Just a Thought

Posted by sepoy on March 13, 2009 · 1 min read

Since 2006, the ordinary people of Pakistan have repeatedly mobilized, peacefully and forcefully, in the streets to 1. kick a military dictator out of both army and civilian power 2. get an election done despite the assassination of a popular leader and 3. keep the matter of justice and the judiciary alive and come out against the civilian regime of zardari after it broke its campaign promises.


Nitin | March 13, 2009

Sepoy, Indeed. The big question is if and when they will actually come out on the streets and protest against organisations like Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan?

Ahistoricality | March 13, 2009

It does seem to be a case where the old truism that "people get the government they deserve" has broken down entirely, doesn't it?

Neena | March 13, 2009

Nitin - I'm waiting for that day too. It would be the true revolution. Right now Jamat e Islami (father of all evil parties you mentioned) is active in these protests too. Ironic isn't it but they don't have a vote bank so they always try to benefit from crisis.

Conrad Barwa | March 13, 2009

The big question is if and when they will actually come out on the streets and protest against organisations like Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan? If these parties were as powerful as the military and debased political elite; then such a sentiment would be understandable. Otherwise, I don't see why litmus tests like these need to be applied to marginal extremist groups. Nobody in India expect mass protests against the various extremist fringes of the BJP or the Shiv Sena when they are in power; these Islamist groups are far less powerful in Pakistan.

Another Damned Medievalist | March 13, 2009

It's pretty damned amazing.

ahmad | March 14, 2009

I dont think Jamaat Islami is any worse than the faux socialist and liberal PPP.

Akbar | March 14, 2009

This current movement of Lawyers is about restoration of rule of Law. It has been very resilient. Dogar Supreme court has delivered the PML(N) to this movement by banning Sharif brothers and now the eastablishment (Zardari?) has delivered Journalists to this movement by banning the Geo TV. At this point this movement needs practical help from all the well wishers of Pakistan, in any form it could be delivered and not a list of demands. I think once the rule of Law is eastablished then the other war i.e: GWOT can be fought and won in a Pakistani perspective. Unfortunately the movers and shakers catch a cold feet when it comes to eastablishment of rule of law.

usman | March 14, 2009

@ahmed... you are right brother, ppp is worse than Jamiat - e - islami.

omar ali | March 14, 2009

The question "when will they come in the streets against lashkar etc" is not a good question for this movement. This movement is probably the only hope there is of preventing the Islamic Khmer Rouge from coming to power. The corrupt and criminal establishment is the force that denies people their rights and robs them of their freedom and self respect. I understand that one day, this establishment's demise may be followed by the rule of "the army of the pure" which will make the rule of the current impure army seem like heaven...but that is exactly why sensible people have been begging the powers that be to please see the writing on the wall and move towards slightly more fair, slightly more inclusive, slightly less criminal rule. "the people" are not perfect. They can make mistakes. But they are far more pragmatic and realistic than the zardari/kiyani establishment. Whenever they are given a chance, they vote for corrupt parties, NOT the "army of the pure". Why? because they know what the "educated" establishment does not seem to know: that even a corrupt semi modern state is better than a wild rush into "pure justice". but all they are getting in exchange for this supreme realism and level headedness is more oppression, more exploitation, less services and less respect. There IS a limit though...and when we reach that limit, the elite will run away to dubai and Washington and lament the ignorant fools who threw out the gilanis and zardaris and invited in Baitullah Mehsud.....

Neena | March 14, 2009

OK, my democracy loving colleagues are asking me. In the US Supreme Court justice are appointed by the President, so why Pakistani President isn't allowed to choose his/her own Chief Justice? Why so called religious parties (JI etc.) didn't come out on the roads when War Lords and Mafia supported by them burned girls schools?