Guest contribution by Frank Huzur (picture right)
‘Better the rule of one, whom all obey, than to let clamorous demagogues betray our freedom with kiss of an anarchy,’ once said Oscar Wilde, famous Irish writer. The outgoing President General Pervez Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan for nine-year, has great fancy for Oscar Wilde thoughts and writings. Dictators always look good until the last minutes. Clad in a grey suit as if to suit the sobriety of occasion, Musharraf was almost on verge of breaking into tears during his farewell hour-long televised address to 175 million people of Pakistan. Media analysts all over the world, including inside Pakistan, were quick in debating about the role of individual crucial in bringing down the rule of ‘strong man’ Musharraf.
A majority of commentators in both print and electronic media toed the expected line of government of the day and attributed the ‘fall from the grace’ of Musharraf to impeachment campaign of Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) coalition of Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif , while conveniently overlooking the struggle and sacrifice of actual leaders of people’s resistance against the fourth dictatorial regime in sixty years history of Pakistan. So much so that even Pak Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Geelani didn’t even pay any tribute to 90,000 lawyers for their struggle against dictatorship. Continue reading