By contrast blunders committed by elected leaders ranging from NATIONALISATION of the Bhutto era, to question about Nawaz Sharif’s yellow cabs, from gross mismanagement of the economy to corruption & nepotism scandals, from institutional decay to lack of accountability, are all openly and excessively discussed. At the ballot, in the media and in Courts often the blundering politicians have been forced to pay in cash, power and even tragically in blood. The consequence of the perpetual accountability of civilian blundering is that today on the political front Pakistan is on an irreversible democratic path. Pakistan, now a text book case of how to transition from military dictatorships and blundering elected governments to more accountable democratic ones, is past the point of systemic structural crisis on the political front. Vigilant accountability of the elected will keep Pakistan on away from destructive political crisis while ensuring that political problems are acknowledged and tackled.
The conclusion of the Commission is that “finally no honest assessment of this situation can escape the conclusion that those individuals who wielded primary authority and influence in national decision making bear the primary responsibility for creating the national circumstances and environment in which the May 2, 2011 incident occurred. It is unnecessary to specifically name them because it is obvious who they are.” The Report has now become an incontrovertible part of Pakistan’s history outlining the gross incompetence of key security institutions and the elected political leadership committed in handling the Osama Bin Ladin case. Pakistan’s involvement in it was not only by virtue of having agreed to help the US in hunting down key al-Qaeda men, but also because of the killing fields Pakistan was fast becoming with the growing nexus between al-Qaeda, Taliban, the TTP and the sectarian militants.