Wake up and smell the f***king coffee

The double standards exhibited by Pakistan’s ostensible “liberals” are disgusting. Whatever issues one had with Musharaf – and I had plenty – the man has done much good.

These days however, our discourse will permit nothing but vitriol directed at the person of the President. The destruction of public property in “protest” is lauded. And the crimes of our political parties and their founding patrons are glossed over, if not forgotten entirely.

As Aitzaz Ahsan has recently found out in a public dressing down, there is a yawning chasm between our lofty rhetoric and the nitty gritty of wadera politics. I look forward to the day when the rest of our English speaking chattering classes who fault Musharaf for failing to live up to the aspirational levels of say, Sweden, wake up to this reality.

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