The swearing-in ceremony has finally stamped the verdict of people apparently as far as deciding the president of Pakistan was concerned. The ceremony as foreseen could not be controversial, but it was surely spiced up by the following joint press conference of President Zardari and President of Afghanistan Mr. Karzai. Well Mr. Karzai took this pain coming all over from Afghanistan just to be the part of this jubilation and found it the most suitable occasion to present his reservations. Considering it the first press conference of our president, one can fascinate the idea of allowing him space and dismiss much criticism which is justified to be made. But on a serious note, the first impression is the last impression, majority still believes in this maxim. The toughest part is to change the psychology of a nation so I loose that argument here and going back to the old psychology where people wanted Mr. Zardari to make lots of promises and give clear cut stance on key issues. But much to our despair, it did not happen rather it created some confusion about a few issues. Like on judiciary, which created so much hype in recent past, the president could not satisfy the people while not discussing the fate of Chief Justice Ifthikar Chaudary. Secondly, he bluntly avoided any answer about handing over his responsibilities as a cochairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
Contrary to the spirit of rising above the ethnic and political lines, he repeatedly mentioned that HIS party PPP intents to do so and so. Well to become the symbol of federation, I safely assume that first the emotions and then language has to be altered to the extent where we all unanimously declare him as a symbol. His very fresh claims about revoking 58-2-B after taking oath have not been materialized as this was his first realization after becoming the president that it has to be done through a proper channel—Parliament. Intelligent politicians like our president would have given it a second thought when he made this promise in a programme Capital Talk that after a few days, he will be answerable to the media and people. Now we all expect the Parliament to formally make this request to the present who can use his authority on being asked and revoke it.
I agree that people remained confused on many issues as Mr. Zardari avoided giving many answers, so eventually contrary to the expectations, the policy statements he did not make. Few believe that he was not prepared to comment on many issues, well in my humble opinion, his preparation to become the president has been on for quite some time and what he could not prepare merely policy statements. Yes, I am convinced that it was a conscious effort not to talk about many key issues, though, time will unfold many secrets. Mr Karzai intervention has though changed the whole focus of the press conference as it was solely organized for him, it seems. His purpose has been achieved, but he has left the nation with mixed reaction on the first press conference of our new president.
On a very personal note, I am missing Benazir Bhutto though I am not a supporter of PPP, but if this all had to happen, then BB deserved it the most. Done cannot be undone.
Long live Pakistan