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If Musharraf Steps Down, Will Pakistan Step Up?

By Haider Ali Hussein Mullick

Expecting Pakistan to step up to its responsibilities to its people and the international community if Musharraf steps down is wishful thinking. Further still, Pakistan's bombastic democrats, surprisingly united against Musharraf and equally incompetent in dealing with staggering oil and food prices, and a rising militancy, should expect little with Musharraf's ouster. Al-Qaeda or the Taliban will not lay down their weapons, the budget deficit will not magically disappear, and the thousands protesting high food and energy prices, and rein of Supreme Court justices will not return home happily. For all of that to happen Islamabad's political leaders will have to set their priorities straight and work simultaneously, effectively and strategically toward policies to eradicate terrorism, poverty and a collapsing educational and health system. Without an effective multifaceted approach Islamabad will face failure and so will Kabul, Delhi and Washington.

Principally, the impeachment of an unconstitutional (albeit quasi-effective) president via an elected parliament would be a first in the country's ravaged constitutional and political history. The last military dictator was killed in a mysterious plane crash. Musharraf's constitutional ouster would set an important precedent, possibly deterring future military takeovers. After his exit, however, the civilian government's longevity and stability will depend on its ability to weather the gathering storm of rising inflation, unemployment, and terrorism.

A Pakistan with a recalcitrant and autocratic Musharraf would impede its constitutional and democratic growth, but a Pakistan with a worsening economic and security situation could make it the perfect threat for the entire civilized world: a nuclear-armed military state with a weakening economy and fading central authority. In that situation, Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq would have a hard time competing for the headlines.

While more work is needed, Pakistan is changing. First, al-Qaeda has successfully relocated its base of operations in Pakistan's tribal border lands; however, the limited network of logistics and training camps in Pakistan is a sharp contrast from resources available in pre-9/11 Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda and affiliates are constantly interdicted by U.S.-trained and recently well-equipped Pakistani forces using highly successful air and ground search-and-destroy tactics. Most areas lost to the militants have been regained, and recent operations show more signs of reliable intelligence, creativity and better success rates. Strikes by unmanned U.S. drones, however, have inflamed local denizens, and weakened Islamabad's fledging coalition government despite some success in interdicting high profile terrorists.

Second, propping up militant organizations as proxies to weaken India's conventional war advantage in Afghanistan and the disputed region of Kashmir is losing currency. A significant number of military and political leaders are realizing that stabilizing Afghanistan, increasing trade with India and Afghanistan, and improving collaboration between security forces across the Afghan-Pakistan and India-Pakistan border are the best ways to provide stability and reach Pakistani national interests.

Third, steering the economy out of present recession is not impossible. In the past, when Musharraf was exercising direct control, the economy experienced inconsistent growth that pivoted on a steady flow of foreign aid and investment. But no one considered what would happen if that investment stopped. Today the real estate, capital and stock markets are in decline, made worse by rising food and energy prices and a weakening rupee. The recent Biden-Lugar U.S. Senate legislation committing $15 billion in development aid to Pakistan might be a good move - but it also might just be pushing drugs to a recovering addict. In other words, the new government must channel incoming funds and loans toward creating a stable economic system not chronically dependent on an intravenous drip of foreign aid and investment. Such reforms will also bring socio-economic opportunities to militancy-infected areas. If the economy takes off, along with political reforms and military action, al-Qaeda will have a very hard time recruiting and educating the disenfranchised.

