Pakistan: Beleaguered Nation Looks for Change
Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD
For over half of a century, the leaderless Pakistani nation is paying for its pains, anguish and insane rages of the few egomaniac and perverted rulers who could not THINK right nor lead the nation - the political gangsters and the laughing stalk of the wounded nation and perpetrators of violence and the typical “Right Men” syndrome in its most naked form. There are three major contending forces escalating conflicts to degenerate the future and cripple the freedom and integrity of Pakistan:
(1) the Generals, who have ruled the country for almost four decades and are not willing to relinquish their own strategic- political powerhouse, militarization of the nation;
(2) Feudal landlords transformed politicians, the systematic by-products of the military Generals are the selected few families - Bhutoos- Zardaris, Sharifs and Chaudris of Gujarat acting as accomplice to support the military-based indoctrination as and when required for all seasons;
(3) People, the besieged masses of Pakistan - the net participatory victims and reactionaries to all of the tragedies for over fifty years.
None of the first two entities were factors in the thinking hub of the Pakistan movement for freedom - a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Indian sub-continent and the politically-intellectually enriched people’s democratic movement for the creation for an independent Pakistan. Dating back to the colonial era, the military institutions were planned and organized to ensure the loyalty and mastery to the British imperialism over its subjects - the people of occupied British India. Under the colonial scheme of things, the people were denied of rights, human dignity and entitlement of citizenship except being subjects of the British Raj. To the role and imperatives of the military institutional indoctrination in Pakistan, not much have changed in the overall symbolic “Pakistani military” absorbing into an Islam force to protect the ideology of the nation. The obvious impression of a secular indoctrinated institution exclusively operational on its own as a powerful entity and making its own policies and orientations regardless of the interests and aspirations of the masses of Pakistan. If a General cuts short political lifelines of any of its stooges when they become a liability, he will assume the power to be a law man - absolute authoritarianism. The military coups and interventions degenerate the moral, intellectual and positive Thinking of the society and run the risk of continued decadence and corruption in all major endeavors of national affairs. Pakistan and its people are the victim of this prolonged, cruel and unending tragedy. It clarifies that the Generals and their accomplice so called feudal politicians versus the common masses live in different worlds of perceptions and realities - and in conflicting time zones, not being able to see the prevalent realties of the national affairs to come to understand its essence and urgency for change and reformation. The global community sees them with mistrust and discord, not viable entities of the international system. The irrational system of governance propelled by the few does not offer any rational context to political change and reformation unless there is another bloody outburst challenging the insanity with more vigorous form of tragic insanity. Nobody THINKS of Pakistan, its national interests or the interests of the people- the logical legitimacy factor to the embodiment of Islamic Pakistan. More than forty years of time and opportunities have been stolen from the precious lifeline of the nation of Muslim Pakistan; yet, nobody was ever charged with crime nor punished for their treachery and monstrous actions against the freedom and integrity of Pakistan. East Pakistan now Bangladesh, was lost and surrendered to India because of the plan by the then military-political rulers of the nation in 1971. ZA Bhutto- General Yahaya Khan were the chief conspirators to dismember Pakistan. The traitors were rewarded not punished by the nation.
