The Fruit of ‘Pakistani’ Democracy: President Zardari

All so called patriotic rallies, all sit-ins, all strikes and damages incurred to public properties and buildings, all efforts to get rid of a dictator have paid off! Democracy has won in Pakistan, Ladies, Gentlemen, Politicians, and Laywers (yes, the politicians and the lawyers are a separate breed in Pakistan). So what has been the ultimate and most promising thing to emerge from this struggle to be ‘democratic’ again?

Answer: President Asif Ali Zardari!

Ain’t that ironic! *chuckles*

All hail the new ‘democratic’ and ‘legally elected’ President of Pakistan: The man who has as many cases against him across several continents as the wide spectrum of his assets! The ‘Mr. 10%’ who rose from being a mere Environment Minister to becoming a President! The President of the very same country he was jailed in for well over a decade! This is Pakistani democracy! The easiest and most convenient way to rise in power and stay put, no matter how corrupt or vile you maybe.

As a President, he is untouchable! Make no mistake about that. You can’t take a rally out against him for being ‘enforced’ on you and you certainly can’t whine about him reaching out, grabbing you by the throat, and smiling that charismatic smile while he slowly suffocates you! He’s your democratic President of course. You fought for this democracy. You wanted it. You got it! *smiles*

I approached several of my ‘democracy-loving’ friends and asked them in all honesty how they feel about their new ‘democratic’ President. Some just shook their heads saying, ‘OMG! I can’t believe he will rule us!’. Some said, ‘What can we do now. What has happened has happened!’. Some even hinted at the beginning of a very troubled period for Pakistan ahead with a lot many pressures (both internal and external) and the inability of the Pakistani politicians to rise to the challenge. A few of them went as far as hint at a possible intervention by General Kiyani if things get out of control.

Each answer and reaction left me amused!

Why the jubilations have died down so quickly over reinstatement of democracy? You fought really hard for this didn’t you? Or have you woken up and realized that you were just taken for a ride by people who were angry with a General for not sharing the cake with them. Yeh mulk hum sab ka hai! Hamain bhi issay khaanay ka utna hi haq hona chahiyay! RIGHT?

Equally amusing were certain voices being echoed on the popular and much read metroblogs for Islamabad and Lahore. Did I forget to mention Karachi? No sir! It’s because there has not been a single post on the Karachi Metroblog that addresses the new man in Presidency! Is it because they are happy about him, or maybe afraid of him? Who knows maybe they just got bored of chanting ‘we want democracy‘ and are now more concerned with Miracle Babas of their city or the latest Ramadan deals.

Both Lahore Metblog and Islamabad Metblog couldn’t believe their eyes that Zardari is their new President! Lahore Metblog titled their post as “Welcome to Mr. Zardari’s Pakistan“. Hmm, I wonder why they didn’t simply say “Welcome to the new democratic Pakistan”? Isn’t this what we have now? Pure democracy? *chuckles* Comments on the post followed the very predictable trend that our ‘innocent’ people have followed after electing their heroes time and again. Statements like ‘arrghh… we deserve this‘, and “jesi qom hoti hay, waisa hukamraan uss par musalat kar dia jata hay” adorn their comments section. Funny how no one knew what road they were going on! Too funny!

Over at Islamabad Metblog, they were looking at a picture of Zardari with his hands clasped together as if praying (or begging *chuckles*) and wondering whether it will be a matter of months or days till the country gets sold. Of course, we did not see it coming when we were attending rallies by PPP or PML-N being all patriotic and all! The ONLY worthwhile support that I saw for Zardari came from the infamous Adnan Siddiqi who actively reminded people that it was his ideal Zardari who started the Savour Raffle Scheme. Such an achievement eh! On his own bog (sorry: blog), he was quick to deduce Zardari General Zardari (some people just can’t get off enough these days) and tagged him as an OFFICIAL dacoit. Respect your democratic President please. He is official if nothing else 🙂

My good friend at Islamabad Metblog, Talha shared his sentiments as:

I thought of the current political situation of Pakistan, and then thought that maybe we – the citizens of Pakistan – have been playing the monkey at the hands of a very few while being in the delusion of being a Pure Patriotic Protagonist (pun intended).

I hope – I just hope that I am wrong…

Pakistan Paindabad (Perhaps) !!!

You think? 🙂

As recent as yesterday, the news WeCite had posted back in August came true! We told you that the new government will surprise you! Petrol pumps might have weekly holidays we said! And what do you know, yesterday’s DAWN Online carried the following news: New steps to reduce oil consumption: Two weekly off days, petrol pumps to close on Fridays


And this is just the start!

Someone had written on a blog that: “The worst of democracy is better than the best of all dictatorships!”

Guess what! President Zardari just owned you and said, “Well the dictators have done their best! Time for the democratic me to do my worst!”

Happy democracy: Pakistani style. Bend over and lap it up now!


