People Reaction on Musharraf’s Impeachment

What the man on the street thinks about an impeachment

By Jamil Khan | KARACHI

PEOPLE belonging to different walks of life expressed mixed reactions over the announcement of the possible impeachment of President Pervez Musharraf by the coalition parties, led by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz).
Ahmed Khan, 70, was of the view that the removal of the president will create further anarchy in the country, as a number of senior politicians, who have no role in the current set-up, will use the situation to their advantage. “Benazir Bhutto was the only real leader and she was killed to pave the way for conspirators. She had the courage to boldly face her enemies and the present PPP government is nothing without her,” he said, reiterating that the current political scenario was not right for taking any initiatives against the president.
Naseem, a factory worker, advised the nation to seek the Almighty’s blessings, stating that he had lost all hope in politicians. “Everyone is doing what they deem fit and are completely ignoring the masses that elected them in the first place. These politicians are just interested in filling up their bank accounts with dollars and pounds,” he said.
Mudassir, an employee of a local bank, was optimistic that the major political parties were showing solidarity and had agreed to sit down at the same table. “The political parties need to unite, as the public is looking to them to resolve issues such as the political instability and rapid inflation. These problems have to be addressed as they are making life miserable for the middle and lower classes,” he said.
Arif alias Kallu was happy that the leaders had agreed to impeach President Musharraf, who according to him, was the root of all the problems facing the nation. However, he was quick to point out that the impeachment would not necessarily lead to better conditions. “The government needs to focus on the law and order situation, especially in the tribal areas, where hundreds of schools have been burnt and dozens of innocent citizens are being killed everyday,” he said.
A shopkeeper, Muhammad Akram, said that the impeachment decision announced by PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif was one favored by a majority of the population. “If the intentions of politicians are right, they can bring prosperity to the country,” he said.
Ghafoor Masih, a daily wager worker, said that over the past five months, the federal government had failed to deliver and had only created problems for the common man.
“Rather than making announcements of impeaching the president, the government should consider the plight of the public, which is bearing the brunt of the inflation and other problems,” he said.
Kamran Sheikh, an accountant officer at a local firm, said that the decision to impeach President Musharraf should have been taken much earlier but praised the fact that the decision was taken after discussions between all coalition parties.
“The whole nation wants the judges to be restored as well and the government needs to address that issue. However, the government also needs to devise policies to alleviate sufferings of the common man. The public is getting more frustrated by the day and the government needs to provide some sort of relief,” he said.
-Published in Daily Times | Aug 08, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on August 15, 2008.

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