A National Victory in T20 Cup — A Political Victory With Hiccups

Pakistan's Victory in T20 Cup

Pakistan's Victory in T20 Cup

After 10 years on 21st June 2009 — I had to vivify my passion for watching cricket the same way it was ages back. In the 1999 worldcup when Pakistan lost in final, I abandoned watching cricket, in fact lost the interest in watching cricket. In the T20 series, I didn’t watch a single match; however, just to keep myself au courant what’s going on in the series I kept on checking cricinfo for scorcards ocasionally. And today, I watched the final with couple of acquaintances and siblings. The match indeed was thrilling. As the phrase goes: A good beginning is half the battle. Pakistani team fared well. I wonder how I was so exuberant while watching the match — I wasn’t, instrinsically. It ostensibly pushed me to the old memories. The last 3 overs were tickling. I was exclaiming: Boom Boom Afridi — It’s the time to show your striking skills. And hereupon, the 98 metres high six Afridi scored — Huge six by a huge sixer. I did feel a shiver in my spine: Here yo go Lala, rock-and-roll. Pakistan won, and I exclaimed with an overweening joy — Zabardast!!

People are happy all-around Pakistan and all those Pakistanis who are outside Pakistan. Pakistanis are happy as their team succeded in being carrying the day. It was a pyrrhic victory — in a sense that Pakistan won a major title after 17 years of falling behind in finals, semi finals and so. There was a kind of war dance in the streets of Pakistan just soon after Pakistan’s victory. People went crazy — some still are. I was galumphing around outside — just like Younis Khan along with his team was galumphing around inside the pavillion.

How could I miss a chance I got after years in Pakistan — of national jubilation. I was strolling around — seeing the celebration all-across. Jubilant Pakistanis all-across streets were chanting slogans: Pakistan Zindabad — Boom Boom Afridi — Dil Dil Pakistan — so on and so forth. Kids I saw at different places were singing “Dil Dil Pakistan” — the patriotic song of Pakistan listened and sung most frequently at such events. It was such nice moment to see all this live after years — to see the 100’s of winding flags of Pakistan ubiquitous. So that was all good — cool as it could be. I was winding my flag, wrapped in green and white too.

Something I came across that changed the cool state of my mind to irritation — the stupid political flags — 10’s of MQM flags carried by number of idiots. What can I expect from the idiot partisans near their HQ — Nine Zero as they say. A lot of idiots having a pillion ride were carrying MQM flags rather than carrying Pakistan’s flag. There were a number of cars I saw having flag of MQM rather than a Pakistani flag. Then as I got more close — I started hearing the stupid political songs of MQM instead of some patriotic tracks. It all changed my good mood and I started wondering, why would people do so? Is it a Political Victory or a National Victory? Is it a Political Achievement or a National Achievement? Is the T20 World Cup Victory belongs primarily to political parties rather than Pakistan? Was it all not stupid? Why can’t we just have jubilation under one flag rather than jubilating under different flags? I know that it’s not all about MQM. This is what I saw live so I’m underlining it here. It does happen in different parts of Pakistan. I saw many PPP flags too, moreover. The Jiyalas are stupid too. In the other parts of Pakistan, there sure would have been jubilant congregations under political party’s flags, and that’s just usual I know. Stupid partisans give major importance to their political party’s flag than the flag of Nation whom they’re residents of — the cliquish people we can find all over Pakistan, alas!!

I came back home. Not that I was tired — but I was rather not in a mood of seeing political flags that started to grew more and more.

Alright, that’s the Pakistan we live in. The nation gets some good news in ages, and then it’s celebrated in conformity to the unity that is more of Political than National.

Making myself to get avoid from listening furthermore political chants — I, hereby, request to chant with National Unity under one National Flag — Pakistan Zindabad!

Anyway, the kinda war dance is still going on in the streets of Pakistan. Victory is always glorious whether it be due to Chance or to Skill. And this time, Pakistani Team has warranted the Victory not just due to the Chance, but Skills as well. Way to go, Greens.

SCO — Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Should Pakistan join or not?

