We have too many governments in Pakistan – By Naseer Ahmed


We have too many governments in Pakistan. We have governments elected by people, i.e., central, provincial and local governments.

We have self-designated governments like ISI (military), judiciary, media, extremists and feudal-industrial complex.

The self-designated governments have four purposes.

1. To defy public mandate
2. To undermine other governments
3. To impose their will upon people without their consent
4. To protect their financial and social interests

Elected governments are legitimate governments because they derive their power from people and constitution. However, we have experienced illegal elected governments like local, provincial and federal governments under military dictators.

Legitimately elected governments seldom try to fulfil their mandates. Mostly they struggle for survival.

Military and ISI governments do not pay much attention to
public well being because their rationale for government seeks validity from their generals’ personal whims.

Judicial governments are a recent phenomenon. Sometimes sitting chief justices suddenly come across this intuition that constitution means that they can replace elected governments if they do not like their leaders.

Media government is a new thing in Pakistan. Rupert Murdock and Italian prime minister provided inspiration for Pakistani media. They try to dictate their agendas because they believe that permanent propaganda against government ministers would break them. Thus, they shall become king-makers in our country.

All sorts of (religious) extremists want to establish a caliphate in Pakistan. They do not like vote. Instead, they love brutal force. They have a strong support between Pakistani and Saudi rich people. I do not write elite because if we view elitism as a political philosophy, we find a strong connection between elitism and cultural achievement. Our elites have no cultural credentials. They have tried to undermine every cultural achievement of this land.

Then we have this feudal-industrial complex. They would not share their wealth with people. They would do their best to maintain and acquire new wealth at the expense of every good thing in Pakistani life.

We have bureaucracy, which is not coming out of the colonial mind-set. They view their constitutional obligations to serve people as a sort of crime.

Our local governments would never devolve their powers to common person. However, they would like to exercise and abuse more power eagerly.

All these governments are pitted against each other and poor people of Pakistan. All these governments have lofty idealistic rhetoric without will to work. When it comes to work, you see only bureaucracy and politician doing whatever work is done. Because politician wants re-election and civil servant wants promotion. All other pretenders have the brute force to impose their will. Too many cooks are spoiling the broth.

Most of these governments are a consequence of our cultural ideals. A successful Pakistani means, to most of these rich people, that:

– He should be rich.
– He should have power over other people.
– People must look up to him and he must look down upon them.
– He must inflict pain and poverty.
– He must insult fellow people.
– People must be afraid of him.
– People must respect him without respecting him.

Power in our country is not a constitutional right but personal achievement.

I think solution to this megalomania, this delusion of godhood lies in prisons, mental hospitals and a perpetual dose of democracy. Otherwise, we will destroy our house in order to impose our wills.


2 responses to “We have too many governments in Pakistan – By Naseer Ahmed”

  1. Having just read “Deconstructing Hussain Haqqani” I had almost convinced myself that LUBP is more than mere party propaganda. My illusion has been brutally shattered by this abysmal post.

    Naseer Ahmed Sahib, you should know that in a true democracy no one is above the law. Therefore, it is right that Mr Zardari and some of his ministers are tried for their alleged crimes, that the ISI and MI are hauled before the courts to account for hundreds of people who had mysteriously disappeared and that, bit by bit, the net is widened to take in other robbers of national wealth and destroyers of human lives.

    Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Javid Iqbal, and their fearless colleagues need your support at this critical point in Pakistan’s history. Please rise above petty politics and see things from the perspective of JUSTICE and FAIR PLAY. What is good for Pakistan will be opposed by the leaders of undemocratic political parties that we unfortunately have in Pakistan.

    Why don’t you campaign for free and fair elections within the PPP which, at the moment, is merely a hereditary possession of the Bhutto-Zardari family (just as the MLN is owned by the Sharif family). Each party is as bad as the other – the owners of these fake political parties are the true winners while the real loser is PAKISTAN.

    Here is a post in my blog about the National Robbers Organisation (NRO):
    http://sakibahmad.blogspot.com/2009/12/day-of-vampires.html

  2. dear sakib.the publication of your comments shows that LUBP is not mere party propaganda.in addition, i must tell you that i am not a membre of any party.there is no evidence that any general has been punished for violating human rights.there is no evidence that any judge has been punished for endorsing the human rights violation.
    polticians suffered. they lost lives,they were imprisoned and their governments were ousted illegally.supreme court of pakistan endorsed dictatators.memebers of this supreme court endorsed pcos and musharref’s unconstitutional amendments.
    i agree with you that parties should reflect democracy. ppp is no exception.