Pakistan embodies multiple self-inflicted tragedies unknown in modern history. Leaders create leaders but there were none since the military took over the reigns time and again, stupid and unthinking people will come to occupy the highest offices, negating the very essence of Islam principles and moral values of the society. Power politics in Pakistan has become an outcome of institutionalized corruption, conspiracies, killings, and treachery to the national interests. The Generals, Politicians and Assemblies are all the outcome of this flourishing industry. Since its freedom, the power was transferred only once peacefully by the British colonial authority on August 14, 1947; otherwise, there is no evidence of peaceful transfer of power to any legitimate leader-party in Pakistan. All the time, there were backdoor conspiracies, killings and trades-in between the few families and the Generals. What happened to East Pakistan, a similar situation is evolving in Baluchistan, and all the major actors appear to be same as were at the time in 1971. The first two contending forces are acting on behalf of the foreign masters to further disintegrate Pakistan, and they are well paid and escorted by the ruthless forces of foreign intervention and spying networks. Even if Pakistan is further ruptured, their dividends-pensions and salaries are guaranteed by the colonial master. Who would know better to calculate the benefits than General Musharaf and his immediate colleagues? To the common folks, the issue is how to avert the emerging catastrophic disasters- internals and externals and gain sense of physical and intellectual security for the future. In this struggle, those who were supposed to be defending the nation, are acting like scorpions and wild beasts ready to kill their own people under the guise of “terrorism” and “talaban militancy” but ignore all the challenges to the nation’s existence and do nothing to protect the nation. Killing their own people proves loyalty to the colonial masters and adds lot of cash dollars to the bank balance. They are playing “wait and see game’ as they did more than forty years ago. Recalls, in May 2011, the US launched a planned attack at Abbotabad and claims to have killed Osama bin Laden. Immediately after the operation, the then American CIA chief Panetta (now Secretary of Defense) and General Petraus thanked the Pakistani General Kiyani, ISI chief General Pashs and President Zardari for their cooperation. The Pakistani rulers pretended as if they were not aware of the Bin Laden killing. The media reported realities on the ground clearly indicated that they had knowledge and their participation was crucial to the US belligerent action. The Pakistani forces cordoned off the area few hours in advance while the US attack was in progress at Abbotabad compound. The Pakistani Generals and Zardari lied to the nation and got away with it. If they had any sense of responsibility and shame, they would have resigned right away. In November 2011, the US led NATO forces attacked on the Pak-Afghan border post and killed 24 Pakistani sleeping army personnel. Now, three months later, the US announced this week that it was a normal operation against retaliation and does not acknowledge any mistake or need to apologize from the Pakistanis. The facts on the ground speak a different language of naked aggression by the US led forces. Were the Pakistani Generals not capable to challenge the cruelty of the foreign forces? The US drone attacks continue to kill civilians in the Pakistan’s Waziristan and Pukhtoon frontier regions. Every other day, killings of innocent civilian men, women and children take the global headlines and funeral processions of the charred and defaced bodies. Are these Generals not capable to protect the Pakistani civilians against the foreign onslaught? What good are the Pakistan armed forces if they cannot offer credible sense of security to the nation? Looking critically, this is nothing new to the role of the Pakistani Generals and their dishonesty to the nation. General Musharaf, the previous dictator consumed 11 years of the nation’s life and did all that what the current General are preoccupied in shaping their interests and priorities. Musharaf was rewarded by the US Master and lives happily in a $1.4 million London mansion under the 24/7 protection of the British security. The American and British leaders view Pakistani Generals and their accomplice politicians as monkeys and donkeys good for logistical purposes when and if needed – the hired slaves who work for the foreign Masters but not educated and trained to THINK on their own for the Muslim nation. Strangely, when such people lack leadership qualities, courage and role-play and are proven incompetent, who appoints them to hold the nation’s highest offices of responsibility? The Generals and Bhuttos- Zardaris are not the resources to serve Pakistan or safeguard its political-strategic interests but the concerned educated and intellectuals of the new generation are the precious asset of the Pakistani nation to serve its interests for anew future.
Do the Pakistani Generals and the PPP accomplice have any sense of honesty, accountability or justifiable explanation to offer to the nation? The Osama bin laden episode and the killing of 24 Pakistani army men clearly indicate their failure to prove their competence and professional duty to safeguard the nation. What if India and Israel would have come-in as did the US intruders to attack the nuclear installations? Would they be ignorant of such an unthinkable intrusion into Pakistan’s sovereignty? The rulers are the absolute power in Pakistan. There is no democracy, no political accountability and there is no political system based on any known legitimacy. The Pakistani rulers have acquired indifference to the public interest and insanity and they are victim of their own obsession. Pakistan needs a new political system of governance to be articulated by the new educated and proactive visionary generation of the people. Zardari and the Generals belong to the dead past, and cannot be a hope for the future. Pakistanis breathe different air in a vicious encirclement of subjugation with a terrible sense of helplessness lacking political imagination and new ideas for the future making. The present rulers deserve a powerful lightning jolt or perhaps to face firing squad because the rational legal accountability process would not do justice to their perpetuated crimes against the nation. One cannot ignore the facts that some vital segments of the Pakistani nation must have been complacent in these schemes of things institutionalizing corruption and cruel politics. Could the Generals, Bhuttos, Sahrifs and Zardari have stolen time and resources alone without the large participation of bribed people from within the society? Shall we define it as a “zalam and muzloom quom” for our discussion purposes?
