The common citizen of Pakistan is very much gloomy and apprehensive. In the dark and cold night of winter and in the chilling and grey days of power-and-gas load shedding he is numbly watching the post-Benazir era.
The common inhabitant of world, which abhors the war and aggressions and the shenanigans of regimes and the trickery of their myriad agencies, is also very much concerned about the plight of Pakistan, and especially when the leader they knew is already dead. Westerners are fearful because they thought that despite of all her corruptions and other scandals Benazir was the only hope for Pakistan for the establishment and continuity of democracy. With her gone, for them Pakistan is in serious trouble.
Pakistanis do think that Benazir’s loss is irreparable, but they don’t think that had she been here, she would have succeeded in bringing true democracy with her. They have seen her twice, and they knew the ground realities in their country. What they have lost is perhaps the will to fight back. They have grown irritatingly fed up of the feudal and dynastic political system.
Another very crucial change is that they don’t really like the role of junta. They are very highly unlikely to welcome any ambitious general in future, no matter how evil the politicians turnout. They are poised to replace their elected leader with another one, but they are very hard to distribute sweets among themselves over yet another Martial Law.
As caretaker government hasn’t go to any voters, and President Musharraf isn’t much concerned about his popularity now. So no one from the regime is even giving lip service now to the hapless nation over its suffering from the evils of price hike, hoarding, flour crisis, terrorism and power-and-gas load-shedding.