Negotiation Or Operation, Do It Fast!


Imran Khan said today that if the peace talks fail, we will back a fully-fledged operation together with all the parties. In my personal views the peace talks wouldn’t even begin. And even if they do, they would fail. Zero-sum game that is! But then, calling PTI and JI all the same only appears as a contour of derangement visible from the face, and behavior, of those struggling hard to blend them. JI doesn’t even consent to the starting of operation despite after the would-be failure of peace talks; they want peace talks to continue for as long they don’t fail.; but they will. The chief argument behind this notion is that we can’t give them (TTP) everything and they don’t want anything less than everything.

There is nothing wrong in believing for the sake of personal satisfaction that an opportunity to resolve the issue amicably with the TTP has to be gripped; but there is everything wrong in delaying action against the terrorists, for every day that passes without a full-blown action against the terrorists, or say resolving the issue of terrorism, is the sad day when innocents get blown up. The blood might well be on the hands of not just PTI alone but federal government too.

Both the KPK and federal governments have to contrive to deal with the issue of terrorism caused by TTP etc. The fact that some weird cultural aspects of Pakistani-politics — that is mired in distrust, hate and insane grudges — don’t allow things to go well between the two parties, whether it is PTI v PML-N or PPP v PMLN or PPP v MQM, is something both have to overcome before long. Or else, again, it will cost human lives and struck the most significant national interest.

Of Shahzeb’s Killers Getting Pardoned


As the nation is embroiled in a debate on whether or not the pardoning was a right choice, the most ignored fact is that victim’s family may not have any choice. Either they did it because they were too much on the spiritual side, or they did it to keep their existence intact in the society dominated by the feudal and influential. As the news suggests, it is the latter.

And the Judge may have followed the Islamic principle of “Qisas” while adjudicating the case, that has upset the “liberal” lot for it relates to Islam. So, again the ignored fact is that the same principle of Qisas — regardless of right or wrong, as it remains a debate in modern times — has served as a blessing in disguise for the aggrieved family. Had they not pardoned Jatois and Talpurs, they would most certainly have been haunted throughout their lives by the feudal and influential families of the murderers. With that, would the “liberal” lot — I am addressing them primarily because I am sick of being learning that Islam has to be invited in ever social phenomenon — have successfully saved the family of Shahzeb from the wrath of Talpurs and Jatois? Simple answer is: No!

This is perhaps the best we could have as a verdict today. It truly reflects the culture and norms of our society; it is compatible with it eventually. Break the dominant feudal power in the society and then abolishing the concept of Qisas from the justice system might actually work in favor of poor as well for there would be no agent of fear left to be worried about for the aggrieved and not-so-influential victim(s).

To The Disgruntled PTI Voters


A couple of days back a blog was published on the website of Express Tribune in which the author highlighted his disappointments in Imran Khan and his PTI. The author holds certain beliefs that may well be based on his personal understanding of the PTI’s mode of functioning pre- and post-elections. But then, the disappointment of the respected author appears to be merely the seagull approach with special reference to the practical politics.

PTI has provided Pakistan’s democracy a great deal of profit. The galvanising of masses and bringing the traditional non-voters out to polling station to vote on the election-day was indeed PTI’s biggest achievement. To these millions of people Imran Khan was a Knight in the shining armour. Under this impression most of the supporters of the PTI started wishing for a utopia, while some wished for simple progression in the country; however, a very low percentage of supporters exactly acknowledged that politicking at large is also about being uneconomical with the claims during the campaigning and for the most part about being pragmatic. As brutal as it sounds especially for the utopians it is the only politics that we have known always, probably as far as history of democracy takes us to. There are varieties of choices when it comes to voting a particular political party in elections but knowing that only one of them will ultimately get your vote you narrow down your choices and support and vote a singular party that you think have to offer what you demand. This is how it works.

People voted Imran Khan’s PTI heavily on the same ground, as much that it got the second highest votes in the country. While voting for PTI the people knew very well the angle of approach PTI always has in dealing with the issue of Taliban. And despite that PTI managed to bag second highest votes through its supporters. Now at any moment after the voting a voter thinks that his choice has faltered he is left with the only choice which is to voice his concern and/or suggest a novel way through which he thinks the issue against which he has reservations can be dealt with. The plot thickens, during the former federal government of PPP, the All Parties Conference APC) had decided for a peace talk with the TTP. In addition to that, the so-called leftist parties of Pakistan, the MQM and PPP have lately been found softening their approach towards the issue of dealing with the Taliban menace.

