For many the headline itself is a scary thought, but I assure you its not unimaginable…
Looking at the address by ‘Sir’ Musharraf to his humble servants today at 8pm was nothing even close to the ‘breaking news‘ we all expected but the more ‘shocking news’ was immediately following, the Press Conference by ‘Sir’ Zardari this press conference whosoever watched the press conference would have said watched Zardari in full authoritarian mode, I have seen Benazir run a press conferences, I have seen Musharraf run a Press Conferences, but when you watch Asif Ali Zardari run this gig one could shudder with the though that God forbid one day he be allowed to run our country. I stand utterly dejected at the though that the games these rulers are set to play with Pakistan, ALL OVER AGAIN
Let me explain my fears, Its sad but I actually see Pakistan back to square one just before 27th Dec – if we recall – many of us (probably not all) had total distrust with PPP as they were only there to grab their own seat of power and as a bargain patronize Musharraf, but other then that they had little or no concern with setting things straight in Pakistan, which would have meant fixing the judicial body hence Benazir simply had little or no concern for CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry or the notion of ‘Restoration of Judiciary’. For BB it was a game of words she had switched her campaign tactic from ‘Restoration of Judiciary’ to ‘Independence of Judiciary’. Everyone knew for a fact that BB will not, even for a moment, give a thought to the old non-PCO Judges quite simply because it would threaten her own existence in light of the NRO protection. Sadly with Benazir gone – its interesting to see that most of Pakistan remains distracted, yes I too sympathize the loss of the Daughter of the East, but when I see Zardari in place of BB running the PPP I shudder with the consequences for Pakistan
Musharraf gets kicked out by a 2/3 majority vote then person to replace him is Asif ZardariLet us not forget for a moment that PPP will practically do nothing but become a replacement to the PML-Q (as a after the elections I expect Chaudhry’s to be reduce to cleaning cupboards), Musharraf will continue, and we would effectively have the same rubber stamping judiciary. Zardari will definitely give Musharrf a run for his ‘money’ if for nothing else, granted Zardari will be tougher then the docile Chaudhry’s, but even if Musharraf ends up getting kicked in the balls, the person to replace him is – now don’t hold your breath – ASIF ALI ZARDARI, mind you in his press conference with Bilawal, he may have apparently ruled himself out of the running for the elections and the PM slot but he made no mention about the Presidential seat, that may open up when PPP lands a sweeping victory, or after he chews out the remaining skull bones left in Musharraf – hence we may rid ourselves of Musharraf but then its Zardari ……..a very scary thought, martial law seems better
Sadly I cannot for a moment trust Zardari. in all honesty I would have worked with the new hope of Bilawal, or even Fatima Bhutto the rightful heir of the Bhutto empire, but Zardari….. we are in for some bad times, if people had a look at the press conference the way he conducted and addressed it, I assure you this is just only a precursor to what we will see when he will have the power under his belt, lets not forget to start counting the zero’s after the 10%, hes an experienced crook and third time around, first will be get even with all his Jailers then he will get back to work…. mind you the old saying once a crook always a crook, many see an Altaf Hussain II in the making.
I remain utterly resolute – even after BB’s assassination concerned Pakistanis must work against these evil designs of Zardari, Mush, PML-Q and the corrupt election commission – what I feel is yes, the PPP has a sympathetic vote going for them, they might come in full force that may be their democratic right but to save Pakistan we must work towards the restoration or complete independence of judiciary that’s the only salvation for Pakistan. I feel its sad that Imran Khan is out of the loop of these election, but in all honesty – and i say it with a little bias, since I agreed with their move to boycott back then, with the hope that other like minded parties might follow, sadly they left him stranded on an island – they had made a choice on principle for whats best for Pakistan and not to contest under a corrupt election commission and an illegal dictator, they had a point of view and stood up for it, they might suffer this elections, but even now they truly remain a party to whom I would vote for the hope of fixing things in Pakistan, and no one else. Had if … they were participating in the elections … is another story all together.
I feel what come may, saner Pakistani elements must stand united and appeal for the point as outlined earlier by Naeem Sadiq – What Choices do we Have
- Musharraf must resign and be made accountable for constitutional violations before a court of law.
- The 1973 constitution as it stood on 12 October 1999 be restored.
- The pre November 3 judiciary must be restored and all PCO judges removed.
- A new neutral and caretaker government and an independent election commission be appointed to hold elections within 3 months.
I think in this light – we must urge for a total boycott of the elections – this elections as we know, is all a scam – with whatever notion of democracy that may emerge, is scam at best. To live to fight another day — sadly Pakistan might not have another day if left at the hands of these crooks
I shed a tear yet again for Pakistan, May god help us all