Pakistan’s next prime minister

Will be remote controlled

The day after Benazir Bhutto’s assassination The Acorn wrote:

There are two front-runners, as of now, and one wild-card. The PML (Q)’s Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, former chief minister of Punjab province and Makhdoom Ameen Fahim, Benazir Bhutto’s deputy and caretaker leader of the PPP all these years, have the best shot at the post of prime minister. The wild-card, of course, is Aitzaz Ahsan, a member of the PPP, but too closely identified with the lawyer’s struggle for the restoration of the sacked chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry. [What’s next for Pakistan]

This still holds. Though their parties came out on top of the league tables in Monday’s elections, neither Nawaz Sharif nor Asif Ali Zardari were candidates in the election. Now, for the moment at least, neither of the two can become prime minister. (Perhaps they can, this being Pakistan, but let’s not get cynical today). They’ll go for remote-control.

Mr Fahim should be the front-runner. He appears remote-controllable. After the drubbing his party got in these elections, Mr Elahi’s chances are now much lower. The wild card, Mr Ahsan, is Mr Sharif’s nominee for prime minister. But he’s too popular and too independent-minded to be remote controlled. So that’ll work against him.

The money is on Makhdoom Mohammed Amin Fahim.

2 thoughts on “Pakistan’s next prime minister”

  1. The jubilation is hard to fathom. Even Dawn editorials seems like the breathless Western media when Pakistan does something remotely civilized. It’s old wine in old bottles – tired old wine at that.
    Whoever is PM is screwed – so it’s definitely not going to be TenPercent or Sharif. Pakistan is staring at years of “civilian” rate of growth of 4% – especially with a Democrat in the White House. It’s a matter of time before the economy completely derails and the Army saves the country … again.

    ps. Read somewhere that Kulsoom Nawaz election-promised that Mush would be replaced by Qadeer Khan. That’s going to be _very_ interesting if it happens. Pass the popcorn please …

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