Is the Pakistani Army getting ready to take over? (Part I)

January 7th, 2011 - 12:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Benazir Bhutto By Jaibans Singh

New Delhi, Jan.7 (ANI): Salman Taseer, the Governor of Pakistan Punjab is dead, killed by his own guard who, it is being said, could not tolerate his liberal views, especially in relation to the draconian Blasphemy Law.

By his death, Taseer has joined a growing list of liberal leaders in Pakistan who have been killed because they were against the radical Islamisation of their country.

The list of others who have met a similar unfortunate fate is headed by, Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan who was shot on October, 16, 1951 at Rawalpindi. The next was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, who, despite his obvious limitations, was a modern and secular leader dedicated to evolution of socialist democracy in his country, and his daughter, Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated on December, 27, 2007 probably by a cadre of the dreaded Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an off shoot of the al Queda lost her life because she was perceived to be a stooge of the Americans.

In Pakistan, the assassination of a liberal leader is invariably followed by instability and political turmoil, which in turn, paves the way for the imposition of martial law.

The murder of Liaquat Ali Khan was the harbinger of the first spell of martial law orchestrated by the then President Iskander Mirza in collusion with the Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistani Army, General Ayub Khan in 1958.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was on the threshold of stabilising democracy when he was deposed by then army chief General Zia-ul-Haq on flimsy grounds, subjected to a farcical trial and hanged.

General Zia-ul-Haq then declared himself as the President of Pakistan, systematically undercutting democratic norms and bringing in a draconian Islamic culture to sustain his hold over the country.

To keep popular sentiment going in his favour, he instituted the policy of engineering terrorism in the name of Jihad in Kashmir.

Benazir Bhutto came back to Pakistan with a huge popular mandate and was poised to bring about a major change in the system when she was killed in December 2007.

The democratic government that took over the reins of the country after her death, though led by her own party, has, however, dismally failed to deliver.

It is reeling under pressure of the Mullahs and religious war lords on the one hand and the intimidating shadow of the Army on the other.

Coming back to the assassination of Taseer, his assassin, Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, has confessed that he shot Taseer because of the latter’s stand on blasphemy laws. This cannot be taken at face value, because a security guard would probably not hold political views strong enough to lead to the shooting of a governor.

There is every possibility that the assassin had been indoctrinated on the path of Jihad in one of the numerous madrassas operating in Pakistan. It is hoped the investigation into the killing is transparent enough to throw some light on this possibility.

The situation in Pakistan and the region is likely to feel the affect of this incident sooner than later.

It has now been firmly established that political violence in Pakistan has spread its wings outward from the tribal regions into the country’s heartland.


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