The relevance of so called liberal democracy has lost its meaning and purpose after the US sponsored crusade “War on Terrorism” against the Muslim people of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The ultimate goal is occupation of the lands by force and political subjugation of the Muslim people to the US control and exploitation over the rich natural resources of the people. Occupied Iraq, Abu Ghraib and the on-going wars of corruption and treason in Afghanistan and Pakistan are the true role models of the American sponsored clichés of freedom and democracy. The thinking people of the Muslim world must know and recognize the facts of human life and look at feasible alternatives to make a navigational change for their own interest, security and sustainable future. The onslaught of the continuing wars against Islam has exposed the mockery of the liberal democracy simply to be a myth to buy the people, off the people and far the people. Pakistani Generals, Bhuttos and Zaradri are the democratic myth perpetuated by the American strategic plan to foster terrorism, daily bloodbaths, social and economic chaos and rule of the PPP gangsters. For over 50 years, Pakistan remains occupied by three major interest groups sharing the time, opportunities and resources of the besieged nation. The army, civil service and the neo-colonial appointed landlords. If there was any rational tolerance scale, Pakistani nation would certainly secure high marks on its standard of tolerance and survival under most unfavorable circumstances.
One of the pivotal factors supporting the notion of Western liberal democracies is that it provides opportunities for participation to ordinary citizens, right or wrong to culminate a sense of legitimacy for the election exercise and chose people of their interest to manage public affairs for a specified term. But the principles and standards for evil and good vary between the West and the Islamic world. Strange as is, in Pakistan, those who come to occupy the political offices never intend to quit the political power on their own except implication of military force through a coup. Comparatively, on occasions western democracies do encourage educated and competent citizens to strive for their high ideas and ideals and come to the front stage and demonstrate their intentions and will power to seek the goal of ideal public service agendas. E.H. Carr defines teaching-learning role of history and its value must not be ignored but preserved. Recall the Pakistani military dictators for the last forty plus years, they each consumed a decade or more to relinquish power, what was not theirs in any systematic and logical context. Ayub Khan was ousted by Yahaya Khan. General Yahya with the complacency of ZA Bhutto surrendered East Pakistan to India (now Bangladesh) to share power with Bhutto but was put under house arrest as Bhutto assumed the power that did not belong to him based on the verdict of the people. Rightfully, it was Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, leader of the East Pakistan Awami League who should have been sworn-in as the new leader of united Pakistan but it was treacherously undone by Yahaya and Bhutto. Both should have been tried as traitors in a court of law and punished. Not so, they were rewarded and Bhutto became the first civilian martial law administrator and self-made president of the defeated Pakistan in December 1971. Dr. Ishtiaq Qureshi, editor of the Urdu Digest recorded it for the history (“Sukoot-e-Dacca sey Purdha utha Hay”- Facts are revealed after the Dacca Surrender) that “…in quest for its survival Pakistan lost its destiny. Yahay and Mujib stabbed the body of Pakistan with one dagger and Bhutto will stab Pakistan with another dagger.”
Rationally, two opposing forces cannot be combined in one nutshell. Good and evil each has its own connotation, identity and characteristics. Educated ZA Bhutto was eloquent speaker but egoistic, naïve and power-hungry, not sincere to the cause of Pakistan. Bhutto family alive or dead continued to be a dominant factor in Pakistan’s political life for almost forty years. They conspired to grab political power and even dismember half of the Pakistan to satisfy their political greed. ZA Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, two of her brothers none of them died for Islam, nor Pakistan or democracy but simply met their ambitions. Now Asif Zardari the widower of Miss Benazir Bhutto claims to have the inheritance of her secret but suspicious will to lead the party and ultimately hold the political power in Pakistan. Is it a political joke or puzzled game waged against the innocent victims – the ordinary citizens of Pakistan?
For the record, he is said to have been indicted along with his wife Benzair Bhutto for the money laundering case in Pakistan and Switzerland. The regime under Zardari maintains a vicious network of corruption, nepotism and treason against the interest of the masses. Recently, upon disclosures that the law minister Babarr Awan stalled the Supreme Court verdict to open investigation of the money laundering case against Zardari. It is well known that thugs and thieves are always afraid of the judge. No wonder, most of the Zardari cabinet ministers turned out for a public showdown to express political solidarity with the accused Awan in the Supreme Court hearing. Do they have any political credibility to govern Pakistan? Is this is what the ordinary Pakistani folks wanted to see in a liberal democracy working progressively in Pakistan? People are not part of the political working and the powerhouse is maintained by the US sponsored agenda, the Pakistani military Generals and some segments of the bureaucracy. The real issue is how to change the malfunctioning of the so called democracy in Pakistan? It is a working democracy off the people, buy the people and far the people. More than a decade earlier, realizing the crux of the problems, I wrote series of articles “Pakistan: Enigma of Change” visualizing the systematic choices for workable social, economic and political change, away from the military dictators as it was the time of General Musharaf rule, and proposing concrete steps for remaking of the public institutions while phasing-out the neo-colonial organizations and phasing-in the new people-based institutions of political governance to set the progressive stage for change and reformation in Islamic Pakistan.
