The Future of Pakistan in Gillani’s hands?

14 May

I just got done with my Public Law Exam at Edinburgh University a few days ago, when i heard about this interview Yousaf Raza Gillani (who i refuse to refer to as PM Gillani) gave to CNN. When you’re studying the legal foundations and role of accountability in the UK, you understand what a democratic set-up is supposed to look like. Though its clear, however unfortunate, that democracy in Pakistan is going to take its time to develop, what baffles me is Gillani’s conduct. 

Putting aside the conduct of his sons, what with the Hajj and Chemical scandals, it is important to focus on what exactly Gillani and this PPP government have done – what essentially their conduct represents. It represents a mindset which democratic actors cannot even imagine; a twisted logic which is the premise of every action or lack thereof. When a convict has served his time, or infact even when the conviction is just announced, it isn’t normal to see him being garlanded outside the Court which convicted him, especially not the highest court of the land. The Supreme Court of Pakistan upheld the laws of the country, which have been disrespected time and time again by this government. Under Article 63(1)(g) of the Pakistani Constitution, Gillani has been disqualified, as per the criteria set out. For him to avoid resigning from his office, is not only despicable conduct, but manifests the complete and utter lack of ministerial responsibility in Pakistan. In other democracies, where there is even a slight implication of misconduct on the part of a minister, let alone the Prime Minister, one is expected to resign, and as per the respect for democracy in these countries, they do.

Moving on, trying to let go of the garlanding of a convict and his refusal to resign, his interview on CNN was just a disaster. I’m not even going to bother talking about how unprofessional and disrespectful the interviewer was, but what i will emphasise on is that i have never heard the “Prime Minister” of a country being spoken to with such disrespect and through such offensive conduct. Gillani, at first, seemed to really understand the concept of democracy – “WILL OF THE PEOPLE,” as stated in his OWN words. Then he decided that him and his cabinet were in a position of better judgment as to his resignation. What was the real kicker though was when he said that those unhappy and deprived in Pakistan, who have expressed their desire to leave, should just leave the country. So basically, because the government has been unable to govern and perform their role in economic and social development of the society, Pakistanis should have to leave instead of the ineffective government accepting its mistakes? The twisted logic i had made an earlier reference to is evident in his answers.

When will the people of Pakistan finally be given the chance to prosper and develop, as a society? The answer definitely inclines me towards the only political party ready to bring an ideological change. It is the party of the people which understands their problems that is the need of the hour. So next time Pakistan, vote wisely so we don’t have a “Prime Minister” who tells us to leave the country if we are unhappy!

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7 Responses to “The Future of Pakistan in Gillani’s hands?”

  1. mursalan May 14, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    very well written. Please see my two cents on the current scenario as well..

    http://mursalan.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/living-in-the-illusions/

  2. aamerbaloch May 14, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    well i think we shud be thankicfull to mr.zardari , this was zardari who gatherd all the so called elected political parties both in National and Provincial assemblies and gave them free hand to do whatever they want and let the pakistanies to think that only He is not corrupt and greedy rather all these are of same intentions and hungry for money,, And this was the time when people really started thinking of change of leadrship and system.

  3. you are a gashti May 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    So do you like showing off your boobs? why are you even wearing clothes?

  4. Yasir H. Sheikh May 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Well said!

  5. M Faisal May 31, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Nice write Imaan ….well the day our PM did this heroic act, i felt helpless in defending Pakistan among my class mates .:/ do they even know what people think aboutter them overseas … huh such a disgrace to country…

  6. farees June 11, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    Good Article but I would like to share my views about present government, In Pakistan when ever democratic process started to crawl learning to walk, each time, army and agencies failed it, over and over again RESET button was being pressed but along with all the failures which includes Loans from IMF and World Bank, So it was always difficult for any new government to tackle issues while already facing the consequences, Musharraf’s government was namely democratic but this time in actual BB was expected to be PM not Gilani, I know this time most of us don’t like this government but lets swallow this poison for the sack of Democracy, least now it has learn’t to walk, upcoming election wouldn’t make much different as much Election 2018 will, Because right at this moment Pakistan is under pressure and crisis nevertheless, positive is expected in coming months so be patient it would take long for Pakistan to bring itself back in shape to stand equal with leading nations once we commit that better can be done even in this government, Patience are must and let the democracy grow Inshallah Pakistan 2020 will be an example for the world. I am very hopeful and my expectations are concerned with Allah, rest PMLN or PPP two sides of the same coin, this or that, eventually as they been doing wrong won’t be able to carry on in next term since they wont have anyone else to blame on.

    Regards ,

    Farhan Imaan F.Abro

  7. M.Zain.ul.Abdin July 7, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    Eloquently described… Apart from the shared perspective I also believe the democracy is Bhutto infested, so we have to clean it up first.. I never thought that the political party which I registered for about five years ago would become such a big deal… IK is the Man there is no doubt about that but I would want him to slow down a little since the corrupt mafia in the parliament is going to gang up against him once he is in power and I fear a situation where one has their foot in their mouth…. Making promises is good but I sincerely believe that once IK comes to power than he should swiftly bring the changes that way if anything is delayed(GOD FORBID) even than he would have some alternate to shift upon…..

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