No surprise on Pakistani PM seeking spiritual advice: Daily

September 20th, 2012 - 12:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Sep 20 (IANS) It is “no surprise” that Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has sought spiritual advice on political matters, said a leading daily which pointed out that neighbouring India too “evolves into one huge crystal ball” during election time.

An editorial in the Dawn Thursday said that “spiritual advice sought by our prime minister on matters presumably political should come as no surprise”.

“Not only is Raja Pervez Ashraf following in the footsteps of his predecessors and political contemporaries, the example of world leaders like Ronald Reagan, whose wife is known to have regularly consulted an astrologer on her husband’s public activities, is also before him,” it said.

The daily added: “Indian politicians too are deeply influenced by the pronouncements of these gurus, and come election time, the whole country evolves into one huge crystal ball.”

It noted that in Pakistan leaders from Benazir Bhutto to “lesser political mortals like Imran Khan are reported to have consulted pirs and spiritual gurus on their life choices and strategies….”

“Black goats, astrologers, numerologists, holy men have all figured in the lives of our leaders.

“But at the end, we are left with that niggling thought: How would Pakistan have fared without the occult intervening every now and then in our national life,” it wondered.

Admitting that the realities of politics are harsh in Pakistan, it said: “The Machiavellian games of rivals, the ever-hovering shadow of an external player, etc don’t make matters easy for the wavering politicians”.

“However, that uncertainty might be quelled if political leaders were to place their faith in the institutions of democracy as firmly as they do in their spiritual gurus.”

It went on to say that over the years, “it is institutions such as parliament and judiciary all over the world that have weathered the storm of wars, rivalries, dissent and external threats to emerge more powerful than any soothsayer”.

“In Pakistan, these institutions are still at a nascent stage, but believing in them would not only strengthen the pillars of state, they would also impart some measure of confidence to an insecure public,” the daily added.

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