General Zia’s grandson

…has “given a lot of thought to democracy”

And found that “while it is the ideal solution, I’m still not sure if I can see an effective democratic government in this relatively new and developing nation”. He goes on to write, “As tragic as it is, most Pakistanis, including the educated elite, are unaware of the meaning of ‘democracy’”.

Omar ul Haq got one thing right.

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  1. while it is the ideal solution, I’m still not sure if I can see an effective democratic government in this relatively new and developing nation
    Maybe he has a point. Pakistan is a pre-capitalist feudal plaything. “Democracy” is a guise for civilian-fronted looting rather than military-fronted. Foisting “democracy” on a system structurally stacked against it is setting it up for failure. There is no structured constituency in its favor: the military loves status quo, Nawaz and Benazir are quite comfortable to cohabit with the military as is Altaf Hussain, the judiciary’s been emasculated (again!) and their national assembly is a joke. It’s not been proven that the “majority of the people want democracy” – there is no evidence of that with feet on the ground. The last 2 instances of the Pakistani “people” truly voting with their feet was in 1969 (against Ayub) and 1947.

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