Welcome to Islamic Republic of Slave Pakistan
June 7, 2009 2 Comments
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.