Packed and gone
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,