Histories Ahead

BushClinton Forever is a fun exercise is prognostication. I was just explaining that in Pakistan, the Bhutto and Sharif clans have enough heirs to keep control for the next 80 years. It helps that the military will be able to control 3 or 4 sets of 12 year increments which is necessary for bringing about maturation in the sons and grandsons to be. Of course, the political dynasties in Pakistan are much more open to daughter-in-laws, nephews and second cousins on the father’s side. Go Sonia Gandhi!

Related, I asserted to my friend raver that every Chief of Army Staff in Pakistan with mustaches assumed control while those without mustaches or with slight or ineffectual mustaches were pliable to civilian regimes. Proof in the pudding below the fold.

Name Term of Appointment Mustache? Martial Law?
General Sir Frank Walter Messervy 1947 – 1948 Frank Walter Messervy No
General Sir Douglas David Gracey 1948 – 1951 David Gracey No
General Ayub Khan 1951 – 1958 Ayub Khan Yes
General Musa Khan 1958 – 1966 Musa Khan No
General Yahya Khan 1966 – 1971 Yahya Khan Yes
General Gul Khan 1971 – 1972 Gul Hassan No
General Tikka Khan 1972 – 1976 Tikka Khan No*
General Zia ul Haq 1976 – 1988 Zia ul Haq Yes
General Aslam Beg 1988 – 1991 Aslam Beg No
General Asif Janjua 1991 – 1993 No No
General Abdul Waheed Kakar 1993 – 1996 Slight No
General Jahangir Karamat 1996 – 1998 Jahangir Karamat No
General Pervez Musharraf 1996 – 2007 Pervez Musharraf Yes
General Ashfar Pervez Kayani 2007 – Kiyani

* Tikka Khan is not the exception if you consider the dictatorship he wrought on the people of East Pakistan.

Ok, I guess, this theory is as spotty as the hair I can produce on my own upper lip. But it did make me find images of these weird generals.

4 Replies to “Histories Ahead”

  1. Re “I was just explaining that in Pakistan, the Bhutto and Sharif clans have enough heirs to keep control for the next 80 years.”
    Really? Did they ever had control of Pakistan?
    Nice picture gallery but flawed hypothesis!

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