The Big Apple was set on fire by the revolutionary speech of our former President Musharraf. Mr. Musharraf has been at the offensive firing salvos at his arch rival, former PM, Nawaz Sharif at any place, he is able to attract a crowd.
Barely less than 2 years after his resignation, Mr. Musharraf thinks that Pakistan is in deep slumber. Musharraf Sahib rubbished the idea of facing any courts on his return to Pakistan. By the way, NS Sahib wants to try Mr. Musharraf for violating the constitution and declaring the “phony emergency.” Mush Sahib was defiant, and felt that NS will never be able to reach the level of Premier ship, hence the trial was completely out of question. Read these lines very carefully, as there seems to be a tacit admission of guilt here.
On the other hand, he repeated his apology to the nation for promulgating the NRO. So in other words he was saying, “yes I made a mistake, yes I may have broken the law, but to all of you, I am untouchable.” (May we add the Na Na Na Na Na, you can’t catch me, to it. To make it sound more appropriate. Those of you with
children can relate to this statement)
He reiterated the line, borrowed from another televangelist, Janab Zaid Hamid. The line which emphasizes that Quaid e Azam created Pakistan and his party APML will complete the mission of the founder. Now what ever that means. I think Mush Sahib said something along those lines as well, when he accidentally became the Chief Executive of Pakistan back in 1999.
Mush Sahib renewed the promise of being tough on terrorism and upholding the law. Now, the most ironic part of the statement from our former President was, that he had no regrets about killing Bugti and the Red Mosque operation. Just a tiny bit of a reminder to the President of APML, both of these crimes are quite serious in nature. If we were to visit the archives of newspapers, President’s camp had clearly denied any hand in the killing of Bugti. Similarly, the intensity of the operation against holed up fanatics and students of Red Mosque was very callous, to say the least.
There is no question, that Mush Sahib is a novice politician. He may have had the great fortune of reigning on the throne of Islamabad, that too unelected by the way. But engaging public from the core, who is going to potentially stand in lines, to vote for him, is a whole different ball game. His statements are rather immature, reactionary and at times down right cocky.
Gathering a few chosen elite Pakistani in London and New York is one thing. But connecting with a farmer of Jhelum, a cobbler of Swabi and perhaps a street vendor in Gwadar may be a challenge, if and when Mush Sahib decides to make a come back.
Mush Sahib is perhaps banking on the unification of all the Muslim Leagues back home. Few weeks back, some smaller factions of Muslim Leagues merged under the holy hands of Peer Sahib Pagara. Peer Sahib predicted that all the rest of the Muslim Leagues and perhaps MQM will eventually merge into the Mush Sahib’s APML. In my humble opinion, it should be called, “All Pakistan Mush Fill League.”
There is one thorny issue, which is PML-N of course. Of all the factions of the Muslim Leagues, the only one with sizable strength and vote bank. The PML-N at the present is completely at odds with Mush Sahib. Who knows what surprises may be in store for the beleaguered nation, come 2013. May be Pakistan will move towards a true two party system.