By Zafar A. Bokhari
06 04 14
I live in the USA and teaching at an American University for the last 24 years. I have lectured in four continents and have travelled all over presenting papers in various conferences. I do not belong to any political party in Pakistan. I have never met Gen. Musharraf in my life. My 24 years of teaching Americans and world student body has given me an objective thinking and approach. What Pakistani Government has done with its Ex. Army Chief and Ex. President is appalling. I am not protecting Gen. Musharraf but I am talking about the image of Pakistan and its top positions, like Army Chief, where people get on top by merit.
This Article 6 drama has become a laughing matter. Based on my observations; Pakistan's enemies in Western academia, media, and intellectual world are happy on the stupidity of this constitutional juggling in Pakistan.
I am specifically requesting educated Judiciary to take note of this. If Judiciary let BA condition lifted for uneducated "Lawmakers" of Pakistan, Articles 62 & 63 were not implemented, Articles of City Governments were not implemented for the last 7 years, and third time term Prime Minister Article was added for personal benefits of two politicians, Sharif & Bhutto; then "Ghaddar" must be redefined for any educated professional like Ex. Army Chief. Will Judiciary allow removal of LL.B. qualifications for Judges?
Then why they did not challenge removal of BA condition for Lawmakers?
Calling an ex-Army Chief Ghaddar by corrupt looters and politicians is extremely "unethical". I know how some enemy intellectuals from other countries are happy on our stupidity. Here are my arguments as Pakistani American academic.
If Musharraf has done any corruption or wrong doing. Try him but not as "Ghaddar".
Emergency has always been used in many countries. Sometimes democracies have used to control law and order. India has used it many times. USA declared emergency in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Premeditation was obvious when politicians changed constitution in 2009 to get Musharraf. At the same time they benefitted themselves by removing BA conditions. This was a joke and sadly media and judiciary let this happen. Lawmakers in democracies and authoritarian China are highly educated. Supreme Court under Ex. CJ let politicians play with constitution for personal benefits. They also added third time PM term for personal benefits of two politicians: Sharif & Bhutto. When constitution is used for personal gains then why then why Ghaddar cannot be removed for Ex. Army Chief.
In 2007 the act of Emergency was not a crime; it was brought by having bad intensions. Army should have objected but they may not know these constitutional juggling created by corrupt politicians.
Movements create positive results worldwide from China, Turkey to South Africa. But when movements are based on fraud and deception, the poor suffers and movement leaders prosper. That's what happened in lawyer's movement in 2007. This was again enemy agenda to destroy a stable economy.
In today's modern diplomacy bombings or killings are not done by smart strategists, they destroy infrastructure and means of production. Incompetent leadership does this nicely. Pakistan economy suffered a lot from Lawyer's movement. What is the outcome and result today after 7 years?
A stable economy was destroyed.
People are suffering more than in 2007.
Pakistan is the ONLY country where "Aamriat" is criminalized. China, Saudi, and many societies are authoritarian and not "criminalized" by any world body and UN. Pakistani politicians have not delivered themselves but added Article 6 for military rulers. Debate in Pakistan should focus on which era was better: "Democratic or Aamiriat". Leaders of lawyers' movement must be tried for destroying economy which is larger criminal act than constitution in abeyance which was legal in Pakistan in 2007.
Article 6 was Bhutto's creation against Wali Khan as Traitor or Pro-India. Now politicians have given it new twist against Military Presidents.
Article 6 needs to be re-addressed. The most disturbing part is calling an Ex. Army Chief & President "Ghaddar" who has given 44 years of his life to Pakistan including fighting wars against enemy
Significant majority of Pakistan's political class is "non-professional", people with fake degrees, corrupt, incompetent, and parasite on country.
Lawyer's movement was an enemy agenda in modern warfare; to destroy the economy and divide people.
Even Asma Jehangir, an anti- Musharraf lawyer, was critical of current judicial system and special court as "Kangaroo Court".
In many democracies such people would have been tried for destroying economy. But in Pakistan, it is other way around.
Corrupt enjoy and educated professionals are not allowed to develop Pakistan.
Politicians have not followed constitution by not having (Baldiati) City Governments elections. Loot and corruption are also anti constitution. Judiciary in Pakistan did not follow constitution, when Reference against CJ Choudhry was not sent to Supreme Judicial Council and people were brought on road which destroyed a stable economy. Article 6 must be applied on political parties' leaders for violating constitution.
These crimes of corruption and of not having City Governments have left people dying, helpless, and poor.
Security was compromised because China controls through 46,000+ Mayors and USA with 19,700 Mayors. Same is true for many countries of Africa, Turkey, India and 1005 Europe.
One prime minister and four Chief Ministers are the only outcome of elections with unnatural powers, while MNAs & MPAs are lawmakers not administrators.
Zafar A. Bokhari is a Professor, Chicago State University honorary Commissioner, ARDC of The Illinois Supreme Court