Ayaz Amir Zardari certainly seems to be smearing himself with more manure each day and proclaiming it to be ‘perfume’.
First he tried to sell “bayghariti” as being “strong-harted” in his “Too popular for his own good” column in which he blamed the CJ IMC himself for being the chief hurdle in the restoration.
Then he got caught with his pants down in “The Enemy Is Us“ where he went after MQM for not allowing IDP camps in Sindh, a policy soon echoed by his own party, the PML-N, which too shut out IDPs from Punjab. Of course I called him on it through an email but like a true soldier, he did not come out of the barracks.
But of course Ayaz was still not satisfied and felt compelled to kiss some more bvtt and in his next column went defending the “carbon tax” fiasco, the perpetrators of which — Zardari and Gillani — themselves called “a mistake”. But of course Ayaz saw no fault with it and instead took the opportunity to attack the CJ IMC once again.
That brings us to today — the day when Zardari and Nawaz are scheduled to deep-throat one another once again — and who else rises to the occassion but the old soldier Ayaz Amir himself and offers us “Why so impatient with democracy?“ And what is the purpose? To defend Zardari and Gillani once again despite admitting to “their various shortcomings” and begs for letting them complete their term (I am sure because he knows Nawaz has been chosen as Zardari’s successor by the powers that be with the condition that Zardari and/or Gillani completes his term; hidden again is the implication that mid-term elections are not democratic, which of course is a lie).
Here is an interesting line he used:
“Our record speaks for itself. Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif were in power twice each in the 1990s.”
Indeed and that is what worries us. He goes on to admit “They proved their own worst enemies” and yet he puts all the blame for their failure on “well-entrenched conspiracies”. (And yet he has the gall to call those doubting the present regime as “conspiracy theorists”!!!)
Funny that in the very next paragraph he admits that in his first column after Mush’s cue, he came out in support of it AND SPUN IT stating “the line I took was that the army’s hand had been forced”
Next he sings a song for democracy followed by:
“Zardari has his failings and who can deny them? Both he and Gilani are accidents of destiny, gifts from the heavens at their most sardonic. But they are also products of a democratic process and therefore to be tolerated until the next turn of the political wheel. For if it is democracy that we aim to secure then we have to get used to the idea that whatever our preferences, however strong and passionate our likes and dislikes, change must come democratically and not through any other means. If this country can survive Musharraf it won’t be undone by Zardari. Let us have greater faith in our ability to override the vagaries of fortune. “
I really don’t understand this reasoning. He admits these fellas are “accidents” come to power only on account of “gifts from heavens” — hardly democratic process won’t you say — and because of that we must suffer them for over three more years? WTF? And that excuse that “If this country can survive Musharraf it won’t be undone by Zardari” is so lame and nonsense, I don’t know what to say. It is like saying in Yahya’s time “If this country can survive Ayub it won’t be undone by Yahya” won’t you agree Mr Amir? BTW, Ayaz: Hate to say it but even Mush the B@stard is more popular today than your Zardari — that’s how bad he is and that is why the two of you are so repulsed by the DEMOCRATIC idea of mid-term elections…
Next comes the lamest excuse to continue with the status quo and an excuse used by every scoundrel through out history:
“Who in Italy would give high marks to Silvio Berlusconi for financial probity and political integrity? India has had its share of scandal-ridden prime ministers.”
Ah, so we must accept crooks because Italy does and so does India! Wow! How enlightening!!!
And just when I was wondering why hadn’t Ayaz hadn’t gone against the judiciary yet again, he doesn’t disappoint:
“Nowadays of course we are witnessing something new, a variation on the theme of third-party intervention. It is not the army which is being called upon to save the country. It is the judiciary, specifically the Supreme Court, which is being asked to come to the nation’s rescue, even if this amounts to crossing the limits set for it in the Constitution”
Ah, Ha! So the Judiciary under CJ IMC is the “New Villian” that appears to Ayaz as bad as the dictators of the past. He continues with his trash talk thus:
Those egging on the judiciary to overstep its limits are forgetting a few simple facts. Their lordships put under house arrest by Musharraf were freed not by any storming of the Bastille but by a few plain sentences uttered by Prime Minister Gilani even before his swearing in. In his maiden address to the National Assembly he said the judges would be freed and, lo and behold, hardly were the words out of his mouth before the barriers guarding the judicial colony were swept away.
