The final push for the soul of Pakistan

Published on Tehran Times, by Gul Jammas Hussain, March 2, 2009.

In the coming days and months, a great battle for the soul of Pakistan will be fought on its streets when thousands of lawyers and the masses in their millions take on the forces of the status quo in a final push to establish the rule of law.

Pakistan has erupted in anger and frustration in response to yet another snub of the people’s mandate by the Supreme Court.

On February 25, the Supreme Court declared the Pakistan Muslim League-N’s extremely popular leaders, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, ineligible to contest elections.

This move has reenergized the lawyers’ movement …

… The lawyers are gearing up for a final push to establish true democracy in Pakistan — the cause championed by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who himself was a lawyer, during the country’s liberation struggle. Unfortunately, when Jinnah died, only a year after Pakistan’s independence, the leadership was usurped by corrupt bureaucrats, the predatory military establishment, and a gang of feudal politicians. And their ilk still rules, except for the fact that the generals, under the tutelage of new army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, returned to their barracks after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, although they are still waiting in the wings.

It seems that the lawyers are probably going to win this time since the masses are behind them, as well as the powerful independent media and a new breed of politicians — mostly self-made millionaires, industrialists, private entrepreneurs, and professionals — who have decided to abandon their mollycoddle approach and join the lawyers’ movement in the struggle to establish the rule of law, democratic values, and good governance in Pakistan. (full text).

Link: Exposing Human Rights Violations In Pakistan, by Q. Isa Daudpota, 07 March, 2009.

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