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Sunday, 22 November 2009

Zardari's patience: A history in making

In the history of presidents of Pakistan, there is not a single example of anyone facing false propaganda, ruthless criticism, and hatred and facing all this with patience and courage. It becomes even painful to receive criticism specially when one is sincere to his (party's) mission but Zardari has been able to successfully and patiently tolerate all this.

Zardari became a leader during his 9 years ordeal in jail when he refused to compromise with those (in the establishment) who wanted him to sign a confession and leave Pakistan. Instead, Zardari accepted prison over a luxurious life in exile.

After his election as the President of Pakistan, he gave a loud, clear and positive message that he wanted to bury the politics of acrimony and hatred in the country and he did exactly that.

When Zardari started work to put Pakistan on the right track, this disturbed those interested in seeing Pakistan as the global hub for Taliban-like movements. Zardari's decision to take on the Taliban and other terrorists across Pakistan further enraged some pro-Taliban politicians and their cronies in Pakistani media. This is why these elements are finding hard to digest President Zardari at the helm of affairs. Here is an apt analysis by Abbas Mehkari.



Abdul Nishapuri said...

President Zardari's political authority is firmly intact, his constitutional authority is under attack and he never had any moral authority. Status quo forces, led by President Zardari, have two things going for them; Article 248 (presidential immunity from criminal proceedings) and Article 47 (presidential impeachment requiring joint sitting and votes of not less than two-thirds of the total membership).

On the other hand, non-status quo forces, led by the establishment, have several things going for them, including President Zardari's personal unpopularity, an absolute lack of governance, cronyism, nepotism and a high incidence of patronage. There is some evidence that America may have also been recruited by Pakistan's non-status-quo forces.

For President Zardari, crisis resolution ought to start at SWOT analysis -- an analysis of his strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. His strength is his party, number of seats in the two houses and the control of those houses. His weaknesses are personal as well as collective plus a whole host of his apolitical advisers. The pool of his opportunities is shrinking while the matrix of his threats is ballooning.

For President Zardari, crisis resolution would mean a total and an absolute focus on the internal dimension of the crisis (read: governance). An almost exclusive reliance on an external actor (read: America) can save neither the president nor his all-powerful presidency. Sir, 'To err is natural; to rectify error is glory.'

Crises try men's souls and no easy problems ever come to President Zardari because all the easy ones are solved by others. A crisis, it is said, is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.


Usama said...

he is a courage of determination and a symbol of honor for the PPP and Pakistan.!!!

Pakistan Khappay !!

Bukhari said...

His silence against all this media trial made him more respectful in our eyes.May God save him from all these evil and anti-democracy forces and give him courage to complete BB's incopmlete agenda.

Aamir Mughal said...

Senator Saifur Rehman (PML-N) VS Jang Group of Newspapers.


Malik Muhammad Qayyum [Former Judge of the Lahore High Court] In 2001 Qayum was forced to resign in disgrace from the Lahore High Court after the Supreme Court ruled that Qayum’s decision in a case involving Benazir Bhutto and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, had been politically motivated. The Supreme Court said that the judge had "acquired a personal interest" in the case and that there was "close liaison" between the judge, Saifur Rehman, the minister in charge of the anti-corruption bureau, and Nawaz Sharif himself. The Supreme Court also noticed that Qayyum and his wife had applied for diplomatic passports on 17 April 1998 after taking up the case against Bhutto and Zardari. The Foreign Office initially opposed their applications on the ground that diplomatic passports could not be issued to a judge and his wife. However, three days after Qayyum issued an order on 27 April 1998 freezing the properties and assets of Bhutto and Zardari, Qayyum and his wife were granted diplomatic passports Also, quite revealingly, at the Supreme Court appeal hearing defence lawyers produced taped conversations, which exposed the then law minister, Khalid Anwar, Saifur Rehman and Qayum discussing the case and the forthcoming verdict. ‘Give them full dose," was what Saifur Rehman told Qayum.

Zain Baloch said...

Our support is always be with our co-chairman of the party who democratically elected as the president of Pakistan.
May ALLAH TALA always bless him

Pakistan Khappay!!!

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