The Mush Show In New York

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.



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10 responses to “The Mush Show In New York

  1. Sardar KHAN

    How much nawaz has paid you for this as he did to Aitzaz [may not be as much during judges case]?

  2. Raza Raja

    @ Sardar khan, kindly refrain from making nonsensical allegations without any proof.
    The author of this article, D.asghar is a respectable person with extremely high integrity

  3. amar

    Sardar Khan’s comment reflects sadly on life in Pakistan. Even if someone writes well-meaning criticism of Pakistan he is dubbed as a part of some conspiracy. It is a loss of culture that many loud pakistanis either cannot debate honestly or accept that someone could be honest. It is difficult to improve the condition of a people that has fallen into this abyss of downgrading others as a way of life.

    When I write a criticism (the critic is the real friend the flatter is actually the enemy) in PTH then I am accused and abused – but no real refutations come up (except some occasional quotes form some supposedly holy book, as if that refutes my analysis)

  4. D Asghar

    Thanks Raza Raja Bhai and Amar Bhai.

    Sardar Bhai.. I guess the same amount that Musharraf Sahib, must have paid me, when I wrote in his favor here.

    To set the record straight, a big fat zilch by the way. 🙂

  5. Razaq Chaudry

    I agree that we should refrain from making allegations but snubbing from Mr. Raza was equally rude.
    I think everyone has an opinion and this is the foundation of any society. Gen Musharraf or Mush Sahib as labeled by our learned Asghar Sahib has to be given his due place in the politics of Pakistan and should be seen without uniform, we have to move forward and express our opinion rather than projecting or demeaning the personalities. I believe and this is my opinion that Gen Musharf has ruled the country better comparing and I repeat comparing the present so called democratic rule, at least he has the courage to accept his mistakes. He is not perfect or the best but he certainly has contributed to the well being of the country, there was no atta crisis, no cement crisis, lot of well paying jobs for young graduates and constant GDP at over 6%. Today there seems to be no rule of law, target killings in Karachi, suicide bombings all over, prices of basic amenities skyrocketing, corruption at its peak and security of general public at its lowest. Killing Bugti and Red Mosque operation may be crimes of serious in nature in the eyes of Mr. Asghar but can he explain the presence of sophisticated weapons including anti-aircraft guns in the possession of Mr. Bugti? I have personal experience of working with gas exploration company in Bugti area and huge cost or bhata for working in his area. Red Mosque operation was the necessity, any government would do that, if he remembers the live statement of Taliban leader from inside Red Mosque during operations and his demands, and the delegations after delegations going in to convince him, would remind him the mindset of those terrorists or hostage to those terrorists. I think writing a blog from comfort of cozy study room is quite a different ball game than taking decisions of national importance. I think connecting with a farmer of Jhelum, a cobbler of Swabi and street vendor in Gwadar will not be a challenge for general Musharaf keeping in view the present state of affairs in Pakistan.

  6. Salman Arshad

    @Razaq Chaudry

    Musharraf has no place in Pakistan’s politics in his present form, not because of the severity of his actions, but because he doesn’t enjoy popular support for his actions.. popular support is the necessity..

    Whether his actions were good or bad, beneficial or not, were “undemocratic”, in other words, didn’t come out of popular support..

    Musharraf can come into politics by BUYING popular support.. that has been done many times by the establishment.. so his involvement cannot be ruled out..

    but right now its not clear if he’s got enough money (and sponsors!) to buy the support he needs to fill up the deficit..

    As for the justifications you have put in support of his actions, they are meaningless … BECAUSE they were carried out under dictatorship, which creates a necessity for every stake holder to use their own space for dictatorship.. his actions were right in the context of the dictatorship and were beneficial to Pakistan WHILE he was the dictator, not before and not after .. in fact he has damaged Pakistan almost at par with zia..

  7. D. Asghar

    @Sardar Bhai, I guess the same amount when I wrote the following here at PTH in favor of Musharraf Sahib.

    Just to set the record straight, a big fat zilch in either case. 🙂

  8. AA

    He sure is a great guy… instead of making noises in our backyard he needs to get one way ticket to his roots and face the music. While he did well against the Lal Masjid thugs, what I want to know is whether or not he calculated the loss of jawans of army during Kargil and subsequent international fallout… So much for this statesman!

  9. Razaq Chaudry

    @Salman Arshad
    I think you have defined the popular support yourself when you agreed that popular support in Pakistan is bought, I agree Gen Musharf may not have popular support in that context, as he is no where near Mr. Nawaz Sharif or Mr. Zardari. Let me clarify that I have not given any justification for Gen Musharaff actions, rather I endorsed those actions as my own belief, that those two matters were dealt exactly as I would have liked, so they can be meaningless for you but I think those were the most apprpriate decisions taken in those circumstances.
    I have not understood the definition of dictatorship because if you are defining it as per the western standards, then do we have democracy in Pakistan according to the same dictionary? Is there one man one vote system? do we have an independent election commission? And in DICTATORSHIP, did Gen Musharaff ruled 8 years with the Army, or were there 400 or more civilian MNAs?, 4 provincial assemblies, lawyers and civilian think tanks involved?
    I would tend to agree with you that his few actions damaged Pakistan, but who does not make mistakes? Nawaz Sharif did blunders and Zardari is doing Thunders, but still I would not rule them out of our political landsacpe.

  10. D. Asghar

    To all of you thank you so much for your input. Sorry my comment to Sardar Bhai replicated itself, due to a system glitch.

    The purpose of this scribble was not to go back in time and revisit the history. The purpose of this write up was to solely focus on what Musharraf Sahib stated in his recent address at New York. I only added my thoughts on the issues that he touched on in his address to his supporters in NY. The point here is that when you become a chief of a political party or a leader of a country, you open yourself for criticism as well. In my humble opinion, in both cases Musharraf Sahib failed as a statesman and a true leader.

    The reason is fairly simple, despite the crazy stance of fanatics of Lal Masjid, it was up to his team to negotiate with them to save a lot of lives, which were lost for no reason. I remember watching the developments on the screen and always wondered, even if you have to lie to save the lives of many students who were holed up inside, it was well worth it. But killing them in the manner they were killed was shameful and barbaric. The fanatics could have been captured or killed later. But killing so many people and terming it collateral damage is wrong.

    Regarding Bugti Sahib, same thing. Killing some body is fairly easy, but capturing and trying is a whole different issue. The true traits of a national leader and statesman emerge at time of such challenges. The short answer is eradication or killing but regretfully it has a price and that price is often very hefty. We can see the implications of such actions day in and day out.

    Now if you thought that my views are biased, I would urge you to read what the national newspapers, such as Dawn, The News, Nation and Tribune have written about his address. You will find some similarities between their views and mine. Humble Regards.