A Change For The Better In Pakistan

The news of [the military coup on] Oct. 12 may have sent a chill through the world's capitals, but for most Pakistani nationals the event served to bring renewed signs of hope; a change to perhaps a better country ("The world's worst nuclear nightmare?" Asian Business, Oct. 25).

While it is understandable that a coup is not welcome as far as economic progress is concerned, and it is also a fact that Pakistan has been burdened with continual problems under military leadership, this time the situation may be different. Pakistanis are looking for change; they are tired of corrupt politicians and demand a government that will simply help the country and its people progress, even if that means a military government momentarily.

The support for General Pervaiz Musharaf's actions is evidenced by a currently peaceful country where no one has revolted. In fact, as reported in your article, people have shown open signs of rejoicing. In short, business is as usual. Moreover, the general's speeches and actions since the incident seem to have ignited the support of most Pakistanis. The event did not spark the unrest predicted. Neither does there seem to be any imminent threat of nuclear battle at the hands of a military with apparently "fundamentalist sympathies."

It is therefore surprising that other countries have taken such a negative stance as to suspend the country from the Commonwealth and not welcome the country's representatives at its meetings. Sure, democracy must be restored, but in a country where corruption at the hands of politicians has no bounds, the eventual is better later rather than sooner.

Shahrukh Jafree


United Arab Emirates

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