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Is PPP government coming to an End?

Posted by yourpakistan on August 14, 2010


There’s something happening, something building up against Zardari & Co., and it’s something big. Infact, it always has been there, just that these floods didn’t add any water to the fire. There are reports of growing public anger against the PPP government, infact against every man and woman they know by the label of ‘Politician’. This time however, it’s not mere anger. There have been signs of riots and civil unrest too because of a colossal political failure and an attitude of unending indifference towards the nation. And while the playboy Zardari was in UK to ready another curse for Pakistan [in the form of his own boy this time], we didn’t see any other famous crooks on the ground.

Just what has any of these bloody politicians done except even denying helping the Pakistanis with a least donation. We don’t need these leaders, who made them leaders in first place. I think these floods have done it. Zardari government, in fact all of this political structure of sham, this wicked borrowed democracy, is coming down. Someone said it right, lynching awaits them.

Flood response prompts rising anti-government resentment: report

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/13/pakistan-flood-response-anti-government-resentment

Under fire president Asif Ali Zardari tries to ease public anger amid fears he could be overthrown

Pakistan’s government faces the threat of social unrest or even military takeover after its shambolic response to the floods that have devastated the country, leaving 1,600 people dead and 2 million homeless, say analysts.

Fears that Asif Ali Zardari, the president, could be overthrown – possibly through an intervention by the army – have grown as the government’s failure to adequately tackle the crisis has fuelled long-held grievances.

“The powers that be, that is the military and bureaucratic establishment, are mulling the formation of a national government, with or without the PPP [the ruling Pakistan People’s party],” said Najam Sethi, editor of the weekly Friday Times. “I know this is definitely being discussed. There is a perception in the army that you need good governance to get out of the economic crisis and there is no good governance.”

Rescuers are struggling to help the 14 million people affected across the country, with fresh flood warnings today forcing even more to flee the city of Jacobabad. But the impact of the disaster will be felt throughout Pakistan’s 170m population.

The agricultural heartland has been wiped out, which will cause spiralling food prices and shortages. Many roads and irrigation canals have been destroyed, along with electricity supply infrastructure.

“The immediate risk is one of food riots,” said Marie Lall, an Asia expert at Chatham House. “There is already great resentment in Swat and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where people had to be cleared during the government offensive. Now there is the threat of social unrest as various factions, families and ethnic groups compete with each other in the event of a breakdown in government.”

The World Bank estimates that crops worth $1bn (£640m) have been ruined and the Pakistani finance secretary warned today that the disaster would cut the country’s growth in half. The government may have to spend $1.7bn on reconstruction, and has said it will have to divert expenditure from badly needed development programmes.

With the economy currently surviving on an IMF bailout, experts predict that another may be necessary. Experts believe that the floods could now knock 2 percentage points off projected economic growth for this year.

US and European diplomats are gravely concerned about the situation, as Pakistan is crucial in the fight against al-Qaida and the war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Cathy Ashton, EU foreign policy chief, said the west could not afford to abandon the country: “Pakistan is faced with so many issues, not just floods, terror, development, India. It’s in the EU’s interest to have a stable and prosperous Pakistan.”

Zardari, who left the country after the floods began and continued on his trip to France and Britain even when the scale of the disaster became apparent, is the focus of much of the anger. Despite the outcry, he is to go ahead with a visit to a regional summit in Russia next week. A spokesman said the president had cut the planned two-day trip to “a couple of hours”. Only the courts could legally dismiss him but, as his PPP is a minority government reliant on coalition partners, behind-the-scenes military pressure on those partners could bring it down, while keeping parliament in place, said Sethi.

With the government overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster, Islamic groups, including extremist organisations such as Jamaat-ud-Dawa, have stepped into the gap. The military has also distributed aid in areas where locals complain that government help is almost entirely absent.

“If the military takes over now, I can assure you that it will be the end of Pakistan, an end which will be punctuated by a very bloody civil war,” said Asad Sayeed, an analyst based in Karachi. “Pakistan is a very divided country right now.”

Pakistan has lurched from crisis to crisis in its 63-year history. The break-up of the country in 1971 can be linked to another natural disaster, when authorities responded slowly to a devastating cyclone. A secessionist movement in East Pakistan capitalised on public anger to successfully fight for independence as Bangladesh.

