'Democracy in danger
Pakistan, a country that was born on the demand of creating a separate
place for the Muslims of undivided Indian subcontinent, has never found peace
since its inception on 14 August 1947. The word democracy has little meaning
in this country, where the military top brass has always kept the civil
leaders under pressure and indulged in unlawful activities without caring
about the political elected leaders. Corruption and killings are as common in
this country as drinking a cup of tea in a road side tea stall.
After the bloodless coup of Parvez Musharaff capturing power from Nawaz
Sheriff, the country neither saw any improvement in economic activities nor
did it see any change in law and order situation in the country. Whoever came
to power either through election or through force, the ground level situation
remained the same as was in the past. Since 2001 America and other western
powers played a significant role in managing the Pakistan army, and that has
waned after the killing of Osama Bin Laden as well as NATO strike killing
civil and military personnel. The present army chief Kiyani and ISI head
Pasha are not obeying the constitutional head of the country, the Prime
Minister Gillani creating a possibility of another coup like many others in
the past. The opposition parties that includes the Tehrik-i-Insaaf headed by
the former cricket captain of Pakistan Imran Khan has declared of resisting
another military take over, which needs overwhelming support of the people of
the country as well as the highest court of the country. Imran has accused
both the PM Gillani and the President Zardari of being utterly corrupt and
has demanded immediate fair election to save the country from being ruined.
Zardari, in the wake of uncertainty, has fled to Dubai, which would
facilitate the military in their advantage of taking power through coup.
The US ambassador in Pakistan has affirmed of having constant touch
with leaders of the country, but how much influence the west could spread to
subdue the army from taking over power is indeed a matter of watch. The
current situation is indeed grave in Pakistan. The intervention of the
Supreme Court of Pakistan might force the present government resign paving
the way for fresh fair election, which might also be acceptable to the
military leaders of the country.