All sorts of media have gone to all stretches in displaying all sorts of views and news on the TuQ movement. One section of the society thinks his move was simple lunacy, while the another group fully supports Mr. Qadri’s movement giving him full credit for instigating and raising voice against the atrocious leaders. The neutrals are of the opinion that maybe his movement was not right but his words were spot on. A fourth, rather queer group of people is the ‘undecideds’. They are what we might sarcastically call the ‘no deen iman’ types in Urdu. They have dwindling opinions with no set line of thought. They seem to flow with the tide or the group of people the are with. They are a funny and wannabe sort who are still not decided if the long march achieved its purpose or not.
The politicians are owning the TuQ movement – why I call the long march a movement I will shortly describe- in three ways so far; one on a positive note on the face of it, the second totally denying it achieved any purpose at all, the third is approving of its agenda but denouncing its process. While the drama of acceptance and rejection continues on screen for everyone to see, people go back to their homes in the most orderly fashion.
The media goes into a frenzy and in an attempt to pull viewership shows the roads of Islamabad which it some how expects to be spotless, and squeaky clean. The tarmac hits the headlines of every news paper and blog and I cannot comprehend how the mere dirt can be of so much importance. While people realize their responsibility as citizens of Islamabad and help the municipality in the earnest, the media realizes its responsibility of being a revenue-making organization/page/website be it from the dirtiest news!
I call TuQ’s long march a movement as he has been able to mobilize the sleeping democracy and even if we don’t see the complete implementation of whatever was decided, we can at least see some improvement in the moral senses of the people who vote or come face to face with the people of Pakistan. The awareness that TuQ has raised with his speeches is not a small feat. At least the lower tier knows some of their constitutional rights- they are educated about the constitution of Pakistan. What the people knew was that the ruling party was corrupt, now they know they the ruling party is corrupt by law & constitution does not have place for them. The difference in knowledge is great. For the knowledgeable it is not much, but for the uneducated it means they can get their rights by law and contest. The mere knowledge can be used and if tackled properly, be used against the very feudals who have ruled the democratic systems. The same feudals who have actively kept education out of their constituencies for fear of this change!
While the politicians of Pakistan discuss the various options to diffuse TuQ and handle his various demands, the media anchors sit tight infront of their screens hanging on to every word being reported. These words have more than just meaning. They are writing the golden history of Pakistan. Every minute, every hour is going down with meticulous planning and analysis, sometimes over-analysis. There is a saying in Urdu, “jab soch gehri hojaye to iraday kamzor hojatay hain”, “when people over think before acting,their actions become weak.”
Too much analysis has become an over-kill or a time-kill for anchors who have good reputations, from digging nasty pasts to appropriating Quranic verses without any regard to the sanctity of Quran. While the government has not been too keen on being on the same bandwagon, recently they showed sign of cracking under pressure from the long march. This the media has enjoyed to such an extent that their stupidity has been replayed again and again. The nuisance that the footage suddenly creates is unbelievable and I just wonder if our ministers realize what moral clause did that fall into. Even if state and religion are separate, no religion allows this moral degradation of the self, that too infront of the public!!!
TuQ seems to be achieving his remote-at-the-beginning motive of bringing the players of the government onto a single table. As hard as he seems to be against the players of the present times, all his motives seem to be bringing the oldies into the center of the game as they scramble to protect their so-called democracy. While the call TuQ utterly undemocratic and don’t stop at concocting unusual stories about the learned man, they themselves threaten to call even bigger mobs and create ‘real’ unrest the likes of which can be found in history. If a man, who has willing throng of people at his beck and call asking for the shut down of the present government is undemocratic, so are the democracy flag-bearers who threaten to repeat history for the sake of false up-keep of present government!
Peoples’ speculation about the military being a key player behind the TuQ movement is evident online, while the government is beginning to shame TuQ on being an outside agent. The amazing sequence here is the series and sequence of statements. It is obvious that since day one of this movement TuQ movement would have been made to look like the work of some hidden hand. Courtesy Ayesha Siddiqa, writer of Military Inc, in an article that appeared in Express Tribune dated Jan 16, 2013, she traces the events of the day when she states,
“With the passage of the day, all non-parliamentary and non-political forces seem to be taking their place in subverting the political system. Supposedly eager to improve the quality of democracy, all of these characters are happy to flout democratic norms to push their way into power. Thus, not surprisingly, we have Qadri announcing the death of the government, the Supreme Court ordering the arrest of the prime minister in a case which has not been completely investigated, Imran Khan asking for premature resignation of the president, and the former dictator prodding the current army chief to move in and take over — all in the same day.”
The incidents she describes all come with successive clarifications stating detachment with the TuQ movement. Except for Imran Kahn who has the same agenda and states it clearly. What is the army and the court scared of? Why do they suddenly have to give explicit statements and conversation out to the public to PROVE their innocence? Or are they innocent?
While people debate the backing of TuQ, which by chance has had no major role so far, has been a DIVERSION from the main agenda at hand- the corrupt political system and its reform! The 7 points that have gone down in history of Pakistan now.
The day ends with the visionary coalition of all non-PTI parties coming to a consensus, not on democracy but on making another feudocratic government, which shall be lead by Mr.Sharif- which one we shall find out if they succeed!
Facebook and Twitter become very interesting and swift places at times like these. The nation is not resting and so are the websites. They are making money by the hits, which are by the millions! But that is the least of my concerns at the moment. What dazzles me are the thoughts and the counter thoughts. As if the media was not enough!
Media is a strange yet effective tool which effects the online world in a subtle, sneaky way. Once bought into with some dough, the media can change its perspective in a minute or two and can give people alternative views that may never exist. People who have online accounts- are educated, will propagate it to give voice to their snoozing fingers without realizing what they are writing.
The online world transformed from the force of the media, that pushed tons of people into the streets for the long march, giving the long march a wonderful reception in every city it passed, to bogging it down now that it has reached its ultimate destination and has the full potential of tearing down the Parliament. The media has suddenly put out its anchors into the streets asking general people constitutional questions. I DIRECTLY ask the media ‘how many people in your family know their constituitional rights and what was your age when you realized your constitutional rights to vote?” “How many women in your family are aware of their constitutional rights?” Kndly let us know without LYING!!!!
The point to these pointless questions is that, your questions are as pointless as the questions above! Kindly stop giving people secondary ideas- a man wearing robes and having a religious background is as sound as a man wearing Western outfit- atleast the religous man is EDUCATED in deen and duniya!
While thousands of people stride towards the capital of Pakistan I sit in Karachi wondering more than ever if this is really the revolution we all were waiting for- the new world order- the end of the world- the Mayan calender ending and causing a demonic or angelic change in the demography and geography of Pakistan.
There are numerous views on the long march. The political view, the non-political view, view of the masses which undoubtedly holds strong and the view of the spectators. While all views take but one angle and side of the event and stick to it the spectators are pretty choosy and try to question all angles and even the most dumb and pathetic angles.
Trying hard to discredit Dr.Tahir ul Qadri, the spectators, believe they can spring up anecdotes of their own accord and stash it up, again having firm faith they have threatened the Doc’s mission. Knowing full well that the doc has not given his full agenda, and he happens to be a lawyer, the spectators should be careful in appropriating anecdotes and mission-failing prophecies to a learned man.
Changing startegy might come in handy to channels who wish to increase their viewership, instead of name-calling or verbally harassing or challenging people who are following the Doc who is out for a change. Many people didnot ‘understand’ English during the revolution of Pakistan, nontheless they fervently listened to Mr.Jinnah, BELIEVING that whatever he was saying was the truth and the right thing.