“The Constitution can be ignored if there is a need to save the nation,” Former PM held these views in his latest interview with the BBC Urdu. Pakistan is struggling hard to maintain her image in the international forums. Any nation state that has such diversified groups must have a rule of democracy so as to depict the will of the people. It isn’t only about the internal affairs and diversity rather about the sovereignty of the country. In the seventy years history of the country, democratic form of government has been often derailed by dictatorship. Hence it must be a question of democracy in its pure form or the one that has been distorted by the politicians. Politicians who are playing the game of article 62, 63 rightly depict the form of democracy that must be overtaken. But the majority of Pakistanis do not want this overtake to be a military one. It must be the public not the hegemonic powers to decide the policies. People favor the drones or they favor the conservatives or are in favor of liberal Islam; they want aggressive or friendly foreign policies; they prefer infrastructure or the educational institutes, all must be in hands of the public and civilian government. Mr Musharraf’s utter support for the military rule is not much surprising. Pakistan’s former dictator Pervez Musharraf, who faces treason charges, has defended the country’s previous military rulers, saying they have always brought the nation “back on track”, while civilian governments derailed it. We ask which civilian government was given a chance to rule for the period as that of equal to the dictators. It takes a long time for a country to emerge as a truly democratic state. Egypt took 5000 years to welcome democracy; Tunisia followed 23 years of authoritative rule to feel the air of freedom; Turkish opposition to the dictatorship has just been witnessed in the near past. Pakistan is a strong democracy and there is no room for dictatorship. We would not have witnessed over 50 million voters in the last elections if according to Mr Musharraf, real development occurred only during military regimes.
Pakistan is a strong democracy and there is no room for dictatorship.