Poor Jamali. He was doomed ever since he started “speaking from the heart” and getting too chummy with the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA). For the last 2 months, numerous rumors of his resignation or firng circulated. The writing was indeed on the wall. Chosen as a rubber-stamp PM, he did his job admirably until his relationships began to undermine Mushy. Especially, the uniform mess.
Shaukat Aziz, the Finance Minister, is now taking center stage (in 45 days). Anyone who saw the reception awarded to Aziz on his April trip to D.C., could easily tag him as the US Candidate. That’s him on the left up there with Wolfowitz who had the following to say about him:
Aziz brings that “spokesman” cred that Musharraf deliberately avoided in Jamali. Now that can mean two things:
1. The US is tightening the screws and making Musharraf back off from playing Dictator or that
2. Musharraf himself is losing his support in the military and needed a third-party neutral PM who has a good reputation as a can-do guy with no pesky loyalty issues.
As Shujaat Husain, head of Pakistan Muslim League (PML) is the interim PM, I would go with option two. PML is the military rubber-stamp party.
Either way, I don’t think this was entirely a decision made in Islamabad.
Here is a most recent interview with Aziz that is filled with FM speak.
I have to say that the one thing improving in Pakistan is the economy. And he gets credit for some of it (the rest of the credit goes to the billions in aid).
So, let’s watch what happens now because with the ousting of Jamali, goes MMA. Maulana Fazlur Rahman, the head of MMA, was arrested in Karachi last night. He was arrested because MMA leadership has been banned from Sindh, yet, he decided to fly into Karachi International.
Watch this really carefully.