Fractious Coalition in Pakistan Breaks Apart
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The five-month-old coalition government in Pakistan collapsed Monday when the head of the minority party, Nawaz Sharif, announced his members would leave the fractious alliance, citing broken promises by Asif Ali Zardari, the leader of the majority party.
“We have been forced to leave the coalition,” Mr. Sharif said in Islamabad. “We joined the coalition with full sincerity for the restoration of democracy. Unfortunately all the promises were not honored.”
The exit by Mr. Sharif’s party, the Pakistan Muslim League-N, had been expected in the last few days, and was finally spurred by the decision of Mr. Zardari to run for president, in an electoral college vote set for Sept. 6. President Pervez Musharraf resigned last week under threat of impeachment.
The departure of Mr. Sharif, whose party sat uneasily with Mr. Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party, is unlikely to result in immediate elections. Mr. Sharif said his members would sit in the opposition in the Parliament and try to play a “constructive” role.
The Pakistan Peoples Party holds the most seats in the Parliament, but not a majority. Political analysts said they expected it would be able to cobble together a new parliamentary coalition with smaller parties.
Still, Pakistan faces continued political instability that may distract from serious governance and serious efforts to turn back the growing strength of the Taliban in the northwestern parts of the nation.
The main problem between Mr. Sharif and Mr. Zardari was a profound disagreement over the future of the former chief justice, Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, who was fired by President Musharraf in March 2007, reinstated by the court in July, and placed under house arrest in November. He was finally freed in March of this year, but has yet to be restored to the bench.
Mr. Sharif has insisted that Mr. Chaudhry along with some 60 other judges, who were also fired in November, when Mr. Musharraf declared emergency rule, should be restored to the bench.
All I can really say is, LULZ!
See, this is what Gillani’s “better to have a weak democracy than a dictatorship.” Although, I suppose now he should rephrase that to say “better to have a bastardized form of dynastic politics that mires itself in cuntish realpolitik with the same players who are out to fuck up the nation and play on people’s trust under the guise of democracy than a dictatorship.”
I’m all up for democracy, make no mistake, but can I just say that anyone who ever thought democracy with Zardari and Sharif as major players was going to work has to be a complete and utter fucknut. Despite the fact that I think Sharif got shafted here, and Zardari is at the moment (and perhaps perpetually) the bigger tool, I highly doubt Sharif would’ve wanted the judges reinstated so badly if it didn’t mean overturning the NRO and perhaps having a go at Zardari himself.
Zardari though, with his slicked back Andy Garcia hair is a tremendous bastard. He’s pissing off the whole nation and he knows it, YET he continues! Either he has cojones made of titanium, or he’s smarter than everyone in Pakistan combined, or he’s just ridiculously power hungry and wants to fill his pockets all over again.
What CAN I say to Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan?