Pakistan’s Fatal Revolution Viral


Having been dragged by the horses ridden by politicians and military despots through the mud for 63 years, the notion of a revolution has not failed to enter the mind of Pakistanis as a saw to cut and break free from this chain of humiliation manacling them.

Recently this feeling and thought has become stronger in Pakistan by the intensity of its pervasiveness fueled by the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt. Pakistanis reason the absolute and dire need of a revolution in their country by stating how either they’re in the same or worser conditions than that of the two Arab nations.

 

 

One might question them, have they followed the events or studied the situations in both the aforementioned countries? Egypt is under the tyrannical rule of an obstinate dictator since he assumed power on October 14, 1981.

With an already-imposed Emergency Rule since 1967, Mubarak exercised his totalitarian muscle a great deal by depriving Egyptians of their basic human rights, suspending their civil liberties, stunting their social growth, curbing any freedom especially freedom of expression by strict and savage means   with an era that ensued of fraudulent elections, inflation, poverty, political persecutions, unemployment, corruption and illegal arrests. Om id Dunya has been survivng under a brute.

Reflecting was the case in Tunisia under the grip of Ben Ali.

While inflation and poverty et al maybe the similarities between Pakistan and Egypt, there’s a visible contrast in between which includes the chiefly important political landscape and the Civilian-Military imbalance of power.

People in Pakistan demand a revolution but a revolution against what? A Government they themselves elected in 2008? What a farce!

 

 

If its to remove the ‘American Puppets’ that ‘have sold the nation’s dignity’, who elects them again and again after getting carried away in the flow of emotionally-charged election speeches of the puppets? The very Pakistani nation now rallying for an uprising!

Pakistan suffers and continues to do so but largely because of the nation itself (minus the years of the forcibly saddled authoritarian rulers to our backs).

With an attitude of placing petty allegiances to parties over the country, dangerous divisions into sects, ethnic separations, indifference towards the erosion of Pakistan’s heritage, abandonment of culture due to sweeping shame felt in owning it and a despicable and damaging ‘conspiracy mindset’ that is developing which ascribes anything that happens in the land of 796,095 kmof area as a work of ‘vile foreign forces’ – to rife dishonesty from the farmer to the Parliament and a frazzled moral and social fabric – Pakistan in no way can afford or requires a revolution with these  inadequacies.

The entire world has witnessed the surreal, perfect religious harmony amongst the Egyptian Muslims and Coptics during the January 25 revolt. While Muslims prayed, Christians formed a human ring around them for protection.

When the Muslim Brotherhood members raised Pro-Muslim slogans at Tahrir Square which implied that Egypt was for Muslims only, they were stopped by Egyptian Muslims who declared Muslim and Christians are all Egyptians and a new shout:

“Egyptian people here we stand,

Muslim Christian hand in hand!”

During the prayers at the Square, priests and imams prayed for Egypt together. When the Imam was leading the prayers, Christians’ repeated after him in louder voices so that all Muslims could hear.

Even gender boundaries transcended as women and men prayed together.

Can this ever be the case in Pakistan where there is a stark wave of subliminal intolerance being infused into even the minds of the educated? Had it been that Muslims and Christians had stood together to pray, the Mullahs would’ve raised the cry of blasphemy and a deluge of fatwas would’ve swept the country. Had they seen women praying with men, threats would’ve tumbled down upon all those who participated in it.

Egyptians showed their awe-inspiring sense of nationhood by forming committees to clear the areas where they protested every morning after millions had gathered there the night before.

Groups were organized to guard the museums and properties and possessions of people, while all those who were skilled in their professions came running to provide help and assistance to their fellow countrymen – such as the doctors who aided the injured freely.
Does Pakistan need a revolution to adopt this spirit?

Did not this nation pull down Musharraf?

We’re not worthy of a change with our stagnant ways which smell of stench.
And thats where and what we have to change.

With the nation sunk in disagreements and tiffs,  wide possibilities of religious exploitation leading to extremism, some insisting the system of democracy should continue and the others pressing on Khilafat to be installed, even if a revolution takes place – anarchy, looting, killing would envelop the country and all hell would break loose with the advent of a civil war.

Pakistan would fall apart if a revolution takes place.

The solution is to let the democratic system go on, no matter how defected it seems to be currently. It will naturally strengthen the vital organs of the state (Judiciary, Media etcetra) to an extent that they start ironing out the loopholes in the institution of democracy itself in Pakistan, clearing the path for it to operate as it should.

 The failure of individuals in the system to deliver should not make one ascribe those to the system.

Too many times in Pakistan’s history have democratic governments been overthrown and at the end, such a mess had been carefully crafted that it proved to be the perfect excuse for the boots to come marching in.

Systems can not be overhauled for individuals. Democracy is a culture along with being a system, that needs to be cultivated. It requires time which this nation, that has resisted years of several dictatorships, refuses to give.

To see how democracy functions if facilitated with patience and continuity, one must not look any farther than India.

The nation must also aim for unity, an evolution, an intellectual revolution and aspire to establish the values Jinnah and Iqbal had wanted for their Pakistan.

 

Pakistanis must change their attitudes and themselves along with rationally analysing the situations to bring about a difference in their country, for virals can never be the remedy for any ill, in this case, the ills of Pakistan.

- Hafsa Khawaja

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  2. [...] February 9, 2011 by Rubik Leave a Comment Having been dragged by the horses ridden by politicians and military despots through the mud for 63 years, the notion of a revolution has not failed to enter the mind of Pakistanis as a saw to cut and break free from this chain of humiliation manacling them. Recently this feeling and thought has become stronger in Pakistan by the intensity of its pervasiveness fueled by the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt. Pakistanis reason the absolute and dire nee … Read More [...]

  3. This change that you so passionately talk about in the end. What do you mean by it? What sort of a change are you talking about? What source or book would you suggest to Pakistanis that they should look up to to change themselves?

    • The change I advocate for, is one that is direly needed in the people.
      This change must begin from us, the individuals who form the society and in turn the nation – whose leaders represent us.

      To give an example, corruption in Pakistan is now often viewed as a commodity of daily life and a necessity, why? Because the people have made it a part of routine. Mostly have. And then from these very people, those in the assemblies are elected and with these existing cancers within us – to be honest, they do represent us quite appropriately.
      So if the people change this mindset and instilled defects, Pakistan will change eventually.
      We make the country.

      We have effaced the line between right and wrong and need to get back to the basics of following morals and principles and start responding to the pricks of our conscience.

  4. You know as I write this this revolution in Egypt will not be an easy transition due to EU, United states involvement. Never the less it forces change in the regime, illustrates the dissatisfied people. As for Pakistan, yeah the people elected the government but the government is corrupt and a puppet regime which isn’t a secret. But it must be emphasized that people have the power and they can over turn corrupt regimes. Wake up people! I’m sick of news regarding terrorist attacks, makes me safe and
    makes pakistan unsafe and unbarable. But these situations arise from the conditions which makes the ppl products of their environment.

    • Certainly, Egypt will have teething problems with democracy and many bumps on this new path that they have valiantly embarked upon.

      You do admit the elected representatives are corrupt, but do we not know of it when we cast our votes? Please don’t say a no, we know everything.
      The small case of Muzaffargarh illustrates the entire pattern of elections in Pakistan.

      In Muzzaffargarh, Jamshed Dasti who is a criminal/gangster/fake-degree holder was again re-elected by the people there after he was disqualified by the court in view of his fake-degree. And when the floods drowned the people of Muzzafargarh, Dasti fled and then the people there complained. Why did they complain then?

      This is a clear picture of how we react after electing criminals and character-less people in our assemblies.
      As I mentioned in my post above, if they are puppets – who catapults them directly into the seats of power? The people.
      I request you to read my reply to Muhammad Ahmed Shoaib above too.

      The people need to pay the price for their choices, as if Pakistan hasn’t had enough instability, we can not not overthrow regimes every now and then and those too, ones that we ourselves elect.

      Pakistan is not Egypt.

  5. An interesting analysis again! However, I’d agree on certain points while humbly differ widely on others.

    The change must stem from within. I always advocate that “charity begins at home”. An introspection and critical self evaluation is the need of the hour. But at the same time for the rectification and overhauling of the complete system and institutions, the change must start from the top. While you called it a Messiah, I prefer to call it the leadership void. Thus, for the process of the change to be effective, it has to be bottom up and top down simultaneously.

    Talking of democracy, I won’t go into the detail, but where is that connect between the people and the government(s) they have been electing? Has it addressed the miseries of the people in anyway? Has it stopped people from killing, extorting or looting each other for the want of bread and to quench their thirst and hunger? What use is the mere garb or shadow of democracy when it is designed to safeguard the interests of a certain class?. We are talking of 2 time/3 time democratically elected prime ministers while the next generation curiously awaits its turn to succeed their ancestors. I hate to sound so cynical but is democracy a mere silver lining with all its tendencies to breed dynastic politics in our region? Then there is no respite as far as suicide bombings are concerned_ adding drastically on to the polarity and social upheaval. People are up in arms against each other. There is desperation and angst prevailing in the air.

    Democracy or not, we are virtually sitting atop a sleeping volcano.

    • ” An introspection and critical self evaluation is the need of the hour.”
      That is exactly, what this country needs right now.
      To reflect, probe the reasons that have brought us here and search for solutions for our problems.

      I wrote it before and I reiterate, we can not keep overhauling systems for individuals.

      We’ve seen that in the 90s, how after the rise and fall of the BB-Nawaz regimes – how chaos and internal cracks appeared within institutions with Musharraf taking benefit from the situation at the end.

      Individuals at the top are rotten but them, we must either stop electing or if we elect them (which is what this nation has been doing since years) we must make them accountable.

      And accountability comes from strengthening of the system of democracy. Let democracy go on, in whatever form it is, for no country has had perfect democracy since the beginning but letting the system continue would help to straighten out all the wrinkles in it.

