Sunday, November 04, 2007

Emergency - For whom?

The lexicon defines a sham as a trick that deludes and a scam as a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation. It would be very difficult to find a better example of a phenomenon that is both a sham and a scam than the Emergency declared in Pakistan yesterday. President Musharraf felt the heat of the judiciary rising and smartly he got his way through to rule Pakistan for more time by declaring an emergency stating that the terrorist activities have been on an increased scale right now. Pakistan has had worse attacks than those happened in the past week, when the Lal Masjid was besieged by STUDENTS and they had military operations to get the people holed up inside.

The statement of the emergency declaration points out in particular to the "INTERFERENCE by some members of the judiciary in government policy, adversely affecting economic growth, in particular". I can't understand how the country's economy be negatively affected by the judicial system in the country. For those who don't remember Musharraf's face-off with the judiciary, just rewind back a few months and you'll hear about a Chief Justice Iftikar Chaudhry, who was 1st dismissed off from the Supreme court and they reinstated after huge uproar from the lawyer's and the international community as a whole. After incumbent General Pervez Musharraf won the 2007 presidential election, the Supreme Court stated that it would deliberate as to whether he was eligible to run in the first place. The court then announced that it would delay its decision on the case. Parliamentary elections are due to be held in January 2008. This was what might have really prompted Mr Mush to unleash a period of emergency in the terror-affected nation.

Why is it that whenever a head of state goes into declare an emergency for his/her own political stability they take cover under a term called NATIONAL SECURITY. We ourselves had a black period of emergency in the LARGEST DEMOCRACY in the world. The period was marred with infringement of rights by the POLICE and the whole nation was thrown into the DARK AGES with widespread torture, unwanted sterilizations, illegal land acquisitions, lock-up murders and what not!

The same is happening across the border now and strangely we have a govt in place that is WATCHING AND WAITING for a reaction. They should have condemned this strongly and atleast come up with a statement, if not from the PM itself. I don't know why we have such a spineless Govt. in place to rule us, which doesn't take any STRONG decisions or even when they do take some off-hand strong decisions, they don't have the conviction to see it through entirely(rem the INDO-US Nuke deal?)

I feel sad for the people of Pakistan who are now to suffer a period of darkness, a period where they won't have any of the rights guaranteed by their constitution or have the pleasure of switching channels because private television in Islamabad have been taken off the air as police stormed their offices with orders to remove all equipment.

To top all this off Mr Mush came up with this awesome joke on the national television, wherein he EXPLAINED to the nation WHY he took this BOLD and UNFORTUNATE step. His historic words:
Today I'm making this address because our country is on a dangerous juncture, trapped by internal crisis and internal divisions. In the history of nations, time of difficult decisions come. Pakistan also has to make important and painful decisions. If hard decisions are not made then Pakistan's integrity is under threat. Before saying anything I promise the decision made is on the basis of first of all for the sake of Pakistan. Above all personal interests is Pakistan. The Nation would agree on this. In the last months the situation has changed very quickly.

At the end of this speech, he also alluded to US President Abraham Lincoln, saying that Lincoln's suspension of certain rights during the American Civil War in order to save the nation is analogous to his declaration of a state of emergency for Pakistan. Where lies that great soul and where lies this LIAR. This liar who sieged power from the hands of a democratic ruler by means of a Military Coup. Now am not justifying Nawaz Sharif for his actions of not allowing a plane to land in Pakistan on that eventful day, but still he had the mandate of the people. Here is a man who wields power as if its his birthright and then goes across the world saying how much he is ALL FOR democracy and peace and how he hates the Islamic Fundamentalists and is all support for the WAR AGAINST TERROR.


PS: The opening lines are borrowed from a question that i got for a mock CAT paper i got today morning. Felt that those lines were apt to describe the situation better than anything else.


grEEndesTIny said...

spineless govt.??... no need to comment on the internal troubles f our unfriendly neighbor .... its bttr nt to poke into evry othr issue

Hari said...

I'm not making this up, but, I had this strange intuition that I might read a blog post about this emergency thing in your blog, and guess what, I t turned out right!

Awesome post, again. And, I concur, this Musharraf guy is one of the BIGGEST assholes I've ever heard of in recent times.

Interestingly, a CNN-IBN poll yesterday had more than 79% of the respondents actually SUPPORTING the emergency. You should've seen Rajdeep Sardesai's expression when he announced it! Have Indian grown so sadistic to happily grin over the plight of our once-upon-a-time fellow-countrymen? Bugs me.

Subin S Pillai said...

I think emergency was a right decision.... There must be someone in control in Pakistan not like it used to be when the President says something, The judiciary Opposes it the Politicians say something else and the Islamic fundamentalists do what they feel like... By declaring emergency Mushy has proved that he's 'still in charge'.I think it will help Pakistan to become a politically stable state where everyone will work in coordination (or I hope so).

More than that the Pak judiciary had gone out of hand someone needed to put a cap them.They had virtually brought Pakistan to a stand still...

We can only hope for the best and i believe that we shouldn't be like the Americans , interfering in the internal matters of a independent nation like Pakistan.

Spartan said...

the thng u wrote those as 1st lines....they r jus superb....thot they wer urs....was gonna say.....nice start...
i think u should try out writin...letters to editor on watever u think is not right in our state..........i m dead sure it ll strike where it should......
there are many instances...of these letters being eye try out.......

~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

Greendestiny-I do feel that no govt shd interfere in others affairs, but then India being a strong supporter of Democracy, should have made a statement!

Hari-Thanks for that intuition and i-too-think-like-u comment!

Subin-I strongly stand by what i've written! No change of heart, no matter how much u feel the emergency was a needed step!

Spartan-Thanks for the encouragement man! I didn't think anything other than those lines would be apt for the situation! I do write to the papers at times, bt most times its not published! :-)