The Mes­siah has Ar­rived?

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

Your cover story on Tahir-ulQadri was very timely and rel­e­vant. Mr. Qadri has sud­denly ap­peared on Pak­istan’s po­lit­i­cal land­scape and has jolted not only a frag­ile government but also a dis­en­chanted peo­ple. The peo­ple of Pak­istan are tired of the same old faces that have looted and plun­dered the coun­try and are des­per­ate for change whether it is in the form of Im­ran Khan or Tahir-ul-Qadri. Both lead­ers, de­void of diplo­matic train­ing, have suc­cess­fully ral­lied enor­mous crowds as they crit­i­cize the government’s han­dling of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional af­fairs and present frame­works for good gov­er­nance, na­tional se­cu­rity and po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity.

While Qadri speaks the truth and ral­lies a na­tion in re­turn, Pak­istan re­mains a frag­ile coun­try. If the sys­tem needs to be fixed then there needs to be a sys­tem in the first place. It is im­per­a­tive that the in­cum­bent government, re­gard­less of how dis­cred­ited it may be, be al­lowed to com­plete its due course and elec­tions take place in a proper man­ner. That will not be a tes­ta­ment to the weak and cor­rupt PPP government but rather to the brave and res­o­lute peo­ple of Pak­istan who hold the tenets of democ­racy higher than any of­fice. The road ahead will not be an easy one for Pak­istan and the coun­try will con­tinue to see both na­tional and for­eign el­e­ments en­ter its space to rally po­lit­i­cal and pub­lic opin­ion. The coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion must re­main stead­fast and fo­cused on elect­ing of­fi­cials who are re­spon­si­ble and ded­i­cated to a com­mon cause of de­liv­er­ing to the peo­ple.

Da­nial Hus­sain Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan

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