In conclusion, Pakistan faces a plethora of problems that require political compromises, geopolitical negotiations, and a united civil-military front against militants. The United States, in turn, will have to find a middle ground between micromanaging Islamabad's politics and continuing to give the Pakistanis a carte blanche on the war on terror. The political parties must come together on these issues as they have on impeaching Musharraf. The Pakistani military must clean house by eliminating competing power centers, such as elements of its intelligence establishment. A unified sovereign and effective foreign policy equally independent of American aid and homegrown militant groups will bring domestic and international stability. If political and military leaders show the will and tenacity to bring such a strategic shift in national and foreign policy, then we can certainly hope that when Musharraf steps down, Pakistan will step up.
Haider Ali Hussein Mullick, is a Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University, focusing on US-South Asia Relations. He can be reached at haider.mullick@gmail.com

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Comments (34)

ANONYMOUS:

//Haider Ali Hussein Mullick wrote: steering the economy out of present recession is not impossible//

Pakistan has internal strength that if utilized and channelized properly, can provide its people decent living and peace all around.

To do so, Pakistani leadership must do a realistic threat assessment: Afghanistan does not pose threat (US presence), Iran does not pose a threat, India does not pose a threat (never initiated a war), China (never entered into war).

Realistically, What forces pose a threat to Pakistan? Typically it is internal forces such as extreme religious elements, ISI (trains terrorist and extremist, who then for nothing better to do instigate internal sabotage), infighting among Pakistani leadership (business and political), crumbling justice and internal security structure, dying economy, uncontrollable army leadership.

External injection of monetary support has not solved any issues in Pakistan till date and cannot provide a lasting stability in future.

Pakistan has to overcome its threat elements, and create an environment, so that it can vigorously involve in trading with its neighbors - with whom its people culturally identify themselves with.

A long lasting peace and trading relations with its neighbors, then then with world at large, is the only solution to begin a lasting peace and prosperity within Pakistan.

ANONYMOUS:

//Haider Ali Hussein Mullick wrote: steering the economy out of present recession is not impossible//

Pakistan has internal strength that if utilized and channelized properly, can provide its people decent living and peace all around.

To do so, Pakistani leadership must do a realistic threat assessment: Afghanistan does not pose threat (US presence), Iran does not pose a threat, India does not pose a threat (never initiated a war), China (never entered into war).

Realistically, What forces pose a threat to Pakistan? Typically it is internal forces such as extreme religious elements, ISI (trains terrorist and extremist, who then for nothing better to do instigate internal sabotage), infighting among Pakistani leadership (business and political), crumbling justice and internal security structure, dying economy, uncontrollable army leadership.

External injection of monetary support has not solved any issues in Pakistan till date and cannot provide a lasting stability in future.

Pakistan has to overcome its threat elements, and create an environment, so that it can vigorously involve in trading with its neighbors - with whom its people culturally identify themselves with.

A long lasting peace and trading relations with its neighbors is the only solution to begin a lasting prosperity and peace within Pakistan.

ANONYMOUS:

//Haider Ali Hussein Mullick wrote: steering the economy out of present recession is not impossible//

Pakistan has internal strength that if utilized and channelized properly, can provide its people decent living and peace all around.

To do so, Pakistani leadership must do a realistic threat assessment: Afghanistan does not pose threat (US presence), Iran does not pose a threat, India does not pose a threat (never initiated a war), China (never entered into war).

Realistically, What forces pose a threat to Pakistan? Typically it is internal forces such as extreme religious elements, ISI (trains terrorist and extremist, who then for nothing better to do instigate internal sabotage), infighting among Pakistani leadership (business and political), crumbling justice and internal security structure, dying economy, uncontrollable army leadership.

External injection of monetary support has not solved any issues in Pakistan till date and cannot provide a lasting stability in future.

Pakistan has to overcome its threat elements, and create an environment, so that it can vigorously involve in trading with its neighbors - with whom its people culturally identify themselves with.

A long lasting peace and trading relations with its neighbors is the only solution to begin a lasting prosperity and peace within Pakistan.

ANONYMOUS:

//Haider Ali Hussein Mullick wrote: steering the economy out of present recession is not impossible//

Pakistan has internal strength that if utilized and channelized properly, can provide its people decent living and peace all around.

