What was expected to be an Abbas Mastan thriller, is turning out to be a Sajid Nadiadwala cacophony, however as expected, and predicted on multiple
occasions by us.
The farce of Maulana’s protests, Pakistan Army-orchestrated Pakistan Judiciary’s emboldened challenge stands
exposed, by the manner in which tenure extension of Bajwa was effected, at the behest of China. The process of decimating any serious political opposition, by propping up Candy Candidate Imran as a quasi-serious political entity, arm twisting
the economic bulwark of Pakistan, to align with Chinese interests was effected. All this while keeping Pakistani public entertained with Maulana Fazlur protests amidst the deep economic woes and staging a WWF styled democratic Judiciary facade,
has been nothing short of a thrilling screenplay. Alas, the story is the same battered, decades-old one.
Pakistan’s most Powerful Man
Public institutions stand no Chance
consider Pakistan’s chief of army staff to be the most powerful man in the country, as such. In August, more than three months before General Bajwa’s three-year term was set to end, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government, citing an emergency
in the “regional security situation”, issued him a three-year extension beyond November.
Many naive argue it as the regional security
issues at play viz India’s revocation of Kashmir’s autonomy and Pakistan’s ongoing help in the U.S. Afghan talks. But many less naive however dunce, still argued at the time, that by granting Bajwa an extension, Khan was ensuring smooth sailing
for his government for another three years, given the ways in which the army, under Bajwa, had paved,
or perhaps primed, the path for Khan to become prime minister last year.
Judiciary with Teeth?
For all their claims and pretensions of being
independent, the fact of the matter is that the Pakistani judiciary is lions under the thumb, working as handmaidens of the deep state. Every time any judge has tried to take on the military establishment, they have been unceremoniously
ousted. The example of the Islamabad High Court judge Shaukat Siddiqui who called out the ISI for trying to influence him to fix Nawaz Sharif
or that of Justice Qazi Faez Isa who has passed strictures against the
ruling party and the intelligence establishment for their complicity and incompetence in handling of the Faizabad Dharna should be enough to figure out what happens to judges who dare to take on the ‘establishment’. All the talk of the judiciary
having emerged as a power center on par with the military and government is just that.
Clearly, it is quite inconceivable that the Pakistani
judges have suddenly acquired so much courage and fortitude to take on a sitting army chief without some sort of backing from some very powerful quarters. The entire sequence of events leading up to the hearing on the extension question, as well as the timing,
suggests that there is more to it than meets the eye, facilitated by the absurd theatrics of the judiciary A good Broadway show was belted out for the consumption of the public. How very much the other way are the things are, and plot more sinister.
Maulana’s Azadi March, Its Showtime