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2018 elections drawing close: Is Pakistan ready to accept a democratic government?
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Dr. Farid A. Malik |

October 27, 1958, is etched in my memory when as a five-year-old I stood on the Mall Road holding my father’s hand to receive Khan Qayyum Khan – the Muslim League leader. As part of the election campaign, Khan Sahib was leading a long procession. My father – a leaguer and worker of the Pakistan Movement – was quite excited. We waited for hours till the ‘Zimama’ (Instant Newspaper) came out. The country came under martial law. Khan Sahib was arrested at the Ravi Bridge and lodged in the Lahore Fort.

The armed forces under General Niazi had to surrender. Age old idiom of ‘Ghazi ya Shaheed’ was modified as “Ghazi ya Shaheed ya Niazi”.

Ayub Khan promised to clean the stables. Elections under the 1956 constitution were called off. Instead of seeking people’s mandate, he imposed his own agenda which turned the country upside down. By 1968, he had piled the stables with enough dirt. The founding fathers of Pakistan were cornered and forced out of the political arena. Those who resisted were physically eliminated. Hussain Shaheed Suharwardy the political heavyweight from the Eastern wing was found dead in a Beirut hotel where he was living in exile. The stables had to be cleaned again. Yahya Khan the Army Chief dislodged the dictator and promised to hold elections on the basis of ‘one man, one vote’.

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The elections in 1970 were free and fair but the results were shocking for the establishment. Forces of change prevailed over status-quo. Elected representatives wanted to clean the stables, the Khakis came in the way. The Civil War started in East Pakistan, Quaid’s country was dismembered, and the armed forces under General Niazi had to surrender. Age old idiom of ‘Ghazi ya Shaheed’ was modified as “Ghazi ya Shaheed ya Niazi”. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) came into the power of what was left of the country.

The democratic period was short-lived (1971 to 1977). On July 05, 1977 the third Khaki dictator came into power on the promise of holding elections within ninety days. Instead, his misrule continued for eleven years and two months. Since then, ten elections have been manipulated for desired results. People’s mandate has been repeatedly denied.

Now that the ‘Khakis’ have indicated their desire to return to the barracks where they belong, cleaning of stables has become important.

Recently, General Bajwa – while addressing a seminar at GHA – said that the Khakis cannot do it alone. Civilian institutions have to play their role. This was music to my ears. After 70 years the Khakis have realized their limitations. General Pervez Musharraf the Ex-Army Chief and President remarked that under the existing circumstance PML-N will manipulate and win the elections in 2018. During his nine years of rule, he was unable to clean the stables by reducing the PML-N influence on the administrative set-up in Punjab.

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Democratic rule must be ensured in 2018 elections
Now that the ‘Khakis’ have indicated their desire to return to the barracks where they belong, cleaning of stables has become important. Ayub Khan ruled for ten years four months, Zia eleven years two months, and Musharraf for nine years. They all promised to clean the stables yet they rode off leaving the dirt behind.

Dirty stables produce contaminated riders and horses that we have been enduring for the last three decades. Farce elections and manipulated ballots defeat democracy. The doctrine of positive results has failed ten times (1977 to 2013). The same flawed process should not be used again. The Khaki desire to clear the stables is welcome but leaving them dirty will be disastrous for them and the nation. Their withdrawal will create a vacuum that should be replaced with light, not darkness.

Despite tall claims, the Khakis’ performance in civilian areas has been dismal. By training, they belong to the barracks and borders, not board rooms. Their intelligence agencies have all the data about the mismanagement in the country. When the Chief speaks, his words are backed by solid homework, and with three hostile borders and internal threats, their plate is totally full.

Pakistan needs credible civilian leadership, not political rogues who manipulate elections to enter the corridors of power. In the past, the Khakis have been responsible for introducing unpopular third rate politicians who claim to be electable. The country is longing for an honest ballot which will then ensure able leadership. The 1970 free and fair election produced the ablest assemblies ever. Democracy has survived because of their efforts with the unanimous 1973 constitution proving to be an anchor.

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wali87

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Definitely not.

Democracy is not meant for countries like Pakistan where every other 'educated illiterate' gets up and start debating about who should be in power and who should not. Every single person in this country is a politician these days in his own. Ask any one from the street and they ll give you an entire lecture on whose corrupt, whose momin, whose rich and how he made that money. Sadly the people of our country form their opinions on hear say. Whatever they hear on the media and from random people they tend to believe, as long as it is to their liking without giving a damn about the credibility. I'd say our citizens need to learn the definition of credibility to begin with.

Every five years they themselves elect a party to run the country and after a year they start bashing that party. PMLQ, PPP, PMLN and I have a strong feeling that if by a stroke of luck PTI does manage to form the federal government, their fate will be no different. PML's vote bank comes from villages and rural areas where PTI would be unable to make significant inroads due to lack of education, PTI's vote is concentrated in cities. Even though the most popular party in the country at the moment seems to be that of Imran Khan, unfortunately its unlikely that it will be able to win enough seats to form a national government. the problem is not with the politicians but with our people as a whole. The traits we see in these politicians reflect the traits of the majority of the people. After all the leaders come from and are elected by the very same society. It sad to see the defence minister of our country using such cheap language for his fellow parliamentarians but sadly this is the standard of our politicians these days. One day I see PTI members calling names to PML people in Jalsas, the next day say I see PMLN members passing even worse comments. Im afraid this is what we deserve as the fabric of our society has deterioted over the past 30 years, although this is definitely not what our forefathers sacrificed their lives for. our country is filled with liars, cheats and frauds each looking out for his/her own petty interests and you don't have to go far to discover that. Just to local meat shop, vegetable shop or any shop for that matter, pretend to give a few extra bucks and see if he returns.

Even though dictatorship might not be the best form of government but thats precisely what is needed at this point in time. A Strong military leader who is feared and respected by all and who is not willing to sell the country out like those in the past.
 

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2018 coming and we are going to watch political monkeys shouting at each other, calling each other names, even biting like mad creatures. Private TV channels will have baboons like Hasan Nisar, Shahid Masood and the rest as analysts, and stupid masses will be listening to them as if they are some Ayatollas.

Corrupt voters will elect corrupt politicians and we will have the same curse called democracy upon us for another 5 years with Imran Khan cursing the ruling party for another 5 years.
 

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Even though dictatorship might not be the best form of government but thats precisely what is needed at this point in time. A Strong military leader who is feared and respected by all and who is not willing to sell the country out like those in the past.
do you want a never ending cycle of political unrest which has lead pakistan to it's current state, destroying its economy and society? because that's exactly how you get one.
we need democracy. and it needs to stay. improvements will come, slowly and gradually. we just need to wait it out. no other option for sustainable long term progress of Pakistan. every time this argument comes up i give example of india. they never had military rule, their people were same like ours, poor and illiterate. yet they kept democracy, it improved over time and see where they are today.
i hate the ppp and pmln, but if having them in power means the democratic system will continue, then so be it. we need democracy, now more than ever. if we slip back into army rule then the whole cycle will repeat, first few years of rapid development, followed by a few wrong policy decisions erupting protests against the govt, more political violence and turmoil, followed by elections and we're back to square one.
 

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Yes Pakistan is ready for democracy.

Insh'Allah Pakistan will get stronger by the day.

Long live Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad. Pakistan Paindabad.
 

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