2008: Elections in Pakistan

Gen. P. MusharrafOn November 3rd, 2007 Pakistan became lawless. A state of emergency was declared and the 1973 constitution ceased to work. Basic rights were gone. Judiciary was sacked, ( http://comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/article3132477.ece) and the civil society was stunned. General Pervez Musharraf had declared the state of emergency to combat with the increasing judicial activism in Pakistan. The chief justice of the supreme court, Justice Iftikhar M. Chaudry and several others refused to take oath under the

carrying the bhutto legacynawaz sharif, ex premier.

PCO (provisional constitutional ordinance) with the result that their services were terminated and new judges inducted in supreme and high courts of the country. Soon the new election date was announced. They were to be held on January 8th, 2008. The state of emergency was subsequently withdrawn on December 15th, 2007. But those judges  were not taken back. General had struck his final blow and no judges will dare to question the administrative decisions now. With the independent judiciary gone, elections are supposed to ameliorate the problems faced by this rapidly decaying society. The major players in the political arena, former prime ministers, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz sharif, were allowed to come back (both were in exile for the last 7-8 years). The king’s party, Muslim league (Q) is at a loss since the voters are totally disillusioned. The price of bread has gone up from Rs.1 to Rs. 4 and the staple foodgrain of the country, wheat flour is touching record highs of all times. People are simply not interested to let those cronies and politicians join the power echelons who have destroyed the very existence of social decency. The twin Chaudries of Gujrat, Pervez Ilahi and Shujaat Hussain are the symbols of impotency and intrigue and the people would not like to see them hands in hands with their mentor, Gen Pervez Musharraf anymore. Nation gave them eight years of absolute power and saw the civil society going down only. Qabza groups and pressure mafias with the help of civil and army beaurocracy has ravaged the public money and there is wide dissatisfaction among the population against them. The public is also angered at the way judiciary has been dealt with since the present pre emergency judiciary became the symbol of accountability in the country and it was the first time in the sixty years history of Pakistan that solid steps were taken against all powerful administration and executive branches of the government.

Published by Dr. Afaq Ahmad Qureshi

Physician, writer, broadcaster, journalist, translator, free lance writer, poet, political and social analyst and critic. Writes plays and features for electronic media, interested in numerous things from sociology to medicine to history and art. interest in books and internet, writes for http://www.blogcritic.com also; editor for an internet journal; at http://twitter.com/dr_afaqaq.

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