By : Natasha Suleman
All Pakistani politicians have one thing in common.Their love for the word ‘rigging’.Being a country where democracy is not allowed to thrive and where the corruption rate is amongst the highest in the world , rigging elections is not a rare phenomenon in Pakistan. But it is frustrating to see the way rigging is used as an excuse to cover up failures by almost every government , democratic or military.Pakistan is nobody’s personal property.Politicians need to recognize the fact that they are given power to serve and not rule the country.Instead of accepting mistakes and feeling accountable to the public , our great politicians use their favourite word to justify their mistakes or SINS( more appropriately) committed during the time they remain intoxicated with power.
While surfing through different news based websites today, I found two statements regarding rigging by members of two different parties that proved to be the biggest losers in the recent political history of Pakistan.One of them came from an entertaining jiyala of the people’s party Jahangir Badar who is of the view that People’s party is all set to win the next elections throughout Punjab provided that the elections are not rigged.
From ‘The News
LAHORE: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Secretary General Jehangir Badar has said their party will gain majority across Punjab province including its provincial capital Lahore if elections are not rigged.
Addressing an inaugural ceremony of a book, Badar said PPP believes in true spirit of democracy including the welfare of people and their prosperity instead of conspiracies or deceptions.
I wonder what made him give such an idiotic statement.Either the poor secretary is unaware of the sentiments of the public against his party throughout the country and especially in Punjab or he just likes making a fool out of himself.Whatever the reason for acting as an ignorant fool , he’s already working on how to cope up with the disgrace that is about to fall upon his party in the next elections.All set to loose , PPP jiyalas are working on strategies on how to hold others responsible for their ‘great’ governance.
The next great statement has come from the leader of the lota league himself.Chaudhry Shujaat is regretting supporting the dictator who gave them a chance to stage a puppet show in the parliament for five years.The puppets who screwed the country by happily dancing on the tunes of one of the worst dictators the country has ever experienced refuse to take any blame for the sins committed during the Musharraf regime.
From the Daily Times :
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Sunday said the party admitted its mistake of supporting the National Reconciliation Ordinance. Talking to a private TV channel, Shujaat alleged that former president Pervez Musharraf was responsible for rigging the February 2008 elections….Shujaat said Musharraf should be held responsible for the Lal Masjid incident, killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti, the attempted privatisation of Pakistan Steel Mills and the judicial crisis.
In other words ,the league has nothing to do with the lal masjid massacre , Bugti’s killing or the judicial crisis.They are not to be blamed for the misadventures during the Mushrraf era in any way.They must be associated with only the good things that happened during the 5 year puppet show.For the sins committed blame the person the innocent leaguers vowed to elect for 10 years in uniform.The party is milk washed.Don’t blame them .Blame the backstabber King who rigged the elections to bring back the opponents and throw his own party out of office.Oh what a pity!Curse be upon those who rig elections and don’t let great political parties like PMLQ stay in power to serve their poor countrymen.
Shujaat and co. need some rest.