Part 1: Intro and Pervez Musharraf’s values
The 3rd Option for Pakistanis:
Pervez Musharraf said that he wanted to provide the third option to the people of Pakistan. The first two options in the coming elections will be Pakistan People’s Party
(PPP), led by incompetent Asif Ali Zardari
(well officially led by his son who has no concern regarding Pakistan); and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
group (PML-N) led by ever shifting sides of Nawaz Shareef
. It’s interesting that PPP is even an option left, let alone to be among the first two choices! This is the sad reality of Pakistani politics.
Pervez Musharraf’s 3rd option for Pakistanis is going to be the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), the name for his would be newly formed party. The party will be launched in July in London, and according to the News:
On the other hand, it is learnt that some important leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), which ruled the country for five years under the patronage of Gen (Retd) Musharraf, are in close contact with the former president. “These PML-Q leaders are assuring the former president of not only full support to the APML but also joining it,” said the source. [The News.com.pk
by Mazhar Tufail May 17, 2010]
Many of the people of Pakistan that would vote for his party would do so because of him, not because of the party values and mission, this is the dilemma Pakistan faces. Pakistanis in general align themselves to the parties based on the following three categories, a party based on ethnicity, a person, and by religious sect, where ethnicity and the personality of a person often overlaps.
The success of the political career of Musharraf and of his party will have to depend on how he would counter the energetic Imran Khan
and his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf
(PTI) to get the broader support among the Pakistani educated youth, and how he would attract the rural vote from PPP’s Sindh and PML-N’s Punjab provinces.
What will be the mission of Musharraf’s APML? Who are going be the leaders of APML? Will decide which parties it will have alliance with in the coming elections. Most probably APML will have the alliance with the same parties Musharraf had during his dictatorship- Awami National Party
(ANP), a secular Pashtun nationalist party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement
(MQM), another secular party strong in Sindh. If Musharraf is able to merge all the factions of Muslim leagues under his All Pakistan Muslim League, then APML would have a probable chance of major victory in the elections. With this grand merger, will he be able to solve the major problems of the Pakistanis? Time will reveal us, but rampant corruption will remain same as it did during his tenure as the Pakistan’s dictator.
What Pakistan needs is not another party that will make promises to the people. Pakistan needs a functioning government, an education system that would prepare them for the global market while at the same time give proper education of Islam to the Pakistani Muslims. Pakistan needs long term planning to solve the energy problem while meeting the energy needs of the nation at present. The issue of inflation in food prices needs to be resolved. Pakistan needs to wage war on corruption, which exists in every wake of life, from public services to private job contracts, from a local retailer and a police station to the President of Pakistan with Millions of US dollars in Swiss Bank accounts, and politicians with mansions in Dubai and London built at the expense of the people of Pakistan.
Pakistan needs sincere leadership, that is eager and aggressive in educating the mases and engrinding them with Islamic social norms, where justice is available for everyone and it is not long awaited. Pakistan needs leadership that is ready to serve its people. Pakistan needs the leadership that believes in the words of Caliph Umar ibn Abdul Aziz:
“Rulers usually appoint people to watch over their subjects. I appoint you a watcher over me and my behavior. If you find me at fault in word or action guide me and stop me from doing it.”