Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Creepy Reichsleiter


Yesterday Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain made a decidedly creepy statement while addressing an assembled crowd of PML(Q) ‘toughs’ outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad.

The Daily Times quotes him as saying:
“those criticising the army should be gunned down.”

While I realize the Chaudhry owes his present social (his father was a humble constable), financial (he is a rupee billionaire many time over) and political (as a former-prime minister and a current Reichslieter of Punjab) positions to the patronage of a long list of army generals (from Ayub Khan to Musharraf), even such pathetic loyalty has to have its limits.

By publicly advocating these ‘summary executions’, he is in breech of every norm of civilized behaviour.
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In my book perhaps the only American worthy of admiration was Abraham Lincoln – one of history’s greatest democrats. He once said:

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

Sadly in Pakistan, the gift of power has done nothing but produce a lengthy line of authority-addicted mediocrities.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, if Musharraf is indeed courting Benazir Bhutto and PPP then Shujaat Hussain is currently dealing with the imminent adversity of losing his job as head of the nation's ruling party. Courting the Army with such statements and holding massive rallies in support of Musharraf as he promises is then the test of his character in adversity.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with Onlooker. It is clear now that Chaudry Shujaat sees the writing on the wall - but what the writing actually says is still unclear. There are rumours abounding that Mush may get desperate enough to call for martial law...who knows. We live in turbulent times. MAHI

AAS said...

Interesting. But if the groundswell of people power created by the CJ crisis and other missteps by the government fail then i do believe Pakistan is headed again to another low point in its history.

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