Musharaf was not different than any other corrupt military dictators who stole wealth and time for change and left the nation in extreme chaotic conditions and with American dollars framed Pakistanis as the object and victims of the US sponsored global terrorism. Under Zardari regime, Pakistanis are experiencing the daily bloodbaths and killings of the innocent civilians at a scale unknown to its history. In 2009 alone, 12,900 civilians were killed directly or indirectly by the proponents of the “terrorism” including the ruling regime under Zardari. The US claims to have invested 10 billion dollars in General Musharaf regime and the same goes on unabated under the current working of democracy in Pakistan. There are wrong people, with wrong agendas and doing the wrong things to dismember Muslim Pakistan. General Musharaf’s treason to Pakistan was well fed and he maintains $1.4 million mansion in London under the British security protection sponsored by the US. Zardari has number of convenient choices available to be living in Dubai, France and Switzerland in many splendid palaces purchased by money laundering schemes – the inheritor of Bhutto’s family. Is there any law to bring these perpetrators of heinous crimes against the people to accountability in Pakistani court? It seems that Chief Justice Iftikar Choudry is determined to see that happened but the corrupt official infrastructures would stall all the legal deliberations to come to just and fair conclusions. After all, there are hundreds and thousands of Bhuttos, Zardaris and Musharafs who live on foreign aid and US paid bribes to ensure the working of a new form of liberal democracy in Pakistan. Eric Margolis is a reputable Canadian journalist who specializes on Pakistani and Islamic affairs. His article” Zardari Our man in Islamabad” (01/2010) is quite telling. He was warned to stop writing and making secret disclosures of the Bhutto-Zardari’s regime political conspiracies and was warned to leave Karachi or liquid acid will be thrown on him. Paul Craig Roberts is another well know respected America scholar who writes on the real world affairs. In one of his recent write-ups “Muslims are their own Worst Enemies” 03/2010, ICH analyses the Pakistani dilemma:
Without the puppet Karzai selling out Afghans to Washington, the U.S. would have already been driven out of the country. With Karzai paying Afghans with American money to fight Afghans for the Americans, the war drones on into its ninth year.” There is no reason to disbelieve Paul Craig Roberts as he is a scholar of intellectual integrity and global credibility: The THINKING PEOPLE of Pakistan and Pakistani intellectuals abroad must take notice of the facts on the ground that the US will continue to finance Zardari gang and the “war on terrorism” to create more terrorism and dismember Muslim Pakistan. The challenge is urgent and critical for the young and educated generation of Pakistanis to have conducive opportunities for systematic change and reformation of the obsolete neo-colonial run politics. Zardari and the gangsters would not go voluntarily unless forced to quit the political powerhouse. The insurmountable challenge is how to safeguard the interest of the people of Pakistan and phase-in a non-partisan government under proactive, committed and intelligent leadership to plan and deliver the Islamic democratic system and services for the best of the deserving people.
Allah has promised to change the conditions of the besieged people to favorable future if they wanted a change and were working to make it happen: “Allah does not change the condition of people unless first they change themselves.” (Al-Qura’an, Surah Al-Raad.)
—The writer specialises in global security, peace and conflict resolution, and comparative cultures and civilisations.
The Real Outcome of the Recent Pak-US Official Visits
US vice President, Joseph Biden recent visit to Pakistan was a matter of great concern for the entire nation, media and our US-led government, which is strongly believed to be acting like a puppet in US hands after its failure to resolve the issue of military insurgency and continuous drone attacks in the tribal areas of Pakistan. It was a shrewd and tactful move on the part of the USA as the trust deficit between Pak-US relations continues to increase after the Indo-US nuclear deal, Obama’s visit to India and his endorsing India to become a permanent member of Security Council. Infact all these policies point directly towards its deep-rooted strategic interests and inclination towards India. The simple logic or reason behind all this is America’s fear of China and security threat from Pakistan. In the upcoming years it is not likely to be Iraq or Afghanistan. It’s Pakistan who can possibly become a safe haven for the terrorists and its previous Pro Taliban policy still haunts the Americans. USA alleges Pakistan’s ISI being supportive to these extremist elements and considers its nuclear arsenals being unsafe. Out of this fear, Biden has announced in his few days back visit to Afghanistan that USA forces would continue to stay and expected gradual withdrawal, starting this summer of US troops, can be postponed if Afghanistan wants, in order to prevent civil war and to fully eliminate the terrorists from its land.
