Criminal generals and corrupt politicians have stolen the people’s mandate and pushed Pakistan toward disaster. Amid political uncertainty, the economy teeters on the brink. The clueless generals and their puppet politicians keep running to the IMF for bailout packages. For how long?
The tit-for-tat attacks between Iran and Pakistan shocked most observers. While both countries have walked back from the brink and vowed to resolve issues through dialogue, serious problems remain.
Pakistanis will go to the polls on February 8 but the largest political party—Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf led by Imran Khan—faces immense hurdles. Its leader remains in jail on bogus charges and the party has been denied its party symbol intended to hamper its supporters.
Far from delivering justice, judges in Pakistan, taking their orders from the thuggish generals, are punishing innocent people. They have sunk to new a low. If there is no justice, there will be no peace in Pakistan.
Despite the Pakistan army’s relentless war on Imran Khan and his party workers, the former prime minister’s popularity continues to soar. There are now fears that the army might attempt to murder Imran Khan. The people must prevent this crime from being carried out.
Thousands of Baloch youth have been murdered in cold blood. They are accused of being terrorists. Hundreds of others have simply disappeared. Last month young girls and women from Balochistan converged on Islamabad to seek answers about the fate of their loved ones.
There are two distinct views in Pakistan about its future. One side wants freedom from foreign, primarily American domination. The other side wants to remain American slaves. The overwhelming majority wants freedom but the army is hell-bent on remaining slaves.
Pakistani politics are a farce. Despite its immense potential, the country is on the verge of bankruptcy. The army refuses to allow a normal political process to continue. The men in khaki have messed up the country since its creation and are running it into the ground.
Pakistani generals have usurped all powers of state and dominate all its institutions. They consider themselves smart but they are not. They have messed up the country and brought to verge of bankruptcy. They are doing all this to appease the US that will never be satisfied.
Terrorist attacks have become routine in Pakistan. The victims are almost always innocent people. Merely condemnation will not solve the problem; the root causes of terrorism must be addressed. Only a representative government can do that, not an army-imposed regime.
Never before in its history has Pakistan faced such a deep crisis as the one it faces today. This is the direct result of the bloody-mindedness of the generals that have gone mad and insist on maintaining their illegal control of all decision-making processes in the country.
There is much in common between the generals in Pakistan and Egypt. Both groups are cowards, thoroughly corrupt and willing to surrender to the enemy at the first opportunity but miss no opportunity to brutalize their own hapless people.
There appears no light at the end of the tunnel for Pakistan. The thugs in khaki insist on political engineering while making moves to exclude Imran Khan, the former prime minister, from the political process. The khakis don’t care what happens to Pakistan so long as they control the process.
The army in Pakistan is an enormously expensive institution. It consumes more than 50 per cent of the country’s budget countless other resources. The army, however, has failed to fulfill its primary function of defending the country’s borders. Can Pakistan afford such an army?
While there may be a civilian regime by name in Pakistan, the reality is that the country is under de facto martial law. No policy can be implemented without the military’s approval. Politicians carry the negative fallout of ill-conceived policies while the army is cushioned from opprobrium.
The generals in Pakistan follow no rules and are answerable to no one. They have usurped all political space. The current crisis is the direct result of the generals’ refusal to allow the normal political process to continue to hold elections because they fear it will bring Imran Khan back to power. That is not what they want, hence the deep political crisis.