Has the PPP learnt any lessons?

It’s high time the PPP realised that the strategy of seeking political martyrdom will not work for them any more.

Taimur Arbab January 17, 2012
From day one, this country has seen a topsy-turvy relationship between the military and various civil administrations. The security establishment shares equal blame, if not more, for the dwindling fortunes of this country after having ignored the far-sighted advice of their country’s founding father delivered in the Quetta Staff College — 'of not intervening in the political affairs of the civil government'.

However, civilians, too, have not been able to deliver the goods of astute political governance. The only exception is the Bhutto government of the seventies where ‘real’ and ‘meaningful’ political change did arrive at the fore — the constitution we have today was born, and the country got its Steel Mill, and so on.

Nevertheless, even that government came to exist after a significant segment of the country had been dismembered. Now to the current scenario of constant civil-military bickering.

The military is reading the script on the wall which says the people will not rally behind a coup. It is also aware of the power of media. It knows ‘boots’ are best left for drills and that the Supreme Court (SC) has come to command a position of respect. It is also aware that no major political party will support yet another military intervention.

Has the ruling PPP learnt any lessons? I’m afraid not. On December 16, the prime minister’s office issued a press release which said that the replies by the army chief and the intelligence chief were 'appropriately submitted through proper channels'. Three weeks later, the prime minister said that both had acted without regard to the constitution – and this he said when the army chief was visiting China.

What is not recognised is that it was Nawaz Sharif who filed the petition in the Memogate case. What is also forgotten is that the SC passed the NRO verdict two years ago but the government failed to implement it.

The ordinary citizen does not give two hoots about Memogate or the NRO. He wants job creation, a full stomach and better schooling for his children.

The strategy of seeking political martyrdom will not work today. It’s high time the PPP realised that.
Taimur Arbab A former sub-editor at The Express Tribune, college teacher of Sociology and English Language and a graduate student at Aga Khan Institute for Educational Development, who leans toward the left side of the political spectrum and looks for ideas for his short stories and poems in the everyday happenings of life.
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


souled | 12 years ago | Reply i totally agree with you but still i want this government to complete its term at least .. and yes i hate zardari and im still saying this .. the point is tht for past 60 odd years .. we've only hd one parliament completing its tenure ..
G.sana | 12 years ago | Reply the most crucial truth is this: "The ordinary citizen does not give two hoots about Memogate or the NRO. He wants job creation, a full stomach and better schooling for his children" There is no doubt that the wrongs of today's government are literally countless. if one were to inquire into the reality, its an endless maze of self-interests and treachery. whether its PPP to the power or the PML-N,makes no difference. Neither has proved to be better for the poor masses of the country per se.the past 60 years are more of a lesson to the masses themselves than the parties in power and they should realize that their votes matter and that they have a crucial choice to make regarding what their fight is for. Recognize what good and bad has been done to them. n then make their decisions. True leaders know where to bring the change from, given their vision is embedded in the true roots of our country.Make the right choice regarding whom you want to lead and be at his back then.
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