival politico. Therefore, he is bound to lose in the upcoming elections because the half-pint candidate cannot get so many votes. This lackluster picture of the cobbled politics of Pakistan also reflects that the political parties have no deep penetration in the public. Majority of the people cast their votes to the well-endowed feudal lords, business tycoons and born in the purple nominees backed by the top civil and military bureaucrats. During the voting caste, sect and selfish interests dominate parties’ pronunciamento and distant national outlooks. Therefore, the political parties instead of getting direct support of the public rely on the cash cows and big guns of the different locales who have personal vote bank due to their strong hold in the vicinity. They don’t need political parties as much as they need the winning horses to form the government.

The political parties are the glaring paradigms of one man show. It is mocking that the custodians of democracy are themselves authoritarian. In democratic countries leaders emerge from the parties. But in Pakistan the scene is dreary round-the-clock. The cashed-up grand panjandrums and loaded storefront preachers form their own political parties because due to their feudalistic mentality they cannot work subservient to others. If anyone is more capable than the party head then he or she is deliberately watered down at various occasions by the leadership. In several political parties there are different choice spirits who are more competent and have more directorship qualities than the chiefs of the bunches but they never get chance throughout their life to become the heads. Therefore, a political party’s leadership in Pakistan travels in the same consanguinity as the kingship in the royal family of an empire.

The political bands don’t conduct regular elections within their ranks at the grassroots level. Different parties’ officials are nominated by the spearheads rather than elected therefore these political throngs are deprived of democratic norms and practices. They have failed to understand true democratic culture. Therefore, they remain entangled in the murky terra firma of feudalism and gleams of democracy never shine on them. These undemocratic parties who use the services of the snoopers of the army and red tape bureaucracy to ascend to throne cannot bring public rule in the country. This bleak political stage  give birth to one man rule .Those who get the opportunity to assume the highest office of the state try to curtail the powers of the others to surface autocratic rulers with unbridled authorities. Therefore, in any government since the birth of Pakistan power remained in the hand of one man.

Although the dark clouds are lurking on the political horizon of Pakistan but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. The successful lawyers’ movement has shown a glimmer of hope to the disappointed sad sacks. Now this movement has become a political association because men of high integrity are participating in its activities and using it as a political forum. The public skating on their uppers is fed up with the old faces of the pound-note geezers and barrack-room lawyers who made megabucks by plundering national wealth. They want a change that can ensure their meaningful participation in the mainstream national life and provide them basic facilities of life. The freedom of expression in the print and electronic media has generated great awareness in the rank and file. Media has exposed the true facades of the so-called grandees. Therefore, they have failed to motivate the public for political processions. In the future affairs of the state only those leaders would be able to continue in the political life who would long haul to resolve the public hard nuts to crack rather than safeguarding their own cheap Charlie concerns.

Reader Comments:

Democracy in war hang over.

NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF NATIONS, YOU HAVE SEEN A SOFT TOUCH AND PURE 100 PERCENT CIVILIAN DOMINATED DEMOCRACY WHEN YOU HAVE WARS IN THE NEIGHBOURS AND NEIGHBOUR HOODS WITH ON OFF SPILL OVERS COMING INTO THE pak COUNTRY AS WELL.

EVEN WHEN SECOND WORLD WAR WAS RAGING IN INTENSITY IN BRITAINS NEIGHBOUR HOOD, THEY(BRITS) ELECTED EX SOLDIER WINSTON CHURCHILL, WHO STARTED HIS WAR MONGERING TO MATCH WITH THOSE OF HITLER.AMERICA'S WAR IN KOREA BROUGHT IN EX ARMY GENERAL EISENHOVER AS PRESIDENT.

PAKISTAN IS GOING EXACTLY THROUGH SIMILAR SITUATIONS OF WAR IN THE SURROUNDINGS WITH SPILLOVER FROM THE WAR AS WELL AS 9/11 CUTTING INTO PAKISTAN.

SO, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO EXPECT THE FUTURE GOVERNANCE IN PAKISTAN'S NEAR TERM DOMINATED BY THOSE SOFT COLLAR SOFT SPOKEN AND DIE HARD DEMOCRACY MINDED POLITICIANS.THESE POLITICIANS WILL GET A BITE OF THE PIE, BUT WILL BE FED TO THEM BY MILITARY HANDS.PAK GOVERNANCE WILL HAVE FIRST HAND TOUCH OF MILITARY.

