23 August, 2014 / Shawwal 26, 1435

Dr Qadri, Imran Khan and Taliban

Published Jan 14, 2013 12:11am

ELECTIONS in 1970, 1977, 1985, 1988, 1990 and 2008 clearly indicate that the elite has been playing a game of musical chairs. Two or three major political parties and a few families like the Bhuttos, Sharifs and Chaudhrys and other feudal lords and business tycoons have dominated politics. They have been exploiting the people.

The only break in this has been when the army intervened through unconstitutional dictatorships but unfortunately army dictators could also not save the nation. They decided to prolong their stay in power rather than bringing about a real change through fair and democratic elections.

Huge crowds in political rallies of Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri prove beyond doubt that ordinary people are sick and tired of the same ruling families who have taken turns in ruining Pakistan. Masses now want a change and a messiah who can bring an end to their miseries and fast decline in the national morale. The law and order situation, acute energy shortages, skyrocketing prices, terrorism, sectarian and targeted killings have made Pakistan one of the most dangerous countries to live in.

No wonder crowds flock to anyone who promises a change and does not belong to the 3,000 ruling political families. Be it Imran Khan and his tsunami or Dr Qadri with his mission to bring a meaningful reform in election process by strictly implementing Article 62 and 63, which lays down the moral standards and qualifications for election contestants.

If these provisions are strictly implemented, corrupt, unscrupulous and dishonest candidates will automatically be eliminated.

The best course to save the nation is that Dr Qadri and Imran Khan should join hands in bringing about a change. Dr Qadri is a Canadian national. He should, therefore, not contest elections and support Imran Khan in the elections. A completely impartial, honest and competent caretaker set up, comprising distinguished persons whose competence is well-known and proven and whose integrity is above board, should hold the elections under the supervision of Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim, who is known for his integrity and competence.

Only a meaningful and fair election can bring about a change for the better. Imran and Dr Qadri have the same objective of saving the nation through a peaceful revolution which would ensure that honest, dedicated and patriotic people are elected as members of federal and provincial assemblies.

ZAHEER AHMED Islamabad

Vulnerable politicians THE similarity between Pakistani extremists (the Taliban) and most Pakistani politicians is frighteningly uncanny. We know that the Taliban hide behind religion to justify their murderous assault on the state of Pakistan; the politicians hide behind the Constitution and democracy to justify their exploitation, bad governance and malpractices.

The Taliban never talk or follow humanitarian aspects of the holy book and Sharia. Likewise, our self-centred politicians never talk or follow those clauses of the Constitution which establish criteria for persons who wish to be elected and also those clauses which establish rules of conduct for elected representatives and elected government.The arrival of Dr Qadri, for obvious reasons, has created an immense fear of the unknown among all unprincipled politicians. Dr Qadri is not demanding any change but is only demanding that all constitutional requirements of the election and good governance be observed in the next elections.

His demand is logical as in every election constitutional criteria for election candidates are never adhered to which results in a thoroughly incompetent and corrupt parliament. Eager to retain their thrones all status quo and unprincipled politicians have ganged up against him. They have also got some TV anchors who are also taking shots at Dr Qadri and trying to discredit him.

Let us all who love Pakistan wish Dr Qadri and his supporters all the success in creating conditions which will ensure a clean caretaker government and people-friendly parliament in place of present lot which, by and large, cannot qualify under these politicians who feel threatened by anyone who may change the current anti-people system.

These threatened politicians join together against that person and open their coffers so that they may continue to rule. But this time they may not succeed in retaining their thrones and in all likelihood will be washed away from the national political stage. Let those who are critical of Dr Qadri stop talking about his personality which is a non-issue and stop sidetracking the all-important issue of clean governance and let his critics start talking about what he is saying.

SYED OVAIS AKHTAR Karachi

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Comments (14) (Closed)


g.a shirazi
Jan 14, 2013 07:30pm
I agree---Imran and Qadri should join hands to make changes which are needed. Imran can be elected since he is a Pakistani citizen and Qadri can become interim PM since he is not a Pakistani. I understand that in the past non-citizen was interim head.
Bakka
Jan 15, 2013 11:43am
Please Qadri Saab, now is the time to declare your support for PTI. This will ensure the completion of your wishes and postive change within Pakistan.
adnan
Jan 15, 2013 09:13am
Qadri seems to me a puppet brought by the agents working against Pakistan and Islam all the times. He is a hypocrite as we have seen his comments regarding the blasphemy law in constitution. I think we should not keep any expectations from such kind of person
Bong
Jan 15, 2013 04:43am
Qadri is a stooge. His holier than thou attitude says so. He is an off and on politician. Otherwise why did he go to Canada after the first innings in the Parliament and cool his heels!
Blitzer
Jan 14, 2013 08:08am
Look up impersonator in a dictionary first.
Ali
Jan 14, 2013 06:15am
All politicians want to RULE the masses. They never talk of serving the masses. Time and again both Nawaz Sharif and late Benazir have made statements to the effect that when our party was the RULING party, we did this and we did that. So it is ingrained into their system that they are RULERS to be served by the nationals and not vice versa.
Marina
Jan 14, 2013 06:37am
An impersonator can not be deliverer.
Farooq Razavi
Jan 15, 2013 09:57am
Mr. Bong wait & see a few more days !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nazir
Jan 14, 2013 03:25pm
Support Dr.Qadri, vote for Imran Khan. Together they can bring about the change.
Keti Zilgish
Jan 14, 2013 02:05pm
When Dr Qadri is successful we'll be left with the same system & a different set of representatives who could very well be as honest as those all over the Western World are at present. Even if our representatives are more honest the system will continue to be an impediment to any revolutionary change whatsoever. The basic idea is to do away with all bosses, boundaries and limitations and in that sense Dr Qadri's present demands are by no means a tall order.
istiaque hossain
Jan 14, 2013 09:26am
VOTE IMRAN, SAVE PAKISTAN
Ahmer
Jan 15, 2013 09:11pm
Dr Qadri is a sincere and genuine patriot with excellent ideas for reforms. Every right thinking Pakistani should support him in whatever he cam.
Aijaz
Jan 15, 2013 10:20pm
YES Mr Ahmer! One should support him but what about the BACK-FLIPS from his claims about the blasphemy Act ? I hope you have seen him claiming to be "the only Man" behind the blasphemy act and then in an interview to a foreign TV he refuses. :)
concerned citizen
Jan 16, 2013 12:04am
Well, That wasn't really a huge crowd and wasn't really difficult to gather this number of frustrated people besides Mr Qadri runs his own institutions across the country so gathering handful people wasn't a big deal but the concern here is why he is here to topple the government right before election. If we have little political insight anybody could judge there is something fishy going on and its the conspiracy against democracy. We can never value a democracy unless we really know what has actually hampered Pakistan's progress since its inception and who are the beneficiary. The question is Qadri's timing is good but who is backing him and are we heading towards turmoil. We should have given our elected democracy a chance to get stronger gradually ..... please ponder over entire political scenario than comment. We Pakistani definitively want an elected government like all developed nations of the world.