11 May, 2021

Justice In Jackboots

Despite its sincerity, the junta might lack the vision and integrity needed to take Pakistan into the next century.

Justice In Jackboots

What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning

T.S. Eliot

It was the mother of all years for my country. The Lahore summit in February was a watershed not only in Indo-Pak relations but also in civil-military matters within Pakistan. Even as the two prime ministers were toasting the beginning of a new era in peaceful coexistence in Lahore, Kargil was being primed to put an end to it. In the aftermath of the strategic failure in Kargil this June, it was clear that either the reckless Pakistani prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, or the audacious army chief, Gen Pervez Musharraf, would have to go. The irony is that when the prime minister with the largest electoral mandate in Pakistan’s 50-year-old history was booted out by his handpicked army chief, the people of Pakistan cheered the end of his civilian regime rather than frown upon the beginning of a new one by his military detractor.

The ironies have since piled up. Nawaz Sharif ran a "democratic" government which was unpopular and despotic in the extreme....

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