In the flood-hit areas, people are bewildered by the government’s response, with accusations and conspiracy theories abounding. At the side of the Indus river in Sukkur town, Sindh province, shopowner Ali Sher gave a scathing reaction to promises of aid.

“They [the government] want to drown Sukkur,” he said. “They want to show some bodies, so they can ask for more aid from other countries. They are after dollars.” (The Guardian)

Floods leave Zardari marooned from people: FT

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/14-Aug-2010/Floods-leave-Zardari-marooned-from-people-FT

The stage seemed set for a lynching: a man sat down in the road to block a car carrying a pair of government officials through a camp housing 3,000 people who had lost their homes in floods. Within seconds a mob had surrounded the vehicle. “You’re enjoying yourselves while we’re suffering,” a man yelled. Another climbed on to the bumper.

The crowd was angry at official attempts to regulate a chaotic relief effort by local charities, fearing the authorities would steal supplies. “If you hand over any aid to the government then nothing will reach the ordinary people,” said Hasan Zia, a doctor.

After a heated discussion the crowd dispersed and the officials escaped unscathed, but the incident in the north-western town of Nowshera this week reflects the growing sense of alienation between millions of Pakistanis and their state.

The disaster does not immediately threaten the two-year-old administration of Asif Ali Zardari, president, who has begun visiting flood victims after being criticised for a visit to the UK and France. But Pakistan’s 170m people want their leaders to do more than muddle through. So does the west.

The disaster has struck as the Obama administration is increasing aid in a drive to shore up a civilian leadership emerging from decades of army rule, undercut an insurgency and win greater co-operation over Afghanistan.

The army is playing the lead role in rescue efforts but has pledged not to divert forces from the battle against militants.

The insurgents, meanwhile, have said they are halting operations during the floods. “The jihadists have also been affected in terms of their operations – floods do not discriminate,” said Kamran Bokhari, an analyst with Stratfor, the global intelligence company. However, he cautioned: “What they will benefit from is the difficulties that the state is going to face.”

Islamic charities, some with ties to militant groups, have set up relief efforts in some areas, raising concerns that the groups will gain sympathy for their extremist ideology.

Criticism of the government’s flood response may fuel concerns about its ability to harness effectively a projected influx of $7.5bn (€5.8bn, £4.8bn) in US aid to combat poverty over the next five years.

“People say they have simply lost confidence in our leaders,” said Sardar Naeem, a volunteer with the privately run Edhi ambulance service, helping victims around Nowshera, one of the hardest-hit areas.

Officials say any country would have struggled to cope with the floods that have either swamped or otherwise affected about a third of the country. Six million people are in urgent need of emergency relief, and aid agencies are warning of the risk of disease among an estimated 14m affected by the deluge.

The bitterness among those awaiting help, however, stems from a broader failure that is reflected in a litany of woes, from a power crisis to economic stagnation, that has provided fertile ground for militancy. Mr Zardari says his government has made significant progress in dismantling the vestiges of military dictatorship. But the military’s main role in the relief effort is a reminder it remains the country’s most powerful institution.

The civilian leadership will bear responsibility for tackling underlying problems that have been exacerbated by the catastrophe, in particular in the agriculture sector. Robert Zoellick, World Bank president, said the floods were likely to have destroyed crops worth about $1bn. Pakistan has said it will miss this year’s 4.5 per cent gross domestic product growth target.

Until the floods, much of Pakistan had been preoccupied by water shortages. Population growth in the eastern Punjab province led to the diversion of water for farming, reducing the once-mighty Indus river to a puddle in parts of the southern Sindh province, says a 2009 study by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a US think-tank. Climate change is worsening the situation, the study says, as does Pakistan’s failure to adopt effective policies.

Michael Kugelman, an associate at the centre, says a political class rooted in land-owning dynasties has little incentive for reform. “These vested interests are the single biggest obstacle to moving forward in a sustainable and long-term way. It’s not just on the water problems, but also food insecurity, agricultural problems and also the energy crisis.”

On the central reservation of a highway linking Peshawar and Lahore, a tented village has mushroomed. “The rain came from heaven and our fate lies in heaven,” said Ata Gul Jan, a farmer, fighting back tears. “No one can save us but God.” (The Financial Times)

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  2. Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, has concluded that India is no longer the primary threat to the country’s security. Displacing New Delhi for the title are Islamist militias operating in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.

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