Demo­cratic mil­i­tary

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

The PML-N govern­ment of Mian Nawaz Sharif, a civil­ian, demo­crat­i­cally elected govern­ment that claims that it rep­re­sents the people’s as­pi­ra­tions, is about to com­plete its first year in power. One of its prom­ises was the de­vo­lu­tion of power. Need­less to say it is also one of the fun­da­men­tal re­quire­ments of democ­racy. There was much hul­la­baloo about the lo­cal bod­ies’ polls soon af­ter the govern­ment took charge. At the time these lines are writ­ten, elec­tions for lo­cal bod­ies have been held in just one prov­ince – Balochis­tan. The re­main­ing three prov­inces are de­lay­ing the mat­ter on one pre­text or an­other. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan has an­nounced and can­celled the elec­tion sched­ule for these three prov­inces at least twice.

What fo­cused my at­ten­tion on this state of af­fairs was Gen­eral (R) Pervez Mushar­raf’s re­cent in­ter­view to SouthAsia in which he claimed that his govern­ment was the most demo­cratic. That’s true in­so­far as the de­vo­lu­tion of power is con­cerned. This claim may have rubbed some people the wrong way - es­pe­cially those whose evenings are spent thrash­ing Mushar­raf on talk shows - but can any­one deny it in view of the sit­u­a­tion that pre­vails in the coun­try? Who do we blame for the fail­ure to hold LB elec­tions?

Ah­san B. Imam

Pe­shawar, Pak­istan

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