      Messiah was just a metaphor to describe how we expect a leader to appear, wave a wand and fix everything.
      Leaders must be made and every single individual should work to further the noble goals enisaged for Pakistan with him.

      Thats the point! All the harsh realities that you have written about and which have enveloped us, how has our electing the scounrels who come begging to our doors before the elections, helped us?
      It is them who beguile us and are elected by us in the name of all democratic benefits, not the system that is a farce.

      Dynastic politics has become the main form of party leadership in our country, why? Because our politicians are aware that no matter how much they loot this nation and wound us with their actions, we’d still elect them, their sons/daughters in their name or in the deluge of emotions.

      That must be stopped! And I am sure it will be.
      Talking to the common man, I have noticed how people have seen this time, who to elect and why not to elect on the basis of face/name/creed/clan etc the next time.

      We will learn and change inshAllah.

  6. Absolutely brilliant!!! Finely a voice of sanity on this issue! You are very right in your views here. Revolution of this like suits Egyptians since they know their destination. They know where they are heading and their vision is focused.Plus quite frankly speaking, our nation first needs some common sense rather than some spirited revolution which will have more of passion than some reason.

    • Thanks you so much for reading through my blog, commenting and appreciating! :]
      I am glad we hold the same views and agree with you absolutely!
      We must realize surface similarities are not ground realities!

  7. If people are presented with a fake democratic system under which well established political families come to power alternately, to enrich themselves through fair means and foul while the bulk of the population suffers miserably, then a bloody conflict is a real possibility. You simply cannot deny justice to a whole population indefinitely.

    A fundamental reason for the widespread injustice is Pakistan’s colonial system where English-speaking “brown sahibs” ape their erstwhile masters in ruling over the “natives”, whose lingua franca, Urdu, has been assigned a relatively lowly place. In response to a comment at my blog, I made the following comment today:

    The essential problem is one of gross injustice inflicted on some 97% of Pakistan’s population, which is denied equal opportunities. George Fulton has written eloquently about the selfishness of Pakistan’s privileged class, which has erected a “Berlin Wall” around itself:

    “Despite enjoying unprecedented levels of wealth and education, we no longer believe it is our duty as the best educated and most privileged in society to contribute to its development. The English language has created a linguistic Berlin Wall between us and the rest of the country. We remain cosseted inside our bubble.”

    We may be heading for a bloody conflict between the “brown sahibs”, those who have inherited and sustained the British colonial system, and the dispossessed Pakistanis whose dream of a free and independent Pakistan has been so brutally shattered.

    • This is not a fake democratic system, its flawed terribly. Why? Because it has never been given a chance to thrive in Pakistan, letting it continue would eventually and inevitably strengthem the system and only an adequate amount of power will then remain in the hands of individuals who will be accountable to the people.

      As for our politicians and ‘leaders’, I’d quote Abraham Lincoln :

      “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”

      This is what is happening for them, the ordinary man in Pakistan is much more aware or has become aware after the 2008 Elections over political deals, eyewashes and dramas. His view and opinion on these matters, (both of which will be vital to determine the result of our next elections) have changed drastically.

      You’ve quite aptly cited parts of what George had penned and I am in complete agreement with them.

      Although along with the Brown Sahibs, we mustn’t forget that our country is ruled by the Establishment more than anyone/anything else.
      If there has to be a revolt, it has to be against them and the Qadrification of this country.

  8. We form our opinions on facts as we observe them, and our subjective judgments may differ. The reason I consider our democracy to be a fake system is because of the hidden powers which operate behind the scenes. Take the last election held in 2008. This lacked legitimacy because of the huge part played by the Americans behind the scenes, resulting in the rotten NRO, the brain child of Condoleezza Rice. Subsequently, the Americans held the Pakistani politicians in the palms of their hands as the WikiLeaks revelations have made abundantly clear.

    An excellent article was published in ‘Jang’ today about the worthlessness of the 2008 election. This article, too, appears to be arguing for fresh elections NOW – something I have been advocating for some time.

    The link to the ‘Jang’ article is:

    http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/mar2011-daily/12-03-2011/col1.htm

  9. excellent article Hafsa! I’m so glad there are people who can think objectively about our situation and not just mindless drawing room revolutionaries (which I have the misfortune of encountering all the time). I’m sharing this article with my friends. Keep it up!

  10. Fully agree, An evolution is the only solution. A revolution would be a disaster. If we are not going to change ourselves, we cannot change the system. It is that simple.
    However, at any cost, we should not set ourselves to ‘silent mood’ where we stop questioning our leaders. We should stand firmly for our rights and should be fully commited to our duties.

  11. Any sudden change , be it good or bad, can not be long lasting , if it is thrust upon the masses . There might be a brief period in which the “change” is present , but unless there is a collective change in consciousness of the masses to support it , the “change” would not last . We ,are not a nation but a mob and have hopelessly short memories . So , even if there is a change , it would not be sustainable because we lack direction and can be very easily moved this way and that like a flock of sheep !


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