Benazir’s return bound to change the political scene: Pak paper

November 14th, 2007 - 2:32 am ICT by admin  
Already, Bhutto’s review of the law and order in the course of her press conference which has refocused public attention on the trouble in Waziristan, something which the opposition believes in “denying” and blaming on President General Pervez Musharraf’s “enslavement to America”.

Strangely, the PML-Q leadership, loath to damage its conservative vote bank, was also not very assertive on the topic and often articulated its opposition to the US to confirm its credentials, the paper says.

The PPP’s robust welcome to Bhutto confirms our estimate that her vote bank is intact. People interviewed on the roads insisted that they would follow whatever she decides on the matter of opposing President Musharraf or working with him, the paper claims.

Bhutto’s slogan of ‘Benazir ayai gi rozgar dilai gi’ (Benazir will come and give employment) and bring back in currency the old PPP slogan of roti-kapra-makan (bread-clothes-house), the paper says.

Whether or not the economics behind the slogan is tenable in our day, one thing is certain: Bhutto will give the lead and her supporters will follow.

The code of conduct she issued for the reception at Karachi indicated that she wants to be non-confrontational at the outset. This is understandable because the political map before her is not set in black and white.

The editorial says that the “clash”, if any, will have to come later, perhaps much later, when Bhutto is in occupation of the office of the Prime Minister and doesn’t want to be fired by the President.

Bhutto’s comment on the Supreme Court, and her reference to the provincial bias in its past and present adjudications, has been interpreted by the lawyers’ community as intimidation of the judiciary. But let’s face it.

Before her return, the doctrine was that the Supreme Court could not ignore the people and their collective wisdom. The lawyers challenging the government openly asserted that any verdict against them would not be accepted.

But with the arrival of Ms Bhutto, the “voice of the people” is bound to become more diversified, and if the Supreme Court has to decide on the basis of what the people want, as the lawyers insist, then it will have to pay heed to this diversification too.

Although the universal principle that the judge always decide on the basis of law cannot be shaken by political upheaval, a new vista may open up before the apex court judges, the editorial observes.

There are signs that the “tilt”, if any, will be corrected perhaps because of the righting of the political balance in society. (ANI)

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