The Messiah has Arrived?
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