Hatred! Black and red, burning, scorching and taunting. Back when Section 62, 63 were launched into the limelight, this was a select reaction by a select group of people. These people came from different walks of life; especially politicians.
The politicians tried every act in the book to kill the Constitutional requirement. And yes they did kill it. They got away with it. After all it is a requirement made for man, by a man, ordained by Allah. Ewwwwww. Now that is a tough one isn’t it. Ordained by Allah. Don’t mess with the big guy, as in ever. He usually knows how to get his way.
After hearing Imran Khan’s first speech hours after his accident, something seemed out of the ordinary. Something was just not ‘political’ enough. Then came an interview of his members. Me got skeptical, they can’t be so simple people. Methinks that was just a political stunt. But then came the ‘regular’ political and somehow the Gilanis are a gem of a people and should have more emotional outbursts. They give the true picture of how dirty politics can get if it is ‘made’ to run in families and if power is institutionalised.
Now the simple people in team of PTI don’t seem too out of place. Me-now-thinks why shouldn’t we have sincere and honest, simple people in our government? Why shouldn’t we have people who are educated, smart and not opportunistic? And these characteristics make up Section 62, 63 I believe.
The 2nd speech and address to the nation that Imran Khan has actually won him more supporters. People want to live decent lives. They want to be honest and simple. They don’t want to be dacoits, murderers and playthings for party motives. Now the youth sees light, optimism and its importance. They want to live in peace. Kindly let people live the life they deserve!!
I start this post with a smile coz frankly I had a women oriented topic in mind, but then a fleeting glance at the television screen and the news channel and my mind rocked back to the age-old topic; current affairs!!!
Elections ‘looming’ around the corner and all political parties jet-set for action. Pakistan is and has always been so active. Partition, democracy, military rule and now again an attempt at ‘cleaner’ democratic rule. Lets be clear here about a few things, the Constitution of Pakistan always had clear-cut rules. Only the followers were never serious about applying them. Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri made sure that they were applied and did not take no for an answer. But that did not deter any political mismanagement on behalf of the parties. They had ample time to ‘plan’ their tactics. Tactics which the people are still unaware of.
With the love of the Seat of Presidency growing in the hearts of certain people, there is a unproportionate and immense love for the country among the youth. The youth which refers to people with a conscience and a lively heart and soul, not to age, want to see their country prosper and move forward. No doubt this group has a lot of teenagers and youngsters.
So infectious is this disease of feeling good about one’s country, positivism and the optimism that we can achieve the best if we have the best team that lately in a Dawn news article I read that Bilawal Bhutto also tried to filter good people from his party. Looks like Imran Khan got to him as well. But his dad eventually won him over to his side 🙂
Games are going on and the election candidates are being thrown into court cases, jails and simply turned down. I wonder if Meera fulfills section 62, 63? Sadiq and Ameen- really???
What remains is the final public opinion. Will the public select the people who are standing up from the constituencies? Will these people be any different? Will these people just shift out to wealthier neighborhoods? Will they come back to their constituencies and work for their people?
With the election season warming up the people of Pakistan slowly and surely, what I see is mixed emotions and a list of choices. This latter is good or bad only time will tell. Elections or the final election day always has a lot of apprehension for the people of the country. Lately the interim Prime Minister was to be selected and it took days at a stretch to select that one man to serve for 3 months. Whether this was a serious change for the better or a bitter battle over choices only the people present behind those doors can tell. But it made the people long and wait for that one name to be called out; that one final name… the people waited patiently yet in complete silence in front of their screens when the name was announced.
May 11 elections will bring the people to their screens again. With the same apprehension, but this time an apprehension for a political change, an economic change. A change for a better future, a hope that they will not just survive they will find their dreams and will be part and parcel of the change that will come in the next 5 years. This time the elections will be different, as they will involve a democratic government giving off its right to rule to another democratic government in peace (probably).
For the first time there will be a myriad of political parties contesting in the elections. Sure gives the people a lot of choice and space on the paper to put their stamp of approval on. This time around it is different for many people; the youth, coz an icon is contesting, the old, coz two aged parties are up for the takes, the battered, coz the battering spades are still very much in the game and the religious, coz after all this is an Islamic country and no matter how modern we get the Islamic element will always remain to pull us ‘back’ to our roots. Who wins is anyone’s guess……
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!
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!
While Pakistan on the whole struggles with its basic survival, its neighbors gear to hit it with bows and arrows. Not in the literal sense ofcourse! Since TuQ announced his intentions for long march- Pakistan’s “Aman ki Asha” neighbors have been inching towards the line of control waiting for the exact right time. The recent event of hitting the Pakistan occupied Kashmir has sparked outrage among the masses and serious alignment of forces is taking place on both ends of the border. Is war inevitable?
The ‘visionary’, ‘democratic’ government has no way to stop this self-created mess. It cannot ‘buy’ its way out or ‘pay’ its way out. Stuck in the midst of the crisis are the people of Pakistan who are subject to mindless games and freaky talk shows where there is no solution. The people of Pakistan are yearning for the Pakistan Army to intervene- but will it? Or rather should it? Should it HELP to form the interim government? Should it help the people, who do not have the nerve to change their own destinies and will eventually re-elect the spawn of the same government 5-10 year from now?
The questions are burning- the present is threatening. But military intervention means two responsibilities for a single team with dwindling economy. Media with a throat of a lion, barking on and about every aspect of the low down of the economy, spreading the menace and depression through the masses, killing the hope, happiness and rays of sunshine. What the pen and tongue do not realize is that, they have responsibilities towards the people, as strong and astute as the government.
The war never gave anyone anything. Mr. Zardari has never been sincere with Pakistan. Hoping that in the last few days, he some how manages to amaze the nation and does something positive to avert the impending danger. Just not for votes this time, maybe just for the graves of his ancestors!
Feudocracy- a term I picked up while reading the reviews on current news on Express Tribune. Isn’t it applicable and more practical? The current system of ‘democracy’ is screaming out painfully under the stressful looting by the feudals who are trying hard to run it. But have they succeeded?
Many people have put it this way- ‘democracy’ has not failed the government has failed the people. Autocracy, monarchy, dictatorship are not for Pakistan and its people. They believe the so-called ‘dictators’ have derailed the economy of Pakistan- while they themselves realize figures have been different. Their argument is then the constitution- anything happening beyond the constitution is way bad for the country- is it really so?
The pointers put forward today by Imran Khan and TuQ are fairly same and similar in nature- with Imran Khan demanding an additional eviction of Mr. Zardari. No one seems scared of taking names directly- and they should not be scared of calling a spade a spade! The same pointers demand fair elections, grass-root people being able to select their own leaders without hesitation.
Keeping the past and present in sight, the game of constitution, dictators and pointers is being fairly and unfairly played by all parties involved. The media tries to play all cards, try all questions, be the all-knowing, yet it seems to dip in favor of the government when it is TuQ in question. But has no issues and questions when Imran Khan puts forward the same pointers. The same media plays anti-dictator tunes as well, hinting who might be the next in line while the masses roar in favour of TuQ.
The judiciary kicks out the Prime Minister, but that has no immediate bearing for any of the on going scenario. The politicians find it a diversion and try hard to prolong it, but it has no mass appeal.
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.