To do so, Pakistani leadership must do a realistic threat assessment: Afghanistan does not pose threat (US presence), Iran does not pose a threat, India does not pose a threat (never initiated a war), China (never entered into war).

Realistically, What forces pose a threat to Pakistan? Typically it is internal forces such as extreme religious elements, ISI (trains terrorist and extremist, who then for nothing better to do instigate internal sabotage), infighting among Pakistani leadership (business and political), crumbling justice and internal security structure, dying economy, uncontrollable army leadership.

External injection of monetary support has not solved any issues in Pakistan till date and cannot provide a lasting stability in future.

Pakistan has to overcome its threat elements, and create an environment, so that it can vigorously involve in trading with its neighbors - with whom its people culturally identify themselves with.

A long lasting peace and trading relations with its neighbors is the only solution to begin a lasting prosperity and peace within Pakistan.

ANONYMOUS:

//Haider Ali Hussein Mullick wrote: steering the economy out of present recession is not impossible//

Pakistan has internal strength that if utilized and channelized properly, can provide its people decent living and peace all around.

To do so, Pakistani leadership must do a realistic threat assessment: Afghanistan does not pose threat (US presence), Iran does not pose a threat, India does not pose a threat (never initiated a war), China (never entered into war).

Realistically, What forces pose a threat to Pakistan? Typically it is internal forces such as extreme religious elements, ISI (trains terrorist and extremist, who then for nothing better to do instigate internal sabotage), infighting among Pakistani leadership (business and political), crumbling justice and internal security structure, dying economy, uncontrollable army leadership.

External injection of monetary support has not solved any issues in Pakistan till date and cannot provide a lasting stability in future.

Pakistan has to overcome its threat elements, and create an environment, so that it can vigorously involve in trading with its neighbors - with whom its people culturally identify themselves with.

A long lasting peace and trading relations with its neighbors is the only solution to begin a lasting prosperity and peace within Pakistan.

ANONYMOUS:

//Haider Ali Hussein Mullick wrote: steering the economy out of present recession is not impossible//

Pakistan has internal strength that if utilized and channelized properly, can provide its people decent living and peace all around.

To do so, Pakistani leadership must do a realistic threat assessment: Afghanistan does not pose threat (US presence), Iran does not pose a threat, India does not pose a threat (never initiated a war), China (never entered into war).

Realistically, What forces pose a threat to Pakistan? Typically it is internal forces such as extreme religious elements, ISI (trains terrorist and extremist, who then for nothing better to do instigate internal sabotage), infighting among Pakistani leadership (business and political), crumbling justice and internal security structure, dying economy, uncontrollable army leadership.

External injection of monetary support has not solved any issues in Pakistan till date and cannot provide a lasting stability in future.

Pakistan has to overcome its threat elements, and create an environment, so that it can vigorously involve in trading with its neighbors - with whom its people culturally identify themselves with.

A long lasting peace and trading relations with its neighbors is the only solution to begin a lasting prosperity and peace within Pakistan.

Ahmed Quraishi:

In addition to being a military power, Pakistan has proven during President Musharraf's government that it can be a rising economy as well. This is impressive for a country that began in 1947 as a fledgling entity with no State structure and managed in six decades to create a near-balance of power with a five-times larger Indian neighbor.

Jayasankar Madhavadas:

Pakistan and India became independent at the same time but Where is Pakistan and Where is India now? The Pakistani Army diverted millions of Rupees which were tax payers money to bleed India. To an extend India bled but Indians carried on. But Pakistanis forgot to look after themselves. They bred terrorist against India and Afghanistan. Now the same terrorist want to control the institution which created them. They blindly befriended with Americans and Chinese. Now does Pakistan have any independent foreign policy? What ever the Americans say or the Chinese say they do. Neither Indians or Afghans never attacked Pakistan. It is Pakistan who created trouble and all the current troubles in Pakistan is created by the Pakistan itself. No one else is to blamed.


