Friday, April 29, 2005

A Political ‘Rip van Winkle’ Finally Wakes Up



Wasim Sajjad’s political career to date has been an exercise in sleepwalking. He never stood for any worthwhile issues nor did he manage to upset anyone as he meandered upwards through a ministerial position and then to the office of chairman of the senate.

More recently the ‘comatose’ Sajjad even managed to placate the Commando-in-Chief who generously waived a sum of Rs 8 million that Sajjad Wasim had been ordered to pay for misusing telephones and vehicles during his time as the Senate Chairman.

Unlike Sajjad, his colleague Yusuf Raza Gilani, the former speaker of the National Assembly, being a PPP chappie had reason to be wide awake. And because of this sin he was not only disqualified from contesting elections but was given a lengthy jail sentence by a NAB Court.

Now if one believes BBC’s Urdu world service, Wasim Sajjad has finally managed to open his eyes. Yesterday he
informed the BBC that Musharraf will most probably be followed by another Army dictator. And this new Khaki-clad will issue a new provisional order which will then be blessed by our senior judiciary (recalcitrant judges would of course be shown the door). Everything else will function as normal and nothing will really change.

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