Daily Archives: September 7, 2008

The More Things Change…

by iFaqeer

I am reminded of something my father, a professor of history and political science, said about 20+ years ago: “Over the decades, Pakistan has made wonderful progress in everything–except politics.” [On my father, today, the 6th of Ramazan is his first “barsee”, as we say in South Asia–the first anniversary of his passing by the Islamic calendar. Please do keep him, and us, in your prayers.] I am attaching an op-ed from the person who is Editor Reporting for The News in Karachi (one of the two largest English papers in Pakistan; this one is owned by the Jang Group) and is a family/childhood friend. Over the years, I have been amazed as I watched him evolve into something really rare–and almost unheard of in the US mainstream media today 😉 –a truly objective journalist.

Two paras I’d like to quote in next comments:

“Pakistan is a somewhat strange country, one may concede. We are happy to give an unelected military general nine years in power but balk at allowing the same to be given to someone who is not rigging the elections. Only because we think one is a “decent man” and the other, in our eyes, is not. An officer who violates his own pledge to protect the Constitution is acceptable to us because of circumstances but a politician who breaks an agreement with a fellow politician cannot be trusted.” Continue reading

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