An interim set-up for free polls

The problem with an interim government is that under the present civilian-military mix, it is the military that holds the rod, and an interim set-up, even if established by a consensus, will not be all that free to ensure a fair election if the generals do not go along. The military’s interests lie in a continuation of the present set-up in which Gen Musharraf is both head of state and army chief. This duality ensures the army’s control of the state’s civilian apparatus and the subservience of the elected government to it. In practical terms, thus, an independent election commission and an interim set-up will be of little value in ensuring a fair and free election unless the military and its intelligence agencies decide not to interfere with the electoral process and do not think it is their duty to ensure “positive results” and a compliant parliament.

Full Article: Dawn Editorial

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