These are the very words that would come to ones mind if any of you were unfortunate enough to watch General Pervaiz Musharraf address the opening ceremony of Dawn News TV. It was a classy event and Hameed Haroon sat helplessly (and fuming) on the side watching the President ramble aimlessly on and on about his achievements as the supreme commander of Pakistan
True to his style, Musharraf was extempore in delivering his speech, he was able to touch a number of topics which were naturally dear to his heart specially in the recent few weeks. Media naturally came first where he accused them of doing a large part of sensationalization and bias reporting. Musharraf was bitter at the fact that his opponents got more airtime while ‘his’ side of the argument was being downplayed.
Continuing with his speech he unabashedly started to claim himself to be a ‘righteous man by design’ and could do ‘no wrong and only right’ in his leadership of Pakistan. To say the least these statements came as a surprise to anyone watching the live coverage, a leader trying to
prove state that he can do no wrong, contrary to Islamic belief where only The Almighty can do no wrong. Granted, even if we were not to take this statement out of context, it continues to be a surprise that this leader now has to claim his righteousness in his speeches rather then relying on his actions to speak for themselves. Musharraf seems to act quite similar to a lazy employee who after a lazy day at the office tries to suck up to his boss in an attempt to convince him that the he has been grueling his ass doing his job, which is far from complete. The evidence should prove the facts and no verbal exchange needed to provide the proof.
Musharraf also goes on to defend his assassination of Sardar Bugti by sharing a few stories when he recently visited the Dera Bugti Tribe and according to him a number of people approached him thanking him virtually in tears to have removed / assassinated the tribal leader Bugti from their lives. These stories might be true and relevant but in context of his agenda to prove himself as the righteous, it did little to help his image but in fact discredited it more to show how narrow minded his logical thinking had become to have falsely attained a sense of accomplishment when a few hired peasants come sucking up to him in the middle of the dessert.
Talking about hired men, Musharraf had yet another point to prove. He was full-off-himself when he claimed that thousands of Pakistanis come clambering to hear him speak, quite evidently defending his rent-a-crowd rally in Islamabad on May 12th, but what should have been a simple statement turned out to be ‘the blooper of the night’ when he went on to say that 90% of these crowd members are poor and they were provided transport so that could hear ‘him’ speak. (I can be corrected on the exact words of this statement?) WOW rent-a-crowd arrangements for Musharraf, I knew it…..
This side of Musharraf is quite contrary to the one we have seen in the past where Mr. Musharraf would look into the eye of any journalist and challenge him to ask any question and be instantly served with an in-you-face response by Musharraf quite evidently speaking from the heart. A lot has changed over the years, this leader that we now see is more like a frail dictator hanging on to his seat for his dear life. His poker face is now easily deceived by his eyes, as they say the eyes reveal the person inside and since a few months they spell the words ‘failure’ and ‘greed’ quite evidently. His false notion that the country will crumble without him is also leading him down the wrong decisions. He has openly said that he can trust no one to lead Pakistan in the future and hence he continues to remain on the seat of power. What a fool !!!, it is this same feeling of Godliness that has history littered with many crumbling dynasties of Kings and Presidents in the past practically not one has lived to tell the tale, I wonder how long Musharraf plans to hold on.
Leadership I feel will come as a natural course of development, without doubt there are hundreds and thousands of capable leaders in Pakistan amongst the 160 million population, provided the right opportunity may will rise to the occasion of which many will be uncorrupted and truly patriotic to Pakistan, I honestly don’t believe this to be a Utopian dream but more of a reality, the virgin leaders are simply shrugged away in favor of the corrupt elite and even Musharraf did not live up to his promise back in 1998 when he told the nation that ‘I will bring a new breed of good and clean leaders into the forefront’. Sadly Musharraf could not fulfill that promise since any new leadership would become an imminent threat to his Presidential seat, quite simply he never worked to create the alternate leadership, and continued to nourish the old corrupt leadership to attain his own personal goals. It is because of this unfulfilled promise that we now look again nervously at a third term by either one of the corrupt leaders in the form of Benazir or Nawaz Sharif waiting in the aisle ready to pounce on any opportunity that may present itself.
Mr. President its time to Shut Up and move on, you have already been disgraced enough, count your eggs now and make a quick exit to still be able walk away with your head held up high. Its far better to walk off then be pushed off, though the time had come a long time ago and greed held you down but as they say better late then never, so a sincere advise from a fellow country man RUN.
But until then Mr. President, Please Shut Up, avoiding those extempore speeches trying to stick to the draft handed to you on the dais, it most definitely helps to keep that mouth in check from making any more blunders.