This is an article that I got from the Kashmir observer, from a councillor of the srinagar municipal corporation (SMC)
My comment on the article:
I have to say that this article is one of the best I have seen recently in Kashmir's newspapers. Tanvir seems to have a good understanding of world events.
My readers are quite aware that I am usually very harsh on the politicians from our state. But good works deserve praise and Tanvir no doubt deserves it.
I however have to disagree with Mr. Tanvir for praising a dictator. Mr Musharaf may appear to have brought stabilty to a country militarily, however he ousted a democratically elected government in the process. There can absolutely be no justification for undermining a countries' democratically elected parliament. Just because Mr Musharaf may have good people-skills and be a good orator, doesnt mean he can simply take away the rights of 12 million Pakistanis and claim it is for the greater good.
If Mr Musharaf had an issue with rampant corruption in his country, he could have used his office as the army chief to bring about changes rather than hold a coup and claim that he was doing Pakistan a huge favour. He appointed himself as an all powerful dictator whom no one in Pakistan has the power to question.
If it were really the case that only people with good leadership skills make good presidents (or dictators) of a country then let's just sit back and throw away our democratic rights and the person with the best leadership skills can take-over as a dictator, and the dictator can then decide what is collectively good for us and the country. Let's forget about all democratic principles, like the right to a fair trial instead of being imprisoned just because you oppose the dictator. Lets not even consider the fact that the dictator could be a thief, a scoundrel or a mass murderer. We have no way of researching these facts about Mr. Musharaf because there is nothing in Pakistan even close to being called a free-press, or the very fundamental value of a democracy - the right to free-speech.
Inspite of my strong opinions on Mr Musharaf simply being an opportunistic power-grabbing egoistic thug, I still want to praise Mr Tanvir's article as being of a very high calibre which is rarely seen in Kashmir's Papers. Although I have to confess he was just making a point by mentioning Musharaf, and from reading the article I can figure that he doesnt condone Pakistan's departure from being a democracy - he's talking about how Kashmir benefited by Mr. Musharaf's peace initiatives with India, and how only a dictator could do that. Nevertheless, I am still against all forms of dictatorship even if it means that we are the indirect beneficaries.
And this is the reason we should praise the young councillor and which is exactly why I posted his article on my blog.