SCO Annual Summit 2009

SCO Annual Summit 2009


SCO’s predecessor, the Shanghai Five mechanism, originated and grew from the endeavor by China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to strengthen confidence-building and disarmament in the border regions. In 1996 and 1997, their heads of state met in Shanghai and Moscow respectively and signed the Treaty on Deepening Military Trust in Border Regions and the Treaty on Reduction of Military Forces in Border Regions. The cooperation mechanism was later known as the “Shanghai Five”. [1]

Aims and Objectives of SCO:

The main goals of the SCO are strengthening mutual confidence and good-neighbourly relations among the member countries; promoting effective cooperation in politics, trade and economy, science and technology, culture as well as education, energy, transportation, tourism, environmental protection and other fields; making joint efforts to maintain and ensure peace, security and stability in the region, moving towards the establishment of a new, democratic, just and rational political and economic international order. [2]

Pakistan and the SCO:

Being a part of SCO means enhancing the country’s strength economically, strategically, defensively, militarily, touristic, and security-wise. Pakistan could gain a lot by infixing in this organization. 2006 was the first time when former President Musharraf joined one of the summit of SCO in Shanghai — with Pakistan under an observer status. Since 2006 to date, Pakistan has remained under the observer status, albeit government of Pakistan has been a part of SCO summits with the same observer status.

There has been a host of speculations about SCO going to be equivalent to NATO. It seems that Russia wants SCO to be a militarily strong organization — equivalent to NATO. But then, China, volitionally wants SCO to be an organization which can boost the economic sphere within its member countries along with countering terrorism in the region. So far, China and Russia both have kept their wants in stable state and working together to tone it up.

I guess, Pakistan has a great opportunity to come out from the slavery of US and be a part of SCO which is strengthening its basis day-to-day. But it seems that the current government of Pakistan is also reluctant to make Pakistan a part of SCO. A couple of days back President Zardari went to Russia to take part in annual SCO summit. No positive and favorable results emerged this time as well. Okay, it’d not be a childs play for Pakistan to join SCO while knowing the facts that Russia wouldn’t be favoring it under a silent thought that Pakistan’s inclusion in SCO will make China’s position more strong in SCO. But that’s just more of speculation. Although Russia as yet doesn’t seem much happy with Pakistan due to Pakistan’s significant role in Soviet-Afghan war which lead USSR to collapse. This perceptible event hasn’t disappeared from the minds of Russian Communist Government and they haven’t forgotten the wounds they encountered — but still Russia and Pakistan has bilateral diplomatic ties and okay relations amongst. Anti-US factor is one thing which has kept Russia to start developing ties with Pakistan once again. Pakistan has kept its ties with Russia too. It seems incoherent, but that’s Russia — never forgetting the cold war and the collapse of USSR due to US intervention — the same USSR which once was a claimed superpower in the world, not US — and the same USSR which sought for the Korea when Japan escaped after 2nd world war — but had to hold back just on North Korea when US intervened and took hold on South Korea. Before that, Vietnam war too, anyway.

If the speculations about Russia reluctant to give Pakistan full membership unless India doesn’t join SCO is true perchance, then Pakistan should stress China to help her getting full membership of SCO. Sino-Pak relations have always been good in the past where both the countries have helped each other at several occasions — Pakistan recognizing PRC (China) while snubbing ROC (Taiwan), helping China in getting UN membership, and reciprocally China helped Pakistan in VETOing against Kashmir Issue in UNSC, the Sino-Indian war was a portal for Pakistan to get more close to China, so on and so forth.

It’s never too late to take a good decision when one is in position to take. It truly is a favorable time for Pakistan to think about getting full membership of SCO before it genuinely gets late.

What do you think: Should Pakistan join SCO?


