Mian Nawaz Sharif, a leader reincarnated, did not like being overshadowed by President Zardari. Ah, the mind boggles at this political ‘brotherhood’. Reminds one of the ‘brotherly rivalry’ between the Mian brothers themselves. The elder Mian sahib must not have liked being out of the limelight in view of all the attention that Shahbaz sahib is getting after his ‘open’ meeting with General Kayani. Unlike his last ‘secret’ meeting with the army chief, this time Shahbaz Sharif got the approval of Nawaz bhai, or so barray Mian sahib would have us believe. Apparently, the Khaadim-e-Aala met the general to review the training of the Punjab Elite Police by army personnel, among other things.
Well, enough of this digression! Let’s get back to the real issue here. So, the big brother — Mian Nawaz Sharif — seemed very distressed at the antics of the president and once again vowed to save the independence of our rejuvenated judiciary. He said that the PML-N would go to any lengths to save the country from plunging into yet another crisis. If only his younger brother thought the same way, the atta crisis, the sugar crisis and many more crises could have been avoided. (Forgive me dear readers, for I have digressed again. I think Cupid has something to do with my wandering thoughts!). Coming back to the press conference, Nawaz Sharif said that President Zardari has done a great disservice to democracy by taking this uncalled for action vis-à-vis the judiciary. In a voice that would put to shame Dilip Kumar’s highly dramatic tragic tone, Mian sahib declared in a whisper (okay, maybe not a whisper since he had like a thousand microphones in front of him) that President Zardari was the ‘biggest threat to democracy’ today. Wise words from a very wise man guilty of letting a charged procession attack the Supreme Court back in the 1990s. Those were the very days when Mian sahib, a democratically elected prime minister, wished to become a grand monarch of Pakistan by declaring himself ‘Amir-ul-Momineen’. Thankfully for Pakistan, his dream did not become a reality. But now this very democratic ‘dictator’ has mended his ways or so it appears. How things have changed.
As a responsible citizen of this country, I would like to request the executive, judiciary, media and politicians to exercise restraint before this crisis turns into an avalanche and sweeps away our fragile democracy. Mr Asif Ali Zardari is a democratically elected president. Whatever mistakes he may have committed, the only way to remove him should be through the ballot, for which we should wait till 2013. The only beneficiary of this political leg-pulling will be the undemocratic forces lurking in the shadows at the moment. Pakistan has enough troubles as it is — terrorism, sectarianism, women’s rights abuses, violation of the rights of minorities, energy crisis, sugar crisis, and unemployment. We do not need to be pushed into another dark dungeon of political confusion from which we might never recover this time around.
Mehmal Sarfraz is Op-Ed Editor Daily Times and Joint Secretary South Asian Women in Media (SAWM). She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Daily Times