By Ehtesham Anwar
Pakistan is an emerging democracy flattering to release from the powerful clinch of the Establishment (comprising of elite bureaucracy and powerful army) but for the last decade and so, somehow the democracy at least is being nurtured in the country and it was Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) 2008-2013 regime that anyhow could successfully completed its electoral tenure of five years and the then president and Co-Chairman of PPP Asif Ali Zardari managed to have a bit control over the crooked Establishment of the country during his presidential days. But after his regime, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) government – earlier led by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and currently by PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi – is proven to be another vulnerable episode against the tactful Establishment that it seems to execute its malice agendas to defame the democratic government and its representatives.
It is heartbroken to accept that Pakistan even after 70 years of the independence from the colonial rule could not be able to breed a true letter of democracy, mostly because historically it is stricken down prior to be nurtured by the military Establishment in the form of multiple coups or dictatorial regimes in various intervals that also consumed most of its lifeline potentials. The matter of fact that there are many tactics to create some deliberate causes for non-democratic environment and then the tyrant comes and justifies his Machiavellian and perfidious action to derail the democratic process to serve the people but the tyrant and his accomplices can never do a good to the people, and keep exterminating everything that may be beneficial to the people since 7th October 1958 when the then President Iskander Mirza abrogated the political government and the Constitution of Pakistan but the real power could not wait for long to enjoy the government and came just after 20 days when Mirza was thrown out of the government and Martial Law was imposed by the then and first-ever native Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan Army General Ayub Khan.
It seems like a bad-omen to the country that had been suffering various such treacherous attempts and still being faced for so many to come that inflicted serious psychological susceptibility and vulnerability among the democratic leadership of the county. Another factor mostly ignored that some suspicious powers deliberately provide an environment especially for the political leaderships or the democratic governments to indulge into doing wrong, including treachery, embezzlement, nepotism and other extra-lawful acts and then the engineers of the entire episode come in the scene and inform people rhetorically that the country is being theft, people being robbed and no other way is remain but to overthrown the electoral government and squeeze the power for another decades in the name of Pakistan and so-on-so.
And the other side of the scene, PTI Chairman Imran Khan fueled the Panama case and brought it into the Supreme Court with blustering claims to fix the former PM Nawaz Sharif and he somehow succeeded in his claims though the SC’s judgment is still being discussed by the ousted PM and his party while the other part of the judgement that removed Jahangir Tareen from his political post of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Secretary General but PTI Chairman is blessed by the technicalities of the Constitution and it submittingly admitted that no one but the elite Judges have definitely far more better understanding of the constitutional constipations and they are the lawful doctors to cure every sickness if anyone has any such.
Meanwhile, the country so far been experiencing the serious political jiggling from all over the country when PPP’s somehow inexperience but enthusiastic Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tries to ensure his existence on commenting national issues but it seems evident that he is still sterile to do anything like a game-changer or phenomenal because every political leadership has to recognize the decisiveness of the movement as Pakistan is emerging towards a real democracy being blessed by some inevitable social media power that bring anyways people into accountability and what mostly is being ignored or concealed earlier could not be possible in the current scenario. Pakistanis are smart enough to realize issues far earlier than any other nation of the world, though the people deceitfully being blamed to vote or revote the same political faces again and again while neglecting the tendentious and tactful establishment’s designs to bring some of the perpetrators back to extend their despotic rule, while the country is in a sheer dilemma or may be in a state of nausea when all the day and night are spent to blaming each other and the masses issues are rest aside.
Story first published: 4th January 2018