There is Sure a Silver Lining on the HorizonBy A Khokar • Jan 1st, 2010 • Category: Politics, Worth A Second Look • 8 Comments
Pakistan was created on the bases of two nation’s theory to secure a separate ideological homeland for Muslims in the Indian subcontinent. But soon after the inception of Pakistan, this nation plunged into a deluge of turmoil that its two founding fathers Muhammad Ali Jinnah; the Qaid e Azam and PM Liaqat Ali Khan; their sudden deaths overtook them and right in its infancy this country was left at the mercy of its sycophants feudal lord adventurists, who took over the rein. The utter lack of resources that Pakistan inherited at the time of partition and the acute dearth of required governing structures, to run the country—-adversley put the new leadership rather in delusion and much insecure position. Fearing a deep despondency among the masses after the sad demise of two leaders and expected anarchy in the country, they preferred to become a protégée of past western colonial powers to stay afloat—and thus they made their first anchorage at the shores of the United States of America.
The peoples who had offered enormous sacrifices for the freedom of this land and dreamt the dreams to see this land, a welfare democratic state of their own, rather in the face of dangers looming from all sides and threatening their existence, were forced to accept the new feudalistic Raj and dictatorial leadership for national security. This is a first unique chapter of the History of Pakistan that — ever since, Pakistan is known as a ‘Security State’.
A ‘Security State ’; it is antipode or say; a paradox of democracy. It thrives on feudalistic and totalitarian society. For last long 62 years of age of Pakistan, the factor of Pakistan’s security has willfully been over stated and exploited. No nationalistic integration efforts have ever been under taken to unify its masses and thus, this land has always stayed in the grip of rivaling and power hungry feudal lords or the military dictators who followed them.
In democracy, where rein of power of a state, stems among from the masses and they remain the fountains of power all the times. That sort of chance which would have unified the society into a one single nationalist identity or enabled the democracy to flourish on this land has intentionally been denied to the commoners. In contrast to all this, security issues of this country have always been implied to dominate everything else so that it stays as a ‘Security State ’. It is seen that no leader has ever been allowed to survive who showed his desire that rein of power be dished out to its real owners; the people of Pakistan and seat of power be taken away from dictatorial circle and brought to the public arenas.
All the Security States demand that some very strong power pillars be built to support and prop up. Rightly so the polarization of feudal power lords is promoted for the vested interests and supported. Military the symbol of power enjoys a prime position in Security States. Come what may, the power full feudal lords as well as commoners are obliged to support the military and see that under all the circumstances it stays strong and invincible. Thus military in Pakistan has stayed beyond any kind of accountability and no wonder that with the connivance of its above said powerful pillars, it has always stayed in control of this country. It can be seen that all other countries they own their military defense formations but in Pakistan, the military had a state of their own.
On the other hand, the democracy promotes the political culture and sense of harmony in the society. The human rights are taken care of and creative literacy flourishes. But unfortunately, in Pakistan, plant of democracy has not seen its growth or was allowed to bloom and bear fruits. Under the circumstantial constraints, whenever the civil government enjoyed a free hand to take charge of the helm of affairs, ironically they indulged in looting and plundering the national wealth. In order to escape any accountability; they were very conveniently allowed to take the very first flight out of the country to escape and fly to their safe havens build out side. Pakistan is the only country in the world, the leaders of which chose to remain on, so called self exile to stay out in their safe havens at their own accord that they have built outside especially in Europe.
May it be Asif ali Zardari the present day President of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif the head of the opposition party, the military dictator ex-president, Pervez Musharraf or anybody else in power; without an exception, they all have got millions of looted money stashed in European banks and their castle like properties are built out there to provide them the refuge and comforts.
But against all the odds; there is a mark change which has started taking place all over in Pakistan. There is a unique awakening found among the masses. The entire horizon is although over cast with the dense fogs of corruption charges of present government and dust and smoke is being kicked high by the devastating subversive activities of enemies of Pakistan living within this nation. But the entire horizon at the back seems lit and showing that the real golden change is about to burst asunder. Presently there is everything misty and in Pakistan, no one may like to give any credit for this change to the out gone President Pervez Musharraf or to late Miss Benazir Bhutto that the man was although a dictator who came forward through a coup and lady was out on a self exile and has been basking a life of luxury in Europe. But against all the odds, this can’t be denied that they both were able to set a pace for a real change; a change which may take Pakistan out of spellbinds of a ‘Security state’ and switch over to a ‘Welfare Democratic State’. The man arranged and fixed a ladder of democracy for this and asked the lady to come—climbing up.
But sad part of this episode is that the savage forces who do not want to see this change taking place (lest they lose their grip and their evil designs go awry); they savagely exterminated the upcoming leader Benazir Bhutto right at her start line and sent President Pervez Musharraf out the exit door, humiliated. While they both are out of the sight— but surely, initial change has since occurred in Pakistan. After February 2007 elections— a stepping stone toward democracy has been placed.
Presently; this nation is plunged into a state of chaos. The evil forces have since challenged this change. Target killing, arson looting and carnage through suicidal attacks to undermine the security institutions and break the will of the people and dwindle the cause are on. They are on their rampage. Jammat e Islami, JUI (Fazlur rahman) and Tehrik e Insaf are at the back of rampage forces to stop, resist this change from a security state to a ‘Welfare Democratic state’. They need Military to stay in power so they have a scapegoat to malign and advance their evil designs. Democracy may not bring forth the results. It is certainly not their cup of tea.
These visionless, slim picking renegade forces are not aware of this fact that their Godfather; the lone super power United States of America, as a suppressor is very much present in the area to advance its own Plans. US is up against our home land to see it subjugated at its hand to advance their agenda. They have infiltrated in our defense lines and have created TTP (Tehrik e Taliban) an enemy with in, to see that Pakistan is destabilized and disintegrated . TTP is at the forefront in carrying out the rampage and the incidents like the Ashura procession attack and torching of top business Bolton Market in Karachi.
The Media which was granted a freedom during Musharraf era, is busy bickering about the NRO; National reconciliation order (a deal struck between both out gone personalities; Pervez Musharraf and Benazir). Astonishingly, this is a favourite topic on all channels that how the successors of Benazir Bhutto with all their baggage, riding on the wings of NRO as its beneficiaries—they came in and took the seats of power. While corruption of our present day leaders is the talk of the day, but this NRO has since been declared ‘void ab initio’ (as it was never there) by Pakistan’s Apex courts. This has created a further state of chaos and turmoil.
There is a full fledge war going on against the extremist on all fronts and our Armed forces are busy out there carrying out various sweeping operations to evict the extremist elements from the society and ensure that this change from ‘Security state’ to a ‘Welfare Democratic State, does take place at all costs. There is sure a silver lining on the horizon, bringing in a golden change in Pakistan.