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Economist on Pakistan

In International Geo-Politics, Nation, Politics, Quotes on March 17, 2009 at 04:08

Economist.com writes:

At least partly at his behest, on February 25th the Supreme Court disqualified Mr Sharif and his brother, Shahbaz, Punjab’s chief minister, from holding public office. Mr Zardari then dismissed the province’s legislature and declared president’s rule in Punjab. Given that he—an ethnic Sindhi, like most of his coterie of advisers—is especially unpopular in Punjab, this was always likely to cause unrest.

Good to see someone seeing the disturbances across the border with the same angle as me.

It may be prompted by their solely sensationalist outlook but I was surprised by the coverage of all Indian english news channels yesterday. Calling it a ‘national popular uprising’ and comparing it to pre-independence India’s civil dis-obediance movement, absolutely all of them refused to see in it the political and regional angle so clearly visible to even my untrained eye. I’m still not sure what to blame it on – their naivete, shallowness of research, or plain old sensationalism.

Feels good to be atleast partly vindicated.

Also, interesting is this statement right at the beginning of the report:

IF PAKISTAN’S president, Asif Zardari, had ever wondered who rules the roost in Punjab, the country’s most populous province, he found out on Sunday March 15th. As an angry crowd gathered outside the house—and temporary prison—of Nawaz Sharif, Mr Zardari’s great rival, the provincial police melted away.

It seems, this also taught Zardari who rules the roost in Pakistan – the Army & the Punjabis. Sindh may get a seat at the table (unlike Baluchs and some others) and a decent chunk of the loot, but they should never think of becoming rulers of Pakistan.

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