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Chaos or Coherence?

The time has come about a deep re-think about which way Pakistan is headed.

By Brigadier (R) Saleem Qamar Butt | May 2022

The ouster of Prime Minister Imran Khan through a highly controversial judicial process has created much greater tremors than could have been anticipated by the perpetrators. In the larger public opinion, the hurried late night operation was supported by the mostly politicized civil administration, invested media and under neutrality cover by the establishment, instead of preferred pure parliamentary process as had been clearly defined in the Constitution of Pakistan 1973. Nevertheless, the actors involved in defending against the PTI’s narrative of foreign interference (intrusion/involvement/intervention) and domestic conspiracy (scheme/machination/intrigue) failed to fathom the enormity of the public reaction that resulted in instant and voluntary mass protests all over the world, including Pakistan, largely by the youth and educated people, including veterans of the Armed Forces, women, children and people of all ages from both rural and urban areas. The strength and enthusiasm of the so far peaceful protests in tens of thousands in all major cities, towns and villages has given rise to an unprecedented public determination to defeat any foreign attempts to change political governments in Pakistan through local moles and embedded actors. It is heartening to see that “The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” are being blunted for the first time in Pakistan by a much aware public, which is already sending a shiver down the spines of the thespians responsible for removal of Imran Khan’s elected democratic government.

“When plunder becomes a way of life, men create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”~ Frédéric Bastiat

On 19th April 2022, after a lot of give and take among three main contending parties and breakaway allies of the last government for sharing the victory spoils, 33 ministers were sworn in, out of which 24 are reportedly on court bails in criminal and mega corruption cases. That says a lot about the judicial system as well as about the efficacy and survival of the brought back national government minus Imran Khan. Therefore, the new government has taken a quick start with removal of all investigators and prosecutors and with elimination of NAB as its top priority to clean the slate of corruption cases. Nonetheless, the hastily formed coalition government of PPP, PML-N, JUI, MQM, ANP, PTM, BAP plus other turncoats with a history of being sworn political opponents of each other, and eyes set on the future political dispensation, the fissiparous attitudes are prone to surface sooner than later, resulting in further political chaos, even without much effort by the overthrown PTI. The coalition government appears to be a cart being pulled by a dozen horses, each pulling in a different direction.

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3 thoughts on “Chaos or Coherence?

  • May 4, 2022 at 1:02 am

    It is a matter of external intervention. Without internal intervention, it will not work. That would be a disgrace! The country cannot be destroyed

  • May 4, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Apt analysis and way forward on the current situation.

  • May 18, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    Our leadership is doing acrobats between the Ferris wheel and the
    Merry go round.Who wins in this game of Musical chairs gets the Right to rule the nation on behalf of Uncle Sam.