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Archive for February, 2013

Politics of Expediency

The deliberate hash of local govt to reflect the diverse demographics of the ruling Coalition, PPP in the rural areas and MQM in the urban, Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) was essentially a hybrid measure. The vertical integration of local govts with the Provincial level was never resolved. Condemned outright as a sell-out of ethnic Sindhi interests by Sindhi nationalists, there was reaction even among diehard PPP loyalists in interior Sindh.

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Creeping Anarchy

Originating from multiple sources, the creeping anarchy in the country is systematic and constant. Democracy (“the best revenge”) being a convenient camouflage for their ulterior motives, different militant groups have taken advantage of the turmoil to push their own agendas. Political patronage has allowed hundreds of target killers to walk free in Karachi despite being caught red-handed. Justice being subverted is not an inconvenient secret anymore, the blatant display of political power is deliberately misused under the convenient garb of a democracy of the feudals, by the feudals and for the feudals. Under Supreme Court (SC) monitoring, the Rangers did a terrific job for several months in 2011. Without continuing support of activist judicial steam, the Rangers success came back to square one.

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Concentrate on the song, not the singer

The good governance for which ‘Tahir Square’ reverberated last month is what the great silent majority of Pakistanis earnestly desire – a genuine grassroots democracy instead of the elaborate farce in place. Dr Qadri surfed the public imagination by advocating this with his ‘dharna’ in Islamabad last month.

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Kargil Heights

The successful first three years of his civilian rule notwithstanding, Musharraf failed to give his own core constituency the leadership and direction they deserved for their unswerving loyalty to him while he was COAS. This unquestioning blind loyalty of the Pakistan Army to their COAS has kept Zardari in office as President. Musharraf did not totally ignore merit in promotion to higher rank but he gave loyalty far more weightage. Beyond Brigadier’s rank, personal featly to him mattered far more. More importantly only a handful he promoted to three stars rank had combat experience, no surprise that none of his Kargil-boys, Mahmood, Aziz and Javed Hassan did. Known to be personally close to Musharraf, his recent diatribe has badly exposed Shahid Aziz as being disloyal to his mentor. His aura for being egoistic and arrogant notwithstanding, this man had a good reputation for professionalism. What is very strange is how he can as Chief of the General Staff (CGS) deny knowledge of the US Air Force using Jacobabad only much after it became operational in 2001 for the US war in Afghanistan. A recent “Letter to the Editor” by Col (Retd) Shah Ali Raza rightly labelled it “a pack of lies”, the CGS necessarily is the man most informed in GHQ about operational and intelligence matters through a multitude of his own reporting channels and independent sources.

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Kargil Heights

The successful first three years of his civilian rule notwithstanding,  Musharraf failed to give his own core constituency the leadership and direction they deserved for their unswerving loyalty to him while he was COAS. This unquestioning blind loyalty of the Pakistan Army to their COAS has kept Zardari in office as President. Musharraf did not […]

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