Wait be­fore you cel­e­brate

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mar­tial law cam­paign­ers have waited for so long. This is a feast of the hun­gry, by the hun­gry, for the hun­gry. It is ex­plained by the long de­nial and the ‘new­found con­sen­sus and con­fi­dence’ that ev­ery­one is talk­ing about. Pre­vi­ously, even the most op­ti­mistic anti-mil­i­tary rule analy­ses would be qual­i­fied. The last para­graph would leave room for a pa­tri­otic gen­eral to sneak in and stay for long. That has changed and just as the chief judge an­nounces that the days when mil­i­tary tanks would de­cide is­sues are gone, oth­ers join him from all sides with great rel­ish, in some cases their en­thu­si­asm bor­der­ing on vengeance.

They talk about the ills of mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion with a frank­ness never seen be­fore. By and large the par­tic­i­pants are so im­mersed in the act that they are sum­mar­ily dis­mis­sive of the sug­ges­tions that some­one else could yet be pressed into play­ing the re­former’s role in a coun­try where the politi­cians are still con­sid­ered to be the least trust­wor­thy of all.

Sadly, the gov­ern­men­tal re­frain about the supremacy of par­lia­ment does not en­joy great sup­port, at least not in pro­por­tion to the anti-mar­tial law calls.

For the mo­ment most seem to be con­tent with as­sur­ing and re­as­sur­ing one an­other that mil­i­tary rule is a thing of the past in this dear home­land of theirs. So dif- fi­cult has been this goal — one which is deemed to have been achieved ac­cord­ing to the ‘na­tional con­sen­sus’.

So great is the pas­sion that some of these re­marks about the root­ing out of the mar­tial law tradition, God for­bid, por­tray a side in­vig­o­rated by no­tions of vic­tory dar­ing an old ri­val to a re­match.

This is not the stuff for the faint­hearted. It is cer­tainly not the stuff for those, how­ever small their num­ber, who are not as ef­fi­cient as oth­ers — the ma­jor­ity? — at shrug­ging off fears ac­cu­mu­lated over decades of sub­mis­sion to the ul­ti­mate ar­biter of power in the coun­try.

Con­jec­ture and spec­u­la­tion, the re­fer- ence to over­rid­ing in­ter­na­tional influence in de­cid­ing what kind of rule suits Pak­istan when, has to give way to some more con­vinc­ing in­dige­nous, durable fac­tors for this fear­ful view to dis­ap­pear.

These are all good cel­e­bra­tions hail­ing the Pak­istani peo­ple’s con­fi­dence about the demise of the mil­i­tary rule op­tion. The real party can, how­ever, wait un­til free­dom from the old in­ter­ven­tion­ist threat has en­abled all parts in the ma­chine to func­tion on a rea­son­ably pro­duc­tive level, per­form­ing their as­signed roles.

When this gov­ern­ment be­gan, amid great fan­fare about the restora­tion of democ­racy, the pro­nounce­ment of

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