(Manufactured) revolution mubarak

Published: January 15, 2013
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We were so close to having a democratic transition of power; now we will watch this game of shadows being played out.

Congratulations, Pakistan!

The ‘manufactured’ revolution just came to a country near you.

After the stunning success of People’s Power movements, Colour Revolutions and various Springs, we bring you the Pakistani Winter.

You can thank the best strategic minds in Pakistan and beyond for bringing you this stunning and beautifully coordinated production. We’ve been called paranoid, we’ve been called incurable conspiracy theorists and cynical naysayers but guess what? We were right all along.

It’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you.

But you know what? I actually find it quite sweet.

It’s unfolded with the coordination of a Bolshoi ballet, the choreography of Disney on ice, the farce of Monty Python. And let’s admit it: it was kind of beautiful in its sheer cynicism. No one can accuse the Dirty Tricks Brigade of not being able to learn new tricks. The electronic media brought the last dictator down?

No problem, lets just buy them with ads. Social media upsetting the status quo around the world? No problem, lets manufacture #Revolution hashtags and saturate.

Once again, black is white and up is down. The lack of water at Karbala is equated with a lack of diesel in Islamabad. Our former dictator Musharraf now calls his rule a democratic one. An imported cleric, like it or not, just managed to articulate the frustration of the masses where a domestic government could not.

Yes, we need to blame the establishment and the judiciary for once again supporting, enabling and coordinating an undemocratic change in this country. We must call them to account for cratering the runway when we were so close to the finish line.

But they aren’t the only ones to blame. Had the government delivered even the semblance of governance in the past four odd years, there would not have been even five thousand people on the streets right now.

Had the government any moral authority, or any authority at all, this man would not have been able to hold the country hostage. That they did not, that they squandered such a mandate, that they allowed the establishment – which has been at its lowest ebb in decades – to pull off something on this scale, is a true tragedy.

We were so close; so close to actually having a democratic transition of power; so close to cementing the democratic process in Pakistan. And now we are once again reduced to watching this surreal game of shadows being played out.

So what now?

Will we see some political parties (MQM, PTI and PML-Q, I’m thinking of you) and leaders now endorse this manufactured revolution and destroy their future for the sake of a temporary accommodation?

Will this turn out to be yet another martyrdom for the defeated and decrepit PPP to cash in on?

I don’t know. But one thing that’s sure is the forces that came up with this scenario have war-gamed and brainstormed it to near-perfection.

We’re just along for the ride. And yes, it will be a bumpy one.

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Zarrar Khuhro

Is currently working at Dawn TV and was the editor of The Express Tribune weekly magazine.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Umer

    Time will tell!Recommend

  • http://UK Saleem

    What has ‘democracy’ delivered? It is the worst corruptocracy in the history of the country. It has to stop. The looters and plunderers have to be held accountable.Recommend

  • Hasnain Raza

    @Blog Writer. I think you are too early to decide abt this thing. Still we are hopeful of caretaker govt. to come and elections to be conducted in time !Recommend

  • http://www.insaf.pk Antebellum

    If the Army was really so good at such things they would have actually governed the country perfectly whenever they had the chance. But in the end they turn out to be just slightly better, than the elected (sic), at politics and governance.Recommend

  • http://www.tanzeel.wordpress.com Tanzeel

    Anything but Feudocracy Recommend

  • mokh

    An excellent assessment of the current situationRecommend

  • Sane

    @Writer

    Yes, we need to blame the establishment and the judiciary for once again supporting, enabling and coordinating an undemocratic change in this country. We must call them to account for cratering the runway when we were so close to the finish line.

    So you say that there should not be any law work against powerfuls. PM, minister or the same ilk can do anything as per their wish and whims. They can loot this country and should not be asked anything. Hail to democracy.Recommend

  • Shah (Berlin)

    Dear Writer,

    I dont get our people at all….wht do u want…whts your point…????? What Democracy…

    Mr. Khuhro Democracy is not Allah owned system..it has flaws..its not a bullet prove system.

