THE only refreshing moments in the new National Assembly during the sessions held to elect the speaker and the prime minister were the speeches of Mahmood Khan Achakzai, head of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party. Instead of customarily praising democracy, he showed the darker aspects of Pakistan’s politics. In his speech after the election of the speaker of the National Assembly, he pointed out that he could see a large number of faces in the assembly who were part of the Musharraf regime but are now representing other parties.

This ugly fact really makes a mockery of our so-called love for democracy. It shows that principles have no place in Pakistan’s politics. The way the independents joined the PML-N after their victory in the general elections are a clear evidence of lack of values not only of those joining, but also of those who willingly open their doors to people with dubious reputations.

In his speech, he pointed out a great injustice done to the judges who refused to take the oath after military takeovers. He proposed that they should be given their rightful place in our history and compensated for the loss they suffered and the judges who took the oaths be exposed fully before the nation.

Talking about Gen (r ) Musharraf, he said that either everyone associated with him in any way be made to pay for his misdeeds or let bygones be bygones, a new start be made and a fact-finding commission be established.

Thanks, Mr Achakzai for pointing out glaring inconsistencies and hypocrisies that have become part of our political system and made true democracy only a pipedream. You represent the true values of democracy and we need more people like you for democracy to get its true shape.

TASNEEM HAMEED Lahore

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Comments (8)

T R DAMODARAN
June 12, 2013 4:59 am
congrats Mr.Achakzai. Your observations are also apply to Indian political leaders.
Taseer Siddiqui
June 12, 2013 4:24 am
100% Agreed,start new ara of Pakistan.
Akil Akhtar
June 11, 2013 11:38 pm
sour grapes.....
ahmed_1
June 11, 2013 3:54 pm
Musharraf was the commanding officer of the military. Without his orders, there would have been no coup d'etat, no Kargil, no suspension of the SC in 2007. He is now trying to hide behind his junior officers and civilians and pretend that "everyone was responsible" for the coup d'etat and his other crimes against Pakistan. Achakzai failed to recognize this basic fact. Let us hope the SC does not.
Guest63
June 11, 2013 11:44 am
Can not Agree more with his pointed remarks towards politicians , the parties and all those who had sided with Mushy ( Sheeda tuly included so as the Chowdhurys of Gujrat and all their cronies ) . AAZ proclaiming to the point " no place for dictators in this Pakistan " himself owes his very exsistance in the fortress presidency , to the deal of NRO , he and his wife struck with Mushy
Khan
June 11, 2013 3:02 pm
Our politicians represent our society. Look at the current state of society and one can get the answer
Aamir
June 11, 2013 12:51 pm
Agreed. Judges must also be brought to justice.
Gul
June 11, 2013 2:42 pm
Absolutely right about the political culture of Pakistan. The ruling elite still think like colonial power and act like a colonial representative, the masses, though deprived of so many fundamental things suffer. The elite be politians or establishment will not change, our culture works in their favor. Unless the masses make a U turn and say we have to change, I guess only then things might move toward a brighter side, and to get to that we as masses need to adhere to the basic laws of humanity.
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