31 October, 2020

Mere Anarchy Loosed

Despite the elections,Pakistan is staring at worst-case scenarios

Mere Anarchy Loosed
Pakistan may have succeeded in giving itself a fair election, but just elections won't be enough to ensure a stable government, let alone one that can avert the threat it now faces to its very existence. It was obvious from the moment Benazir Bhutto's will was read that 25 years of active politics had not made a democrat out of her. How else does one explain the way in which she 'willed' her party to her husband? She thought of the PPP as a creation of her father and therefore on par with the other property that she 'inherited'. So why should she not bequeath her property to her husband?

It's this poison pill that threatens to doom what could be Pakistan's last chance of becoming a viable modern state. Intrigue of the worst kind has broken out in the party over the question of prime ministership: Makhdoom Amin Fahim, the head of the PPP in parliament, was 'accidentally' not invited to the crucial meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari in Murree, which cemented the alliance of the two parties. No one was deceived. Shortly after the...


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