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`Exit`

26 April, 2007

By Amjad Malik


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In Pakistan military  rulers come unchallenged but their departure is never scheduled, same is the  case with General Pervez Musharraf who is in a fix as what to do and popular  date of 17th August is coming nearer. Their masters can never be  their friends cried out loud General Ayub Khan in his last days in his  autobiography so did Zulfiqar in his famous speech in Parliament that conspiracies are being hatched against him. Great nations keep their national  interest supreme and weaker nation’s leaders their power . Pakistan a vibrant  nation full of potential, talent has become a victim of a few whose vision has  no boundaries and no respect for rule of law and justice. Alas the

current ruler  also could not do anything for the masses on a large scale and never commanded  their support and always looked towards his masters as well as unit for  maintaining power. He must look back and see how many friends are left behind,  one by one he is getting lonely.  

Ariel exit is normally  the only route available for those who came violating the popular mandate of the  people as leaving peacefully is an option idealistic but rarely practical. News  reports indicate desperate attempts of such ‘political exit’ carefully  concentrated between military ruler and other political parties, on top of  list is PPP. Those who believe in the positive outcome of this relationship are  living in Cukoo’s land as there can be no sane agreement between a military  ruler and popular political party without compromising rule of law and  constitutional supremacy. These Confidence building measures merely can pave the  way of exiled leader’s peaceful return to Pakistan

which is denied by force as  Pakistanis are given their in born rights as favours not as a right, but  partnership with an unpopular outgoing leadership is very tricky especially after judicial crisis of 9 March  where they have self inflicted a wound which is not going to go away  easily.

Pakistan’s  establishment knows it better that partnership with ppp with crippled opposition  can be very dangerous. It can act as a double edge sword and only restoring two  party system in reality as was before 12 Oct 99 is the ultimate solution and key  to the security of the system guaranteeing protection to the state. Q league  with divided vote with N league will suffer heavily at the hands of PPP, in fact  it will eat them alive if allowed to canvass single handedly and maturity  desires the return of other exiled leaders to ensure free, fair and impartial  elections to allow the people to elect and reject the leaders. This fair dual is  also necessary to have a check and balance to

preserve serenity and common  sense.PPP in power with military ruler will not be able to deliver as per  claims and assessments are that such govt will be short lived and could be  toppled with any uneven incident whether it is an incident like 9/11 or sudden  death of any stalwart and then the situation will desire a rematch calling all  the players again but at that juncture the loss will be of Pakistan.  

Mullah is not the root  cause of the actual problem, lack of political will is, and the direct diagnosis  of such extremism is vacuum and the absence of political leadership which has  roots in the masses  on conservative  front which use to keep middle class mobile and up right to check and out number  the militant out fits. If you remove conservative leadership, ultimately you are left with Lal Masjid style leadership who are ready to interpret Islam to their own choosing though not shared by commoners but have a frightening effect on already weak government who is fearing of a political explosion all around, any  time.

I feel time is up and  rather than opening back door channels of secret negotiations with a,b,c parties  and damaging the system further, military leader must act as Spartan and  initiate open and public discussion in the supreme national interest with all  political parties at a round table ensuring presence of all exiled leaders to  discuss how an exit can be practically made possible and how a fair and transparent elections can be held in Pakistan. Those consultations may discuss  the time table for laying off his uniform before his elections, and mechanism of  inducting an independent and reliable care taker set up possibly judges along  with powerful election commissioner who will

impartially hold elections. He also  needs consultation with all parties how the independence of judiciary can be  secured as his actions speak louder than his claims that he believes in justice  and fair play.  

Only a fair and  independent judiciary can guarantee holding of a fair election(s) in Pakistan.  These elections can’t be held fairly if the head of judiciary is begging justice  in his own court. What a picture the regime is showing the whole world of the  state of play at judicial front, and the humiliation of masses over this issue  is visible from their wider condemnation. These suggested actions are not  imminent and may not happen at all as our leadership lack political will and  have no roots as well as  wisdom  which needs to solve

the crisis they are in and followers of Imam Hussain who  are not a few applauded an other ‘NO’ to the tyrant of its time and time is  running out fast.

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