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    The friday times editorial is reprinted below,

    "The political temperature is rising. Last week was quite eventful. The next few weeks could prove more nettlesome. The military government continues to disappoint with false starts and empty threats. Consider.

    The home minister is acquiring a reputation for bluster. The thunder of deweaponisation has been reduced to an ineffectual ban on display. You and I, dear reader, hapless as we are, tremble in anticipation of the general's wrath as we scurry to bury our double-barreled family heirlooms. But the lashkars in Muridke, Azad Kashmir and the NWFP make bold to stick "Up Yours" in the gleaming barrels of their guns, rocket launchers and bazookas. Meanwhile, General Sahib has swiftly moved on to target the smugglers. Pay 60% duty or else, he wags his finger. Or else what, ask the smugglers in unison. Pay 20% duty or else, he scowls. Or else what, they chorus, warming to the theme. We won't settle for anything less than Rs 50,000 a head, he sputters. Take Rs 10,000 or buzz off, they shrug. End of dialogue.

    The chief executive has gone and done one better. He kicked off by praising Kamal Ataturk, the secular founder of modern Turkey. Just as we were beginning to nod approval, he was already clarifying that it was Ataturk the soldier who had impressed him so much rather than Ataturk the political leader. One statement from Qazi Hussain Ahmad, it seemed, was sufficient to chastise the well-meaning general. Meanwhile, the radical 7-point reformist agenda outlined in his opening speech has all but disappeared from the horizon. Instead we were offered the sop of a conference on human rights whose high point was a commitment to take the mischief out of the notorious blasphemy law. Just as we were muttering that something was better than nothing, and thanking God that the general had been Man enough to call the mullahs' bluff, the man stepped off his state-craft at the tarmac and uttered the fateful words: I take it back. A short, sorry sentence for General Musharraf. A giant, ungainly yank for the nation. A wretched watershed, an irretrievable precursor of worse to follow. It would have been far better for everyone if he had never taken the first halting step than for him to have halted in midway-house and beaten such a sorry retreat at the first sign of opposition from the God-fearing beards.

    Not to be outdone, the chief justice of the supreme court has verily yorked us out. We are astonished to learn that General Pervez Musharraf did not usurp power by overthrowing the legitimately elected government of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. This leaves us wondering whether the verdict would have been the same if General Musharraf had not succeeded in his counter-attack. We are stunned to discover that Nawaz Sharif's sacking of General Musharraf on the fateful afternoon of October 12, 1999, was "without legal effect" because it was "arbitrary". This leaves us suspicious of the legality of General Jehnagir Karamat's equally abrupt sacking a year earlier. We are shocked to observe that "there was no other way to remove a corrupt government except through the intervention of the armed forces". This leaves us dumbfounded at the summary manner in which the petition challenging the 13th amendment (which got rid of the 8th amendment) was dispatched by the same court a couple of years ago. We are struck by the unprecedented audacity of the judgment which explicitly grants, nay encourages, General Musharraf to abrogate not just everyday provisions of the constitution but our very own sacred fundamental rights. We are overwhelmed by the thought that he may amend the constitution at will because the apex court has already granted him the right in advance rather than for him to be constrained by the thought of having to get all his actions indemnified at a later stage by the elected representatives of the people of Pakistan.

    Thanks to the supreme court, General Musharraf has got 30 more months in which to deliver the promised land. The uncertainty about his regime's legitimacy and longevity should no longer pull at his coattails. No great time-consuming court battles lie ahead to detract him from his job. He is all-powerful, the very embodiment of every budding reformer's wildest, most passionate dreams. There is no room or excuse for failure any more. Why then does a clutch of generals protest that there is not time enough to accomplish the agenda at hand?

    Let us get real. The regime's first seven months have been painfully amateurish. Tall promises have been wrecked at the altar of weak resolve or lack of political vision. Foreign policy is up the creek. The economy is down in the dumps. Law and order is breaking down. The bureaucracy is alienated. The provinces are sulking. Big business wants to flee. Small business is up in arms. The mullahs are rampaging. The jehadis are smacking their lips. Ordinary folks are bewildered. Some neighbours are bristling with contempt. Others are seething with rage. Yet General Pervez Musharraf is sanguine that everything is under control, there is nothing to worry about. Have a heart, General. Give us a break, please."

    any comments!!

    True! A blind man cannot see.

    Sarfraz Khan


      Generals come, they screw with the Nation, they leave. So will Musharraf.

      The “main” problem of our nation is “rule of Law”. The only solution to the problems of our nation is popularly elected representative and not some self appointed thugs. Rule of Law can only be achieved when religion is kept at bay from running of the State affairs, much like the Western Democracies.


        The strike by the traders has entered its third day...surely, if the general cannot make them accpet this little GST...imposition of the actual planned would have been an impossibility.
        So is it not wise to bend and use leverage, but eventually get them in the tax net?


          I thought I would get some input from you, on the editorial...


            Sorry Lysis I did mean to give some response to the article you posted, but I have been busy with other strings in this forum.
            It never surprises me that articles in Pakistani newspapers never have a balanced approach i.e they are either always talking down Pakistan (and a sitting government) or always going overboard in praising Pakistan (and a sitting government) - there is never any balance or middle-way? The writer of this article adopts a cut and run attitude i.e the general is expected have done everything he promised in October 1999 in just 7 months - thats asking too much even of a saint. Lets take the issues the article brings up:-

            Deweaponistaion - Moin Haider has made a slow but sure start on this, even if so far only a ban on display of firearms is in place. Pakistan has since 1979 been awash with millions of weapons, and milataristic outfits created during that time. No government in the past 20 years has taken ANY measure to curb this menace, BUT this government has made a start! Also, this government has started making a distinction between the armed groups i.e. Jihadi's fighting in Kashmir are legitimate in their struggle, BUT terrorist outfits like 'Lashkar-e-Jhangvi' which promote Sunni-Shia violence will not be tolerated. Already, Afghanistan has promised to close such camps - something this article did not mention...?

