At about 8pm yesterday people started closing down their shops and running helter skelter as if some kind of godzilla was approaching. Being at risk myself I had to do the needful and as I stepped out into my car and started driving home I could feel nothing but total disgust at how people were behaving.
Strangely the white wardi ones had all dissipated and traffic was utter chaos as everyone tried to get home before the landmark decision took place. Which was about 5.6 hrs late but right on pakistan standard time for aren’t we used to waiting for everything? From Vip blocks to justice to KESC. We wait so much that I think we should be called the masses in waiting instead of the teeming masses.
As colleagues and friends rang each other up and vicious rumors circulated of a coup, people had to cancel all sorts of plans amidst tension as it gripped Karachi. There were reports of firing in different areas of the city (perhaps a pressure tactic) and people were frightened out of their wits on the memory of another December not so long ago.
The judgment which declared the NRO null and void and opened up all the defunct cases (about 8000 of them) on all the political bigwigs is being called a historic one.Â I agree on the fact that there is no precedence of this in legislative history. However there are some points which trouble me in the extreme regarding this judgment. These will not include the behavior of the media as was exhibited last night, it seemed as if they were within sight of Valhalla complete with war drums, anyways..
a) The legislative branch of our government has right now with this judgment directed the executive branch to prosecute itself. How is this going to be implemented? I know the courts will be fair but how will the executive survive this open all organs surgical strike?
b) Let us for a moment assume that even half the cases are based on solid evidence and the absconders and the corrupt will be convicted. Do we realize that when this happens we will lose about the entire power structure of the current serving democratic government? I am not against trying corrupt people but where will this leave the democracy in this country. Yes it could lead to something positive like the better and cleaner individuals rising up through party cadres to lead us forward but that would happen in an ideal world only, the options here would be mid term or coup.
c) If mid term elections happen, the rumors say somewhere around march we will definitely see a return of PML N to power. Now do we want a prime minister who we have tried twice in the past and who is not even capable of exhibiting enough leadership to stay in the bloody country when thisÂ landmark judgment was taking place? He left for London days ago, so is this guy going to lead us into the future?
d) Let us also not ignore the fact that with 8000 cases opened up the legislative is going to have a field day in legal fees and what not. Yes the “what not” does exist in the legislative branch also and they will now plunder with impunity. Every citizen of Pakistan is aware of the fixers/penguins who roam our city courts, who can get you a judgment on the passing of a fewÂ qaid azams quicker then the law firms sometimes. So we are now penalizing one branch of the government for corruption and the branch judging it is now going to indulge in the same to get us justice? What kind of process is this. Please note I am not referring to the SC judges we see on TV, but there are many many black sheep in the judicial fraternity and our erstwhile judges have spoken and admitted to them often.
After all is said and done and we have torn apart this government, gone to mid term elections and arrived at the same cross roads in say another year or two at most, we must ask ourselves is democracy the best system for Pakistan?
If it is then why does it never work for us?