By D. Asghar
Approximately 11 years ago a flight from Colombo to Karachi brought a person, who decided to repeat the history of so called, “bloodless coups” in Pakistan. A person who trampled the law of the land under his boots and promised to start a “clean slate” by eliminating “corruption” and by putting “Pakistan first.”
11 years later, the same person has decided to repeat the same message. The only difference is, the venue is UK, 11 years have elapsed and people have seen, lived and experienced his “enlightened moderation.” Not to mention, even if he wants to, he cannot just land in Karachi as the circumstances are quite different. It is like “old wine in the same old bottle.” Amazingly, the gentlemen who had the least regard for democracy at one point, wants Pakistanis to believe that he will start a new chapter in Pakistan’s ill fated democracy.
It is no surprise that I am referring to none other than the General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, former. President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Musharraf launched his much talked about, “All Pakistan Mush League” in London a few days back. According to http://www.thenews.com.pk, dated October 02, 2010,
“He said his party manifesto will be governed by three documents – the Holy Qura’an, Quaid’s 11 August 1947 Constituent Assembly address and 12 April 1949 Objective Resolution by Liaquat Ali Khan.”
Its comical to hear from him about what is plaguing the nation as he is responsible for 9 years of its malignancy. Although be blamed Dick Armitage for putting him directly “in the line of fire.” The reality is to the contrary. It is no secret that, under his watch, he sent many sons of the soil in the line of fire at Kargil. He demonstrated poor leadership skills, which turned that expedition into a major international fiasco. This was his worst executive decision, even prior to assuming the self created and self imagined role of the “Chief Executive” (read Chief Martial Law Administrator).
The next blunder of the Chief Executive was to sell a case of a frivolous hijack to the nation. Actually it was a hijack of an elected government by a former Commando. Amazingly, it defied any reasonable intellect. Needless to say, he set a unique example for the youth of the nation, that “might is always right” and not to refrain from violating any law of any land to save your position.
There were many promises made to eradicate corruption, to lay the foundation of good governance and have fearless accountability. 9 years and a few months under his belt, the great messiah left Pakistan with barely getting anything accomplished. The fact is that he left a country in shambles with rampant corruption and serious security and law and order situation.
The list of his failures as a leader is way too long. He demonstrated lack of proper tact and judgment when he handled the militants at the Red Mosque in Islamabad. For the first time, in the history of the country the capital became a war zone. Pakistan saw its political leaders killed in broad day light under his watch. His cronies and yes men ran their fiefdoms as their personal domains and brought the facade of development. The foundation of so called consumer economy was laid in a society where there is an utter disregard for appropriate checks and balances.
It is rather farcical to hear from him about the supremacy of the law, who violated the laws himself, that too multiple times. Who held a Chief Justice hostage and sent the bench packing by declaring a phony emergency. Who tortured the resolute legal community and crushed the media to save his own skin.
Now the same messiah, wants to make a comeback. He envisions a rather bizarre “constitutional role of the Military”, in the Government as well. His stooges have assured him a “hands down victory”, as according to his cronies, he is the most “trustworthy leader.” The answer to that question is in the hands of the millions of Pakistanis. Do they really trust a born again former dictator?