The ruling class of Pakistan never understood a common Paksitani who wants to make both ends meet in his daily life. Every Pakistani should think does nuclear bomb or F-16s feed your family daily. Neither Musharaf Nor Zardari nor Sheriff will save Pakistan. Once Musharaff leaves , Zardari and Sheriff will become bitter enemies . And again there will be a coup by the military and the cycle continues. As expressed in earlier comment a Divine intervention is necessary to save Pakistan.

Jayasankar Madhavadas:

Pakistan and India became independent at the same time but Where is Pakistan and Where is India now? The Pakistani Army diverted millions of Rupees which were tax payers money to bleed India. To an extend India bled but Indians carried on. But Pakistanis forgot to look after themselves. They bred terrorist against India and Afghanistan. Now the same terrorist want to control the institution which created them. They blindly befriended with Americans and Chinese. Now does Pakistan have any independent foreign policy? What ever the Americans say or the Chinese say they do. Neither Indians or Afghans never attacked Pakistan. It is Pakistan who created trouble and all the current troubles in Pakistan is created by the Pakistan itself. No one else is to blamed.


The ruling class of Pakistan never understood a common Paksitani who wants to make both ends meet in his daily life. Every Pakistani should think does nuclear bomb or F-16s feed your family daily. Neither Musharaf Nor Zardari nor Sheriff will save Pakistan. Once Musharaff leaves , Zardari and Sheriff will become bitter enemies . And again there will be a coup by the military and the cycle continues. As expressed in earlier comment a Divine intervention is necessary to save Pakistan.

Akbar Khan:

Just to refresh people memories in this blog.

The economy of Pakistan was not like today's, up until October of last year. And from 1999-2006 pakistan was accumulating foreign exchange where as dollar value was almost fixed at $59.00 (which now is RS 75.00, within 6 months of democractically elected goverment).

All that is happening today in pakistan proves how selfish, childish, inexperienced and ego-centric are these democractically elected leaders. These current leaders, as shown in the past, only know how to fill up their bank accounts in UK, USA and Switzerland with pakistani's tax money and plan for exiting Pakistan when thing goes completely out of their control.

Long Live Pakistan

Pawan Madhok:

The plethora of problems that Pakistan is facing will not go away in a hurry. The compromises required to achieve an effective, workable consensus are impossible to arrive at with weak democratic institutions which have been reduced to their current enfeebled state because of constant meddling by the army and an American foreign policy establishment in the name of sundry exigencies.

The best that can be hoped is that the host of grave problems can be contained or managed while the requisite patience and wisdom be exercized by the political establishment in building and nurturing the democratic institutional infrastructure for the country. Above all, the impulse must be resisted to short-term fixes which undercut democratic institutions.

Abdullah:

I do agree, that Musharraf departure will not solve the problems. However; i still belive that he must go, as he is responsible for all this mess going on in Pakistan.

People must not blame pakistan for creating talibans. It was USA, who created them with the help of Pakistan. So it was not pakistan all alone. They used these people against Russia - At that time Jihad was allowed, USA supported these talibans but now USA and its partners call them Terrorist. Howcome same people who were fighting with Russia were not terrorist but suddenly them they become terrorist.

In a recent visit to USA - Prime Minister of Pakistan has shown evidence to USA administration of direct support to certainy Taliban groups to operate in Pakistan. India is equally operating in Balochistan.

There are so many things going on - you must know the ground reality before make an opinion. People in west know what their media is telling them - But reality is very much different. Pakistan is doing its best - 80,000 soldiers are fighting there pakistan has made 100 check post where as Afghanistan has made only 8 - Why the Americans are not asking to Afghan's to control their side of the border.

For those who dont know - its 2600 Kilometer of border between pakistan and afghanistan. Which includs huge mountains, rivers etc. Guys it is not like a flat border where you can put a gate and create a fence to stop poeple. Musharraf has agreed to everything but today the result is USA and its partner puttin more pressure without realising that Pakistan is the only country who is doing the most against this fight. thousand of its people killed, more than thousand soldiers killed where as How many USA/UK has lost - nothing.

