Saturday, July 4, 2009

Yes, the 'PPP' has a think tank

While skimming Dawn (Pakistan's largest English language daily), I came across this interesting article which highlighted the fact that the PPP (fyi Pakistan Peoples Party-Benazir Bhutto was a part of this) has a think tank. Is anyone else surprised? Considering the level of idiocy at which both the party and its leaders operate, I had never considered the possibility of a PPP think-tank. After all, the party is not known for its brilliant cognitive abilities and it does not have a tank (and I don't think General Kayani will let Zardari have one anytime soon).

Here is some background. Basically National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza has constituted a committee comprising leaders of all parliamentary parties to make recommendations for constitutional amendments, including repealing the 17th Amendment. Both Zardari and the PPP have decided to continue with its current stance in constitutional reform negotiations.

According to Zardari:

the formation of a parliamentary committee for the purpose was a great leap towards the realisation of the dream of ridding the Constitution of all anti-democracy clauses introduced by dictatorial regimes.
and

the PPP was committed to the principles laid down in the Charter of Democracy and it its manifesto.
Correct me if I'm mistaken, but it seems the PPP has forgotten that the dynastic structure of the party leadership(you need to be a Bhutto to be one) isn't exactly democratic. Moreover, being founded by a feudal lord, whose land holdings apparently even impressed the British don't lend credibility to the populisitic values that this party seems to espouse. So pardon me if I cringe when I hear PPP, Zardari and democracy in the same sentence. But the PPP is not alone in this.This level of disconnect is present in all of the mainstream parties

However, much of the fault lies in us. For too long we have let political parties campaign on the merit of their past "glorious" achievements. For too long we have elected officials whose mandate is to do nothing for the Pakistani people

It about time we woke up and smelled the hypocrisy

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