Brilliant! I am glad that Raja Pervaiz Ashraf got elevated to the position of chief executive of Pakistan. Because, without a doubt, this hangs a question mark against the belief of the optimists who still like to think that Pakistan’s direction has not been all that wrong over the course of its 60-year old history.
“We must have sinned but are our sins so grave that we have been slapped with a prime minister like Raja Pervaiz Ashraf?” a senior political analyst wondered on TV. I am absolutely certain that this query must be troubling every single mind having a least amount of concern for the future of our country.
The ouster of the former premier ‘Gilani of Multan’ at the hands of the judiciary conspicuously fell short of sparking even a semblance of a protest or agitation in any part of the country. This leads us to safely conclude that there can’t be a clearer indication of the tacit support of the masses to the apex court’s ruling of sending PM Gilani home.
Will the new PM write to the Swiss authorities urging them to reinstate graft cases against the force behind his election to the coveted office of the chief executive of the country? Do we really need to be told if he will put Benazir Bhutto’s grave on trial?
The allies of the PPP-led regime, all of whom proudly claim to be the public representatives, also knew all along the answer to the above, which is a resounding NO. They had their fingers on the pulse of the public, which supports the demand of bringing the country’s wealth back from Swiss bank accounts. But, the clear zeal with which they went ahead, electing President Zardari-backed candidate actually negates their claims. This should put the minds at rest which have been wondering whether the parties representing the coalition partners are driven through personal agenda or the aspirations of their electorate.
The push and pull over the sharing of the big pie made itself even more visible and appalling as the ‘public representatives’ made the most of the golden opportunity by grabbing as big a share as they possibly could in return for their undeniably precious support to the ruling PPP in getting Raja elected.
That being said, there is still no need to be eclipsed by a depressing gloom, as the Supreme Court is yet to take the NRO implementation case to its logical conclusion. In this regard, a new three-judge bench headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk has been set up, which is scheduled to hold its first hearing on June 27.
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, an accidental PM chosen by an accidental President, must bear in mind that a precedent now exists and the Supreme Court might not take as long this time as it did in Yousuf Raza Gilani’s case.
Mazhar Bughio can be followed on Twitter @mazharbughio