What Next?

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

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

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