Nasty thing about politics and war is the only two sides one must choose from. You are a traitor for supporting foreign invaders who spread education, or a patriot for siding with the local tyrant who raped and terrorized. Education liberated him and Hussain Haqqani did not keep out of politics. So he got scandalized as ‘Mir Jafar’.
You can be strangled for treason if you side with corrupt politicians in support of democracy by the tyrant military that pillages the people dying of hunger. Corrupt politicians benefit from military domination and acquiesce at the first hint they get from military bosses. Haqqani was sacrificed but military attack on democracy does not stop there. Having citizens blown up at shrines and markets is the kind of terror that is fresh in the memory but hanging till death of an elected politician has a lasting impact on the masses who feel empowered by democracy and media.
They say politicians are corrupt. Yes they steal a small portion left after the military has plundered the largest share from a malnourished, diseased, calamity struck people. Both are thieves but one of them is the bigger thief on account of its advanced capability for tyranny. Can Pakistan’s problems be resolved by replacing corrupt politicians with the clean ones? No doubt it is very important to eradicate corruption and implement laws based on justice, but that alone does nothing to resurrect Pakistan’s failing economy. Pakistan can become a financially viable state if defense expenditure is drastically slashed; by 50% immediately and further substantial cuts in the next few years.
Without a humongous army, there will be less embarrassment and suffering for Pakistanis and less danger for the world. South Asia could become safer and citizens could have a chance to prosper. An elected government powerful enough to reduce the money spent on military, could be held responsible for poor education and lack of health care. Justice and law could only prevail after Pakistanis unburden themselves from the domination of the all powerful criminal enterprise.
Those who abrogated Pakistan’s constitution many times, blame a Pakistani scholar for conspiring against their evil domination. Hussain Haqqani could be coerced to incriminate President Zardari. Overthrow of democracy did not free us from the vicious cycle of military rule and corrupt government. Don’t be fooled again. Question that needs investigated is not if civilians sought help against military, but what must be done to eliminate the perpetual danger of illegal military takeover faced by Pakistan’s elected government.
Mir Jafar’s direct descendent Iskandar Mirza, the first President of Pakistan wrote in a letter to his children, “With 15% literacy we are trying to run a Constitution which requires 70% literacy – This is the basis of all our troubles. I trusted the Army and in Military honour of General Ayub khan. This was an error of judgment, and people who got on top and misjudge as I did have no right to complain and deserve what they get.”