Tuesday September 06, 2016
The Crux of Pakistan's Political Crisis
It seems like United States and many others who are interested in war against terrorism do not understand the nature of crisis in Pakistan.
What is the issue in Pakistan?
Pakistanís core issue is enforcement of constitution, rule of law and establishment of free and unfettered democracy.
For last 60 years, anti constitution, anti rule of law and anti democracy forces are conflicting with pro constitution, pro rule of law and pro democracy forces.
This straggle started early on right when Pakistan came in to existence. In early days of Pakistan, pro constitution, pro rule of law and pro democracy forces were very weak. Regardless of their weaknesses, they tried to frame and enforce constitution in Pakistan. However, anti constitution, anti rule of law and anti democracy forces failed the efforts of pro constitution, pro rule of law and pro democracy forces to enforce constitution.
With passage of time, anti constitution, anti rule of law and anti democracy forces have strengthened their strangle hold on Pakistani state and society. For last 60 years, they have time and again attacked civil, judicial and democratic institution. They have done every effort to undermine and weaken these institutions.
While anti constitution, anti rule of law and anti democracy forces were busy undermining civil, judicial and democratic institutions, Pakistani civil society kept growing in leaps and bounds.
By the time general Musharraf took over Pakistan illegally on October 12, 1999, literacy rate grew in Pakistan from 15% in early 60s to 61% in 2000. The number of lawyers, doctors, engineers, lecturers, teachers, professionals grew 1000% in 2000 than late 50s or 60s.
In last 4 decades, millions of Pakistanis migrated to Middle East, Europe and North America. These Pakistani immigrants not only transmitted dollars and pounds back to Pakistan they also transmitted knowledge, technology, know how and political information about their host societies.
This broad base Pakistani society is not willing to accept the shenanigans of anti constitution, anti rule of law and anti democracy practices in their homeland. Members of this new Pakistani civil society not only understand the nature of the beast and its tactics they also know how to fight it back.
General Musharraf and his collaborators represent anti constitution, anti rule of law and anti democracy forces.
Within last 8 years, general Musharraf and his collaborators have violated and undermined constitution, rule of law and democratic norms unlimited times. On the top, when they violate and undermine constitution, rule of law and democratic norms they sprinkle salt on the injuries of broad based civil society by claiming they are acting within constitutional, rule of law and democratic limits.
The biggest culprit in this whole drama is general Musharraf himself. He does everything against the constitution and claims he is doing it according to the constitution. It is indeed a shameful behavior and with this behavior he is making broad based civil society angrier and violent.
Under these circumstances, all those who extend support to general Musharraf and his collaborators, be it President Bush or anyone else, they are inviting Pakistanís civil societyís wrath.
Pakistanís broad based civil society wants to see enforcement of constitution, rule of law and democracy in their country.
Being a constant violator of constitution, general Musharraf does not fit in this scenario. The people of Pakistan want him out of office.
Now, this is the crux of current crisis in Pakistan.
All those interested in Pakistan whether they are inside Pakistan or out side Pakistan, they have to make up their minds whether they want to side with pro constitution, pro rule of law and pro democracy forces or they want to side by anti constitution, anti rule of law and anti democracy forces.
Choice is theirs which side they choose.
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