The Belly of the Beast

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

Your sum up of Pak­istani pol­i­tics in the year 2012 was well pre­sented. How­ever, 2013 is bound to bring with it its own share of sur­prises, dis­ap­point­ments and op­por­tune mo­ments. It will be up to the peo­ple of Pak­istan whether they rise to the oc­ca­sion and make their voices heard or whether they once again suc­cumb to the pow­ers that be and be played with, yet again. With elec­tions just around the cor­ner, old politi­cians can be seen singing the same tunes while new en­trants to the field are pro­vok­ing the peo­ple to em­brace the ideas

of a rev­o­lu­tion. Im­ran Khan has cer­tainly stirred the po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere through­out the coun­try and the lat­est phe­nom­e­non, Tahir-ul-Qadri has left an in­deli­ble mark on the mak­ings of an in­terim government that will even­tu­ally de­ter­mine the fate of the coun­try. While it is true that the frag­ile tenets of democ­racy must be pro­tected and a peace­ful tran­si­tion to power must pre­vail, the big­ger ques­tion is what kind of democ­racy must Pak­istan be sub­jected to? With a des­o­late peo­ple liv­ing un­der a dis­con­nected government that fails to de­liver, Pak­istan de­serves a much bet­ter ver­sion of “democ­racy.”

Mehmoud An­sari Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan

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