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And Now Mr. Sharif Jumps on Right Wing Bandwagon

By D Asghar • May 27th, 2011 • Category: Politics, Worth A Second Look • 7 Comments

Mr. Sharif’s recent statement of implicating US in the PNS Mehran attack is a bit perplexing. Now PML N is supposedly the second largest political party of the nation. Not to mention, he is two time PM of this country. Who was once seen making a mad dash to New York to meet President Clinton, to plead with him regarding the Kargil fiasco and to save his Premier ship.

It is glaringly obvious that N League is playing this card, because it is politics after all. The strange thing is what have lost so much in this recent PNS Mehran attack, yet our mind set is rotten as hell. We are all so riled up. Rather than focusing on where the fault lies, we are conveniently shifting the blame. Are we this gullible, that we are being taken on this “honor and sovereignty” ride over and over again.

There is a collective denial process that we seem to love. We embrace it like nuts. Any reasonable person would agree that in case of any foreign incursion, it is the duty of armed forces to protect the country. But let’s take this a bit further, even if we dismiss that for whatever reason, we cannot deny that a Naval base or any military facility is what needs to be protected at any cost by the forces.

So it takes us back to yes it was the responsibility of the armed forces to be on high alert and to actually foil any incursion, which was against the country. Now, sit back and relax for a minute and just think. Passing sweeping judgments to deflect the attention without any credible evidence is, to say the least disingenious.

Mr. Sharif like an astute politician, is using this as a leverage to initiate his long marches. Imran Khan on the other hand is focused on drones. His “sit ins” are supposedly aimed to halt those “incursions.” Shahbaz Sahib has said “no to foreign aid” strictly for Punjab. In the end it is all rhetoric and it has no material impact. Let’s pose the same question to Mr. Sharif, if he was on the hot seat in Islamabad, what would have he done differently. He tried once and October 1999 is still fresh in our memories.

Even if you bring a child and lay these facts, in front of him or her, they will tell you the same thing. But as I said it is politics after all. Try to exploit a situation for political mileage. The right wing and their ideologically aligned partners are chest thumping for all the wrong reasons. Many of my fellow scribes have raised the same issue of foreign terrorists on our soil being the actual violation of our sovereignty. But to them it appears like some fantasy.

What ought to be done is as following :

A) All the civil and military agencies, should be sitting on one table and charting out the plan of tackling this malignant cancer of terrorism.

B) Equip themselves with modern day surveillance and use and exploit human and technical intelligence.

C) Launch a concerted, under ground effort to locate all the “golden geese.”

D) Share the information with the with a task force and do operations without any publicity. Or else it will be an exercise in futility.

The aforementioned steps may sound simplistic and amateur, but realistically speaking only such an effort can yield positive results. Otherwise it is business as usual. Headlines over headlines of terrorism and attacks and more attacks by these barbarians will continue unabated.

Lastly, the politicians, military, public and the right wing, all have to be on the same page. It is high time that we come to this agreement that it is not for any foreign masters, but for our own survival. Those who think that as soon as Yanks will evacuate the Afghan region, this madness of terrorism will come to an end, should really think logically. The attacks are against Pakistan and its people. Yanks or no yanks these attacks will go on as terrorism is an ideological war. Until or unless the ideology is defeated, we will be in the same predicament. No matter what.

Some parting advice to Mr. Sharif, he should at least behave like a mature former Premier. Lately he has started to sound like a typical right winger. We all know that there may be another IJI in the making. That’s all well and good. As the saying in Urdu goes, “Andhon main kaana Raja.” Based on his past experience, one is expecting a bit better from him.

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7 Responses »

  1. I truly believe that Nawaz Sharif is the only viable option for the Pakistan. He understands economy, has learned from his mistakes, is no more an establishment guy, and he has got experience. He must be given a chance.

  2. I believe his political career is coming to an end. Pathetic decisions I must say. It is important that we support ties with the US so that we can curb on militancy.

  3. The blame game within Pakistan, has tainted our decade long efforts and sacrifices for counter terrorism.

  4. Nawaz Sharif is a courrpt man who doesnt give a damm about pakistan or its people. Now with elections looming near he is trying to rake up votes by these nationalist and anti amrican dramas or like shahbaz cancelled all MOUs with USA. Given the test, these two couldnt survive an hour without American support.

    Sabeen @ 1

    —–has learned from his mistakes, is no more an establishment guy

    had he learned from his mistakes then why is he repeating them ?

    Oh no ! whenever an establishemnt man is removed from power , he is always replaced with an establishemnt man, so if NS comes to power it would be only after he kneels down before the establishment and takes thier oath of slavery

  5. Articles By Amna Gilani

    The night when six terrorists were having a field-night within PNS Mehran Karachi, few miles away, very near to the shores of Arabian sea, in a very posh locality of Karachi, in an elegant house, the Disco club started receiving its usual and exclusive guests attired in Western dresses, which take no longer than three seconds to become more shorter on demand.
    As the terrorists made their way into the national and international headlines and strengthen their position, the night became more intoxicated, colorful, aggressive and candid. Shortly there was little difference as who is who and who is doing what to whom. Drinks were flowing like crazy. Groping and kissing was just a start.
    I was sitting at a far table with my friend, who was yearning to take part in dancing, but as she has promised with me that she would behave while I was there, and would let me see the things by my own eyes, and then she could do whatever she wanted after I left the scene, so she remained seated while enjoying her red wine.
    There was a commotion shortly as a strange looking creature entered. First I couldn’t determine, whether it was he or she. The creature was in jeans, a ladies dress, with not-so-shaven face, male features but with full dark makeup and hair like crazy. The girls were falling upon him and so were some of the boys. They all were kissing that creature and it was responding. My friend winked and said to me, “Begum Nawazish Ali.”
    Well, that was it.
    I got out of there, sat in my car wondering, switched on the radio, and listened and wondered more as the news caster told that a battle like thingie was going on just miles away as the terrorist had captured PNS Mehran base

    @@@ Nothing is true, everything is permitted,,,,,,,,Assassin’s Creed,,,,
    Nachay gi ” REEMA ” member per,,
    “QURAN ” suno gay teblay per,,,
    kel kiya ho ga ye kis ko khaber khamosh raho

  6. The author is very right in saying that there is a need to devise a thorough anti-terrorism strategy, similar to what happens during a war. There needs to be a control authority that could watch over and make improvements in the adopted course of action. We are at war and its better if we realize this as soon as possible.

  7. The civilian leaders such as Sharif or Zardari tilt towards left or right has no concern for me.
    But ISI involved in terror activities and guarding the most wanted men is my biggest concern.
    Inorder to regain the respect from world community, Sharif or Zardari must join together to dismantle ISI and put all formar ISI chiefs on murder trail for their involvement in murders of various people including Benazir.

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