Care Taker PM... By Col (r) Riaz Jafri
31 August, 2012
Kindly allow me to reproduce my following Letter to Editor written on 13 November 2007, the contents of which are very much applicable even today after 5 years:
The mere fact that we have to have a care taker government to conduct the polls speaks volumes about our national character and proves that we as a nation are not prepared to trust our fellow politicians? It is taken for granted that the incumbent government in power shall rig the polls to its own advantage and, therefore, it must be replaced by a 'neutral' government. Now, the comical irony is that every political party seems to have its own standards of neutrality for the person to head the care taker government. Different political parties have different people measuring up to their own specific standards. There are neutrals, more neutrals, less neutrals and not-neutrals depending upon their standing with a particular party. BB was reported to nominate Makhdoom Fahim as her most neutral and suitable person for the care taker Prime Minister-ship!! Ch. Shujaat Sahib has reportedly assumed the role of the Chief Examiner to scrut inise the credentials of the neutral aspirants for the job – of course according to his own standards of neutrality.
In short the search is on to have an impartial and neutral care taker PM because all those belonging to ANY political party are assumed to be not trustworthy. What a shame we can't find ONE honest, impartial, man of integrity from among the politicians who could enjoy the confidence and trust of the rest of the politicians to head the care taker government?
Viva la democracy!
Col. Syed Riaz Jafri (Retd)