The News, August 31, 2008
Dr Farrukh Saleem
Can anyone name a Pakistani soul who has more votes in our presidential electoral college than does Mr Asif Ali Zardari? To be certain, presidential-hopeful Zardari is a product of a process – a process called elections. He is also a product of a system of governance – a system called democracy. We have had generals Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Zia-ul-Haq and Pervez Musharraf as our presidents and none of them were products of a legitimate electoral process (didn't they broke into the presidency led by the Triple-One Brigade?). Ayub, Zia and Pervez all descended as guardian angels but faded away as Lucifers-in-uniform.
Our most recent messiah-in-uniform, General Pervez Musharraf, managed to attract $12.277 billion in overt aid from the US. Then there was a 5-year-long Saudi Oil Facility (under which the Kingdom gave us up to 100,000 barrels of oil every day). Additionally, during Musharraf's 8-year rule Pakistanis working …