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.

Tolerance, Frustration & Newton’s Law


Okay. It is little unconventional, or rather more than little. But I guess it will make sense to all those like me; crazy, many would call. Actually I don’t even know who else here is like me, but I am sure who ever likes me will read this and agree to me is the one who is like me.

So here it goes. People sound so frustrated in Pakistan that they have lost their entire set of brain-cell that makes them decide whether the thing they are doing is something a person would normally do when he is right in his head or that something is something a person should only do rather when he is frustrated; or perhaps frustrated-est.

I have kept myself to thinking a lot lately. I have observed and I have felt. There is something a lot of the people do. So, let’s just say they do it on Facebook mostly; or say they do it only on Facebook; because in real most of the people would just not pay that Joe Average any sort of heed that he indefatigably tries to obtain from people around: their attention; that for him is the most precious gift he can get from the world that lives around him in which he couldn’t step in. But what actually do they do? They do nothing! I am sorry if my incompetence offends their idea of self-reliance over the web, or not just over the web alone, but self-reliance from everything that exists; however, while they could win this self-reliance from anywhere, they couldn’t unfortunately win it from their inherent lunacy.

Let’s just cut to the chase. I am getting bored myself. But I haven’t lost my sincerity yet. So hold on. What do you call a person who is so defeated from inside, frustrated, and do something which, in his version of civilised and western world, a western even wouldn’t: blaming F for stealing alone when A, B, C, D and E were simultaneously also the equal collaborators. Maybe it is easier to explain in this way: A to F say that negotiations with the Taliban should be held, promoting the idea of “let’s give peace [another] chance; but in the outside world, F alone is being bashed, cursed, abused and held guilty for promoting the idea to negotiate with the terrorists Taliban. How is this even making sense?

I don’t want to write down any further; I am lethargic and I don’t know why I am even writing this all and what I am writing at all. But I am writing, or trying to write, to make a strong point that Imran Khan is an idiot who backs the notion that the War on Terror is not our war but it is America’s war. But then, struggling to validate the notion that he is an idiot is just not the thing that can rescue Pakistan from the horrors of terrorism. Unfortunately, as despicable as the PTI’s idea is about the disowning of war, there is nothing that the entire leadership of Pakistan has done which is worth writing in copper, let alone gold or silver. Copper is cheap today.

So I was saying, Imran Khan and his PTI are stupid; PTI has laid down the marker for stupidity. Sadly, this has caused a grim reaction in Pakistan: while stupidity of others makes people frustrated, it makes them look just as stupid as the one who causes frustration in the stupid. But here is the reason of frustration: you get frustrated and go on a bickering-contest with antagonist not because that antagonist is really harmful and his views are incurable, but because your frustration is the reason you have found a space in a certain group that accommodates every idea of breaking all hell loose on antagonists, using strong words; that group belongs to self-elated so-called intellectuals; we often like to call them faux-liberals of Pakistan. It is the manifestation of their failure to live in a society that is wished by people like me to be tolerant, but tolerance cannot be practiced by them equally along with those who initially cause the intolerance. Newton was a scientist, but a political scientist, and for that matter even a social scientist, would agree that: every action has equal but opposite reaction.

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.

 

Three Questions From Imran Khan


I have, as yet, three questions from Imran Khan that I hope will be asked from him in the upcoming episode of “Ikhtilaaf” with Wajahat S Khan. These questions are of prime concern of mine.

1) Once he becomes the premier, will he be able to bring the army under strong civilian-government control? Army is not/has never been under strong civilian control, we all know that!

 

 

2) Will he be able to cut down the defence budget and increase the education budget instead?

 

 

3) Based on his party’s name (Tehreek-e-Insaaf), does he agree that the true essence of justice is that everyone is accountable to the court? If he agrees to it then will he be looking forward to abolish the article 248 of the constitution which gives immunity to premier, president, federal ministers and governors?

