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Concentration of Powers Will Destroy Pakistan

Chaudhry Shujaat has said, General Musharraf’s experiment of appointing non-political prime minister will succeed.


General Musharraf did not appoint Shaukat Aziz for the sake of appointment of non-political prime minister, he appointed him to maintain his personal control over power. Political prime ministers, no matter how pliant they are, do have the tendency to raise questions and general Musharraf does not want anyone should question any of his acts. Prime Minister Jamali was probably the most pliant prime minister in the history of Pakistan. He used to refer to general Musharraf as a boss, but time to time he did make comments which did not set well with self-centered general. Eventually, he fired him and bending all the regulations appointed Shaukat Aziz prime minister.


Shaukat Aziz is a non-political prime minister, but practically general Musharraf is the sole decision maker who has concentrated all powers in his person. All internal and external policies circle around general Musharraf. He is the only one who makes all the decisions. The system he has erected is nothing but a pig with lipstick which has nothing to do with democracy, constitutionalism or rule of law. Concentration of state powers in one person’s hands is not only dangerous it can also lead Pakistan to total destruction and annihilation.


There are people in Pakistan who are benefiting from general Musharraf’s system; they think it is inevitable due to regional and international conditions that the general makes all decisions single handedly. They simply refuse to look at the consequences of concentration of powers in one person.


Such nincompoops should look at Iraq. Iraq is the best example with the worst outcome of total concentration of powers in one man’s hands.  Before fall of Baghdad, Saddam Hussein enjoyed ultimate powers. He was the one who made all the decisions. General Musharraf is as powerful in Pakistan as was Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The people around Saddam Hussein almost argued like the people around general Musharraf. Saddam Hussain not only destroyed himself and the people around him he also caused utter destruction for his people and country.


The debacle of 1971 was the direct result of concentration of powers in one person’s hands. In 1971, there was optimum possibility that general Yahya could totally destroy Pakistan, fortunately the presence of political set-up, created through 1970 elections, saved the country and the nation. Otherwise, general Yahya and his collaborators' fate could not have been any different than Saddam Hussain.


General Musharraf and those who support the concentration of powers in one person’s hands should learn from the fate of Iraq and debacle of East Pakistan. In the larger interest of Pakistan, they should voluntarily reverse this process of concentration of powers, restore 1973 constitution, and allow the popular leadership come back to Pakistan, hold fresh election and let the broad base political system function in the country.


Nothing is more dangerous than leaving the fate of the country in one man’s hands.  The sooner Pakistan goes back to 1973 constitution the safer it will become.



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