February 20, 2008

Real democracy for Pakistan

Musharraf says moderate forces in his country have been strengthened by the general election. The two main opposition parties, the Pakistan People's Party and the PMLN, triumphed in the poll and have begun intense negotiations on a new government.

Real democracy has never, and is unlikely to take root in Pakistan! The power of the zamindars & the military has ensured this outcome. Education is minimal & educated people who aren't part of the power apparatus have voted with their feet & emigrated to other countries. Pakistan is heavily indebted to various institutions & military rule for more than half its life has created its own 'parallel country'. In reality it is on the verge of; or is a failed state. Elections don't really matter!!

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