UWB editorial: We angrily condemn the latest decision of the General Parvez Musharraf government in Pakistan to impose emergency, dismiss the Supreme Court chief justice and black out the private TV stations.
It’s not surprising that THE dictator has imposed marshal laws in Pakistan. What is really surprising is why the people of Pakistan are still inside their houses while the dictator is playing with their country every now and then? We vividly remember the brave lawyers’ struggle a few months ago that forced the dictator to bow in front of the Supreme Court and restore the Chief Justice whom he had dismissed for not acting as per his wishes. People of Pakistan must realize that it’s high time they fought the final fight against dictatorship in their country.
Pakistan is on the frontline against extremism and the world knows that a democratic government will be able to deal with that more effectively than any dictator. Supporters of Musharraf dictatorship might point out the fact that the country saw better economic growth in the past couple of years, during the Musharraf rule. Our view is that Pakistan could have done better under democracy.
Now what will the Americans do? After all, Musharraf is THEIR dictator. Will the green packs still be flowing into Pakistan in the name of fighting extremism so that the dictator can use them to solidify his stand? It’s not a new allegation against the United States that they are showing their double standard in Pakistan. They talk about spreading democracy everywhere in the world and they pat on the shoulders of their dictator in Pakistan.
The problem with Pakistani democracy is that it hasn’t been able do discover capable leadership that is worthy of trust. But then even the below-than-average leaders can also deliver the result if they are united. Nepal is an example of such combined effort. What can the Pakistani leadership offer to the people of Pakistan like the 12-point agreement (between the then Seven Political Parties and the Maoist) promised peace to Nepali people? Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, along with Imran Khan and other parties, must come together to fight against Musharraf. They can’t fight alone. Musharraf is taking advantage of their division. If they unite and provide concrete hope to the people of Pakistan, no one can stop them from winning the battle against dictatorship.
2.A Direct Challenge to Pakistan’s Supreme Court (New York Times)