A Casual Look….
By Barrister Ali K.Chishti
Asif Zardari’s politics of reconciliation took him to the doors of a 120 yard head quarters of MQM who had a bitter relationship with the PPP because of Benazir Bhutto’s extension of the infamous Operation Cleanup apart from the Sindhi-Mohajir or Rural-Urban Divide in Sindh.
The message was clear, “let’s forgive and forget” for the betterment of Sindh and Pakistan and start a new democratic Pakistan where each political party accepts each-other’s mandate. Asif Zardari also went on to visit the grave of Altaf Hussain’s brother to offer prayers – he was warmly welcomed by the emotional MQM leaders, workers and the people of Karachi.
Five months forward, MQM is part of the broader coalition but confused about her role in the new government thanks to the step-motherly treatment of the PPP’s government although things are about to be moved to a postive direction.
Nawaz Sharif politics on the other hand had been of confrontational nature where he played and still is playing “for the galleries”, which is understandable in politics since he was and is left with no other options – everyone seems opposition to him thanks to his six years of his civilian despotism in the nineties.
Sometime back PML-N hawks took a clue from an amateur politician and a social worker, Imran Khan and adopted; some say hijacked his stance on supporting the disposed judges. In couple of months the demoralized, plagued and leaderless PML-N successfully transformed the support for the deposed judges in Punjab into support for PML-N and won the elections in Punjab stabbing Imran Khan & the APDM which wanted to boycott the general elections.
In his own Set-Match-Game style Nawaz Sharif lost when a couple of months back underdog Asif Zardari the ever smiling and pleasant in his Dilip Kumar dialect ditched Nawaz Sharif by his famous words, “promise are meant to be broken”. It was politics…..
Asif Zardari not only ditched Nawaz Sharif on the restoration of former chief justice but successfully isolated him from being a national leader to a provincial to become the President of Pakistan replacing Mustafa Kamal Pasha Experiment gone wrong: General Pervez Mushraff (better of the worse lot).
Asif Zardari led government today is an extension of Mushraff’s government; authenticating Mushraff’s policies regarding war on terror and shifting the pendulum of power from Punjab to Sindh – a province which earns 2/3 of Pakistan’s revenue and giving a new sense of confidence to smaller provinces making the federation stronger.
Let’s give credit to Asif Zardari to end Balochistan insurgency to a large extent especially with regards to BLA which for the first time in her history called for a ceasefire – something which the wily’ old President General Mushraff – relic of the past? with all his power and carrots to Nawab’s failed to do.
Lets Talk Policies & Priorities…
The policies of the PPP led government may be in the right direction but the priorities seem to have lost direction in a short span. The government should understand the gravity of the economic condition and instead of rewarding her members more and more portfolios to cement alliances or reinstate thousands of Jayala SHOULD emphasize on cutting government’s expenditure and immediately stop privatizing profit-making institutions.
I fail to understand why this government should help via State Bank & KSE the infamous KSE-Mafia which believes in “Privatize the Profits & Subsidize the Losses” in a free market economy – why should government help inject Rs.200 Bn (that’s: $2.56Bn) in KSE to help brokers? I fail to understand….could this be Shaukat Tareen who headed KSE sometime back?
India recently post-Oil prices reduced Oil prices drastically while our government kept the prices static earning billions and then a zakat of Rs.10 per litre? And now fooled the nation by blaming OGRA – the regulator and price fixer. Then we have the wily Raja of Gujarkhan, Raja Pervez Ashraf as our power & electricity minister who came out with a rather foolish statement of linking electricity prices with the prices of oil which are at the lowest – $50 / barrel – who on earth are they fooling?
However I do not doubt the intentions of any of the minsters as they are people’s representatives but they should remember the real purpose of being made MoS – which is serve the interests of PEOPLE of PAKISTAN and not to the respected Ministry’s interest. They should stop acting like corporate leaders and start being politicians.
Just as if I had seen all the bad moves by PPP and Asif Zardari – the party awarded people like Zehri & Bajrani as MoS for Postal Services and Education.
PPP and Asif Zardari has somewhat mastered the art of emotional blackmailing like a true politician and has used his deceased wife’s name to legitimize anything and everything – what PPP and Asif needs to understand that it’s one thing to head a political party and another to lead a nation while those who oppose PPP’s government should understand that destablizing the current government would be playing at the hands of undemocratic forces – it’s vital that the process moves on and only time will filter the good, bad and the evil..that’s the beauty of democracy.
I also understand the difficulty of ruling a nation like Pakistan – this inexperienced government is somewhat unlucky to have taken over at such difficult times. Maybe they will eventually come out gracefully after some time – lets hope they do because somehow bizarrely with their stability lies the stability of Pakistan…..
Sheikh Rasheedism: “it’s a country where Pizza is delivered faster then a 15 Response Team”
Gilanism: If someone else could run government better then us – he should step forward…
Kurd: We are being forced to go on a “tala-bandi”
Nawaz Sufism: Iftikhar Chaudry Jeway Jeway….