    Most of the countries in the world follow systems which suits its people…US has President in Power and in EU is Parlament system (not every where)…..The point is simple, for all the systems to work, you need people with brains in power…

    Democracy has always shown black colours in Pakistan as non of the leaders are capable enough of anything…they are not even properly educated MR KHUHRO

    If you Hate for Army is strong, than its is your Problem…..for me wht imporatant is that people get their rights …I dont care a man in Shalwar Kameez brings this change or a man in Uniform….

    You can like our politicians …but sorry not every Pakistani thinks the same…you can be a BLIND DEMOCRACY LOVER but for me a system is important which suits PAKISTANIS….

    YOU HAVE WRITTEN AND ARTICLE which just shows your hate but has no solution in it…pretty useless…Recommend

  • John B

    It is a power struggle game with military, judiciary and politicians in shaping the care taker government before election and the present ruling party dug its own grave.

    The rescue democracy and come out on top, they should call elections immediately. Qadri and army and judiciary coalition is strong only when the government resists.Recommend

  • Sami

    Commenting on the same lines as the author …. Your rant is a conspiracy against intelect and common sense … enough with the politically correct BS… #talk2thehandRecommend

  • De

    The transition will never be fair and unjust and free from irregularities if this government stays in power. What do u know about the people on the streets? What do u know about the issues and sorrows they are facing? You are sitting in an air conditioned room earning hundreds of thousands of rupees every month. If u can’t do something to clean this country even a little bit, don’t write against someone who is trying to. I’m also sitting in a well furnished room but I’m not against someone who’s doing something which I should be doing for my country. The least WE can do is support. If not, then keep our mouths shut because we don’t have the moral standard to talk against something like that.Recommend

  • Muhammad

    I’m not against Tahir ul Qadri’s ideas but we need to have elections!Recommend

  • Yasir Mushtaq

    Its total misuse rather abuse of power by Milatary, Politicians, Bureaucracy, judiciary as well. Whoever was in a position to show power showed and at the cost of this wreckage. Who will make it right, the answer is it will power of peoples not under the command of faces like imran khan, Tahir Qadri, Or Nawaz or Zardari but individually knowing what are the duties . Saying No to what is not right. And not by thinking that if one else can why cant i…Recommend

  • zombie

    Please DONT tarnish Democracy in your way-too-early conclusions. Rental Power case was in the court before Qadri came back. It was a conincidence in simple terms that the verdict came during his speech.
    Those in media should stick to the facts.Recommend

  • SM

    This article is total garbage. The reality is that this democracy in Pakistan is a total farce and musical chairs, for and by the people that exploit the system.Recommend

  • Hassan

    If you are celebrating this psychotic move to oust the democratically elected government then you have chosen the side of the forces that have impeded Pakistan’s development, have been responsible for the break up of Pakistan in 1971, and have violated and vandalized the constitution of the country. In short, you are a part of the myopic and schizophrenic mentality that believes that the people of Pakistan do not deserve democracy. Recommend

  • Sultan

    No one is interested in your democracy claptrap. They are busy looking for electricity, water, gas, security and jobs. Your “democrats” had 5 years in the sun and they have not disappointed– they have proved yet again how corrupt, unimaginative, lazy, and at times pure evil they are. O’ lord, let there be some light in our land and smiles on our children’s faces! Seems like a nightmare coming to an end.Recommend

  • John

    @Hassan:

    Let’s call this bluff–if Pakistan has to break, so be it! Better to die one day and then bit by bit over a life time. Recommend

  • American

    Or maybe the people really are sick of the current system. They have nothing to lose and are smart enough to realize that these two parties will never allow fair elections? They’ll join anyone for change. Maybe, just Maybe……

    No it MUST be the boogie monster – the ESTABLISHMENT :O They’ve planned it to perfection, they’re so smart! ….. Please don’t associate God-like power ( and Allah’s planning) to them.