Last but not least any one who think he can win this war without pakistan is living in dreams.
Therefore support pakistan rather than creating problems and giving bad comments.

Above all dont trust what western media is saying - they are putting their version and mis guiding people.

Fahad Zafar:

Who would replace Mushy..?

Fahad Zafar :

I think Post-Mushy era would add problems for Pakistan. The four paty coaltion of PPP, PML-N, ANP & JUI can never continue for longterm. Its only together on one point i.e. booting Mushy out of Presidency. When Mushy is out, they would go back in early nineties era where PPP and PML-N would have sticks at each others head i.e. an era of corruption, blame games etc. We might even end up with a civil war.

There aint any competent person to replace Mushy. I think we are only playing in the hands of Western agencies who are bend upon destroying Pakistan.

J. UK:

Pakistani auhorities have installed hate via madarssa's and Mosques in the minds of their people against India from whom they separated in 1947. Furthermore they took revenge from Afghanistanis by creating and sending Taliban to Afghanistan to destroy the culture nad their history because the Afghan Invaders of India like Ghaznavi, Ghauri and Abdali's armis raped thosusands of Hindu women who gave birth to ilegitimate muslim sons that eventually led to the creation of Pakistan.They further poisoned the peoples minds against americans and the British. They always blamed everyone else for their incompetent at dealing with the issues of their people.
They invaded independent kingdom of Hari singh (Kashmir) in 1947 that lead to further wars with India and lost all - together with East Pakistan that gave rise to Bagladesh, where their incompetence lead to the killing of 3 million people.That nation is a curse to humanity - they call it a "castle of Islam". If that is what castle of Islam is then sooner it is irased from the face of this earth the better it would be for the world's peace.
The responsibility for its creation lies with Britain and its oreservation lies with America and Saudi arabia. Pakistan has shown what the true face of Islam is - a caotic philosophy that has only hollow takers in pakistan because they do not understand as they can only read it but cannot understand the maening of it due to the language which if alien to them and their culture. It is a forced phillosophy on them by the invaders. It should be dismembered into 4 independent nations and these nations will have no choice but to live in peace with Iran,, Afghanistan and India only then there will be peace in the world.

DANIAL FAROOQ:

As an analyst and keen observer of events in Pakistan here had estimated after Paksitan's Feb 18 elections, that any substabtial improvement in security and economic situation would not be achieved soon , but it was not expected that:

1. Jihadists would have such a rapid advance in their control of FATA, Swat region and other settled districts of the NWFP.

2.Talebainization would threat secular Karachi area so soon.

3 Paksitan's hard currency reserves of $12 billion in March would become less than $1 billion in August, not enough to pay foreign exchange needs of a couple of months and getting close to default. This is not all there are other serious issues.

Musharraf 's dparture would not help in any of the above and other important national issues. Pakistan would very soon plunge into a point of no return and it would become inevitable for the " historical" Establishment to over take the governance of the country.


khushbakht sultan:

If the first ever elected Prime Minister of Pakistan,Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto wah hanged,then why not an unelected president Musharraf.........
he should and must be trialed under article 6 of the constitution of Pakistan.
this is not the opinion of an individual......
this is the voice and wish of the whole Pakistani nation

Hello:


The economy is the least of this country's worries.

With Al-Qaeda and the Taliban increasing its control in the region and the Bush Administration still believing Iraqi control is a bigger threat; my fear is allowing the terrorists getting control of Pakistan’s nuclear capability.

Hello:


The economy is the least of this country's worries.

With Al-Qaeda and the Taliban increasing its control in the region and the Bush Administration still believing Iraqi control is a bigger threat; my fear is allowing the terrorists getting control of Pakistan’s nuclear capability.

