Its interesting to see how circumstances change one persons destiny, a few months back Musharraf could has easily sat on top of his throne snap his fingers and practically anyone in the country would rock to his attention, including the tranche of self exiled leaders Benazir and Nawaz. Its now a question of, who has a better set of cards to deal out, and at the present Benazir holds the trump card and has asked Musharraf too do a Bhangra dance at her door step in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
In the recent past Musharraf has taken numerous political setbacks, severely denting his public image and eroding his supreme reign of power. Despite the apparent downward trend in his public support he continues to feel indispensable to the nation and feels that he should be allowed to serve the country for another five years. His only salvation is to make a crooked deal with one of the tired and tested corrupt leaders of Pakistan.
Its quite embarrassing to see that the Pakistani people are being deliberately herded over into the pig pen of Benazir just so that ‘one’ person can continue his reign over the country while the rest of the 160 million people can go to hell. Every citizen in Pakistan can testify to the fact that Benazir is a proven corrupt leader and has shamelessly looted the country without remorse and wants to do it yet again. As they often say Once a theft always a theft, she simply cant be trusted to protest a Rs. 100 note let alone hand her the bank keys of our national wealth, yet the power-to-be fell this is the only way out. Her corrupt style in her first tenure could have been a mistake but second time proves that old habits dies hard, but handing the bank keys for the third time is stupidity in its finest forms
The political grapevine coming through from a confirmed source in the US say that the White House has presented Musharraf with only TWO options.
- Negotiate a deal with Benazir Bhutto, who has in turn promised to play along with the instructions issued by the American leadership promising to assist them at all levels if she were to be elected into power
- If nothing works out, Musharraf is allowed to enforce a State of Emergency in the country, and the White House will support the move, by not offering much of a resistance
These are the only two options available to Musharraf, available only in the specific order as presented, hence according to the orders of the White House Musharraf proceeded to Abu Dhabi in an attempt to talk to Benazir to reach a negotiated deal. Yesterday’s reports from Abu Dhabi suggest that the meeting lasted for an hour but nothing transpired and disagreement about Musharraf’s elevation as President remained the pinching thorn. Benazir without doubt wants another chance to sit on the pot of gold and naturally she will compromise all principles for just another nibble at the chocolate cake, a deal will definitely be reached and in turn we will all have mock elections just to rubber stamp the assembly into power.
Its surprising that in all this reeling and dealing there is no mention of ‘Whats best for Pakistan’ its only a question of unashamed greed and power, the people of Pakistan sadly have never figured in any occasion. Where is the sense of Patriotism, where are the great leaders who adhere to high set principles. The breed of great leaders do exists, take the example of Tony Blair when he quit from his premiership, the world knew his time was up but he gracefully took the exit and instantly the negative public support spun around to be in his favor. An example of a great leader leaving a position of power can be seen very recently in India when Mr. Abdul Kalam was replaced by Pratibha Patil, no bloodshed, no spluttering of profanity, just a simple handshake, cup of tea and Mr. Abdul Kalam steps out of office with two suitcases in hand. Is that too difficult to ask one of our own leaders to do, simply walk away leaving the the country at the hands of able hard working leaders, which I assure you will not be too difficult to find if we look hard enough.
The entire nation is screaming for a change, change not only from the present rulers, but also from the tired and tested rulers of the past. But the bottom line is enough is enough, please for gods sake not Benazir Again !!!!!