    Democratic Transition of power?! Really? U believe that? – I really respect you as an author so please tell me you’re smart enough to realize these two parties are busy rigging the system.You do need to reform the system in order to have fair elections. You never had democracy to begin with. You might get it now. No one is asking for military rule. Recommend

  • SM

    @Hassan:
    How did the anti-democracy forces break up Pakistan? Let me refresh your memory that it was the leader of PPP that refused to let the National Assembly session start in Dhaka in March 1971, which then led to the 1971 war. The PPP also claimed majority in West Pakistan and said “Idhar hum, udhar tum”… Need I refresh your memory further?Recommend

  • Shah (Berlin)

    @Hassan:

    Keep on supporting our Parlimentarians..who dragged the country in trash…We have no proper tax system as the people in power have made enough loop holes in the system.

    We running for the past years on loan money. To open a buisness in Pakistan you need policitical contacts. The politicians have used the poor people and have bought votes which no one can stop.

    After investing e.g 1-2 Million for welfare (fake sake) our politicians win the votes in rural areas and once in Power can Billions out of it.

    In any case you can die for Democracy…but I will die for the welfare of Pakistan..I dont care which system…if necessary we can make our own system…..according to our requirements…

    Democracy IS NOT A GIFT ..its an one of the building ideas to run a country…you can mould it the way you want it Recommend

  • bangash

    Pakistanis simply will not learn any lessons and continue to be manipulated by military and mullah….so I say let them suffer.Recommend

  • Ali Rizvi

    @Saleem:

    bhai, looks can be deceiving. Please look at the national budget. Guess who gets 44% of the national budget and another 12% share of the national debt servicing. Politicians (and bureaucrats), corrupt as they are, get to play with around 30%. That they do pay salaries accounts for around 2/3 of this. That leaves around 10% of the budget. Yes this is still a substantial Rs. 300 billion. We should rightly complain about its pilfrige but should we also talk about the 1.2 trillion and where that is going. And what the nation is getting for it.Recommend

  • HasBeen

    Sigh! why can’t we for once, behave like normal nations? Why can’t we have normal boring elections like everyone else in the world? Sad sad turn of events. and Zarrar another very nice piece.Recommend

  • Salman

    @ Hassan. Each successive elected govt has been more corrupt, inefficient and badly behaved than the last one. What has “democracy” achieved in Pak, ask yourself.

    Democracy works in countries that have EDUCATION at over 90%, as in the West, where people KNOW the difference between right and wrong, where people are NOT FORCED to vote for their feudal lords and where people are not questioned for the beliefs.

    Our corrupt rulers and feudal lords have just ensured they remain in power at all costs and do nothing to improve conditions for the common man.That is democracy in Pak, Democracy WITHOUT accountability!

    In a country such as ours, where basic facilities such as clean water and food are not available to a vast majority of the poor, is it justified that the PM, President can utilize private jets, choppers, luxury cars at the expense of the Tax payer? Is it justified that the PM can ask for (and receive) over 37 BILLION rupees in funding to help his own constituency?

    Is it justified that the “world largest” cabinet can come to work and do nothing except dine and relax? What has this current PPP regime given you in the last 4 years except 200% price increase, inflation, corruption, unprecedented levels of violence etc etc etc. ASK YOURSELF and then answer.

    Do you have an answer now? If not, I DO!Recommend

  • Parvez

    ………….in short, you are as confused as the rest of us.Recommend

  • http://- Abid P Khan

    The word Revolution has become as cliched as it can ever get. Citizen of every country have the right to protest, if their ethos is not reflected is not in agenda of the “representatives”. Even Mr Khuhro must concede, despite the well publicised circus about the ballot box reigning supreme, certain cliques have usurped power from the people and parade around pretending as if they were really chosen by the ordinary folk. They are not.
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    Change will be brought not necessarily by a bearded apparition acting like a clown. It is the desperation which has of last 63 years, the feeling impotence which makes them grip at any little straw pretending it could be their life saver, while knowing fully well “apney dil ki dhaRkan ko teri aawaaz e paa samjhe”.
    .
    The discomfiture you feel about the imminent change is based on the thought what if the present status quo is lost? You will become a rudderless dingy in a sea storm. .
    Manufactured or not with whatever agenda spelled out in the script, its own dynamics will determine the course.
    .
    However chances would be that some bigger forces forces will jump in to lead the non-Arab Spring in the direction they prefer.Recommend

