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Op-Ed Thank you for democracy BB! It must be of big consolation to Bibi that overcoming insurmountable hurdles, the Pakistani people have proved their resilience by ousting a well-entrenched military dictator by force, a dictator who is now too frightened to return to Pakistan 5 Wajid Shamsul Hasan June 20, Benazir Bhutto — had she been alive today — would have been There is a good chance that she would have been in power, and bracing for the upcoming elections in July It would have been yet another big leap forward towards the consolidation of democracy on the principles laid down in the Charter of Democracy.
We would have been moving towards the strengthening of parliament, free press, independent judiciary and a culture of tolerance with guaranteed freedom to all religions.
All Pakistanis would have had something to hope for, irrespective of caste, creed, colour or gender.
Promised dreams might have become a reality. Sadly, fate had different plans. Though she was not there to lead, her party sustained democracy against all odds for five years, and managed to introduce fundamental constitutional amendments and transferred power to another government on completion of its term.
One had hoped that lessons would be learnt. At least the army that had reached the apogee of unpopularity under General Pervez Musharraf read the writing on the wall. It got the message loud and clear that options for a military takeover were minimal. For want of space one would not like to go into details of extra-constitutional machination from to It was because of the resilience of the people that the PPP was able to defy them all.
Despite orchestrated propaganda by the wired media, the masses remained convinced that an elected government would be the best. No doubt, the overall picture is quite dismal today, yet Bibi must be happy about the decade of democracy and the minimal chances of extra-constitutional intervention.
Moreover, Mian Nawaz Sharif and his army of crony ministers let down the Parliament, undermined its sovereignty and gave space to other institutions. By welcoming a Supreme Court SC intervention through Joint Investigation Team comprising of several security agencies, Mian Sahib dug his own grave and chose to place his fate in the hands of other institutions, not Parliament.
Pakistan has many bad memories related to elections. The violent deaths of three populist prime ministers, and many other leaders were directly related to the polls. Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was undone because he called for the elections earlier than scheduled. He provided an excuse to his ambitious Jihadist army chief — General Zia — to engineer a quasi-religious movement to oust and hang him on trumped up murder charges.
Third was his daughter Benazir Bhutto. She was assassinated when she triumphantly returned home to contest elections. In its historic judgment, the SC has laid bare the role intelligence agencies have played in the subversion of democracy.when we look at the long history of media darlings, all gift wrapped for us, be they Glen Greenwald, or names like Pilger or Assange, we peek behind the curtain for handlers and may well safely assume they are all “CIA thugs” of one type or another.
Enabling women to control the number and spacing of their children is essential to reducing maternal deaths and human misery.
Over million women, mostly in the least developed countries, want to use modern family planning methods but can't access them, facing cultural barriers or family resistance, or not having access to contraceptives, or there is a lack of information or trained workers.
Under his leadership, the Pakistani Taliban launched another wave of terrorist attacks throughout Pakistan, killing hundreds of people. The Pakistani Army had been massing over 30, troops and commandos to launch a decisive offensive against the Pakistani Taliban's sanctuaries.
Democracy or Dictatorship It is very unfortunate that after 63 years of creation of Pakistan added to the years of struggle against foreign intruders, we are still debating over Democracy and Dictatorship is .
For this reason, the neocons consider it best to de-legitimize the Pakistani state covertly, to such an extent that the event of inevitable Indian involvement is seen as a “liberation” by the people of Pakistan, just as it was in East Pakistan in The term “deep state” refers to a coordinated effort by career government employees and other individuals to influence public policy without regard for democratically elected leadership.