Your cover story on Pakistan’s political future was informative and laid out future possibilities keeping in mind the current political uncertainty looming over Islamabad. The PPP-led coalition did complete five years in office as a democratically elected government, the first such oc- currence in Pakistan’s history, but it did not change much as the country’s economic and social fabric remains in shambles. The writers did explain in detail that the road to democracy in Pakistan is rickety, to say the least. However, military intervention cannot be overruled if the political structure experiences further dilemma.
The political and bureaucratic setup of Pakistan is constantly at loggerheads and the most pertinent question is deciding whether a democratic government is better suited for Pakistan or is it the military that has played its part in Pakistan’s progress. Where the stalwarts of Pakistan’s politics speak in favor of democracy, there are some quarters of the bureaucracy and within the public, which opine that a military dictator might be the right option in Pakistan’s case.
It is true that Pakistan remained under a dictator’s wing for nearly 30 years. With such credentials, completing five years in office is an achievement by the PPP and its coalition forces. However, the future of the country remains uncertain as the May 11 elections will decide who comes in for the next five years.
Amir Nawaz Islamabad, Pakistan