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.
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.