It was just after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto that something clicked into my mind: Pakistan was the country I had to see. During the elections, on Feb 2008, people were excited, full of hope, trustfully looking at their future. A strong movement guided by lawyers was riding the wave pushing the new elected government to restore the Chief of Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Pakistan today is the result of more than 30 years of “mistakes”, 30 years of democracy failure. The military were in power for more than half of the country existence; some civil governments were corrupted, some others are corrupted. Corruption is vicious here, this is a strategic land, and to be in power can be such a lucrative opportunity.
Pakistan economy is left undeveloped so that dependence from foreign aids remains an indispensable requirement. On one hand, if the US wanted a chair around the table against the economic aids, on the other hand, population in Pakistan has to face, in addition to terrorism, an inexorable impoverishment, caused by the tax increase, the energy crisis and the rising prices of the indispensable goods which is a consequence of a new “Value Added Tax” (VAT) imposed by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, both threatening to cut the distribution of funds if this new regulation is not applied.
What was a colony before, looks a province now.