  • RV

    What it seems to me is that Qadri and army are somehow connected.(just saying) Can’t say about the corruption charges, if the supremecourt is under some pressure that there are some serious issues to be solved. Anyhow, my point is that in any case Army must not take over as history tells up it will not be good for the country. Pakistan being a nuclear state a head must be rational and a true democratic leader. A leader can take pakistan out of this mess, and it can also make a mess of the system. In mu opinion a fair and fearless elections must take place. AND ALSO PEOPLE DO VOTE! as every VOTE counts. :) :)Recommend

  • Alex

    Just totally agree with author. A big section of public in Pakistan just get swayed away for the moment. Its shameful that Imran Khan is asking for removing govt. He will be kicked out the same way by the army and a section of very unstable public…. Govt. is not performing to the mark but just about everyone is frustrated. Nothings going to change unless civilian govt is allowed to work for few decades…..with patience….Is India not having bigger scams than Pakistan??? Is that too much of wish…considering patience is A word not to be used in a religious society like Pakistan???Recommend

  • Alex

    @Shah (Berlin):
    Democracy was not successful because it was not allowed to work with patience due to a large section of unstable public and too much religion….please look at facts….India would have changed 50 govts if not functioning was a criteria. Its a shame that people write just anything that comes up in the heat of moment.Recommend

  • http://USA Mirza

    Great analysis Sir. The timing of Hazara genocide, Canadian import in Islamabad, SC’s decision and unity of all pro-Mush/army forces cannot be a coincidence. All these revolutionaries are doing is to impose the same old leaders who have been with every dictator. . Nothing has changed in Pakistan except names of the actors. Recommend

  • Saleem

    @Ali Rizvi:
    First of all let me thank you for your polite and courteous style. I fully agree with what you say. Recommend

  • Faizan

    The tag ‘let the system continue’ is a phrase that is itself a bomb on the Pakistani people. What I see only people who are in the electronic and print media and the direct beneficiaries – the politicians support that. Ground reality is in the last five years our problems have increase multifold right from the price of a bread to the supply of electricity,fuels or performance of national airlines. A common man has NOTHING to do with the system rather a system which delivers and meet our needs – surely all the statistics prove that ever Pakistan progressed-it did when it was a military rule.Recommend

  • anwar suhail

    Agree with your assessment and concerns. Useful blog.Recommend

  • observer

    @Shah (Berlin):

    A.Keep on supporting our Parlimentarians..who dragged the country in trash

    When the country broke into two the Khakis were holding the fort.

    B…We have no proper tax system as the people in power have made enough loop holes in the system.

    Can you tell me what tax laws were enforced by Field Maeshal Ayub Khan, Gen Zia and Gen Musharaff and when were these tax laws changed by the politicians? Fact is , those who ruled this country for more than 3 decades and found time to interoduce Blasphemy and Hudood Laws, never got around to the issue of taxation.

    C.To open a buisness in Pakistan you need policitical contacts.

    You mean all Tikka joints, Bakeries and Housing Estates are being run by politicians?

    D.In any case you can die for Democracy…but I will die for the welfare of Pakistan

    By sitting in Berlin?

    E.Democracy IS NOT A GIFT ..its an one of the building ideas to run a country…you can mould it the way you want it

    Yes. So long as it is one person one vote and the electors and the elected are supreme and some unelected usurpers and their co-conspirators not calling the shots.Recommend

  • Shah (Berlin)

    @Alex:

    Democracy doesnt mean to just implement a rule running in 1st world country blindly….

    Most of the people in Pakistan have no Democratic sense….Please take you time and during election time go to villages and see how Democracy is practiced there…if you have time please also visit Karachi and see how people vote with the power of Gun.

