Rul­ing Pak­istan through Skype

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - ALI ASHRAF KHAN

Pak­istan is fast be­com­ing a banana repub­lic; just a cou­ple of days ago on ar­rival of the news that Mul­lah Mansur was killed by a US drone at­tack in­side Pak­istan a big hoo-ha-hoo was started about sovereignty of Pak­istan vi­o­lated. Now two days ago when the news came that our Prime Min­is­ter is un­der­go­ing an open heart surgery the same govern­ment de­clares that Pak­istan can be ruled eas­ily from Lon­don. What a joke! If In­dia is at­tack­ing while Nawaz is in the op­er­a­tion theatre; will the sur­geon stop so he can de­clare war via Skype or give di­rec­tions to the army on twit­ter?

The me­dia tell us that the Fed­eral Cab­i­net will ap­prove the Fed­eral bud­get to­mor­row in an im­por­tant meet­ing, which will be presided over Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif via video link from Lon­don. The PM of­fice is telling us that “The Prime Min­is­ter is in con­stant con­tact with the Fed­eral Min­is­ters, Cab­i­net mem­bers and other con­cerned. It is im­por­tant to note that there are no post­pone­ments or de­lays in the mat­ters per­tain­ing to the rou­tine func­tion­ing of the state”. If that is so why do we need a Prime Min­is­ter at all? As a stu­dent of his­tory I used to think about our politi­cians dur­ing the days when Ghu­lam Mo­ham­mad ruled this coun­try through his An­glo-In­dian Sec­re­tary, while he was med­i­cally in­ca­pac­i­tated due to se­ri­ous ill­ness. One can only won­der who the clowns that are rul­ing us are.

For­mer chief jus­tice of Pak­istan Iftikhar Muham­mad Chaudhry minced no words in call­ing for the in­stal­la­tion of an in­terim Prime Min­is­ter un­til Nawaz Sharif re­cov­ers and re­sumes the of­fice. But one thing that es­caped at­ten­tion is that since Ar­ti­cle 95 was al­tered no­body cared to no­tice it so the Apex Court could be asked to in­ter­pret this am­bi­gu­ity, which is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Court. Let us hope san­ity pre­vails and we work for the pros­per­ity and sol­i­dar­ity of the na­tion and the coun­try.

—Karachi

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