There are many still around who keep wondering why Musharaf was in such a rush to impose a state of emergency in Pakistan
Here is your Blogger’s version as to why.
By now we all know that the Commando General is in a spot and is desperate to stay in power. With his hullabalooed deal with Benazir in sudden doubt - constitutional uncertainties aside - the only option left for him is to get the existing assemblies to ‘re-elect’ him.
The reality is that now even this fraudulent path to re-election is under threat. To get re-elected he still requires a majority of votes from the existing assemblies.
While Javaid Hashmi, the recently released PML(N) leader, may have exaggerated somewhat when he claimed:
that half of the ruling PML(Q) members had submitted with him their resignations and he would use them at an appropriate time.
The fact remains that many of the dubiously elected rats from the so-called ‘King Party’ are now eager to flee Musharraf’s sinking ship.
The panicky Gujju Chaudhries are acutely aware of these wholesale desertions and dread the idea of Nawaz Sharif’s returning with the Supreme Court’s consent. With the Sharif brothers presence in Lahore these desertions would turn into an unstoppable torrent, burying any hopes of Musharraf’s re-election through the existing assemblies with them.
So today’s newspaper headline come as little surprise:
Exiled leaders’ return can cause turmoil: Musharraf
ISLAMABAD: The return of leaders currently living abroad can cause turmoil in the country, leading to instability, President Pervez Musharraf declared on Saturday.
He said that a stable situation was a must for holding general elections. “It would not be proper if disturbances continue as there should be stability in the run-up of the elections,” he asserted.
In Commando General-speak:
‘stability’ means Musharraf in power
‘turmoil’ means Musharraf kicked out of power.
Declaration of Emergency