Is the irony lost on the self-appointed champions of the judiciary that while the lawyers’ movement had boycotted the February elections, it was the outcome of those elections, the emergence of a popular National Assembly, and not any long march, which led to this outcome?
Again the restoration of Justice Chaudhry and the other deposed judges came about because of a complex interplay of factors which were purely political in nature: Nawaz Sharif breaking out of his house arrest and leading the mass outpouring of feeling and marching feet that we saw in Lahore on March 15; and hectic behind-the-scenes activity on the part of Prime Minister Gilani and army chief General Ashfaq Kayani.
If no man is an island, no institution can be an island unto itself. An independent and powerful judiciary is a protector of parliament. At the same time, without democracy and the political process an independent judiciary is a meaningless concept. On Nov 3, 2007, when Musharraf imposed emergency, deposing Justice Chaudhry and replacing him with Justice Dogar, all it took to bring this about was a detachment of the Islamabad ISI. It is the imperfect democracy emerging from the Feb 18, 2008, elections which has nullified Musharraf’s actions. As we trash everything around us, let us not forget these facts.
The expected meeting between Zardari and Nawaz Sharif is a good omen for it shows that despite their sharp differences they realise that at this juncture when the army is fighting a war within the country’s borders, national unity rather than any fresh invitation to instability is of the highest importance.
In other words, through the INTENTIONALLY $$$ distorted lens of Ayaz Amir:
1. All credit for judiciary going free goes to Gillani, millions of voters be damned
2. Takes a swipe at lawyers calling them “self-appointed champions of the judiciary” states neither they nor the Long March had anything to do with the judiciary’s restoration. What makes it hilarious is the fact that soon he himself mentions that it was the lawyers’ Long March that did it but of course he channels all the credit to “Nawaz Sharif breaking out of his house arrest and leading the mass outpouring of feeling and marching feet that we saw in Lahore on March 15; and hectic behind-the-scenes activity on the part of Prime Minister Gilani and army chief General Ashfaq Kayani.” Sound’s like the LONG MARCH DID IT to me…..
3. He wants us to believe the rubber-stamp assembly of which he himself is a blue-thumb member is “a popular National Assembly”. I think he has a chance at a career as a stand-up comic if he has a few more jokes like that. This “popular” bit certainly had be rolling on the floor with laughter 🙂
Of course he ends it with the empty words of the Fauzia Wahabs, the Babar Awans, the Farooq Naeks, and all other scum of the earth are using these days: “national unity rather than any fresh invitation to instability is of the highest importance.” Truly pathetic.
How far have fallen Ayaz? Yes, I remember the old days when you stood tall but today you are lower than a pygmy…Days when you saw:
My secularism, however, collides with an unpleasant reality: the picture of the Islamic world in thrall to American power, Muslim elites dancing to America’s tune, Muslim countries little better than satellites orbiting around the US. I see this in my own country where there is too much American influence, much of it of the wrong kind. If the Muslim world is to progress, this bondage has to be broken.
But today I see you willingly put yourself in those chains and dancing to that very tune. I remember the days when your heros were guys like Sheikh Hasan Nasrallah but are today reduced to defending crooks like Zardari.
And yes, I remember days when you used to ask questions like “How many F-16s does Hezbollah have?” but today you celebrate the murder of your own country’s citizens by the F-16s of PAF.
Yes, yes, I remember it wasn’t too long ago when it was YOU who stated:
“THE war the Pakistan army is being made to fight in the two Waziristans is not our war. It is a war calibrated to an American agenda, Pakistan being asked to pull the chestnuts out of a fire the Americans have started.
Yet so helpless is this government, so tightly held in America’s embrace, that it can do nothing. Even if it wants to, it cannot break free from this suffocating relationship, more like bondage, which is costing us dearly and will cost us more as time passes….”
Those ARE YOUR words. But that was before you were handed a seat in the assembly.
If this is not selling out, then what is?
(Now will you send the “popular” “democratically elected” “honest” Rehman Malik after me to enforce the “supreme” parliament-passed (NOT) new “law”? Certanly won’t be a surprise since you are a champion of free speech too, you chameleon you…. 😉
Of course you would not appreciate that now would you? You would probably blast them for not having done so sooner and given him a “Judicial NRO” long time ago, eh Ayaz? And I am sure no column against this decision though the 8 year delay in appeal is unprecedented and something to scream about…