Daily Archives: June 12, 2008

Aitzaz should stop running with the hare and hunting with the hound

Posted by Raza Rumi

The [restricted] image above from Reuters shows Mr Aitzaz Ahsan offering prayers at Benazir Bhutto’s grave in Garhi Khuda Bux. Ironical that the same follower recently, albeit allegedly, termed his leader as corrupt. Of course, he denied it later in clear terms. This self contained editorial from the Daily Times spells out some of the dilemmas faced by our charismatic Ahsan:

The lawyers’ movement has rejected the constitutional package presented by the Pakistan People’s Party. If positions on both sides remain deterministic, we can now be sure that the movement will stay on a collision course with the current PPP government. Siding with the lawyers movement is the PMLN. It has already pulled out of the cabinet and might pull out of the coalition if it stays the current course of pressing for the restoration of judges upfront and without reference to any constitutional package. Given this perspective, we might be in for a spell of agitation politics.

However, while the lawyers movement has rejected the PPP’s position on how the judges restoration is to be achieved and the fate of President Pervez Musharraf, the most prominent leader of the movement, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, is caught on the horns of a dilemma. He wants to continue affiliating with the PPP even as he is turning the lawyers movement against the party. His problem originates in his earlier decision to spurn the “deal” that the PPP leader Benazir Bhutto clinched with President Pervez Musharraf before her assassination, including her decision to contest the elections. He should have realised then that he couldn’t sail in two boats at the same time for long but he didn’t. That has made his position untenable by the day. Continue reading


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