America’s security depends greatly on Pakistan so it is bound to establish good ties with Pakistan and this surprise visit was another goodwill gesture out of courtesy and more likely out of its own self interest. In his visit, Joe Biden tried to clarify the misconceptions that prevail in Pakistan about US intentions and actions. He appreciated Pakistan’s fight against terrorism and reiterated US support to democracy in Pakistan and its stability. Biden assured that the new US administration would support Pakistan’s efforts to counter terrorism, religious radicalism and to meet its developmental needs and capacity building. He also expressed his condolence over assassination of Governor Salman Taseer. He assured Pakistan that no US boot will tread on Pakistani soil and there will be no violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,”
Our President Asif Ali Zardari recently also visited USA to attend the memorial services of Pak-Afghan envoy Richard Holbrook. There was no ceremonial welcome, no state banquet, and no joint presser, not even an opening statement on his arrival. No one is really quite sure what Zardari had hoped to accomplish, by meeting the US President and the state secretary Hillary Clinton as the two countries are battling an enormous trust deficit despite public protestations of cooperation in combating terrorism. The two leaders renewed pledges of cooperation over the aspects of the US-Pakistan strategic partnership, including mutual commitment to economic reform, support for good governance, democracy and joint efforts against terrorism. The discussion focused on shared efforts to fight terrorism, resolve the issue of blasphemy law and to promote regional stability, specifically on the importance of cooperating towards a peaceful and stable outcome in Afghanistan. However, Washington is not ready to pay any heed over the Kashmir issue and the real outcome of these two visits seems quite bleak for Pakistan, giving us neither new hopes for betterment nor any positive prospects for the future.
The years of US policies toward Pakistan based on financial allurements and conventional weaponry have done little to induce any change. Despite all these assurances, Pakistani nation is now skeptical of US motives having bad experiences in the past like drone strikes on Pakistani border areas, failure of Kerry Lugar bill and inadequate US material and financial aid for the war on terror and in crucial times of floods. These two visits are another deceptive picture by USA to allure Pakistan towards itself, after foreseeing Pakistan’s growing diplomatic and economic cooperation with China in December. No matter how much USA assures Pakistan of its staunch support, the atmosphere of misperceptions and doubts continue to hail around the country and America can never win the hearts and minds of Pakistani people through its fake assurances, callous policies and political/ military tactics as the two sides have a long way to go to overcome their significant differences. As it is well said that assurance cannot be bought but achieved only through mutual trust, cooperation and it requires time and experience.
THE SILENT MAJORITY
by Arslan Khalid
A couple of days ago Pakistan saw The Governor of its largest province murdered in broad daylight by his own security personal. The murderer has claimed it to be in reaction to governors’ statements against blasphemy law. Irrespective of the political turmoil it may have created, the society is divided into two groups over this issue. 5% people claiming it to be a justified act while 5% considers governor as a martyr .
Now where does majority 90% stand on this issue? Well they are once again busy doing their usual thing which is “to keep silent”.
Maulana Roomi once said that Nations die when they fail to differentiate between the right and wrong .It would have been very convenient to accept that our nation had died many years ago but the fact is that this silent majority of our nation has still got the ability to differentiate between right and wrong only if they can come out of their self created prison .Their major concern is just to pass there solitary lives in captivity without being disturbed. They have become immune to oppression and injustice. They have allowed a minority to rule over them and to represent them as a nation whether this minority be extremists or liberal fascists.
In Islam we are blessed with an eternal gift. A blessing that no other religion is offering which is a clear guideline to pass our lives. The whole message of Almighty is there in Quran and then elaborated clearly by Hadiths and the Holy life of The Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him).Unlike other religions where u follow a church or a synagogue to understand it, we Muslims can lead good,pious lives by studying Quran and Hadiths ourselves. So role of a Molvi becomes very well defined . His job should just be spreading the message of namaz,zakat and basic principles of Islam. If some Mullah tries to spread the message against the spirit of Islam which is peace why cant the majority sitting in mosque take a stand and ask him afterwards that he shouldn’t indulge himself in that domain. The little contribution on our part can save somebody from getting wrong meaning of Islam by that Mullah. However as followers, people need to understand that Islam is a religion and not a fashion that needs change with time. There is no radical or moderate Islam .The radicalization is a whole different phenomenon and has more to do with political and social issues than religious ones.
