Dear PM Gilani, Pakistan’s fate is in your hands

Published: January 14, 2011

You work day and night to bail out a falling government.

Dear Prime Minister Gilani,

I am delighted by your political maneuvering and how smoothly you have bailed out a failng government. It is smart of you to abandon personal and political egos, and pursue policy of reconciliation. The strategy has worked well and you have garnered support. You are still the prime minister of Pakistan.

The fate of Pakistan is in your hands. I hope that your recent decisions were not just an attempt to save President Zardari or your highly unpopular government. Hopefully the MQM and PML-N have reminded you of what your priorities should have been in the first place. You should consider implementing them vigorously so the country starts believing that you are a man of principle who honours commitments.

Since the elite force guard proudly confessed to shooting Salmaan Taseer for publicly expressing his views on the blasphemy law and the need for its revision, we have caught a glimpse of what can potentially be Pakistan’s future. There is a large part of the population who believes that what Mumtaz Qadri did was right, they may think that the courts should have made this decision, not him! On the flip side, an equally considerable number of Pakistanis believe that this assassination was wrong and the murderer should be given exemplary punishment, so similar incidents do not occur in the future.

You must understand that the patience of your countrymen has reached tipping point, and one wrong or controversial move from your government may lead to civil disobedience, for which the religious faction of the country is preparing.

You are dealing with a Pakistan which has now been split by faith – an emotional and religious divide as opposed to an ethnic or regional one. I understand that it will not be an easy job but if you and your party really want to tackle the situation, I believe you can.

You do not have to do this alone – involve all political parties in the decision making process so the corrupt can be identified, exposed and punished, public service efficiency increased, and non-development expenditure be reduced to offer an environment of economic certainty and security.

Rest assured Pakistan is with you (so please don’t mess this up.)


Syed Ali Raza Abidi


Syed Ali Raza Abidi

A businessman who writes on politics and civic issues. He completed his masters in business administration from Boston University. He tweets @abidifactor.

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

  • parvez

    You have to be joking.Recommend

  • Humanity

    Keep your expectations realistic, please :(

    Tactical retreat or total defeat? (of PPP and other colluders)

  • shah mughal

    please give me my 2 minutes back. et is going down the drain.Recommend

  • Patriot

    useless stuff ali…so innocent of you coming up with something like this. why do we expect a sub continental filmi stuff where the anti hero wakes up one fine morning and fixes things up by being a good guy and let the heroine merry the actual hero. you must understand brother the people on top of government do not have the capability to handle the crisis at hand. Its like giving a grade five student an integration problem to solve. Wonder if Murshid Paak even understands the gravity of borrowing Rs 2 billion from SBP each woring day!!
    Even your party MQM has dissapointed many of its educated voters like me rather made us feel ashamed as we were dead confident in front of anti-MQM camp that MQM is not returning back to govt. Recommend

  • abdullah

    this is completly wrong that most supported qadri ..its a country of more than 160 million ppl , it does not mean that if few support him so the whole country did it..the writer should b more carefull…………….Recommend

  • saad

    v r not so jobless 2 read such articles plz EXPRESS TRIBUNE get sum gud articles ..i feel the writer still resides in the world of fantasy…plz cme ot of itRecommend

  • Abidi

    Thank you for your comments guys. But if this is not the solution than in all reality and practicality what is? Please suggest :)Recommend

  • Saad Durrani

    Yawn! What an poor copy of a good “Dear President” blog at Dawn.Recommend

  • parvez

    @Abidi: In my opinion you have gone wrong in your basic thought process. Pakistan is roughly divided 2% who have it all and 98% who really have nothing. This disparity has been carefully engineered and nurtured by the 2% over the decades. You are asking one of the leaders of this 2% to part with their booty. Now that is naive, especially as you know that this 2% has a deeply ingrained feudal mindset.
    Solution is for the 98% to realise that the actual power rests with them and not with the 2% and once this realization occurs a solution will emerge. How this realization will be brought about is the challange.Recommend

  • S. Ali Raza

    @abdullah: I suppose the liberals are very little in number than the ones, who are supporting Qadri. Ironically, the Pakistan Peoples Party is also in favor of Qadri, and not able to stand up to what Salmaan Taseer laid his life for? If the liberals were larger in number, today we would be debating on the Blasphemy Law and not throwing it out of the Parliament.

