Of democracy and arbitrariness – Kashmir readers


Tyranny and the rule of law are to a despotic regime what liberty and the rule of law are to democracy.
Dictatorial regimes elsewhere in the world have never advanced and grown in economic and developmental spheres, be it North Korea versus South Korea, most of North Africa versus South Africa, Burma versus Malaysia and Singapore, or despotic regimes in the Middle East Comparison to Israel, except for the abundant natural oil resources, which act as boosters-amplifiers of the Arab economy, but at the same time, the growth of society as a whole is not evident, but human rights violations can be observed in one form or another.
In fact, dictatorial regimes essentially need to practice abuse of power in order to last long. Dictators rule with tyranny to eliminate dissent and stifle public voice. Unfortunately, most Muslim nations under the umbrella of the OIC have monarchical or dictatorial rule and at most a few have pseudo-democracy, such as Bangladesh, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Tunisia and all Central Asian states. True democracy is tied only to Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia and to some extent Iran. Pakistan’s military has historically ruled directly and has become the kingmaker, ruling the country indirectly. Muslim countries other than Turkey and Malaysia are reeling from backwardness, poverty, regression and backwardness in education, agriculture, science and technology.
Despite the fact that Pakistan gained independence 25 years before Malaysia and Singapore and two years before China, it has yet to emerge from the yolk of third world nations, largely due to its 75 years of political instability. A regime change plan forged by the United States and carried out by peasants when Pakistan was founded is gradually leading that country to another prototype Iranian revolution of the late 1970s. With each passing day it is coming to light that senior military generals, including the Pakistani army chief, are involved in money laundering scams involving the N-League and the PPP, which was one of the motivating elements in the regime change operation in the hands of powerful military generals: the PTI -Send the government led by Imran Khan back to the Pavilion and run the N-League sponsored government led by Shahbaz Sharief to occupy the corridors of power.
It has been a mystery to Pakistan that military generals tend to be more politically ambitious than military professionals, in contrast to India where democracy rules and the military is utterly apolitical. Both nations became independent more than 7 decades ago but democracy is yet to come in Pakistan while Indian parliamentary democracy is thriving. India has sent home three army chiefs since Narendra Modi’s tenure as prime minister, while Army chief General Bajwa has sent three incumbent prime ministers to Pakistan. This comparison is self-explanatory for the fate of democracy in Pakistan. All military dictators have proven to be harbingers of political anarchy.
Imran Khan is preparing to restore constitutional democracy and break the shackles of American political and military servitude. This gives today’s politicians in uniform sleepless nights. All the people around the world who are committed to the democratic value have started to join the chorus of the popular Imran Khan. Concerned voices have even been raised from the United States, Canada and Britain, criticizing the fate of democracy in Pakistan.
Devastatingly, Pakistan has witnessed bloody military coups on a number of occasions in the past, devastating its national economy. General Ayub Khan was instrumental in handing over his military institution to the Pentagon, paving the way for him to become the country’s first military president. But he soon tasted his dose of medicine when his military chief, General Yahya Khan, overthrew his regime to rule alone. General Yahya’s debauchery led to the country’s collapse in 1971, forcing his shameful ouster from power. ZA Bhutto, who popularly grew up as a foreign minister, became prime minister. However, this did not prove to be the end of the political ambitions of Pakistan’s military establishment and eventually ZA Bhutto, known for his independent foreign policy and statesmanship, was sent to the gallows, a judicial assassination carried out by his newly appointed military chief, General Zia .
Interestingly, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Judge Naseem Hassan Shah, handpicked by General Zia, was forced to issue a public apology when he withdrew from Bhutto’s death sentence. It sent shockwaves across the world. General Zia had a sly and cunning mind that used religion to prolong his power as President. It is on record that he deceived the religious clergy about Islamizing the country. Pakistan’s largest Islamic organization, Jamat-e-Islami, has damaged its own image by practically supporting Zia’s 11-year unconstitutional regime. Although the mustachioed and ever-smiling general had placed his loyal generals in all the important niches of the military establishment, he was killed by a plane bomb blast by his own army men.
With the end of Zia, all Islamic laws that he had enacted during his reign came to an end. This practically proved that Islam was unenforceable. General Musharraf effectively surrendered Pakistan to US drones and F-16 fighter jets that killed 80,000 in the “war on terrorism.” He was beaten unconscious by his army chief General Kayani after 8 years of dictatorship. However, General Kayani was incredibly loyal to civilian rule. General Musharraf was sentenced to death five times by Pakistan’s Supreme Court for violating the country’s constitution, but only after he resigned. The corruption in the political institutions, the judiciary, the electoral commissions and other arenas of government that had eaten this country like a moth from the inside was cracked down for the first time by Imran Khan to clean up the pernicious political pathology that the country had during had had enough of his three-and-a-half-year term as prime minister. But as usual, the spirit of democracy and constitutionalism may not suit Pakistan; The military has many avenues to pick the lock of the constitution. This time, a regime change plan hatched in the US with the connivance of GHQ Rawalpindi led to indirect army rule.
Time and time again, political debacles instigated by foreign masters and the army have destroyed the economy, freedom of expression and free journalism, gradually throwing this nation into turmoil. Journalists are hunted down and various political employees are imprisoned. The movement launched by PTI to restore genuine democracy has drawn huge crowds from almost all walks of life, including lawyers, businessmen, traders and ex-army personnel, to rallies and demonstrations in the streets. This is a kind of rebirth of the anti-Bhutto movement of 1977. However, in the near future, more arrests, police crackdowns and bloodshed on the streets of Pakistan are on the horizon.

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