By Sikander Hayat
Another day of agony and despair as Pakistanis live through a period of uncertainty but still I believe that army must not intervene in this crisis.
These are the kind of circumstances when army need to show their resolve of not meddling in the political sphere of the country.
No doubt that there will be people in the corridors of power and beyond who will be urging the army to step in and ‘save’ the country but let me tell you that country will only be saved if army stays away and let the politicians decide the future of the country, even if it means that there will be clashes on the streets of Islamabad.
With free media in place, people are watching with open eyes the parts being played by each and every individual in this current saga. They know who is right and who is wrong and they will eventually decide who stays in power when the next general election comes.
Who said that democracy was and orderly and pretty business ; it is anything but. Democracy by its very nature is chaotic and Pakistanis must give it at least as long as they gave to Musharraf before deciding its fate.
I support the reinstatement of Chief Justice not because when he comes back, my country will begin an era of peace and harmony. Far from it, Pakistan will function as it does no matter who is dispensing justice may be with some improvements. Building a democratic society where rule of law prevails does take time and Pakistan is no different but if the destination is clear and the path to destination is clear as well, than people will be prepared to wait for the promised day to arrive.
I also believe that whenever a new government takes over, we Pakistanis make the head of that government a symbol of all our ills and want to throw them away. It happened throughout the history of Pakistan and it is happening again. These days Zardari is the whipping boy for all the ills of our society and question comes to mind that who elected him, were they not the people of Pakistan who elected Zardari’ party. Now the Gallup poll after one year in government shows Zardari to have an approval rating of around 13%.
I believe that people of Pakistan are to blame that corrupt politicians like Zardari come to rule us through our own vote, or by not voting for the right candidate. How many people in Pakistan’s educated class go out on the election day and use their right to vote, I know, not many, as the total participation in last election was only around 36%.
How could a country where 64% of the eligible voters don’t vote blame the government that gets elected due to them not voting, why shout now when you did not bother to vote in the first place. How can we hope for wheat when we have sown something else or can we. I ask you the reader to answer this question.
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