There is something merits mentioning: talking about peace talks or softening one’s approach towards the issue of dealing with TTP, and actually conducting the peace talks and offering the Taliban all that they want are really the two opposite sides of the barricades. Naturally it is absolutely fine to show the fears where PTI could end up giving TTP all that it wants, but at the same time it is equally important to understand that way before PTI looks forward in doing that it would be under the pump of its heavy supporters who are not ready to live under the stings of Taliban at any moment in their lives. Hence, PTI, and for that matter even the PML-N, wouldn’t follow this course and do the mistake. Understandably, in the democratic and political process the mistakes are naturally and unknowingly made. And voices like that of the author of the blog play conspicuous role in getting the attention of the political parties and barring them from conducting the grievous mistakes. However, during all this show there is a pressing need to understand that any undue criticism and wedge politics could hamper the overall democratic process in the country.

Coming towards the empowerment of the youth that the PTI has promised, the PTI actually fulfilled it. More than one-third of the tickets were awarded to those below the age of thirty, whereas eighty per cent of the ticket holders contested the elections for the first time. It is lucid that the supporters of PTI are quite passionate about the youth-factor, but it is equally important to understand that there is no alternative to “experience”. While in real world organisations require “experienced” people for their managerial portfolios, here we are talking about management of the country which similarly demands the people to be of public intellect and experienced under whom the youth are supposed to work and provide the best of their input to sail the political activities of the party smoothly. With time the youth at-present would become the managers and by that time they would have earned enough experience to know how practical politics work.

Let’s get to the PTI and JI alliance in KPK. As undesirable and unpopular the alliance is for many of the disgruntled PTI supporters, including myself, after spending a few minutes crunching numbers it can be hypothesised that had the PTI not formed alliance with the JI in KPK the opportunity to rule the province most likely would have fallen straight in the hands of indisputable self-proclaimed rightists – the JI and JUI-F together with the independent candidates. What would have been more worse for the province: the PTI sitting in opposition while primarily the JI and JUI-F governing the province, or to scrape together the only opportunity PTI got to govern the province and shun the chance for the JI and JUI-F to form its government in the province. The former would have appeared more obnoxious to the presently disgruntled PTI supporters on the national level and the voters on provincial level; with a heavy mandate they would have called PTI for an alliance so that it forms its government in the KPK and gets the only chance it has to prove what it promised. In retrospective, had PTI been interested in the alliance it would have gone for the seat adjustment pre-elections with the JI in KPK which it didn’t. If anything, practical politics is not just as straight as an arrow and the decision of PTI to form coalition with the JI must have come tough for the party.

Let’s cut to the chase. Every political party has the shortcomings and PTI is no exception; it has lately made some challenging decisions that have positive strings attached to it too and only the party has the opportunity to exploit those positive strings in favour of it. PTI, in any case, shares a huge responsibility as of today than probably any other political party because of the fervent slogan of “change” it introduced on the political horizon of Pakistan. One can only hope that the PTI will actually “deliver” what it has promised to the nation. As for today it is too early to have a bone to pick against the newly elected governments, whether the PTI or PML-N.

 

MQM — Taliban Apologist?


The “liberals” and detractors of Imran Khan always have a bone to pick against him, especially on the issue of the “Taliban”. Imran Khan is relentlessly being called a Taliban apologist and “Taliban Khan” whenever he has given statements such as calling Taliban to surrender their arms and initiate the peace talk and become a part of mainstream politics.

Similar to that, Altaf Hussain has recently given the statement where he urged the Taliban to lay down arms and enter mainstream politics.

Dawn reported the above event in the following words:

In what is being described as a major shift in policy towards the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has appealed to its leaders to lay down arms and enter mainstream politics.

Might one try labelling Altaf Hussain as “Taliban apologist”? This just goes on to substantiate that the intellectual dishonesty of the so-called liberals have come down to a fine art, that putting a lipstick on a pig is not something new to politics. But then, being dishonest to oneself is actually more dangerous than being a “Taliban apologist”.

A Quick Need For “Anti-Taliban Day”


Government should announce “Anti-Taliban Day”, and strictly keep on the title, to show solidarity with Malala and all the terrorism affectees and obviously to denounce Taliban. Now we know that this wouldn’t achieve anything substantial. But this scathing denunciation may help strengthen the public opposition more against extremism.

We don’t really need rallies unless the government goes for strong security with responsibility and that is highly unlikely. What we just need is “Anti-Taliban Day”. And I repeat: this may, just may, arouse people to oppose Taliban more; we need more support than we already have to oppose Taliban. Public support is really very important when we are fighting against the “ideology”.

And we don’t really need to turn this day into a complete suspension of social and business activities in the country.