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06.02.2009 Feature Article

Senate Election could be a turning point for Pakistan

Upcoming Senate Election of Pakistan could be a turning point for the politics of the nation. The result of this election could make PPP supreme leader Asif Ali Zardari a long term President of the nation with executive power if it is positive to him otherwise it will be emerged as a difficulty to the Pakistani President.

Pakistan, one of the major member nations of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), now is enjoying a democratically elected political government after a decade long military type rule. Though the country has a very strong two-chamber legislative council, the presidency is also a strong component of governance.

As of practice and constitution prime minister is the position considered as head of government, but head of the state President is also enjoying executive powers, some time more than the Premier. Very commonly, where prime minister governs the state administration president-the head of the state become much more ornamental. In this connection Pakistan is exception obviously as the South Asian country having powerful premier and president both.

From 1947, the emergence of the country had gone through a very exceptional and volatile way of time. The nation adopted their first constitution in 1956 almost after a decade of its emergence in the globe as an independent country. The country had gone ruled under military rule for many years. In true sense, with all limitations, the name of Benozir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif could be cited as the democratic state leader.

Before the present elected government, Pakistan was governed by General Pervez Musharraf's direct and indirect rule. During Musharraf regime Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Benozir Bhutto and Muslim League leader Nawaz Sharif was colored as a corrupted statespersons. Ms. Bhutto was accused with her husband Asif Ali Zardari. While General Musharraf was running the show Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto along with her husband businessman Asif Ali Zardari were forced to exile.

After the end of General Musharraf's era, a democratically elected government came down over the blood of Benozir Bhutto. While people of Pakistan was on the street against military type rule one demand had came into surface that the executive power of president must be curb for the betterment of democracy. But Asif Ali Zardari became president with the authorities of General Musharraf that makes the people and grassroots politicians of the country frustrated. Even political thinkers and intellectuals of the nations are not happy with the political environment and happenings of the country so far.

Election of Senate, the upper house of Pakistan legislative body, is knocking at the door. If every thing goes okay, the election could be take place after a couple of months. As a matter of fact Pakistan Senate election is going to the key event for the next political scenario of the country. Observers of Pakistan politics mentioned that if Mr. Zardari want to stay as President PPP needs to win in Senate election.

As Pakistan is one of the important members of SAARC, the political scenario of this nation matters to the regional corporation. Pattern of governance, character of government and relationship with neighbor and other members have great influence to the decision making process for regional development. This is why the eyes of political observers are roving over the Pakistan Senate election.

Mohoshin Abbas
Mohoshin Abbas, © 2009

The author has 26 publications published on Modern Ghana. Column Page: MohoshinAbbas

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