It will take long to explain causes for the radicalization and intolerance that we witness in our society so I would rather stick to my topic about the silent people out there who sometimes gather courage and decides to speak up but limit their voice to facebook or twitter only. alas!! Almost all my friends living abroad on watching governors’ murder news, updated their status on face book showing immense disappointment and remorse. Unfortunately none of them ever update their status when everyday drone attacks are killing innocent people in our tribal region .In an estimate 42% people who died in last yrs drone attack were just a collateral damage and the missile never differentiated between a child, a woman or a 70 yr old man. Last month people affected by drones from South and North Waziristan protested in Islamabad. Prominent human rights associations that claim to be champions of human rights in Pakistan and get dollars for their NGOs in return for their services never turned up for them. Nobody even bothered that a 8 year old child waiting for mercy after having lost his parents in drone attack is an ideal target to get exploited by terrorists.
Even American and British people adopted Iraqi orphans after Iraq war but our silent class has gone so selfish that they couldn’t help one of their own. Living their lives in fear and avoiding trouble, not foreseeing that few yrs from now this very child’s activity can give them some irreplaceable loss.
We always blame an individual for some act but never bothered that this was bound to happen. Give me one explanation why should we only blame an individual and never considered our silence responsible for the act. Why do we expect peace when we are so far from the concept of Islam? Why do we expect logical decisions from people when there is no effort of educating people on real issues? How can we expect a better future for us when we haven’t learnt anything from history? Why do we even think of being sovereign when we know we are being ruled by corrupt puppets of super powers and do nothing to remove them? We want people to be keep deep sentiments for the country but want to restrain their sentiments when somebody shows mala fide intentions towards the religion? How can we expect a great Muslim scholar to come out of some madarasa when we ourselves have generalized all madarasas as terrorist training centers and have labeled all students there as terrorists? Why do we hope for some genuine National heroes when we are busy making disputed people of past as heroes and martyrs? Why do people mention about Rule of Law and States authority to implement some law when the people running the state are the biggest thugs and frauds? why do we even mention about making better laws when the law makers are themselves the biggest law breakers? How can we wish for a revolution that can change the fate of this nation but aren’t willing to sacrifice for it? Aren’t these questions enough to tell that where we demand others to be clear in their heads we ourselves are confused? Last but not least why am I expecting answers to these questions when I know that these questions were addressed to ‘The Silent Majority’ of this nation which hopefully will one day wake up from the deep slumber they are presently in.
Your Opinion Poll Regarding Salman Taseer’s Killing [VOTE]
”]Salman Taseer killed by his own security guard “Mumtaz Qadri” in reaction to Taseer’s statement terming the blasphemy law as a black law. He fired 27 bullets into Salman Taseer’s body. 500 religious Scholars alone from Karachi urged Muslims to boycott the funeral ceremony.
The statement which has been endorsed by senior Barelvi leaders such as Professor Saeed Shah Kazmi, Allama Syed Riaz Hussain Shah, Syed Shah Turabul Haq Qadri and Hajji Mohammad Tayyab calls the assassin Mumtaz Hussain Qadri ‘Ashiqe Rasool Ghaziye Mulk (Lover of the Prophet, Commander of the Country)’.
“We pay rich tributes and salute the bravery, valour and faith of Mumtaz Qadri,” the statement said, adding that the ministers, politicians, ‘so-called’ intellectuals and anchor persons should learn lessons from the governor’s death. The scholars said that those who insult the Holy Prophet (pbuh), even if they did not intend to, were liable for death.
Hajji Mohammad Tayyab, who is also the secretary general of the Sunni Ittehad Council, told The Express Tribune that scholars had “repeatedly urged the president, prime minister and Governor Taseer himself that if their knowledge about the blasphemy law are limited, they should consult them and avoid debating over the issue as it would inflame the people and then anything could happen.”
Shah Turabul Haq Qadri’s son Siraj, also a senior member of the JASP, endorsed the statement and said it was now binding on every Muslim.
Jamiat Ulemae Pakistan (JUP) central executive committee member Maulana Shabbir went as far as saying that in his opinion Salmaan Taseer was ‘Wajubul Qatil’ (must be killed according to divine law). “He had called the divine law of God, a black law and tried to protect a condemned blasphemer,” he said.
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