Horse Trading

Posted August 19, 2004 to Pakistan category.

Suprising all and sundry, Shaukat Aziz won both the seats he was running for - now good as that may be for the country, in how many other places in the world does a canidate win a seat in a place where no one has ever heard of him before?

Now, some time earlier Aziz had claimed he would turn Tharparkar into paradise. Considering it's one of the most backward places in the world, that's going to be tough going. So a good test of where he places on the 'politician chart', is how far he goes into implementing his pre election selection promises of rural development. Luckily, he doesn't have much competition, for on a scale of 1 to 101, must Pakistani politicians don't even make it to a 0, and a number have to be rated negative.

Some held a black day against Aziz's nomination, saying:

that parliament had become a rubber stamp in the hands of a dictator.

Ummm... when was it ever not?

While there is rejoicing in boardrooms around the country, statements like these make one think again:

Shaukat Aziz said he was very happy with a very clean victory. He claimed that such transparent elections were held first time in Pakistan.

Really? Is that so? One would think he would ease up on the rhetoric now...

Further reading

1 Where 1 is a resounding failure...

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