Although Pakistan has experienced many Martial Laws and emergencies, it was first time a General tried to elect himself twice from the same assembly and when the Supreme Court was about to declare his Presidency unlawful, he threw half the system away including the Constitution, the judges and media through imposing emergency, the second since he has taken over the country.
The Supreme Court judges, including Chief Justice Ifikhar Chohadry, Rana Bhagwan Das and Javed Iqbal, the civil societies, the political parties and the media organizations has declared the emergency unlawful and started a movement against it.
In his first speech after he was dismissed from Supreme Court, Justice Iftikhar Chohadry on Tuesday urged Pakistani people to stand up against the emergency and save the Constitution and the country.
Pakistani police and troops, who have been failed to beat the terrorists, were beating lawyers mercilessly on the same time when Mr Chohadry was saying, ‘It is the time for sacrifices. We will fight for democracy. It is a fight for the Constitution.’
All key political leaders of the country have been arrested and a political tension is prevailing in the country. Not only the political parties but world leaders and organizations including UN, EU, CW and USA, UK have condemned or ‘concerned’ what is going in Pakistan.
The General imposed and his allied welcomed emergency rule because, according to them, it was necessary for the war on terror and to eliminate the rapidly growing extremism and militancy.
But the question is that who has given freehand to the extremists and the militants to get stronger and wealthier? Gen. Nusharraf’s government and secret agencies are accused of being ‘friendly’ with the extremists and militants when they start their attacks. And when the militants get people, money, strength, then the government forces attack them and engage in fights.
Anyway, the growing extremism and militancy in Pakistan is a problem but to suspend democracy and impose emergency is a grave problem. So can a bigger problem solve a smaller problem? ‘It will create more problems and extremism’ said veteran politician and Chairperson of PPP Mohatarama Benazir Bhutto.
The tension is getting stronger every passing day as the whole country is on the streets and the police is now tired of beating people. They say the emergency is a charge sheet against his own government and a clear proof of failure of the government which he had formed many years ago proudly.
The only way to get rid of this crisis is that Gen. Musharraf quit the government immediately and let the people elect their leaders by their own choice