YOU HAVE SEEN THE LAWYERS MOVEMENTS AND JUDGES REVOLT GOT NUBBED IN-CONCLUSIVE.THE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE OF PAKISTAN SEEMS LIKE A TRIOKA, WHERE MORE THAN HALF DOMINENCE WILL BE BY MILITARY.EVEN AMERICA, AFTER SOME HARSH TALKS ON MILITARY MAN MUSH, IS SEEN RETREATING TO ACCOMODATE PAKS MUSHARRAF AND MILITARY WITH KIND OF CAARY OVER FROM PREVIOUS MODES OF GOVERNANCE.THIS GOVERNANCE WILL GET SOME COSMETIC TOUCH UP OF CIVILIANS LIKE BB AND OR NAWAZ MEN.BUT, MILITARY WON'T BE OUT.

MILITARY RATHER WILL BE SOLIDLY IN, AS WARS AROUND WITH SPILLOVER INTO PAKISTAN AND 9/11 AFTER MATH HANG OVER WILL DICTATE THE SAME THING ON PAKISTAN AS IT DID TO BRITAIN IN WW2, AMERICA IN KOREAN WAR, HITLER AND STALIN DURING MILITARY TURBULENCE BEFORE WW2.

SO, DO NOT EXPECT PAKISTAN TO DO MIRACLES THAT EVEN MAJOR POWERS LIKE AMERICA, BRITAIN, GERMANY AND RUSSIA AND OTHERS COULD'NT DO OTHER WISE AND OTHER WAYS.

Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 20 December, 2007

Deals for feast

Our election scenario is typical. It reminds the scene of hoovering scavengers over the dying body of an animal lying helplessly inert and having no strength even to howl in fear of looming death. We are exactly in the same situation and scavengers have even been invited from overseas, to take part in the feast
We need to understand that, those who sent Musharraf to derail democracy in Pakistan for meeting their covert targets, are not expected to give up midway for nothing and take pains to re-democratize us. They took meticulous pains in planning and executing a long chain of well calculated events for achieving specific targets, one of the essential prerequisite of which was, to derail our train of democracy, without which it was not possible for them to operate. They cannot undo their efforts and strive to put us back on tracks, before achieving their hidden targets.

Ask any of our scavenging politicians eying the kill. They will give their own versions of the situation bedeviling us. But, they do not find it necessary even to analyze their own bogging predicaments, not speak of any concerns for the people. Imagine their plight. They have forgotten the basics of politics in their mad race for treasure hunt. Can we ever have any reasonable government in place under the existing circumstances when every party is fighting for the top? It is simple to imagine that, all like-minded parties have long been fragmented into factions, to make them ineffective. They have no heart for the nation, are wholeheartedly fighting only for self glorification and in the process, falling into the trap laid laid for them.

Our situation is perfectly engineered on a well calculated road-map for bringing in Benazir into the required place, by repeatedly dividing her biggest rival who had gathered the heaviest ever mandate on our political scene before being toppled on flimsiest of reasons. Our weaknesses are mindfully being exploiting for achieving the required end result. The result they want is obvious but, we refuse to see. The whole issue, which is the basic root cause of our ever deepening crises, both internally and internationally is, "terror". Those who derailed our democracy in the first place, actually realized and became horribly terrified in realizing that, we were becoming the strongest force in fast developing renaissance of Islam and therefore found it desperately essential to derail our galloping progress, in order to secure their future. They have simply used our weaknesses for pushing us backwards.They have already hinted for pushing us back into the stone-age, but got wise and changed tactics. They have painted terror image of Islam in their nefarious efforts to undermine it. They are deeply horrified about the predictions of their own future watch-dogs becoming true about the rise again of the "Ultimate Religion"they dread of and are desperately fighting to stop the emerging tide of Islam they call the "ultimate terror". They are actually fighting a new crusade war and Benazir has agreed to help them by handing over our chief architect of the nuclear programme with a free access to our nuclear stronghold with obvious intentions of neutralizing their biggest avenue of terror, that is the "Islamic nuclear terror". Nawaz Sharif had refused to co-operate and therefore saw his exit. Benazir has succumbed for her own reasons in agreeing to co-operate and therefore, being given all necessary assistance for her return to play their game.

We are really a wonderful lot of people. We are not bothered by these horrible intrigues for being hatched for our rapid end. Things are becoming easy because our adversaries realize out lust for deals, without bothering to see what is being traded, even if it is our own destiny. Undoubtedly, we are in a horrible situation and desperately need another Quaid for guidance in leading us out of the deep bog. Only this time we need guidance with spoon-feeding.

M.Saeed, Pakistan - 24 December, 2007

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