Dear dictator, your rally really sucked

A little advice to you sir, show some humility and stand with your people rather than addressing them over the phone.

Shaheryar Popalzai January 09, 2012
Dear dictator,

Your 'show of power' in Karachi was, if I may respectfully say disappointing and anti-climatic. Despite all your tall claims of having massive public support, and an equally large Facebook following, you did not garner enough support to draw even close to 10,000 people at your rally.

Leaders from your party proudly boasted that your rally would be bigger than Imran Khan’s, yet one can only wonder what happened and where you went wrong. Maybe if the attendees were paid more than Rs1,000 and a plate of biryani, you would have been able to fill the ground.  Not only did the numbers disappoint, the fact that friction in the party ranks has now surfaced also shows that there is much to be done before you actually launch your political career.

That your party has started to fall apart even before your return to Pakistan speaks volumes of how far you have to go with your political career. You launched the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) in 2010 and lost one of your major supporters, Sher Afgan Niazi, before you could even reach the first anniversary of your party.

In addition to this, your supporter, the King’s Party, the Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) is silent about your return and even the cases against you. And what of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)? You helped them stand on their feet again; you supported them and they gained. So, have they pledged their support to you yet?

Let me remind you that things in Balochistan went downhill during your tenure, when the Baloch demanded rights over resources in the provinces. Of course, your military mindset would have none of it. People started disappearing in your tenure, and many mothers lost their sons because you would have none of their 'separatist talk'. Sir, let me tell you this, the Baloch do not forget so easily.

Your bloated ego does not help your cause either. The people of Pakistan are sick of hearing every single political leader talk the usual rhetoric, about how they are the only ones who can save Pakistan, and they are the only ones who are sincere to the country. A little advice to you sir: please bring humble back.

One last thing before I sign off: if you want to gain supporters, I suggest you return to your country. A true leader stands with his people and fights for them. He doesn't sit miles away, addressing them over the phone.


A citizen of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


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Shaheryar Popalzai A sub-editor on the web desk of The Express Tribune.
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


@the person above | 10 years ago | Reply --President Musharraf, in his autobiography, “In the Line of Fire”, has allegedly boasted of ‘selling’ suspects to US agencies. Ofcourse he wouldn’t openly state in his own book that these “suspects” were innocent Pakistanis. And is it a co incidence that all these people went missing during Musharaf’s era? And that so many people stood up against it? Talk to someone who lost a loved one before you label them as “foreign miscreants”. --I dint forget to remove anything. All that’s there was supposed to be there. I know when to quote from Wikipedia and when not to. Maybe you should read what it says rather than tell me its source. Its not an opinion. Those are facts. Just like the link to a blog that I posted. Did you bother reading what it said? The blogger wasn’t opinionated in that particular post, he simply stated something he watched on TV ( on Geo News ex-chairman steel mills exposes the role of Shaukat Aziz and Pervaiz Musharraf in the privatization scandal.) --Musharaf broke the law twice and later on apologized for it through the press. That’s pretty lame. Its like pulling the trigger and sending a sorry card to the person’s relatives. He’s very much responsible for sacking a PM, killing innocent people during the Lal Masjid siege, imposing emergency, arresting journalists, house-arresting his opponents, signing the NRO and the list goes on. He had nine years to fulfill his promises. And yet nothing happened. -- I am astonished at your comment about the rape victims. I don’t even want to comment on that. God help people like you. --Have you seen Musharaf’s farm houses in Islamabad? He can gift those precious lands to his friends and build mansions on them and yet to tell me he’s corruption-free. Open up your eyes hun. Who sacked the chief justice of Pakistan? Have you forgotten the lawyer’s movement against him? Was the entire nation crazy?? why was he doing all this? Whose orders was he working under? Why do we see foreign news paper writing things like “Musharraf jumped one foot off the ground every time someone from Washington rang to say "boo".) “ --I don’t think I judged you. Reread what I wrote. And as far as I know, the lal masjid people wanted to close down brothels. Pakistan being a muslim country, I don’t see how theres anything wrong in that. And I am sure there must have been a better way of dealing with them instead of going out there and killing everyone.
@Tooba | 10 years ago | Reply Tooba, I wrote a lengthy reply to you. So don't fool yourself that you 'NAILED' it. Tribune didn’t publish it, instead emailed me saying I had to rephrase it so I’ll have to go all over again. 1) Stop blabbering and get Musharraf's book and read it first. No where does it say that 'PAKISTANIS' were sold. They were all foreign miscreants on Pakistani soil. NOT A SINGLE PAKISTANI! Bring proofs! 2) You copy pasted material from Wikipedia but forgot to remove the footnotes. You said 'According to a survey conducted by Transparency International Pakistan ranked in 2001 as the world’s 11th most corrupt nation. In 2007 Pakistan ranked as the 41st most corrupt nation.' This means Pakistan moved DOWN the list of most corrupt nations from 11th position to 41st position. Not up!!!! Don't you understand simple angraizi? The most corrupt nation landed the 1st place on the list not the last. So corruption decreased immensely during his time not vice versa. 3) Yes, many raped women do use their victimization as a money making concern. I agree with that too. Not all! But many! And not just in Pakistan but elsewhere too. So ? Musharraf spoke the truth. There are no doubts about it. How does his personal opinion on something make him a corrupt or disloyal person? We all have opinions. Just like your wicked opinion on lal masjid. Musharraf is the only leader in the history of Pakistan who empowered women. From increase in quota in assemblies to education to freedom of speech. 4) The link you mentioned for the Steel mills case is somebody's BLOG not NEWS from an impartial newspaper. Yes, it was being sold for peanuts because that's what it was worth at that time. Just like what PIA or Pak Railways are worth today. Which sane private investor would want to buy these institutions now? Use your head. Even if you want to blame Shaukat Aziz for it. Go ahead. But not a single corruption charge has been proved against Musharraf and that's what makes him stand out from the rest. If his biggest enemies haven't been able to do it, I don't think somebody like you who gets her information from Wikipedia or Blogs can do it. 5) Who judged me now? if i judged you, you just did the same. How do you know I don't know anything about it? I've lived around that area. I've met several of those brainwashed 'taalibaat' from Jamia Hafsa. I've also attended a function there. Personally met Umme Hassaan many times. Was a member of the Children Library when I was a kid. I know that whole place inside out. Don't challenge me on this. 6) Yes, I can easily tell that you copied off all the information online from Wikipedia and random blogs. Which is why you don't have an authority to pass a statement for a man like Gen. Musharraf we consider a leader. You are a victim of media hype against him like many others. They say the same thing over and over again so many times that even falsehood starts sounding like truth.
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