18 Responses to “The Fruit of ‘Pakistani’ Democracy: President Zardari”

  1. 1 Inam
    September 9, 2008 at 9:06 am

    More like the ‘sins’ of Pakistan have paid off.

  2. 2 д§mд
    September 9, 2008 at 9:09 am

    We have a democratic president who’ll rock on now.

    I wonder if adjusting in stone age would take some time?

  3. 3 Olive
    September 9, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Good that you call it Pakistani democracy because what we have in this country is not true democracy at all. It’s a fool’s paradise we live in.

  4. 4 Batman
    September 9, 2008 at 9:20 am

    President in Pakistan is a symbolic post but in zardari’s case he control the PM the (constitunal CEO) through his party chirmanship.

    The shameless is now virtual king of Pakistan. Don’t forget that he submitted fake educational transcripts for parliamentry elections.

    He blamed MQM for the murder of his party activists but today MQM was the only party which earned him Presidency.

  5. 5 Seher
    September 9, 2008 at 9:26 am

    May Allah save us from the wrath and greediness of Zardari

  6. 6 Kermit
    September 9, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Shameful that we are reduced to prayers once again after all the efforts to bring back a democratic Pakistan to life!
    President Musharraf was a better bet for the whole world.
    Now it is a lost opportunity! india has played great deal of in his ouster by raging havoc in Pakistan through target killings and bomb blasts.
    Murder of General Mushtaq Ahmed Baig, Banazir, bomb blast on school van of soldiers children, bomb blast on bus of govt. servants, bomb blast on CIA building Lahore and model town office ……..
    All this was done in love with Musharraf?
    Now Zardari has put Iran gas pipe line on back burner and third class indian buses on his top agenda to take change the direction of love?

  7. 7 Nael
    September 9, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Relex dear friend there is still one divine power called Allah who is most mercyful and mighty. Leave it to Him.

  8. September 9, 2008 at 9:49 am


    Thanks for quoting me.



  9. 9 lestat
    September 9, 2008 at 9:53 am

    haha very soon there will be newspaper headings saying ‘Pakistan lutt gaya… Zardari ka koi pata nahi’ I can see it happening! Everyone knows his history and what mega-looter he is but our local Fox News aka Geo News has the balls to say that ‘bas jee ab poverty ka khaatma ho ga, mulk bahaal ho ga, adliya azaad ho gi.. etc etc’
    It’s Zardari… not God who has been elected President you idiots!

  10. 10 paki-r3b3l
    September 9, 2008 at 9:58 am

    I’d hate to see him take the country down to abyss the way it was done in the 90’s by Benazir and Nawaz. I’d rather see re-elections or a Martial Law, anything but this please.

  11. 11 Fatman
    September 9, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Zaradri is the lesser of two evils IMHO. The bigger shark is actually Nawaz Sharif. I cant even begin to imagine the kind of government he would have brought if he was in power. He has a soft corner for Taliban if you don’t know and with the little public support for wiping out the fanatics in North, he could have welcomed them in to Punjab.
    Atleast Zardari seems to be standing strong when it comes to fighting terrorism. They way things will move forward could be like Zardari’s government supporting the Army’s efforts to curb terrorism and promote an all out war on the Taliban in Pakistan. Budget shares of the Pakistan Army might remain substantial as they were and Zardari would want them to use all their might and force to keep India at bay and tackle the situation up North. With the likes of MQM endorsing him, his position is strong and fragile at the same time. His big plans rely on support from parties and institutions that share a long history of mistrust with PPP.
    Things could go either way for Pakistan

  12. 12 Bajwa
    September 9, 2008 at 10:18 am

    If its democracy that Pakistanis wanted then they got it in the shape of Mr 10%. Musharraf took the country forward a step and they called for his impeachment. Let Zardari take it back 5 steps and they will call for his too. It’s a neverending cycle.

  13. 13 Bajwa
    September 9, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Also no sign of reinstating the judiciary. I am not surprised. Zardari is unlikely to reinstate the judges because he knows they will reach for his neck sooner or later too.

  14. September 9, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I am ashamed to be a Pakistani today because of who we have brought forward as our President. This guy has a proven history of corruption, murder, and deceit and we helped him climb on our backs and sit on the throne of the country.

  15. 15 Hassaan
    September 9, 2008 at 10:33 am

    When will we ever learn ???

  16. 16 Musharraf's curse
    September 24, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Zardari is a fruit of Musharraf’s 9 year long tyranny where people have decided to vote in for a financially corrupt/mentally unstable man. To them that is much better than the status quo that Musharraf was running.

    Also Musharraf destroyed the country with 2 actions, his COMPLETE pardon to Zardari under the NRO – where Mr 10% became MR.100% and his destruction of Pakistan’s judiciary. If people like yourself don’t see that I guess a delusional President for you is not bad !

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