Shazad:

May Allah save Pakistan. The most corrupted folks like Nawaz Sharif and Zardari that looted this country is likely to take over the management. God please save our country.

William:

Who will replace him? The incompentents?

Or will the religious extremists take over? If so, how long before India attacks and nuclear war starts?

If they boot Musharraf, it is likely Pakistan will end up in a civil war and maybe start a world ending war.

The Army has taken control before when corrupt and incompentent elected government officials were more interested in filling their Swiss bank accounts that helping the people.

Dr.M.Shakil Siddiqui:

If you elect crookes like Nawaz and Zardari in Pakistan, then why do you cry. You can live under the shadow of corruption as Usked for it. Pakistan is passing through the most turbulent phaseof .May Allah bless us all.

tahirn:

mussharraf gone, good riddance. he and his army ruled for nine years in the last dictatorship takeover and is leaving the country in a disaster.

the army also squandered billions on an ill advised bomb when people don't have food.

They have lost every war they have fought including the fiasco of bangladesh. what a shame. And we have people talking of these jokers as saviours.

the smartest people do not join the army, the mediocre do and then these idiots end up ruling the country and continuing the wreckage of pakistan.

tahir:

mussharraf gone, good riddance. he and hios army ruled ruled for nine years in the last dictatorship and is leaving the country in a disaster.

the army also squandered billions on an ill advised bomb when people don't have food.

They have lost every war they have fought including the fiasco of bangladesh. what a shame. And we have people talking of these jokers as saviours.

the smartest people do not join the army, the mediocre join the army and then these idiots end up ruling the country and continuing the wreckage of pakistan.

Shiv Das:

My apologies for the multiple posts. I had errors coming back when I posted, and I thought it probably was from my name tag.

Shiv Das:

Pakistan’s preoccupation with undermining India in every possible way has been her Achilles’ heel ever since Jinnah elected to separate from ‘Hindu dominated’ India and form an exclusive ‘Muslim’ Pakistan . After having failed militarily, state promotion of radical Islam to ferment terrorism in Kashmir and the rest of India became an integral part of this process. The national psychology is to hurt India even if that process destroys them. We have seen what this has done to the country and to the rest of the world.
India has made tremendous strides in the past half a century, while Pakistan remained at the starting block. A total reversal of Pakistan’s India policy and her internal political and religious practices is a pre-requisite to making any meaningful progress in her economic or social structures. This will take some extraordinary efforts on the part of the Government and its agencies through every available medium to halt and reverse the half a century of accumulated decay. Either conversion to Islam or annihilation of your neighbors is no longer workable alternatives. Acceptance and cooperation for the benefit of all groups are the only methods left.
India stands to gain nothing from a disintegrating Pakistan. In fact, if Pakistan decides to genuinely cooperate and work with India, both countries could make unbelievable progress and uplift the common people out of their current state of despair. This will end terrorism in both countries. It is not easy to get the entrenched and vested interests from politicians to mullahs to reverse their courses suddenly. However, this bitter pill only will save the country.

Aamir Ali:

Pakistanis voted for crooks like Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. They should now live under them.

NSTTAHIR:

MUSHARRAF AND THE ARMY RULED FOR NINE YEARS IN THR MOST RECENT TAKEOVER AND THE COUNTRY IS A SHAMBLES. AND WE ARE BLAMING THR POLITICIANS. IS THERE ANY GENERAL IN PAKISTAN WHO IS NOT A MILLIONAIRE AND THEY CLAIM IT IS ALL LEGAL. THEY HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST PLUNDERERS OF PAKISTAN.

THE PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE FOOD AND THESE IDIOTS WASTED BILLIONS TO MAKE BOMBS. THEY SHOULD BE PUNISHED JUST FOR THAT.

