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Policing the politicians

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DESPITE having been asked to step up to clear the mess created by those staking a claim to being clean, incorruptible, judicious, and the most patriotic among us on more occasions than one can remember, Pakistani politicians are the most reviled and the most policed entity in the country.

Yes, yes, yes, I will say it myself before being reminded that the politicians too have not done themselves any favours and often acted in a manner unbecoming. But are all the factors taken into account when they are being assessed and judged?

Politicians and the elected ones in particular may have done a lot wrong but they have not dismembered the country, alienated large swathes of the population and abrogated ‘that useless pile of paper’, the Constitution. Have they been guilty of extrajudicial excesses?

Neither have they endorsed extra-constitutional measures or held sham proceedings which, according to the belatedly awakened conscience of one of their own (Justice Nasim Hasan Shah) led to the judicial murder of an elected prime minister. Nor have they led what look like witch-hunts.

Admittedly, it would be dishonest to say that desperate politicians have not willingly aligned themselves with powerful forces in the country in order to pick the crumbs off the table, even if they later complain that they were hamstrung in decision-making from the word go.

The rot is deep and, for anyone prepared to see it, it is also clear why.

Worst still in different phases of their evolution, politicians have vilified and........

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