Pakistan, Political Parties, and the beleaguered Nation
By Nadia Khan
While the nation is celebrating 23rd March with full patriotism and national fervour, lawyers along with political parties are celebrating the joyful moments of "Long March;" all roads are going towards Supreme Court of Pakistan on 22nd when Chief Justice would be back in action after 2 years of absence. Keeping the high hopes of people, the restoration of Ifthikhar Chaudhry wasn't meant for the resolution of day to day issues of common men. Rather, the main agenda behind lawyers' movement is to disregard the 3rd Nov 2007 actions of Musharraf by all means.
In spite of the fact that Qazi Hussain Ahmad, former head of MMA, has apologized to the nation for siding with Musharraf on the 17th amendment, but the nation is crippled with the affects of this amendment which is now becoming a main confronting issue among two political forces in today's scenario. Fazlur Rehman, the then Secretary General of MMA, didn't even bothered to acknowledge his political mistake; rather he has changed his prayers direction (Qibla) soon after identifying that the dying military dictator is reaching to his natural fate! Whole nation still remembers the way Fazlu Rehman's JUI has delayed the dissolution of NWFP provincial assembly to strengthen the smooth selection of President Musharraf again!
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PPPP wouldn't exclude itself from this "lovely political race" of an army man's support. They had bargained their own agenda – elaborated later in the form of NRO, probably with the help of foreign masters. Amin Faheem and PPPP national assembly members' absentia during Musharraf's second term voting for Presidential candidature was all pre planned according to wishes of foreign brokers, is still there in people's mind, to strengthen Musharraf's election.
Probably, Imran Khan's PTI and Nawaz Sharif's PML (N) were out of this "love affair" just because of their personal hatred with Pervaiz Musharraf!
Last evening, when one of my Pakistani colleagues has inquired; "who is responsible for this amendment? " I replied "perhaps, most of them!"