America is a big game player in Pakistan and its security apparatus. The aid gimmick has kept Pakistan interdependent on the policy making of the US administration and a nation being viewed more liability than an asset to the American geo-political interests in that region. The US leaders allege Pakistani rulers (civilians and military) as “double dealers” paid, bribed but act contrary to the American dictates. The imagery that floats across the globe that Pakistani Generals and politicians are in the paid US basket and survive on its active support to rule Pakistan. The beggar nation that continues to be living at the mercy of the so called US aid money and foods, often defined as conspiracy to fighting proxy wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere. All that can go wrong have gone wrong with the system of Pakistani governance. Every one selling others, every one making cash dollars by trading-in the interests of the Muslim nation. It is business “as usual” and nobody seems to raise any eyebrows anymore in a culture of nuisance, filthy corruption, and non-Islamic governance claiming to be Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Nobody knows where Islam exists or operative in Pakistan. It is certainly not part of the governance as it stands now. All political parties are fun seekers, engaged in reactionary exercises and in show business. None seem to have the political, moral and intellectual capacity, vision and leadership to stand for Islamic Pakistan.
All contemporary politicians are stage actors pretending to be doing public good to serve the interests of the people. Men who are universally hated and feared claim to have achieved success at the cost of wrong thinking, ruthlessness, and treason against the nation. Their so called fantasy of success can never flourish except leading to degeneration, viciousness and self-destruction.
In July 2007, the New York Times published front page article that “Pakistani Generals are paid to do the job.” That was General Musharaf and comrades, exposing the insanity of the “war on terrorism” that Pakistan embraced and the Generals made millions. After the Raymond Davis case, this latest episode left no doubt that indeed Pakistani Generals and Zardari gang are paid by the US Government to do the job. The terms of reference clearly shows that the US intelligence network and the political leadership have full control over all the major affairs of governance in Pakistan. Zardari and the Pakistani Generals are the stooges of the US managed political chessboard. Do these sadistic monsters have a future?? Andrew Gavin Marshall “Imperial Eye on Pakistan- Pakistan in Pieces, Part 1 (Global Research: 5/30/2011) spells out the context:
“America has, in recent years, altered its strategy in Pakistan in the direction of destabilization. In short, Pakistan is an American target. The reason: Pakistan’s growing military and strategic ties to China, America’s primary global strategic rival. In the ‘Great Game’ for global hegemony, any country that impedes America’s world primacy – even one as historically significant to America as Pakistan – may be sacrificed upon the altar of war………. Pakistan will very likely continue to be destabilized and ultimately collapse. What is not mentioned in these assessments, however, is the role of the military and intelligence communities in making this a reality; a veritable self-fulfilling prophecy.”
Is there a way out of the Pakistani sell out to the US? The Pakistani military Generals and political rulers are part of the problem; they cannot be part of the solution. The traitors are boxed-in, fair or foul. They will deny being on the wrong side or ever having committed treason against the very people and nation that fed them. The solution must come out of the NEW THINKING and NEW VISIONS of the young people and new generation of Pakistani scholars and intellectuals who are able to THINK independently and out of the box curtailment. This approach deserves an inward EYE on the objectivity and purpose of political change and reformation of the neo-colonial dominated governance, an eye not merely to change the political faces but to be FOCUSED on the PURPOSE and clarity of political change institutionalized development, holding the current rulers including General Musharaf accountable for their crimes and treason to the nation, and rebuilding new political institutions with an instinctive recognition, gradually transforming the obsolete governance and rebuilding unto new and responsible system of political governance. Surely, history will judge the Pakistani rulers by their actions, not by their claims. The HOPE for change and reshaping ANEW Pakistan rests with the ideas and optimism of the new, educated and intelligent young generation of Pakistanis. Are there any Thinking and Rational PEOPLE available within the body of the Pakistani nation and open to listening to the voices of REASON to comprehend the monstrous challenges to the future of Pakistan and be able to articulate people’s movement for a navigational change?