Dictatorship in PakistanBy Jalal Ahmad • Nov 8th, 2009 • Category: Politics, Worth A Second Look • 8 Comments
Musharraf has many distinctions, one of them is imposing Martial Law twice. But why so many dictators have abrogated the constitution of Pakistan so much so that out of our over little more than half century life, two thirds of the time dictators have been in power. Internally we have a crop of politicians, who are nothing more than a sunflower. These together with so called “Legal Advisors” are always at hand for a dictator to twist and bend the law to his liking. Then there is the “Nazria-e-Zaroorat”, which really makes me hate the phrase “necessity is the mother of invention”. In fact in Pakistan necessity is the mother of all evils.
Dictators have inflicted damage on Pakistan more than all the democratic governments put together. But then again democracy has only been given a tiny amount of time compared to dictatorships. Ayub Khan rule led to the division of Pakistan. Zia gave us heroin, Kalashnikov, religious extremism, terrorist organizations, mushrooming madrassas and their corrupt “Muhtamims” who were like owners of a poultry farm (with apologies to genuine madrassas), feeding the chickens until such a time when they could sell them for Afghan Jihad. Then there was this little commando, the worst of all. He forfeited everything on one phone call. He sold Pakistanis for dollars literally. A combatant country in our neighboring country was made to believe it is their right to bomb our border regions. In short his rule has led to current battle of our survival.
Some of internal elements will always favor such dictators with perks and bribes in view. But what amazes me most is the international support for such dictators. USA and its allies particularly are extremely culpable in this regards. They at first try to show their discontent with dictators, try to avoid any contact with them but with time we find out that they in fact found one of the most precious ally in shape of a dictator (Although I find it funny USA lecturing the world on democracy with their allies in some Arab countries and Guantanamo and torture scandals).
Why because countries like USA find it easy to buy a dictator rather than deal with a leader who claims to have all his nation on his back (current government is an exception as they dwarfed Musharraf, but I pray that democracy prevails). If international community would boycott dictators such as Musharraf, no other country will fall victim to tyranny and eccentric behavior of dictators.
Dictators always think they are right (you can get the insight by reading their autobiographies and generally studying the history) but they are almost always wrong. Dictators take it as an insult if they are asked to seek advice and in the process they make decisions which lead to destruction of countless lives. Dictators don’t like disagreement and they generally hate advice and normally are forced to quit. Rasool-Allah SAW who was guided by none other than Allah used to seek advice before taking any important decision. There is a Hadith Shareef which interprets as “The Hand of Allah is on Jama’at”. And during the process Rasool-Allah SAW always welcomed advice from everyone and even faced the disagreement such as on the day of Hudabiyah.
Current changes in oath taken by superior court judges prohibiting any judge aiding or abetting any dictator is a step in right direction. International community should vow not to help anyone who does not come into power with popular support, no matter how much they need the help of that dictator. I am sure it can play a very important role in deterring dictators from taking over governments around the globe. And in the event if any dictator takes over the government, that person should be isolated. I didn’t use the word government because dictatorship revolves around one person only. Our politicians have to grow up and should not side with any dictator and give him immunity through parliament. If only one person is punished for abrogating the constitution I am sure no one will dare to play with the rule of law again. People can play an important role too and we can prove our point by not participating in any referendums by dictators. We should remember that dictators always almost show some progress in short term but they always cause damage beyond repair in long term.