            The Bara Smugglers - the article did not mention the government's moves to seal the PAK-AFGHAN border, which will slowly but eventually put and end (or at least pressure the smugglers into an agreement)to smuggling...?

            Attaturk - the CE who spent a lot of his early years in Turkey only said he admired Attaturk, but NEVER said he favoured his extreme secularlism! People may disapprove of Attaturk's secularlism but many admire his military skills - he defeated the combined forces of Greece, France, Britain and Russia in the early 1920's to secure an independent Turkey - in face of attempts to partition it! - none of this clarification from this article...?

            The Blasphemy Law - here I tend to agree, the CE should never have taken up this issue at this juncture, when many other issues are far more important. But instead of applauding the CE for being the first leader to attempt to improve Human Rights, the article just mocks him. Since he assumed power the CE has gone out of his way to praise minorities and women, and to end state-orientated discrimination - only last week in the Tharparkar region of Lower Sindh he said that drought aid would be given to all people there - Muslims, Hindu's and others equally. The article fails to mention the very marked change in the attitude of this government towards minorities (compared to previous govenments)...?

            The Supreme Court verdict - is a realistic judgement from the judges. They are not going to cause a constitutional crisis by giving an unfavourable judgement, which will favour the thoroughly discredited previous government. The article does not say whether it agrees with the opinions the court made of Sharif's government, neither does it gives its view o what the alternative judgement should have been...?

            - The article DID NOT at all mention the VERY POSITIVE aspects of the Local Bodies plans? - URL attached:-

            - or the fact that the Supreme court is now up to its full level of 17 judges, and has promised to initiate an accountability process of its own. This article from Dawn yesterday:-

            "Accountability of judges in 90 days: CJC vows action against lower staff "

            The Chief Justices Committee, comprising chief justices of the Supreme Court, Federal Shariat Court and the four high courts, on Monday resolved to weed out corruption from the judiciary.
            A meeting of the CJC noted that the Supreme Court in its May 12 short order passed on the petitions challenging the military takeover had held that the process of accountability shall be accelerated in a coherent and transparent manner, and it shall be just, fair and in accordance with law.
            The CJC, presided over by Justice Irshad Hasan Khan, Chief Justice of Pakistan, decided to vigorously pursue the process of accountability among judges. It approved the suggestion from the chair that judges should not involve themselves in public controversies and should not attend public functions except the functions of the bar. It resolved that any deviation from the code of conduct will constitute a "grave fault".
            The committee decided to expedite the disciplinary inquiry proceedings against allegedly corrupt and inefficient judicial officers in the subordinate judiciary in all the provinces.
            It resolved that all the pending cases of accountability and indiscipline against the judicial officers should be completed expeditiously but not later than 90 days from May 22.
            The CJC resolved that the respective chief justices of the high courts should ensure the completion of inquiry proceedings within the said period and inform the chief justice of Pakistan about the outcome for consideration at the next meeting of the committee.
            It directed the judicial officers of subordinate courts to keep vigilance on the staff of their respective courts and take action against the inefficient and corrupt officials, in accordance with the prescribed procedure for eliminating corruption and graft from the judicial administration forever.
            The committee noted that after the first meeting of the CJC on Feb 26, the efficiency of courts had improved and there had been an overall improvement in the system of dispensation of justice.
            "A reasonably good advance has been made in the disposal of cases, falling in special category namely cases of widows, orphans, family suits, including suits for custody of minors, and other family disputes."
            The meeting was attended by Justice Mohammad Bashir Jehangiri, senior puisne judge of the Supreme Court; FSC's Chief Justice Fazal Ilahi Khan, LHC's Chief Justice Allah Nawaz, SHC's Chief Justice Saeed Ashhad, PHC's Chief Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan, and BHC's Chief Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed.
            APP adds: The CJ proposed the adoption, among others, of the following resolution:
            The CJC reviewed the state of implementation of the earlier decisions and measures recommended by the committee for quick disposal of cases, particularly family suits, rent cases involving ejection from houses, cases of widows and orphan children and minor criminal cases. The committee resolved that all such cases shall be positively disposed of by the specified date i.e. May 31.

            - Neither did the article mention the positive measures the government the government has taken on the economy i.e. the rescheduling of almost all of Pakistan's debt payments, the resolution of almost all (though not yet the most important) the disputes with the IPP's.


            - Nor did the articel mention the unprecedented freedom given to the press and media that this (military) government has given - more than any other in PAK's entire history. HAS ANY OTHER LEADER IN PAKISTAN EVER VISITED THE OFFICES OF A NATIONAL NEWSPAPER TO EXPRESS SYMPATHY AFTER AN ATTACK ON THEIR OFFICES? - NO! BUT THE CE HAS DONE THIS:-


            - Not to mention the improved law and order situation , the strenghtening of the federation (by appointing people from ALL the provinces, and giving more aid to poore area's), and the arrest of countless numbers of ex-Prime ministers, Chief Ministers, Ministers, prominent businessmen and feudals!!!


            [This message has been edited by kmailik (edited May 24, 2000).]