PAKISTAN WILL NEVER PROSPER AND DEMOCRACY AND POLITICALS WILL NEVER BE ALLOWED BY THE ARMY TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

Zubair Uddin Khan:

Pakistanis are nine second memory holder, they always forgoten what they beared? how they suffered by two so-called democratic parties. This was nawas sharid who seized 10 billion dollars of non other than pakistanis. This was zardari who looted billion of dollars and now dreaming for the President of Pakistan. This would be the early "Day of Gudgement" for pakistanis. Only illeterate peoples are supporting impeachment beacause they were brain washed that after impeachment all things will go right, inflation and poverty will decline, rupee will be stablized after impeachment and lots other dreams for them. An other threat of terrorism is knockning down, these two accidental leaders have no vision how to deal with terrorists.

Zubair Uddin Khan:

Pakistanis are nine second memory holder, they always forgoten what they beared? how they suffered by two so-called democratic parties. This was nawas sharid who seized 10 billion dollars of non other than pakistanis. This was zardari who looted billion of dollars and now dreaming for the President of Pakistan. This would be the early "Day of Gudgement" for pakistanis. Only illeterate peoples are supporting impeachment beacause they were brain washed that after impeachment all things will go right, inflation and poverty will decline, rupee will be stablized after impeachment and lots other dreams for them. An other threat of terrorism is knockning down, these two accidental leaders have no vision how to deal with terrorists.

Zubair Uddin Khan:

Pakistanis are nine second memory holder, they always forgoten what they beared? how they suffered by two so-called democratic parties. This was nawas sharid who seized 10 billion dollars of non other than pakistanis. This was zardari who looted billion of dollars and now dreaming for the President of Pakistan. This would be the early "Day of Gudgement" for pakistanis. Only illeterate peoples are supporting impeachment beacause they were brain washed that after impeachment all things will go right, inflation and poverty will decline, rupee will be stablized after impeachment and lots other dreams for them. An other threat of terrorism is knockning down, these two accidental leaders have no vision how to deal with terrorists.

SQA:

It is intersting to note that we Pakistanis have such a short term memory that we are supporting politicians who we have tested and kicked out not only once but twice.. And we still are putting our trust in them.Why?? Because in all these years of independance all that we have learned is to blame someone. We fail to take responsibility for our own actions. It is Musharaf now, then it will be Nawaz Sharif or Zardari. But we will keep doing this. Because we Pakistani's are only good at playing the blame game.Will it take generations to change this thinking pattern or are we waiting for a new face to bring this change??? Time will tell. Why do we bank on the army to clean up our mess every single time.Where is our judiciary?But then again politicians who have taken the judges cause now are the same ones who during their reign have stormed the supreme court.Theirs was a time when it was thought to be cheaper to 'hire' a judge rather than hire a lawyer. Short term memory thats what we have. Maybe this is our blessing ,maybe this is our curse..

SQA:

It is intersting to note that we Paksitanis have such a short term memory that we are supporting politicians who we have tested and kicked out not only once but twice.. And we still are putting our trust in them.Why?? Because in all these years of independance all that we have learned is to blame someone. We fail to take responsibility for our own actions. It is Musharaf now, then it will be Nawaz Sharif or Zardari. But we will keep doing this. Because we Pakistani's are only good at playing the blame game.Will it take generations to change this thinking pattern or are we waiting for a new face to bring this change??? Time will tell. Why do we bank on the army to clean up our mess every single time.Where is our judiciary?But then again politicians who have taken the judges cause now are the same ones who during their reign have stormed the supreme court.Theirs was a time when it was thought to be cheaper to 'hire' a judge rather than hire a lawyer. Short term memory thats what we have. Maybe this is our blessing ,maybe this is our curse..

Dj:

What kind of optimistic are you? Things will continue to remain the same as they were. Musharraf will be replaced by goons alike him. Nawaz Sharif and Zardari are no saints.
The problem with Pakistan today is the mullahs who want to take over the country. Pakistan's intolerance towards Hindus is now coming to haunt them. You never were a country focusing on economy.

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