    Our politicians own a huge wealth in Pakistan and non of them have ever paid proper taxes or even implemented and law to see whats happening……

    Democracy and Freedom might be important but wht important is to have a bases…you dont have proper bases for Democracy…..I can see how a person who stayed in 8 years in Prison became our President because of DEMOCRACY….i see here One of the richest man in Pakistan paying low taxes than a begger in any other EU states..so please just dont put a system in our country, just because its “cool”…..in anycase…

    THIS ARTICLE GIVES NO SOLUTION JUST A ANALYSIS IN WRITERS OWN WITTY WAY……uselessRecommend

  • Shah (Berlin)

    @Alex:

    ” Govt. is not performing to the mark”

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME…do you live in Pakistan or just watch knews sitting some where else……

    we are going every day…sir…never seen Pakistan in such a mess ….Recommend

  • http://gmail.com Iftekhar Khokhar

    I agree with your stance Saleem, 100 % correct analysis. This sort of incorrect definition of democracy, as being done in Pakistan, is misleading. It has benefited the looters & plunderers to swell their bank [email protected]: Recommend

  • http://salmanzq.blogspot.com/ salmanzq

    Well written sir. Pakistanis don’t seem to have the patience or the long term vision to implement and work with a system that will benefit the country over many years. Instead we keep wanting some savior to come make everything fine in one day. Sad!Recommend

  • Dawood

    Strongly agree… some thing is going planed at least i can not take CJ decision as routine. What a timing CJ… They want to make new leaders like Qadiri…. Once again experiment and this time of moderate Mulla.Recommend

  • Laila Dharamsey

    We were close to democratic power? Pfff.. some stupid revolution this is. Recommend

  • shuja ul islam

    reaading the comments…i must say…JOB WELL DONE AUTHOR..!!Recommend

  • megamind

    NO 2 TheocracyRecommend

  • Parvez

    @Abid P Khan: Your comment has more substance in it than the blog itself.
    You are right Qadri has done the hard work now it is up to someone with vision to take the ball and kick it into the goal.Recommend

  • tauseef

    Critique only for criticism. No actions but hate for what ever is going on. Please use your energies in doing some good for atleast yourself.
    Who can rule the 15 crore intelligent, smart and dignified individuals, no one, till we realize the fact.Recommend

  • http://- Abid P Khan

    @Parvez:
    “….You are right Qadri has done the hard work…”
    .
    Qadri and his lieutenants have definitely worked hard, for which they deserve a pat on the back. Organising a march with all that goes with it but calling it a Million March was of course stretching it. The important point to note is that just by his talk Qadri was able to motivate so many to join him.
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    The factor that irks the critics is his contact with the grass root. If there is no gas at home, not many of the participants can say, “Darling, we can eat out today.” The elite, the powerful, the well connect cannot relate to the unwashed.
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    Urban lower middle class or the rural population have no use for fancy terms like “democracy”. While those at the other end of the spectrum do not practice democracy as well. It is so cool to throw in the catchy phrase once in a while.
    .
    @Blogger: apparently failed to notice the real “manufactured” which has had catastrophic consequences. It was the movement for ousting Musharraf. Even if not funded by Mr Soros, it had strong similarity with the other “coulours” splashed earlier on the world scene. Never realised before that there were so many Gucci bags owned by Isloowalas, even if they were Hong Kong fakes. Not more can be expected from the nouveau riche that forms the cultural elite, just fakes.
    .
    It goes to the credit of Million Marchers, no cars were jumped upon, no one was burnt alive despite never having claimed they were part of the civil society.
    .
    Not that I can even dream of voting for them but my hats off to the crowd who were much much more civil than the so-called civil society.
    .
    Recommend

  • Raja Islam

    @Shah (Berlin):
    First of all in a democracy people get the government that they deserve. The armed forces are no solution to the problem. If we let democracy run its course, successive governments by definition should be better as the inefficient and corrupt elements would get weeded out. The big difference here is that in a democratic government everyone is corrupt, while in a dictatorship the military and the bureaucracy reap the rewards of corruption. In other words the amount of corruption may be the same but as it is more widespread, it becomes more visible.Recommend

  • Raja Islam

    @Shah (Berlin):
    The big question is how can democratic sense prevail until and unless you let democracy thrive?Recommend

  • Citizen

    @Saleem:
    Democracy is not to be blamed here, it’s the misuse of power. Agreeing with the fact that leaders need to be tried, you can’t blame the process which gives you power to elect someone for the actions someone carries out. You are the voter, you give him the authority.Recommend

  • Akhter

    @observer:
    1) “When the country broke into two the Khakis were holding the fort.