    @parvez: I agree, Pakistan is controlled by the 2% elite – Its a reality for now, and need to be solved by them. Or would you be happy if there were re-elections and a new government comes in? Who would that be?

    @Saad Durrani: No sir, its not a copy of blogs on DAWN. Recommend

  • abdullah

    @ali raza
    govt did the right thing by not debating it know bcoz u know the economic condition of our country it would realy b foolish to let them create the chaos .media has always created hype and would continue on promoting the extremist views of few in a nation of 160 million or more….u can not finish the whole buk in 1 night b4 d exam … work has 2 b done gradually..
    and as 2 where the liberals r concerned there r a lot ………….know a days ppl believe in what they see or read without analysing the facts …media portrayed a very diff picture, politicians tried 2 gain the political milage . and people supported it bcoz they did not like taseer 4 diff reasons……..if ppl had 2 du it 4 d blasphemy law than i think so they should have celebrated everytinme sum1 was caught but that never hapened not even wen asia bibi was caught ..the hapiness was 4 sumthing else..Recommend

  • hamzah


    after reading ur article it feels that u have summarised the last week in news .nothing much solutions and no message u kept on saying what we heard in the last week ……..well m nt here 2 judge sorrry if u feel offende but this is all what i felt
    u can b an excellent writer provided u analyse things more nicely.this is what i feel…was a suggestionRecommend

  • S. Ali Raza

    @hamzah: My fear is Pakistan heading towards a religious and an ethnic split, horizontally, or vertically – Therefore, th reasons to BEG PM Gilani not to screw it up this time, and continue with him Government by showing results on the promises. At this point, Pakistan cannot afford a change of Government, otherwise we are in deep trouble.

    Gentlemen, please review this article of Hamid Mir

  • Saad Durrani

    @S. Ali Raza:
    Well, your Musharaf one was good though.Recommend

  • Habiba Younis

    @S. Ali Raza, PM Gillani is himself one of those who are ‘mute’ when it comes to even speaking something against blasphemy laws, even in some of his statements he was defending those laws. Also the “indifferent” attitude of the whole of PPP (and that includes Gillani) after ST’s brutal murder tells the story. So you expect from someone cowering behind political curtains to listen ur appeal and actually do something about it?
    I do not doubt the sincerity of r words here, they reflect ur earnest concern. But what u r suggesting is just wishful thinking. PM is too busy playing political cards, save ur time.Recommend

  • Habiba Younis
  • parvez

    @S. Ali Raza: I have worded my second comment very carefully.
    The two options now available in their present forms are not the answers to our problems.
    Firstly elections process as presently in vogue does not equate to a democratic dispensation which would benefit the people.
    Secondly the dictator producing machine has proved that all it is capable of is producing a soft, pliable dictator again not what this country needs.
    Both the above are tailor made to keep the 2% in power.
    My contention is that a shift in the thought process of the 98% has to happen where by they realise that they are the overwhelming majority and if they speak collectively their voice will be heard and change will happen. The driving force has to the 98% and not the 2%.
    I have tried to express my thoughts clearly, I hope I’ve succeeded.
    Appreciate your interaction. Recommend

  • S. Ali Raza

    @parvez: Middle class upcoming powers such as APML, MQM, PTI, if combined can make the difference for Pakistan. But its not going to be easy and further polarization sowed by the Feudals will continue to harm the countrymen.

    Sometimes I wonder if Pakistan needs army rule for a few more years, and if Ch. Iftikhar had not started his political agitation in 2007, today we would have been a very different Pakistan, and many unnecessary murders of leaders would have been avoided.

    Thank you for the replies. Recommend

  • Sana Saleem

    Well I don’t trust in PM Gillani. I think he lacks the leadership guts and even the decision making power. But this is good that he is working on the agenda proposed by the opposition in the interest of the nation.Lets hope for the better !Recommend