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ATP Poll: Who is In-Charge in Pakistan?

Posted on July 27, 2008
Filed Under >Adil Najam, ATP Poll, Politics
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Adil Najam

Yousuf Raza Gillani, Asif Ali Zardari, Pervez MusharrafSpeaking of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani’s upcoming trip to USA and meeting with President George Bush a politically astute and well-connected friend in Pakistan said, “Its going to be a meeting of two lame ducks. George Bush is a lame duck because his tenure is about to end, and Yousuf Raza Gillani is a lame duck because his tenure never really started!”

For those who wish to see real democracy in Pakistan such comments instill a certain sadness. Yet, as a recent The News editorial highlighted, there is an increasing, palpable, and disturbing concern amongst Pakistanis about exactly who, if anyone, in in control of the government in Pakistan.

We thought maybe we should put exactly that question to our readers in this ATP Poll: Who do you think calls the shots? Who is really in-charge of Pakistan’s government today?

Of course, one could make this broader and more abstract by adding the Allah, Umreeka or Army responses. But our interest right now is on the daily governance of the country and who is calling the shots there.We woudl appreciate if the responses and comments also focus on that.

56 comments posted

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  1. Kasim says:
    November 15th, 2008 5:53 pm

    “Gillani is even worse than Shaukat Aziz. At least Shaukat was in charge of the economy and had an important position in policy making in that regard. Gillani is just a clerk for all practical purpose; Zardari makes the decisions and Gillani just does the paper work.”

    haha i have to agree with you. Gillani is just a clerk..

  2. sabir ayub says:
    August 17th, 2008 2:15 am

    Dear Friends …

    Musaraf is the person of his word, just look back to 9 year in pakistan , where all poeple feel comfortable to work and have bussiness apart he was a army men, he give you the sence, what is the meaning of true pakistani..

    what other 2 give to pakistan : Zardari and Nawaz ??? they have been given twice the chance to server the stupid nation. but their crooks make all fortune for them selves… but still we been a nucler state nation are so talented, that we have chossen the thieves again to form the government…

    Just do one thing my all frined ????

    just for 2 min look at the faces of all 3 men..


    and you will sence all that who is commetted to his word and sincer to pakistan, and to the people of pakistan….

    just think… becouse you a human being, who can sence , think , act….

  3. Muhammad Rizwan Malik says:
    August 7th, 2008 1:50 am

    The person in charge is Musharraf. Coz everybody else is new to da setup. Mush knows how things go nd he was ready for it. He jst waited behind da scenes, saw da country going through chaos, nd now dat da media has also started questioning da PMs authority nd gov’s capability, its only increasing Mush’s confidence in saying dat he is vital to da country.

  4. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    August 5th, 2008 4:40 am

    @ Aamir Ali,

    Mushy is from Karachi, therefore Secular, so according
    to your no fly zones division of Pakistan, he will belong to southern Pakistan ? Good news, can get rid of him !!

    Think tanks of USA have no more diesel in their “tanks”

    Rafay Kashmiri

  5. Aamir Ali says:
    August 5th, 2008 12:53 am

    A pity Musharraf is no longer in power. Musharraf’s “democratic” replacement is Zardari, a crook and Nawaz Sharif, another crook. We also have their clerk YRG. In four months their greatest achivement is moving the clock one hour forward.

    I would take the Musharraf-Shaukat Aziz duo over these guys anyday.

  6. QASIM USMANI says:
    August 2nd, 2008 1:57 am

    Here is what I think.
    Yousuf Reza Gillani is to Asif Ali Zardari what Fazal Elahi Chaudhry was to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

  7. meengla says:
    August 1st, 2008 7:58 pm

    I chose ‘All of the Above’ option. I think the power politics in Pakistan is changing since the (to Musharraf’s supporters) unexpected outcome of the Feb. 2008 elections. All major players are waiting to see where the proverbial camel is going to turn. Add in the American influence (do you kids know that how much Pakistanis economy is dependent on American-backed Western economies?) till at least the new administration in Washington takes power in January 2009 and so things are likely to stay in status quo mode until the pillars of power (Nawaz, Musharraf, Zardari, and even Kiani–the rest are just noises) make a move.

    Musharraf is relevent because of his 58-B. Nawaz can pinprick enough to create ‘conditions’ for sacking of the entire new setup. Zardari can turn Sindh into fire-and that will stay his ace card.

    Quit blaming the new govt! It is in a ‘power-sharing’ mode because of the ‘committments’ made during Sept/Oct 2007. But the PPP will never really sit in the lap of a dictator–and hence Musharraf’s increased anger against Zardari.

  8. Aqil Sajjad says:
    August 1st, 2008 12:25 pm

    Gillani is even worse than Shaukat Aziz. At least Shaukat was in charge of the economy and had an important position in policy making in that regard. Gillani is just a clerk for all practical purpose; Zardari makes the decisions and Gillani just does the paper work.

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