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Pakistan, begging for revolutionary change

By Syed Atiq ul Hassan - posted Tuesday, 18 May 2010

The current form of democracy and government in Pakistan will not deliver anything to the country except further disaster. Political comedians have made the country a joke. If anything can save Pakistan and free the nation from looters it is a benevolent army dictatorship. These were the views of well-known Pakistani political analyst and a writer, Mr Hassan Nisar, and a senior technocrat, Dr Mubashir Hassan, made on the famous GEO TV show Meray Mutabiq presented by Dr Shahid Masood. I agree with their views.

Democracy is a beautiful word: it delivers equal opportunities, freedom of speech, rule of law, justice and maintains a civilised society. Yet implementation of democracy is a process and it requires some prerequisites. Democracy cannot be implemented in a society where the power of the state is confined to corrupt and incapable, so-called, political leaders.

Unfortunately, since the departure of General Pervez Musharraf, in the name of civil rule, Pakistan has been controlled by those who have looted the country’s wealth time and again; who hold dual nationalities; and who maintain millions of dollars in their foreign bank accounts.


These corrupt political pundits are now securing their power by bringing their followers, partners and relatives into the government bureacracy. People who possess fake degrees are given ministries. The corruption has spread through almost every department of government.

A few hundred people, some in the government and some in the opposition awaiting their turn, have managed to push the country to the verge of collapse. In addition, this ruling-elite has strong networks in the Western capitals. For the Western powers, particularly in the UK and USA, these political actors fit in well which is why they are enjoying their support.

Meanwhile back in Pakistan people are on the streets crying for food, jobs, water, power, gas, peace and security. In the last two years or so, the leaders of the ruling and largest opposition parties have delivered nothing to the nation except some constitutional amendments; an inquiry into Benazir Bhutto’s murder; and the creation of new provinces. These things cannot provide three meals a day, clean water to drink, or a consistent electricity supply. Nor do they provide security for the Pakistani nation.

These politicians appear on Pakistani TV in various political debates and manage to break their own records for false promises and deceitful claims.

The so-called political pundits-cum-feudal lords stridently criticise dictatorships but fact is that they themselves are the biggest despots. They have a monarchical-style system within their political parties. If they cannot implement a fair democratic system within their own parties how can they deliver fair democracy to the country?

The people of Pakistan have to decide if they still need this particular kind of democracy, which has been imposed on the country to serve the agenda of Western powers and which is now dragging the country into the 1971 situation (when Pakistan lost its half part of East Pakistan and became Bangladesh). What Pakistan really needs is a powerful leader who can put all these corrupt people behind the bars and work for the betterment of the Pakistani nation and for the sovereignty of the country.


Pakistan and its nation need security, economic prosperity and opportunities for common people. It should not matter if this is achieved with a dictator: the most important thing for the people of Pakistan is the stability and integrity of their country and not necessarily the disabled, so-called, “democratic” system.

The reality of the last two years has illustrated that the economy, prices of goods, security, law and order, foreign debts, currency value, and so on, were far better previously.

It was an army dictator, Pervez Musharraf, who opened the way for the political leaders, including Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, to return to Pakistan.

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Syed Atiq ul Hassan, is senior journalist, writer, media analyst and foreign correspondent for foreign media agencies in Australia. His email is

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