Mar 3, 2008 - Uncategorized    4 Comments

It is the personalities stupid!

I know I am a certified cynic and am generally pissed when grown up people (who in my opinion should grow out of their rose tinted glasses at the ripe old age of 8) present a hopeful picture of a future that none of us will see in our lifetimes. Waisay tau I have grievances against a lot of things but it pains me to see that people actually believe that the ongoing struggle for the restoration (!) of judiciary is anything but power struggle between two men (Musharraf and Chaudhry) with mammoth egos (both are delusional enough to think that they are indispensable).

For all my naïve friends who think this struggle is about reclaiming the dignity of the institution of judiciary and not about personalities should know that in Pakistani context, it is always about personalities and almost never about either the institutions or the country.

History provides us with enough evidence. Ayub Khan kicked the civilian govt. out for the betterment of the country, in his opinion of course, and assumed power becasue he thought he was the best man for the job. Pakistani politicians insisted that all cases be dropped against Mujeeb-ur-Rehman (of Awami league) after he was found guilty in Agartilla conspiracy to destabilize Ayub Khan’s govt, because it suited their immediate goal of rattling Ayub Khan (a personality). Z. A. Bhutto refused to hand over the power to the party, Awami League, that was in majority because he wanted to be in power, the country be damned, Bhutto Sahib, the martial law administrator, wanted to relinquish power only to Bhutto Sahib, the PM. No other candidate, even if he was in majority, was worthy enough. Zia hanged Bhutto because he feared that even a jailed Bhutto can be dangerous for his uninterrupted rule. He introduced drugs and small arms and Islamic militancy in the country courtesy over active participation in Afghan war to sustain his stay in power. Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Shariff fought it out between the two of them throughout 1990s, each claiming to be the saviour of the country and democracy. Musharaff toppled Sharif’s govt when he heard that the latter sacked him and CJ Chaudhry is striking back because it is now his job that is in the line. It never was about the institution of judiciary and it never will be. If supremacy of judiciary and constitution had been that important to Chaudhry Sahib, he would not have taken oath under the PCO in the first place and served the good general for such a long time. It never was between the president/army and judiciary; the war is between two personalities.

The mantra of all power brokers and politicians – past and present – is simple. Democracy be damned; constitution be damned; judiciary be damned; heck, even the country can go to the dogs, as long as they get to do what they set out to do.

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4 Comments

  • finally a clear and in your face account of ground realities. Well written Tez ppl need to get over their short term memory losses and realize just who they are organizing graffiti movements for!!

  • Embarrassingly true, especially for a nation that’s supposedly been “independent” for more than half a century and still hasn’t got going.

  • 50 saal say aam admi ko insan nahin mila, ganga naha ker aingay… is bar dekhtay hein TI report may kis level per ata hae, these judges are being baptised under Aitzaz Ahsan. It is not about the politicians alone, media is the catalyst that would lead to dimemberment of state. These private channel have the most irresponsible anchors… tum hi join kerlo yaar…kuch aqal ki baat kernay walay hon

  • If I could have gotten a job and would have been allowed to say whats on my mind, then media would not be such dire straits where people with single digit IQ (Dr. Shahid Masood and Hamid Mir) would not have been running the show.

    I was quite happy about the media revolution till last year, and now i am thinking that it was perhaps the gravest mistake Musharraf had committed, opening up media without proper academic research and guidelines. But thats so typical of us, we always cry over things that we help deteriorate.

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