[1] http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/int/sco.htm

[2] http://www.sectsco.org/EN/brief.asp

Iran Elections 2009 — Conservative vs Reformist

Ahmadinejad vs Mir Hossein Mousavi

Ahmadinejad vs Mir Hossein Mousavi

Is the famous revolution of Iran at stake? Voting is underway with the results awaited of the tough competition between the two major contestants of Iran’s Election 2009 — the incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former Prime Minister of Iran Mir Hossein Mousavi. Ahmadinejad is a well-known conservative — a candid leader who developed acrimonious relations with the West. On the other hand, Hossein Mousavi is a conservative reformist — a candidate who believes in having fine ties with the West, although what I’ve read is Mousavi proclaimed of maintaining Tehran’s nuclear program yet after he’s elected. The Supreme leader of Iran – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – seems to have the same views the consevative and reformist posses about nuclear technology and that’s why Iran’s Supreme Leader has never been found at odds with Iran’s safe nuclear program. Although Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is an insignificant figure in the International Media – neither he intervenes much in Iran’s politics — as long as it doesn’t become necessary.

The campaign for both the major candidates came to an end last night. But the electronic campaign I’ve noted never got a pause. The official websites of both the candidates are displaying a fervent message to boost Iranians to vote for them. Besides, the internet forums and blogs are filled with the election-mania with mixed support for both candidates.

So far, the updates I’ve received says one of the allies of Mousavi’s campaign has told reuters about the unprecedented turnout in elections, and Mousavi is leading with 58% of the votes — But Ahmadinejad’s camp has rejected this claim clamorously, saying it’s a Psychological war the opposition camp is playing.

While in a mixture of a lot of updates on Iran’s elections, I’ve read this one news which says Mousavi has pledged to talk with US about various issues concerning Iran – internally and internationally.

Interesting thing is that both the major candidates are alleging each other of rigging the polls.

The Revolutionary Guards — a part of Iran’s military founded soon after Iran’s revolution who’s one of the pillars of the Islamic establishment and controls large military forces as well as a nationwide network of militia volunteers — is being alleged of rigging the polls in favor of Ahmadinejad, whereas the areas where Mousavi has a stronghold – has been alleged of rigging the polls. There has been no authentic news so far – just the usual verbal claims.

A sharp message from the chief of Revolutionary Guard has been issued to Mousavi that Revolutionary Guards wouldn’t tolerate any post-election political force under a banner of Mousavi’s “green movement” — which also is a signature color of Mosauvi’s political campaign.

Basij — which is the largest student union in Iran and also volunteers Iran’s paramilitary force — seems to be supporting Ahmadinejad this time as well. In the past, Basij played a major role in the campaign of the incumbent president which lead him to his victory in elections.

While Ahmadinejad seems to have a massive support of Basij and Revolutionary Guards — the reformist Mousavi does also have a good strength of youths who sought to have better ties with the West in all these years — Pro-USA. A lot of youths fervently oppose Iran’s incumbent President — accused the president of undermining Iran’s international standing with his confrontational style and of devastating the economy.

In this more and more tight race of election, let’s see who’s going to be the future President of Iran.

The question to raise in all this warmth amongst Iranians during election is: If a reformist is going to win election, can he revert the revolution of Iran? Or in other words, is a reformist President a threat to Iran’s popular revolution by being tilting more towards West? Or we can also rephrase this question in other way that what would be the role of Iran’s Supreme Leader in case a reformist President is elected?

Political Systems and their Needs

Democracy, Dictatorship, Communism, Socialism, Monarchy, Anarchy etc. — all are names of different Political and Economic systems. All can be good and at the same time all can not be good. These all can be acceptable without any variance by the people of that particular state IF they feel their country is in progression with a good law and order and economy etc. within that particular system. So be it Democracy or Dictatorship – unless people are getting attention of government in a good way – they’ll stay as happy. Partially, it also happened in Musharraf’s era too. Initial years of Musharraf was better than the last few years. Absolute majority of people accepted his Martial Law in 1999. People were happy under his tyranny – and they were anticipating for a good future of Pakistan – albeit Musharraf was a dictator. But when the same Musharraf started showing his wispy colors – the same people started opposing him. And then we witnessed a strength of Musharraf who once was accepted warmly by nation en masse – was getting scorned by the same people. Why? Because he started committing serious blunders in his last few years of tyranny, and he kept on doing mistakes rather than rectifying himself. It all wasn’t acceptable.

