Vol. 5 Num 1137 Fri. August 10, 2007  
Letters to Editor

Political vacuum and beneficiaries

History tells us colonial masters used to malign local politicians on a regular basis. What colonials learned following the 1857 uprising was that military forces alone couldn't liberate the natives; another looming threat was rising in the horizon. Natives were getting organised under political parties and were increasingly raising their voices. For the colonial masters the only way was to prove that those natives were unworthy of self-rule. This, though not successful ultimately, lingered the colonial rule and ensured drainage of resources for a longer time. Colonial masters benefited from the malicious campaign against the native politicians. This was equally true in both British and Pakistani colonial era.

The present government is following the same techniques. While businessmen, bureaucrats and politicians all have their shares in corruption, the burden is now disproportionately on the politicians. The law may be blind, but the enforcement is not blind to its target, it sees politicians more clearly than ex-bureaucrats or businessmen or religion traders. The publicity of confidential confessions of some politicians, the letter of Abdul Jalil, is part of the smear-campaign. This will benefit a few, but harm the nation as a whole. The youths will despise politics and politicians even more.

Finally, don't forget the multinationals and global interest groups. We have lots at stake- seaports, gas, Tata-Mittal investment proposals, trans-shipment, and IMF-World Bank's agenda, to name a few. It's much easier to get a deal like Kafco from a dictator or an un-elected government with a rubber-stamp parliament than a government represented by the people.