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And it is not only the political class or its leaders who are stuck in the past, fighting yesterday battles, flailing mightily at dead horses. Much of the national commentariat pundits, analysts, and TV stars are afflicted with the same syndrome, more at ease with familiar categories than with the agenda of the future. Why are some of our TV channels so mesmerized with such certified political comics as Shaikh Rashid Ahmad? Politics should rise above the level of buffoonery, even if the buffoonery is carried on with a serious face.

Why has a section of canada goose outlet houston the commentariat honed such an expertise for kicking dead horses? Why do they go on and on about dead issues? They are not to blame. Walking old trails is easier than charting new territory.

Musharraf was swept aside by circumstances. History canada goose outlet ontario overtook him somewhere in 2006 2007 and then left him far behind. His exit was long drawn out but it was foretold. He is yesterday man. Why is a section of the political class so bent on keeping his memory alive?

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The history of military coups in Pakistan will not end with political gimmickry or rhetoric. It will only end when politicians can prove by their competence and understanding of things that they are superior to any alternative. But if they are caught in petty squabbles, if the quality of their discourse is not uplifting, and if, on the other hand, the military remains a powerful and disciplined institution, no Article Six of the Constitution can be a sufficient safeguard of democracy.

The question of Musharraf trial has proved a nine days wonder, PM Gilani neatly stepping out of this complication by declaring that as he was a consensus prime minister he would only go for a trial if there was a consensus of the entire National Assembly behind the move. With the National Assembly divided on this issue it is now as good as dead, which is some embarrassment for those crying, so to speak, for Musharraf blood. Gilani further admonition that we should do only that which is doable amounts to rubbing salt into this discomfiture.

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Reports of his differences with President Asif Zardari are exaggerated. Insofar as he is more his own man than when he was picked as prime minister, some friction between his office and the presidency is inevitable. Chairmen of the board and chief executive officers always have their differences: two swords in one scabbard, etc. But this doesn amount to a revolt or anything like it. Gilani only political home and base is the PPP, without which he would be out in the wilderness. And he knows it, or should.

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The minus one formula is less formula than fantasy, the wish to see Zardari put on a flying canada goose outlet vancouver suit and disappear from the presidency. It is not going to happen. Indeed, there is no way to make this happen short of an intervention by Triple One Brigade. And if those trucks ever roll we can all go to the mountains and seek nirvana there. So whether anyone likes it or not, if we want to preserve democracy the first requirement is to abide Zardari. Admittedly a tough choice but then who said life was easy?

The times are critical. We are slowly stepping out of the canada goose outlet boston wreckage of the Musharraf era. Amongst other things, the Taliban are on the run, for which we owe our soldiers our deepest thanks. They have performed splendidly, redeeming the army reputation tarnished by Musharraf many follies and blunders. At this of all junctures we can afford no disruption in our national life.

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