Exemplary scenes from the dream of a moral politics and the example of Pakistan…

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Historian Prof. Necmeddin Alkan, while talking about Sultan Abdulhamid II in one of his conferences, stated that in the 1930s, ‘there were extremely ugly and obscene publications to humiliate Abdulhamid in the eyes of the public’.

Likewise, it is not unknown that there are unwritten public accounts of the still unpublished memoirs of a famous lady who passed away about half a century ago.

When Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, who had been a popular leader during his 10 years in power between 1950-60, was removed from power by the military coup of May 27, 1960 and put on trial before the High Court of Justice, a sham court established in Yassıada, to be sentenced to heavy penalties, it was not enough to have trials such as the ‘Baby Trial’, which lasted for months, and even more absurd and absurd allegations of other unethical claims to discredit him in the eyes of the public. The ‘Dog Trial’ and similar trials regarding the allegations that they sold the gifts given by foreign statesmen to President Celâl Bayar and Prime Minister Adnan Menderes… Yes, when we were young, these stories were told to the masses of people on state radio and in newspapers.

When someone is wanted to be shot in politics, moral issues are probably the most effective.

As a matter of fact, 25 years ago in Malaysia, even a leader with such distinguished qualities as Mehatir Mohamad, when he had a deep disagreement with a famous Minister of Education and Finance in his government for many years, he accused his opponent of ‘heresy’ and had him imprisoned for years in a method unbecoming of him… That person, who was tried to be discredited, bore the name Anwar Ibrahîm. He is now the Prime Minister of Malaysia!

Why did I tell you all this?

Tomorrow, February 8th, there are general elections in Pakistan.

Prime Minister Newaz Sharif, who was overthrown by General Pervez Musharraf in a military coup and exiled to Saudi Arabia for 10 years, was re-elected Prime Minister after the end of General Musharraf’s term. But years later, Newaz Sharif, who had once again fallen out with the military, which has a strong influence in Pakistani politics, was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on charges of ‘corruption’ and the Parliament appointed Imran Khan as Prime Minister.

But when Imran Khan had been Prime Minister for about 2.5 years, he was ousted as Prime Minister by a vote of no confidence in the Pakistani Parliament led by Newaz’s brother Shahbaz Sharif, and Shahbaz was appointed Prime Minister. Imran Khan was first sentenced to 4 years in prison for revealing state secrets and then another 14 years for allegedly selling gifts given to him by foreigners during his premiership. But that was not enough, last week Imran Khan was also sentenced to 7 years in prison for ‘illegally marrying’ Büşrâ Begüm 6 years ago (Imran Khan calls Büşrâ Begüm his spiritual leader. It is said that after meeting her, Imrân Khan became more inclined towards Islamic-Islamic issues)…

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Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), who was sentenced to 25 years in prison, has also been barred from participating in tomorrow’s elections.

The manner in which these cases are being conducted raises a question mark over tomorrow’s elections. Pakistan’s Supreme Judiciary has a reputation for frequently shaping politics and impeaching presidents and prime ministers.

But what is more interesting is that Newaz Sharif, who was dismissed from the post of prime minister by the Supreme Court 5-6 years ago and banned from political activities and public service, was living his life in London, but when the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a decision last month lifting the penalties and bans on Newaz Sharif and ruling that he could participate in the elections, he returned to Pakistan and participated in the election propaganda. After tomorrow’s elections, there is a strong possibility that he will take over the prime ministership from his brother Shahbaz Sharif.

We wish all the best to Pakistan, officially known as the ‘Islamic Republic of Pakistan’, and its more than 225 million Muslim people.

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