ATP Poll: Who is In-Charge in Pakistan?

Posted on July 27, 2008
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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 responses to “ATP Poll: Who is In-Charge in Pakistan?”

  1. faisal says:

    For the day to day affairs…the option should be Richard A. Boucher, Assistant Secretary for Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

  2. Adeel says:

    like always we have voted the crooks in to power.

  3. Javed Khan says:

    Like always crooks are incharge.

  4. Hamza says:

    the tendency of finding excuses by blaming outsiders is astounding. The USA has messed up Pakistan in many ways by our internal problems of power hungry generals and incompetent politicians are entirely of our own making.

    Until we start owning up to our own problems we will never even begin solving them!

  5. TRUTH SEEKER says:

    ALL OF THEM ARE PAWNS OF GAME. WITH EXCUSE LET ME TELL U PAKISTAN IS A COMPANY.. HEADED BY

    CHAIRMAN PENTAGON…

    VICE CHAIRMAN BOUCHER….

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER… PRESIDENT OF PAK.

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    NEGRAPOUNTAY
    US AMBASSODAR
    DAVID MILLIBAND
    UK AMBASSODAR

    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER… ASIF ZARDARI

    ASSIST CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER… BIG MOUTH REHMAN MALIK

    CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER… SHAMSHAD AKHTAR

    CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER… PM OF PAK

    LED BY TOUTS OF DIRECTORS

    WELCOME TO NEW TYPE OF IMPERIALISM…………..

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