The current situation in Karachi and Baluchistan is worse than ever.The blame of these riots clearly is on politicians who are just manipulating different groups to get benefits for themselves.The PPP, although it still has a number of sincere people in its midst, has not been able to regain the respect it garnered in the early ’70s.
The current situation in Karachi and Baluchistan is worse than ever.The blame of these riots clearly is on politicians who are just manipulating different groups to get benefits for themselves.
Here, I am not merely speaking about “corruption” — the bogey word on everyone’s lips — but about the long-term political space that is being envisioned by our mainstream political parties.
For a future that addresses issues related to economic equity, social justice and the consolidation of civilian institutions (the supremacy of the parliament), perhaps similar to what the guerrillas in the mountains and plains of El-Salvador were demanding more than 25 years ago, similar to what Cardenas talked about in 1988 and similar to what Obrador is insisting on today.
It was accused of stealing the elections from the leftist candidate, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas.
That historical defeat has finally been vindicated by the recent victory by the progressive candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador against the PRI in Mexico.
This process is analogous to how, in the late ’60s, many joined the PPP under Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s leadership.
Then too, while starting with a group of young members, mostly middle-class professionals and with support from left-wing student groups, Bhutto by the mid-’70s eventually attracted the Pirs, Makhdooms, Chaudhrys and Khans.
has been stagnant since 70′s and no drastic change has taken place. Almost every party represents a particular ethnic group, therefore no party has got the support in every region because the role of political parties in Pakistan is very much based upon different ethnic groups they represent.
The chair of head of state has been a war between the head of the army staff and a few noticeable political leaders. This is one of the major reasons of slow development in some specific areas as compared to others.
Being excluded from the political process was a price they paid, yet they did not give up their ethical political positions in the face of adversity; they did not compromise.
In contrast, in Pakistan we find the PPP pragmatically muting its political rhetoric so that it can avoid the “line of fire” and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) captain —after campaigning for years for clean politics — is openly embracing “electables” in a pragmatic move that claims that it is the only way to assume power in a place like Pakistan.