Yah right! You can’t just get away with that now. There’s no military dictator sitting over your heads, no one stopping you from marching out onto the streets, and what’s more, unless you are forgetting something, it has been just six months since you elected your own government into power. Not fair to disown it now. Or probably if you weren’t that BB jiyala rushing off to the booth to cast your vote on that “historic” day as we were told it was going to be, you probably have no one else but just the “aam” admi to blame for the “bus nahi hota…”
Ask those moaning the Zardari presidency today and most will come up with a ready-made answer, “We voted for BB…” as if BB was going to be the one who was going to be handed over power once PPP won the elections. The presidency has sure been a wake-up call. The PPP sympathizers who were blinded into seeing everything right about the party manifesto didn’t realize that they were falling in the same cycle that has always brought us back to square one, of victimization and redemption to start all over again in our experiment with leaders. And we thought the Pakistani people had grown up, with all the media presence and the lawyer’s movement or maybe it will take another 8 or 9 years for them to mature into the democaracy frame of mind the way it happened for military dictatorships.
As of now, gotta accept “kaisi hai qismat hamari, pehlai musharraf phir zardari”. This time no one else is to blame. The people of Pakistan made him the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He may very well drive out in Mercedes, fly off to all parts of the world, make more of this country his. As long as we don’t’ heal it, the system won’t fix it.
Like people, like leaders. That’s the greatest irony of a democracy.
Gotta live with it.