In Pakistan things do not take much time when it comes to changes, especially when it is about friends turning foes or foes turning into greater foes. Take the current situation of the country; it is yet another manifestation following a cascade of explosive scandals that has left the media and judiciary of the country at each other’s throats. Not long ago, the judges and journalists were working as allies to expose the corrupt and hold the powerful accountable for their actions.
The still unfolding drama of lurid corruption charges against the son of populist Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary followed by the paid and planted appearance of billionaire accuser Malik Riaz in a television program very clearly marks the end of this shared crusade. The accuser who is actually a real estate tycoon claims to have given $3.7 million worth of favors to Chief Justice Chaudhry’s son in the hope of waiving off the cases of his disputed properties.
Apart from the courtroom war that is going between the accuser and accused, the case introduces an interesting aspect of waging war between prominent media personnel who with their bare-knuckle debates and spicy conspiracy theories have been forming the opinion of people for over a decade now. But all this is rather an obvious view of the entire situation. Behind the veil there is rather a covert campaign operating.
Consider the situation: the country is currently being governed by a democratically elected government which is good for nothing. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani has already been convicted and removed by the apex court and with over four years of their governance, the condition of Pakistan and its citizens is at the lowest ebb ever. The only bleak hope of a positive change for people was either associated with the media or the judiciary. But with the corruption of judges and media personnel unfolding, their credibility is definitely going to experience a jolt.
So, what is yet again the only thing that the people can look forward to in such times to despair? Obviously, the military forces, an institute that has been successful of reinstating its trust level and national pride with the stance it has maintained by not restoring NATO supply routes. Even analysts in Pakistan fear that with judges and journalists both in dock the possibility of military intervention cannot be sidelined.
Whether or not the military of Pakistan intervenes in the political affairs of the state or not, one thing has become quite clear – the citizens of this country won’t ever to able to regain trust on democracy and the institutions that strive for it….or at least they claim so.