To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.
Mikhail Bakunin

14 December 2007

More Bad Luck for Pakistan

Musharraf has passed an ordinance to make himself the Chairman of the Command Authority. This authority controls Pakistan's nuclear assets. In the context of Musharraf's desire to keep himself the most powerful man in Pakistan, this is the most powerful authority he can legally possess. Now he officially controls the buttons that make the Western nerves jittery. It means he can negotiate with the West on his own terms, on the familiar "without me, the nukes will go astray" rhetoric. It also means bad luck to the system of justice in Pakistan because the West will try to appease Musharraf.


Before this legal step was taken, Musharraf's bargaining with the West appeared only superficial. Now he has tied the Nukes to his body with a legal step. This is the mind of a power hungry maniac lusting after even more power than the present General, Chief of the Army Staff, Prime Minister combined. Legally, the Prime Minister will be the Deputy Chairman of the Command Authority from now on in the official documents.


It seems bad luck has descended on all institutions of Pakistan since Musharraf became drunk on power.


Ironically, Musharraf got this dangerous bargaining power because of Nawaz Sharif's decision to go nuclear.

2 comments:

A. Pakistani said...

Hard to agree with your take on that one; the tyrant now controls formally what he [read: the military] has hitherto controlled arbitrarily. What is more, the law puts the nuclear button under the thumb of the President of Pakistan, not the incumbent tyrant. Can't really find fault with that, because the Pres is the Commander-in-Chief under the Constitution.

In fact, this may be one of the few beneficial upshots of Musharraf doffing his military garb: He has started taking power away from the military. Of course, he has done it for his own selfish motives, but in the process, the authority has returned where it belongs.

None of foregoing is to say the law is not draconian: It purports to impose a 25-year jail term on “whosoever commits, attempts, abets or continues the breach of national security”; and it explains breach of national security as meaning “if any person... [not just the employees of the Authority or one of its arms] ... acts in a manner which is prejudicial to the security or integrity or stability of Paksitan”. That is drastic to say the least.

The draconian measures included in the decree do not end there – I will try dong a post on it sometime soon.

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