The alarming crisis in Pakistan – Is democracy under threat?

Bilal Qureshi’s rather strong position on the current judicial crisis. The views expressed below are those of the author’s and the PTH does not necessarily subscribe to them

Every objective analyst who follows Pakistan has come to the same conclusion – the judiciary is posing a serious threat not only to the country, but also to the entire democratic system that is already under tremendous stress. In fact, it is pretty much established that some behind the scene players in Pakistan are interested in seeing ‘favorable’ people take over the government and these forces are perhaps using the judiciary as a tool to achieve their nauseating objective.

As pointed out by Wajid Ali Syed, It is indeed a sad commentary on Pakistan that when an army chief is asked to leave, he refuses and instead launches a coup. When the chief justice is sacked for his alleged corruption, he refuses to accept the decision of the government that appointed him and instead comes out on the streets with thugs (dressed as lawyers) and only calms down when he gets his way. Where is the law of the land? Why can’t an elected Prime Minister or an elected President appoint or dismiss people based on the facts that are before them? Why is everything in Pakistan political? We talk about chaos in Taliban controled areas, but our own people are responsible for the current mess because they refuse to accept anything coming from others – everyone wants to get his way at every cost. Isn’t it pathetic? Yes, it is.
Looking at Pakistan’s political landscape, one doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to know what is going on between some of the judges, Ashfaq Kiyani, GEO TV and Nawaz/Shahbaz Sharif and regretfully, I also know that it is not good for the country. The current government, which was elected democratically, is the target of pro-Taliban hate mongers and unfortunately for Pakistan, these forces of darkness and mayhem have found an  ally in the top judicial post. But, any effort to destabilize the government would be considered an act of war, disguised as activism by the majority, especially in smaller provices. And it doesn’t matter who is pulling the strings behind the scene– it is time to break the vicious cycle of musical chair that has been going on thanks to successive, but unnecessary ‘interventions’ by generals in Pakistan for decades. Otherwise, Pakistan would continue to be considered a failed state, a corrupt state, and a state which is not capable of producing competent generals or judges.

The current tension in Pakistan between Zardari and judiciary is the direct result of unconstitutional judicial activism and aggression by a few judges And, sadly, the chief justice seems to believe that once he carries out the illegal, unethical, and unconstitutional act of removing Zardari), he (he the chief justice) will continue to be important, and relevant, ([….EDITED….] but little does he know the history of Pakistan’s political establishment’s ability to use and dispose important figures. But, we all live and learn and he too will regret his current actions, but then, it will be too late.

So, where does Pakistan go from here, especially if Zardari, who is the democratically elected president of Pakistan, is removed from Pakistan? Well, nothing earth shattering is going to happen instantly, but according to Pakistan watchers, the winds of tragedy that are currently blowing in Baluchistan will not only gain momentum, but they will also engulf Sindh and N.W.F.P. As it is, Canadian and other Western military planners believe that by 2016, Pakistan as we know it won’t be there. I hope and pray that these people are wrong. At the same time, I also hope and pray that military, mullah, media and judiciary in Pakistan would realize the catastrophic impact of their current strategy of demonizing Zardari and his allies, and by extension, creating an environment in which people prefer to have stability over democracy. The scare tactics currently used by the evil nexus in Pakistan to overthrow the government could also force people, especially in smaller provinces to realize that their future with Pakistan is nothing but humiliation and slavery. Once this notion got going in smaller provinces, it would be hard to un-prove it. Remember Bangladesh?

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7 responses to “The alarming crisis in Pakistan – Is democracy under threat?

  1. mazhur

    Political philosophy seems to have stagnated at ‘democracy’. Further thought is required for selecting a better system of government for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the light of following
    Quranic verse…and more!

    [Maidah 5:100] Say, “The impure (evil) and the pure (good) are not equal, even though the abundance of the impure may attract you; therefore keep fearing Allah, O men of intellect, so that you may succeed.”

  2. banjara286

    if the law if the jungle has to prevail, then pakistan – as we know it – may as well not be there long before 2016 (for all i care). there! i said it.

  3. Ammar

    Judicial activism is welcomed but it becomes a matter of concern when activism turns into adventurism. Pakistan is entangled in battle of survival does it really matter at this point that who sits in Supreme Court and who sits in LHC? Why does it have to be a battle of egos?
    Drastic times call for drastic measures and we need to comprehend the severity of this situation! The stakes are too high if we lose this battle in a meaningless confrontation.

  4. ylh

    Ok first of all bq is a royal embarrassment for zardari.

    His article is crap …but it is clear that CJP and SC have overplayed their hand.

    Gilani’s metaphorical slap today shall echo in eternity.

  5. sohaib miraj

    hy folks,
    the problem is not this that judiciary has come out with some wrong motives but the fact is this that this the time when we should realize that there should be some language of law and order. how long will this happen that typical sort of government motives will be hanging on and on just to clear the stones of its path , they want to bring the judges of their own choice, if your president is genuinely sincere to this nation than why not he able to fight for his fairness. let him face the courts, if this presidency is something which he really deserves then why not he bring the swiss money out of swiss accounts. if he is not hesitant of anything, he is really a hypocratic sort of person who really want to infect this nation . and its good as soon as he is out of the presidency

  6. Hayyer

    Zardari’s alleged Swiss money or lack thereof has nothing to do with the business at hand. His actions as President must be judged on the anvil of the law, not on alleged lapses in personal honesty. No politician is disbarred from practicing his craft simply because his past cannot stand close scrutiny. If this were so we would have few politicians. One might legislate that politicians facing charges should not be allowed to stand for public office, but you might soon find charges laid against every eligible candidate.
    Were all those generals who ruled Pakistan off and on squeaky clean? Did anyone protest their decisions because their honesty was not beyond doubt?

  7. Nebu

    Either the author’s idol President Zardari has a death-wish, or his legal team has no clue of the law of the land, or this is part of Zardari’s exit strategy. There is simply no explanation for this incomprehensibly dumb attempt at notifying judges against CJ’s advice.

    The final word in appointments to superior judiciary except for the post of Chief Justice of Supreme Court rests with the Supreme Court. There isn’t anything the President can do about that. His retreat on the issue is a foregone conclusion.

    Does Zardari do anything before eating both sau piyaz and sau jootey?