In short, there’s nothing like “A good dictatorship” or “A poor democracy” or vice versa. What all citizens want is a good system – a good law and order – a good sovereignty of country where government is liable to protect the rights of its citizens.

For instance, Cuba’s ex-president Fidel Castro ruled over Cuba for nearly half century. He came in to power after the Cuban revolution that brought down one American Dictator. Although Castro was a ‘dictator’ too, but he brought revolution and Cubans were happy with him. Hu Jintao, who’s General Secretary of China’s communist party and head of world’s largest army — he’s also a dictator. Chinese are very much okay under his tyranny. China is prospering.

In another instance, Sweden is one of those countries which enjoys a good democracy within the country. Swedish people are happy under a democracy. As long as the “System” of governance is okay and people are getting their due rights and getting justice — people don’t tend to think much about change. Same goes with the Fiedel’s Castro’s governance where he – a dictator – ruled for five decades and Cubans were happy, but they (Cubans) weren’t happy under an American dictator.

In another instance, Hugo Chavez promoted Direct Democracy in Venezuela. People enjoy this direct democracy since their country is stable under this democracy. They don’t want dictatorship.

So that, it’s all about manners of governance than democracy/dictatorship/monarchy etc. itself.

Welcome to Islamic Republic of Slave Pakistan

Pakistan Sovereignty Cartoon

First they came for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist; 
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then… they came for me… And by that time there was no one left to speak up.

These words of Martin Niemoller – a leader of one of the German group opposing Hitler and Nazi’s – remind me of the current situation in Pakistan.

We often address various different issues concerning Pakistan and its sovereignty. And at various situations, we, under an excuse of not having any other better alternative – surrender our sovereignty and dignity very happily. We don’t even tend to think of better alternatives we could have.

For instance, the drone attacks in Pakistan by United States Air Force has made me mulled over the dismantled Pakistan’s sovereignty. Today, United States – under a pretext of hunting down Talibans and al Qaeda – enters our territory and fire the missiles from their lofty drones. It mostly kills innocents. And we Pakistani’s remain reticent. Today, they come to hunt al Qaeda inside FATA; tomorrow, they could also use their land forces to enter into FATA and could also extend their aims and directions within Pakistan.

10 years back, when Pakistan conducted its Nuclear test, and we started believing we’re now a safe country with nuclear technology – guessing that no one would dare to have a dark look at us in future. No one yet knew 10 years back that 10 years after we’d be twisted around in an internal warfare so severely, and our sovereignty would get dismantled in such a grave way. Presently, no one yet knows what will happen after 10 years. Do you know? May be after 10 years we’ll see US forces beyond FATA and in other cities as well. It again reminds me of the words of Martin Niemoller “And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”

In another instance, we saw Pakistani intelligence agencies abducted dozens of innocent people few years back. We also discern that it all happened in collaboration with CIA – who worked as a downplayer in abduction. Who knows in future CIA could also be in spotlight in the abduction of Pakistanis. This time, they might not even need zilch help from Pakistan’s intelligence agencies – unlike past when Pakistani agencies were in spotlight – and used to directly abet CIA in abduction. Again, the words of Martin Niemoller echoes in my mind, “And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”

Today, we’re waiting for whom? Waiting for some veiled and sacred help? Even God doesn’t help those who don’t help themselves. This is so embarrassing ad nauseam.

Regarding the drone attacks, people often talk about the left out choices we could have. Particularly about drone attacks, we see the drone attacks fared not work well, coherently. It’s not a personal opinion I want to express, it’s a fact that we loose innocents in drone attacks, and we ought to bar Pakistan’s territory from drone attacks. Everyone wants annihilation of radicals from Pakistan. It’s all de trop what we’re facing today.

We’re undergoing a test-phase and the whole world is witnessing Pakistan can give in over the sovereignty issue. The world also witnesses that the country can also be suppressed very easily. We’re being suppressed by self-appointed superpowers. It’s a global fact that weaker ones are suppressed just like we’re getting suppressed. Those who have abilities to face danger and hardship despite fear – they rules. Such countries truly sparkle as a dignified nation. We’re regrettably not one of it. Welcome to Islamic Republic of Slave Pakistan.