Possible Perils for Pakistan in 2013

02 Jan

The coat of arms of Pakistan displays the nati...

The coat of arms of Pakistan displays the national motto, Īmān, Ittiḥād, Nazm. (Urdu Faith, Unity, Discipline). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unlike the predecessor ‘ruling genre’ of the country, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) staggered through a variety of challenges. The coalition set-up, led by the PPP had inherited an entangled net of problems that worsened with the passage of time. Instead of approving an idiosyncratic stance, it had to bend down in front of the Supreme Court. After being obstinate for a while, it had to offer Yousaf Raza Gillani as a sacrifice. Everyone in Pakistan was relieved when the local newspapers emboldened headlines stating that ‘the letter has finally been written!’ The government had done little, during 2012, to shield the country against extremism and to ward off sectarian strife. Inefficacy of the incumbent government will have a direct impact on any party that wants to take charge of Pakistan after the general elections of 2013.

The year 2013 heralds a democratic evolution for a nation that has long been viewing the soap opera of interchangeable civilian and authoritarian rule. However, the positive scale of this transition isn’t a lengthy one. Here are a few bullets:

  • With some important ‘chiefs’ leaving the offices during 2013, Pakistan would shift, to some extent, on the domestic and international forefront. Keeping in view the nations’ anti-Western approach in the wake of anti-Islam film and memo-gate scandal, it would support a nationalist Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) in place of General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani (who will leave the office in 2013). A nationalist COAS might be in favour of isolation to achieve self-reliance.


  • The implications of this, combined with the depleting foreign reserves and increased dependence on International Monetary Fund will complicate the process of ‘economic recovery’.


  • Withdrawal of NATO from Afghanistan by 2014, will have to start during 2013. A predicted outcome of the withdrawal is civil war in Afghanistan. Non-state actors in Pakistan and Tehreek-e-Taliban will be directly involved in case of any civil war in Afghanistan.


  • The recent statement by the Punjab- spokesman of Taliban, Asmat Muawiya depicts that Taliban will be affecting the electoral turnout for the general elections 2013.



  • A latest addition to the political saga is Tahir ul Qadri with his slogan of ‘save the nation, not the politics’. With the elections looming around, Qadri wants electoral reforms ensuring free, fair and transparent elections in the country. He wants a care taker set-up conforming with his proposal. The MQM has already declared its support for Qadri’s objective and Imran Khan has stated that it is close to PTI’s manifesto. If the MQM, PTI and Qadri alliance works well, the results of the elections can be altogether different. The latest announcement informs about a ‘long march’ by the supporters of Qadri, which he claims, will form the largest ‘Tahrir Square’ of the world on January 14, 2013.

The year ahead that won’t be easy for Pakistan, would circumvent around these six points.


Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Political Ticker


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6 responses to “Possible Perils for Pakistan in 2013

  1. Khwaja A Ali

    January 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Pakistan has around 144 districts and every district has 4/5 so called political families / local feudal lords. One can check their historical background, doesn’t matter if the present generation is educated or little sofisticated. Since independence these families are in power except short period of ZA Bhutto with little participation of middle class. Majority seats in Parliament are from Rural areas and Urban area politicians have the same feudal attitude. Most of these feudal run parallel government in whole district (in tehsils & villages) controlling police and revenue (thana & Kacheri). Even the justice department is also influenced by them in one way or the other by dictation to lawyers and judges.This elite ruling class is corrupt, cruel, law beaker and criminal in many cases. Nothing will change in Pakistan as long as the Development Funds are being distributed among the elected elite. Politics is the highest profitable business of few hundred people in the country.

  2. aiman

    January 2, 2013 at 2:20 am

    ahhh yes.kinda hard to be a Pakistani isn’t it.where good news is scarce and every one’s primary concern is survival .and prosperity has become a distant dream 😦

  3. aiman

    January 2, 2013 at 2:07 am

    better find some one credible or atleast some one with some reputation of being an honest man.though it kinda seems unlikely if govt is to talk with ttp .bcose i don’t think any one let alone talibans is going to believe anything promised or prophesied by malik.given his reputation .

    • Fakiha Hassan Rizvi

      January 2, 2013 at 2:10 am

      Things would have never reached this stage if the PPP bothered about ‘credibility, honesty and transparency’. 🙂

  4. aiman

    January 2, 2013 at 1:40 am

    well the problems or challenges faced by our country in 2013 are HUGE.I am pretty sure if one started making a detailed analysis of what is to come and what needs to be done this year.i think it would take a LOT of time and i wrong in saying that this could very well be one of the most important year in our history .the choices made or turn of events this year could very well make or break our country or atleast have long lasting effects .ure points regarding elections are remains to be seen how on earth elections can take place when most of the country is increasingly assaulted by talibans and God knows what else.ttp affecting elections is a new news to me.i mean i know the way they usually affect they plan on doing something else than bombing people to shreds.again tahir ul qadri ‘s sudden appearance is a baffling event for many .though we won’t have to wait long to see how he plans to implement God knows what agenda he has 🙂

    • Fakiha Hassan Rizvi

      January 2, 2013 at 1:51 am

      An interesting comment. The day we entered the so-called war on terror, every year has been a significant one for us. It’s just that we are witnessing the repercussions now. Rehman Malik, (I don’t know whether he is telling the truth or not, he is known as a ‘habitual liar’), has indicated the possibility of ‘holding talks with the Taliban. They’ll not sit that quietly during the elections for sure!


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