    For your information Bhutto orchestrated the the split by his insistence of not accepting the ballot result in which Mujeebur Rehman had rightly won!, further Bhutto used Field Marshall Ayub Khan during his tenure as foreign minister to deny the bengali’s right of self rule!

    2) “Can you tell me what tax laws were enforced by Field Maeshal Ayub Khan, Gen Zia and Gen Musharaff and when were these tax laws changed by the politicians?”
    Gen Musharraf during his tenure in 1998-2002 implemented the modernisation program of taxation system (FBR) further he took to task all BIG Businessmen and Politicians who for years had evaded tax, hence Billions of Rupees recovered during this period. Furthermore the Highly sophisticated ID card system (NADRA) was also modernized by Mr Musharraf to ensure that one person does not possess multiple cards which could then be used for illegal activities as well as fake voting, Finally Mr Field Marshall Ayub Khan and Mr Musharraf worked hard to ensure grass roots democracy through Local body elections which the incumbent rulers held in Abeyance, thus taking away true democracy and installing corrupt MPA’s and MNA’s. I will not comment on Zia as he is an aberration not worth talking about.

    3) “To open a buisness in Pakistan you need policitical contacts.
    You mean all Tikka joints, Bakeries and Housing Estates are being run by politicians?”

    FYI Housing estates need NOC from either TMA or Cantt board who are as corrupt as they come, No NOC can never be attained without intervention from MNA/MPA, so most are taken as partners, If you open a bakery you will not get electricity/gas connection without MPA?MNA help if you do you still need to deal with FBR and Sales Tax depts who even if you insist on paying the correct taxes you will be pushed towards either MNA/MPA help or bribe otherwise you will be given a bill which is twice or more what your supposed to pay!!!. OH and before i forget there is an environment dept which will fine you just for having a kitchen and washroom in your business, but if you get someone to lean on them or pay them they will ignore you. If you like i did offer to pay for the NOC legally you will be taken to task and end up paying hundreds of thousands of rupees.

    4) “.Democracy IS NOT A GIFT ..its an one of the building ideas to run a country…you can mould it the way you want it
    Yes. So long as it is one person one vote and the electors and the elected are supreme and some unelected usurpers and their co-conspirators not calling the shots.

    One of the fundamentals to having free fair elections is having an impartial/powerful election commission that is able to enforce the rules. Recommend

  • observer

    @Akhter

    For your information Bhutto orchestrated the the split by his insistence of not accepting the ballot result in which Mujeebur Rehman had rightly won!, further Bhutto used Field Marshall Ayub Khan during his tenure as foreign minister to deny the bengali’s right of self rule!

    If memory serves me right, Field Marshal Ayub Khan resigned from office in 1969 and Gen Yahya was at the helm of affairs when the General Elections took place in 1970. Please revisit your revisionist history.

    Was Bhutto the CMLA when the decision to deny ‘the bengali’s right’ was taken? Did Bhutto send Tikka Khan to Dacca? And did Bhutto ask the army to launch operation searchlight?

    And did Bhutto also ask the Army to hang him?

    Billions of Rupees recovered during this period.

    Sir Jee, ever heard of the NLC scam or Mehran Bankgate, or ever tried to find out why Gen Ayub had to resign ( hint- Here comes the Son) or how much Gen Musharaff hasin his Bank?Here is a sample.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/206474/musharrafs-assets-farmhouse-in-the-capital-rs80-million-in-coffers/

    Housing estates need NOC from either TMA or Cantt board who are as corrupt as they come, No NOC can never be attained without intervention from MNA/MPA,so most are taken as partners

    You mean the ARMY and DHA are promoting corruption in the country. Then why is Qadri asking for their inclusion in the ‘oh so honest interim setup’?

