For many elite Pakistanis both at home and abroad, Zardari is the target of their accusations of feudalism. Actually, to these people it is a wonder that Zardari continues to maintain his office. Media and drawing room gossips have been predicting the downfall of the government since the day it was elected. And yet here we are today with Zardari still continuing in office despite taking attacks from all branches of the political establishment. How is it possible, many people wonder. Perhaps the answer was given over the weekend.
Following Burewala and Muzaffargarh by-elections, results seem to indicate that even though political establishment types might hate Zardari, real Pakistanis seem to think he’s doing a pretty good job.
PPP candidates’ success in Burewala and Muzaffargarh by-elections is an indication of people’s confidence in President Asif Ali Zardari, said Kashmir, Gilgit and Baltistan Affairs Minister Mian Manzoor Wattoo while talking to journalists here on Sunday.
He said Asif Ali Zardari was pursuing Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s agenda for people’s welfare. He said the federal government was taking steps to overcome crises. People again showed confidence in Asif Ali Zardari in the by-elections, the minister said and added the government was adhering to politics of reconciliation. But it was not a weakness of the PPP, rather it adopted this attitude to strengthen democracy, the minister said.
The Gilgit and Baltistan Affairs minister said criticising things and people was very easy, but correcting faults and removing problems was always a difficult task. He said the PPP would welcome positive criticism, but would never let the democratic system derail.
Maybe the reason for this was very well explained by Shakir Husain – certainly it is easy to hate someone than to give them credit.
Our elites like to talk a lot about the problem of lingering feudalism in Pakistan. Perhaps they should look in a mirror. If the people are voting for their leaders, these are the people that should rightfully be in office – whether it is PPP, PML-N, MQM, ANP, or whatever party they vote for. For media types to constantly attack these officials to try to remove those officials elected by the people – isn’t that the real feudalism?