Post Musharraf Era: Day 1

So almost 24 hours later, much has been said about Musharraf’s legacy, where he’s going to go next [London baby!] and what lies next for Pakistan.

Some commentators on this blog have expressed their unhappiness, saying that Musharraf’s departure will lead to doom and darkness. I personally, don’t believe so, which was reaffirmed by his farewell address. Typical of all leaders, who have tasted power for far too long, he still believes that the country will disintegrate without him, that the leaders are corrupt, etc etc. If Pakistan can survive four military dictators, three wars, countless insurgencies and corrupt politicians, it can survive Musharraf. The Pakistani nation has proved time and again that it has endless reserves of patience.

The question really is now, what happens next – will the government restore the deposed judges, fix the economy and the worsening security situation in the tribal regions? And more importantly, will this coalition survive the next three months together without throwing hissy fits and issuing mind-boggling statements every five minutes? Perhaps we all know that the government won’t be able to achieve any of the goals mentioned above. Perhaps the army will take over in the next few months. But at least we forced one dictator to go, sans bloodshed and army coups.

P.S: Happy Nauroze everyone!

8 comments
  1. ibteda said:

    Personally, despite being anti Musharraf, I find him the better evil. Zardari is too sly & too corrupt to be a good news.

  2. sujal pramukh master said:

    I AM AN INDIAN CITIZEN AND LIVING IN INDIA. FROM MY OBSERVATIONS I HAVE CONCLUDED THAT WHENEVER THERE IS MILITARY DICTATORSHIP IN PAKISTAN, PAKISTAN TENDS TO BE MORE STABLE AND SECURE. BUT WHENEVER THERE IS DEMOCRACY IN PAKISTAN SOME KIND OF TROUBLE BREWS UP WITH INDIA RESUTLING IN A WAR OR WAR LIKE SITUATION AND THUS DESTABLISING THE WHOLE OF SOUTH ASIA. IT WOULD BE IN EVERYBODIES INTEREST TO HAVE A MILITARY RULE IN PAKISTAN AND THUS HAVE A STABLE PAKISTAN. AS FOR PAKISTANIS THEY HAVE LEARNT TO LIVE NICELY UNDER A MILITARY RULE.

  3. supersizeme said:

    *snort-snort* at above comment!
    so the pakistani awam needs to be stifled and gagged, so india can feel less insecure. great.. let’s hope zardari remembers to do that to us!
    of course the indo-pak peace matters (and the fact that the indian govt has just unleashed more hell on kashmiri muslims these days – wont instigate more fighting on indian soil).
    the pakistani public is in more immediate danger than india right now, be rest assured. run along and be free.

    i’m optimistic about the new govt and dont care if the likes of me are being termed ‘nutcases’. if mothign else it’s a refreshing change. i agree we have ‘reserves of patience’ and we have enough left to wait and see what this new govt proposes.

  4. treeant said:

    wow.. your blog increasingly looks like a news feed rather than your blog..🙂

    in other news, i agree obviously, to what you say here – as does everyone else i m afraid😐

  5. treeant said:

    oh, and the reason why i commented at the first place..

    sujal pramukh master 0mg!

  6. someone said:

    i think people need to understand that condemning musharraf’s wrong doings does not mean one supports zardari or sharif. bling faith in bad leadership is not patriotism, it’s stupidity. i think that’s where our fault lies — in choosing between the best amongst the worst, we ignore any shortcomings. about everyone has been a fan of musharraf at one point or another — but he overstayed his welcome and made bad decisions that cost lives and peace and all our facebook-using, blog-updating middle and upper class can think of is how wonderful he was for the media and the gdp and it definitely doesn’t matter that ‘humarey log’ were hanged upside down in cells and tortured, that our citizens were forcefully disappeared, our fathers were brutally beaten up, our brothers were stripped in public, that the judiciary was attacked, that we had no civil rights owing to the emergency.. none of that matters of course. if you put faith in a leader, you should be even more critical of his or her actions — i don’t have a problem with people being pro musharraf–
    as long as along with his *good deeds* you are willing to accept the atrocities he has committed. if you can’t even recognize it, if you find it acceptable that your fellow citizen, a person who has as much right to freedom as you is being waterboarded on foreign soil because your president willingly handed him over — innocent until proven guilty — then really, are you the right person to pay attention to?

  7. someone said:

    blind faith*

  8. supersizeme said:

    BINGO! (the comment above me)

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