Packed and gone

The Pak Banker - - 4EDITORIAL -

Pak­istan's in­ter­nal af­fairs is any­one's guess. Af­ter all, he is a Cana­dian na­tional who has taken an oath of loy­alty to that coun­try. I found it be­yond com­pre­hen­sion that a government, which goes out of its way to ob­struct the ju­di­cial process and re­fuses to im­ple­ment ju­di­cial or­ders, could fa­cil­i­tate Dr Qadri's po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties. Rather than 'con­trol­ling' him, they 'col­lab­o­rated' with him in his 'cabin' and obey­ing his or­ders and di­rec­tives.

We all saw how the most se­nior lead­ers of the rul­ing clique adopted sub­mis­sive and overly friendly pos­tures. The MQM leader de­clared Dr Qadri to be his el­der brother and even or­dered the MQM lead­ers in Karachi to obey the Doc­tor's or­ders with­out con­sult­ing him.

But then, sooner than ex­pected, the whole game col­lapsed. While the MQM and Im­ran Khan's PTI had not taken part in Qadri's 'long march', the PPP cre­ated an im­pres­sion that Dr Qadri was its con man to de­rail the forth­com­ing elec­tions so that it could carry on in power.

The JI, the JUF and the PML-N paid no at­ten­tion to him or to his ac­tiv­i­ties. Mr Ah­san Iqbal called him a cap­sule which turned out to have no ef­fect and he may have been right, since Dr Qadri's ar­rival and ac­tiv­i­ties turned out to be no more than a tem­po­rary drama. There is an Urdu say­ing that when a jackal is doomed, it runs to­wards the city and pro­vides op­por­tu­nity for its own demise. The same seems to have hap­pened to Dr Qadri. Hav­ing gained some pub­lic­ity and the at­ten­tion of the rulers, he be­came too big for his own shoes and de­cided to take on the Supreme Court. This turned out to be his un­do­ing. He was so sure of him­self that he felt the honourable judges would be­have as the rulers had done and would ac­cede to all his un­con­sti­tu­tional de­mands. A few per­ti­nent ques­tions and strong re­marks from the chief jus­tice were enough to de­flate Dr Qadri's bal­loon but it was a bit too late for him to re­alise his mis­take. Har chand Daag ek hi ay­yar hey ma­gar/Dush­man bhi tau chhatey huey sarey ja­han key hain (Though Daag is very cun­ning, his op­po­nents are even more so). Had Dr Qadri had this pe­ti­tion submitted by a lo­cal col­league, he would not have faced this kind of hu­mil­i­a­tion. It will be bet­ter if he re­mains in his adopted coun­try and con­cen­trates his en­er­gies on his re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties. Mov­ing on let us re­view the per­for­mance of the out­go­ing rulers. Mr Bhutto gave the PPP their slo­gan of 'roti,

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