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 Legatum Institute released a report on the situation in Pakistan and its future in near 2-3 years. The report discussed 8 topics regarding Pakistan: Economy, Civilian-Military Issues, Islamic Trends, Pashtun Nationalism, Pakistani Taliban, India-Pakistan Relationship, Pakistan-China Relationship and Pakistan-US Relationship.
The report mentioned 5 main challenges:
[1.] Threat of fragmentation and the loss of state control over various territories that undermine the integrity, sovereignty and solidarity of the country; [2.] Security and terrorism throughout the country; [3.] Economy; [4.] Governance issues including corruption; and [5.] Rebuilding the Pakistan Brand. (intro)
I will skip the Economy and Military chapters of the report and get into the Chapter 3 “Islamic Trends” of the report.
Islamic Trends: Islamists, Islamisation and the threat of Taliban:
Umer Sultan- December 29, 2009 AD/ 11 Muharram, 1431 AH
Cars parked outside a government building were set on fire. From Dawn News
Today was the Day of Ashura in Pakistan, and as normal the Shia Muslims where having their Tazia in the commemoration of the martyrdom of the Grandson of Prophet Muhammad, Hazrat Imam Hussein ibn Ali (R.A). Despite of Police security, a suicide bomber penetrated the procession, and bombed the innocent people giving death and destruction to thousands of families who lost their loved ones in it. Various parts of Karachi were put on flames by unknown people, and so far officially 32 40 people have passed away (updated on Jan 3rd). No Police Force, No Rangers and no other Government security agency was there to stop the destruction in the immediate aftermath of the suicide bombing.
Recently Pakistan has been under attack by many different groups. Different foreign agencies are operating, extremist and militant groups are targeting under the label “Taliban,” now known as “Pakistani Taliban,” since they have been disowned by The Talibans, which are Afghan Talibans. No one has taken responsibility of these heinous acts. The victims of this attacks were not Shia only but Sunnis too but that doesn’t matter. Who will take responsibility of this crime is something to watch. There might be a banned extremist group like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jaish-e-Muhammad, and some other group, there might be some other group disguised as Taliban (disguised because we don’t know who these Pakistani Taliban really are). There is a possibility that this might be an operation by some agency, or some political element of Pakistan, there might and might and might… Continue reading