    One of the fundamentals to having free fair elections is having an impartial/powerful election commission that is able to enforce the rules.

    And who will decide this? The Constitution and the SC? Or a Canadian Maulana?Recommend

  • OBSERVER

    I support a peaceful change within PK, considering the leaders of Pakistan are corrupt and have done nothing for their own people. These clowns talk about the law and constitution.
    Does anyone who challenge law and courts have any right to talk law and constitution?(i.e.Supreme Court has ordered documents and nothing presented and neither has Raja Parvez Ashraf surrendered)
    Pakistans leaders and their fictous “democracy” treats courts and law as a BIG JOKE!
    I have never seen in any country law breakers to be law makers.
    Now talking about terror. The leaders claim that they dont want a long march due to security issues: the word surfacing their lips is ” TERROR”! REALLY? How come these leaders did absolutely nothing for Hazaras in Quetta and have unresponsive to Terror in Karachi and other parts of country?

    Now these Pakistani leaders are worried about women and children becoming sick out in rain on the long march.

    Why did Pakistani government failed to even visit the flood victims in Khyber, and failed to visit 97 dead bodies and their familes in terror attack? Furthermore, they did nothing to provide them any security. Now it is their concern during the long march? Truthfully, Pakistani government needs terror throughout Pakistan.
    Here is why the current Pakistani government needs terror.
    The Pakistani corrupt leaders enjoy the war on terrorism as an opportunity to make money from US, in the name if “AIDE”.
    The problem is that people have Pakistan have gained absolutely nothing but become victims of terror stretching from FATA, Peshawar, Punjab, Baluchistan, and Karachi. Not a single province has been safe & secured. Neither did the people prosper or have basic needs, such as shelter and food.
    Pakistans existing government really does not want security in any given province simply because they need the dollars.Not to mention government, but also the political parties surrounding and in partnership with them.
    Next, they talk about constitution and how it is illegal to dissolve the current election commission.
    Is it not illegal to ignore the supreme courts orders? Raza Gilani was charged for contempt. What is contempt? that is when you disobey legal orders from court.Was this not illegal and unconstitutional for a PM who intentionally ignored court orders?
    Isnt it illegal to threaten marchers and literally shoot bullets at protestors who have a legal right to an assembly? Rehman Malik, threatened openly on air.
    So what is this nonsense and foolish arguement about legalities and constitution?
    Next as far as the bogus leaders brought in from Pakhtunkhwa? isnt Achakzai the same person who blackmails Pakistan with formation of “Pashtunistan” , and Pakistan appeased to his Milli Awami Part’s demands?
    There is not a single decent person who opposes Dr Qadri long march, only shady ring of politicians who have litany of scandals.
    Pakistan must change its behavior, and bring a transparent leadership and ELECTIONS!
    Most importantly, END TERROR AND CORRUPTION- Damn it!!!
    DAMN PAKISTANIS, YOU PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP OVER HERE!!!Recommend

  • observer

    @OBSERVER:

    DAMN PAKISTANIS, YOU PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP OVER HERE!!!

    Yaaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnnnnnn. Recommend

  • http://tribune,com p r sharma

    People are crying against feudal( who control votes and power through votes.) Who stops to go ahead with land reforms ?( to reduce the power of feudal lords) overcome the hurdles. But alas the hurdle is irremovable due to religious belief.Political and economic vicious circles has tightened its grip and the common man is vying to come out of it.

    We get what we deserve Recommend

  • Uza Syed

    @Shah (Berlin): Right on! Shahjee, I don’t care either who brings a “REAL” revolution, but you know the “REAL” one which Not only takes care of corrupt politicians but also corrupt & fake liberals of the land. The pseudo intellectuals who dare sneeze at the ordinary Pakistanis and side with rotten gangs of the beneficiaries of the status quo, yeah all these gangsters, I do support you a revolution must come.Recommend