… als er den Notstand erklärte, findet sich hier in englischer Übersetzung. Eine erstaunliche Rede, die tiefe Einblicke gewährt – offensichtlich ohne amerikanische Einwirkung, ja offenbar sogar gegen Amerikas Einmischung gerichtet. Der General betrachtet das Land als eine Art Erweiterung seines Selbst.
„And I also want to say, as I am sitting in front of television cameras, I want to say that the media – certain channels, and certain programs on certain channels – has also contributed to this downslide, this negative thinking, this negative projection. And I am saddened by this too. Saddened because this is the same media, in 1999, that there was only PTV in Pakistan and independent media did not exist. I gave that independence. Because I believed that media should be independent – that is the only path to progress for a civilized society. That is why I am saddened and I have said many times that negativism should be curtailed and positivism encouraged. That doesn’t mean that we hinder the media. It should be independent, of course. But with responsibility towards the State and for the sake of the nation. And so, I am saddened by the situation in some channels.
I would like to ask the whole nation. Why? Why this state of affairs? In my opinion, it is the judicial activism – which is a pillar of states in clash with the other two pillars, the executive and the legislative. The judiciary has interfered with the other two. And now every one is suffering and is paralyzed in every manner and in every department.“