By Farooq Tariq
The prime minister of Pakistan Zafar Ullah Jamali resigned on
June 22. His resignation is a bad news for the working class of
Pakistan. The political changes today show that Musharaf regime
desires to implement the new liberal agenda at a much faster speed.
To accelerate this process a plan is been charted out to bring
Shoukat Aziz as new prime minister. He could not take the office
straight away, as he is not yet the "elected" member
of the National Assembly of Pakistan. He is at present member
of the Senate.
In the meantime, Choudry Shujaat has taken over the post of prime
ministership for an interim period. Shoukat Aziz' nomination is
a replica copy of the political changes in India. He is an economic
reply of the ruling class of Pakistan to Man Mohan Singh, the
Indian prime minister. Shoukat Aziz has been hailed by the capitalist
economists as the crusader of the Pakistan recent "economic
growth". Like India, the so-called economic growth has not
touched the lives of the working people of Pakistan in any better
Bringing of Shoukat Aziz in place of Jamali is also part of the
preparations of the WTO full fledge arrival next year. The General
Musharaf regime has an illusion that an economist prime minister
can show miracles after
the opening of the World market next year particularly in the
field of textiles.
He may spearhead to an unprecedented economic growth in future,
according to the miscalculations of the Musharaf regime. Shoukat
Aziz will try to accelerate the process of privatization and deregulations.
He will try to fulfill the total conditionality of the imperialist
institutions. He will put Pakistan on sale on the cheap
prices no one else can match.
Shoukat Aziz nominations are to please the IMF, World Bank and
WTO vicious regimes. It is political preparations after the probable
defeat of President Bush in November 2004 Americas presidential
Musharaf wants to go to any length to please the imperialist institutions
to prolong his power period. He will not succeed in that. Like
Jamali, it is possible that Musharaf will go long before 2007,
the year he must have new
elections for the president. The reason is very simple. Shoukat
Aziz like Jamali will not be able to link the human development
with the so-called economic development. That is against their
philosophy. Shoukat Aziz will be
here to please the capitalists and feudal lords. He will be no
better friend than Jamali of the working class.
It is another bad news for all of us. It will not make any better
for us until we do some thing. We must do something. That is to
bring an alternative political and economical agenda that that
of Shoukat Aziz.
We must expose the real nature of the capitalist system.