Conspiracy in Pakistan against democracy by army

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | February 03, 2024 IST

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Arun Joshi

 In less than a week’s time – to be precise  on Thursday , February 8, Pakistan will be going to polls  to elect new government . Normally, the outcome should determine the popularity of  the parties in contest , and the final victor after counting of votes . That’s the normal practice in  the countries where leaders to rule are chosen through ballot . In Pakistan , it is not that. It is farcical exercise . Undeniable hints  of the  party  find reflection on the manipulated  electoral exercise . And that  has been done by the all-powerful institution of the country- Army . If you please  army, you win and if your annoy the uniform you risk so many perils in  Pakistan . It has been like that for decades in Pakistan – when army is not ruling directly , it manipulates the elections and its outcome . They create a government by proxy .

This time , there are many harsh and brutal things that have come  to light , and no one is daring to challenge or change that, because army has enhanced its role beyond  its own redlines to which had been adhering to in the previous elections, events preceding and following the electoral exercise.

The things are so bad  in Pakistan that the commentators have been  terming this as a “ dark days for democracy” .This darkness , they have traced to the frequent terror attacks, targeting of jailed leader Imran Khan’s party – Pakistan-Tehreek—Insaaf, and how its rallies have been targeted with bombs, and also how the party leaders of consequence have been  jailed or forced to  quit the party. The role of the army, police , other institutions including Election Commission of Pakistan and judiciary .

It is all indicative of a big conspiracy not only against PTI and Imran Khan , but it seemed that  this is a conspiracy against democracy , whatever is left of it , in February 8 National Assembly polls. The people, particularly the youth, have sense this disastrous phenomenon . There are very thin crowds at the political rallies, crowds are keeping them away from the usual and hackneyed lectures of  Pakistani  politicians, which they know count for nothing .

In an editorial in one of the prominent newspapers  Dawn, these aspects were explained   this phenomenon of disillusionment with the polls and politicians in a succinct manner. It captures the picture and mood of  the nation. The newspaper  asked a question  with an immense sense of concern : “ Is it not ironic that both the literate and illiterate  sections of Pakistani population  almost equally ignore the words uttered by most post politicians?  And is this attitude not a verdict on the incompetence of the politicians.”

There was also a sense of regret and frustration  that the newspaper noted in stating that “ no political party seems ready to lead the country amid issues like currency devaluation , soaring inflation , rampant corruption , unemployment , political instability , weak foreign policy , and poor literacy rate. The parties want to win the polls without having any clue how to handle the critical and sensitive issues of the country., and as it has been put in very precise manner , each of these parties remains desperate to be in the “ driving seat without having idea of the direction one wants to drive in.”

This is undeniably an indict of politicians, but the army chief Gen. Syed Asim Munir  is living in his own world . He thinks the army alone can give direction to the country. Recently, he was in a gathering of youth of universities , where he lauded the tax paying capacity of the army .And , he also warned the electorate that they should not falter in  making right choice in the polls . The sensible people in Pakistan have started asking as to why did  the army involve itself in the national political discourse on the eve of elections . They stopped short of saying that such ominous happenings were leading the country to dark days for democracy.

Arun Joshi is author of “Eyewitness Kashmir; Teetering on Nuclear War and senior journalist based in Jammu and Kashmir, writes on South Asian affairs)

Disclaimer: This is the personal opinion of the author. The views expressed in this write-up have nothing to do with www.prameyanews.com

 

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