It’s all about Pakistan’s Politics



My beautiful country, Pakistan. I always thought it to be more beautiful than ever, but it always became more worst than ever. I always wanted to see peace, it struck down at war internally; I wanted to see economic growth, instead I saw recession; I wanted to see character education, instead I saw immorality; I wanted to see political stability, the instability exacerbated to more; I wanted to see reduction in poverty level in all these years, but nothing.


The political situation in Pakistan is directly proportional to all the issues concerning Pakistan, may it be pertinent to economic, security, law and order, education, poverty, religion, social, and technological issues.


Pakistan political cartoon on awaam and leader
Each day I hear declarations coming from our political leaders repeating one thing over again, but sagaciously, and simultaneously deviously in different ways. Are we primitive enough not to conceive what our political leaders are up to – or may be we’re so much used to of being a part of this famous pac-man game in which pac-man nourishes itself by eating pac-dots. Pac-man is often stonewalled by ghosts in his mission. We can equate pac-man with Pakistan’s political leaders and those ghosts who stonewall pac-man can be equated with the amiable paragons of Pakistan. If you see from the eyes of pac-man – you’ll find ghosts as ghost; from an opposite view, it’ll be contrary. Pac-dots can be equated with the people of Pakistan — Pakistanis.


I often think, why we keep betting on the same betted horse who gives nothing but bringing dishonor again and again to the country. Every time we bet on the betted horse, we demonstrate ourselves as a matchless nation – a nation that makes itself fall behind by duping itself.


One of the salient feature of Pakistanis is they’re excellent in complying contrary to one of the famous phrase — “Two wrongs do not constitute a right.” Pakistanis always endeavor to find all necessary and possible means that could pave a way to satisfy their egos.


For instance, if I argue with any Musharraf’s supporter about missing person or Bajaur air-strike resulted in the loss of 100’s of innocents – most probably I’ll receive a reply that missing people is just a myth and Bajaur air-strike is nothing – a lot much worst is done by current government — yet again a contrariety to the phrase delineated above. Possibly, I’ll get some response that it was in the larger interest of country. Oh well, when a Pakistani is out of arguments and is not willing to accept the fundamental truth behind the argument, he/she always comes up with this statement. This phrase has grown over too much now. It’s not our fault that we can’t be flexible enough to accept right as right and wrong as wrong, it’s but miraculous that we can’t understand.


In another example, if I ask any MQM supporter what is your main reason of supporting MQM, give me just one supporting point? I, most probably will get this reply that MQM has done a lot for Karachi. That’s what I call Lakeer key Faqeer — the protagonist keeps the beaten path. If I ask a second question that goes like: what’s your stance about MQM carrying arms? And I know I’ll hear back that other political parties do also keep arms so as MQM — once again demonstrating contrary to the phrase “Two wrongs do not make a right.” Hence, these explanations are vernacular amongst Pakistanis.


In another example, if I ask any PML(N) supporter about his stance on killing of so many people of Karachi – call themselves Muhajirs. I certainly will get a reply that MQMers are terrorists and funded by India so they deserve it. That’s another top-drawer nonsensical reply I’ll get. So here we’re merely obsessed politically, forgetting the brutal killing of 100’s of innocents died in the past due to political grievances. In an opposite way, if I ask from MQM why they don’t like PML(N), I’ll get another vernacular response that Nawaz Sharif is a killer of so many Muhajirs and a corrupt person. But how come Altaf Hussain is a saint – this question will tickle my mind obviously. I won’t ask this question as I know it’d be futile to debate with the obsessed protagonists. But yeah, I sure would expose the hypocrisy while asking a crisscross question that why MQM is in alliance with PPP who’s also said to be the killers of so many Urdu speaking Muhajirs – claimed by MQM. To blot out the hypocrisy of MQM, I’ll get a reply that BB is dead so we’re now having anew relation with PPP, and particularly Zardari. Or may be I’ll get a reply which is often reiterated by our politicians as well that goes like: “Qoum key wasee tar mafad mein”– translated as: “In the larger interest of country.” Our (Pakistani) mind-set works this way, whether to admit or not.


While I see the whole political structure of Pakistan, I find that our political system isn’t steadfast. Our leaders say something and does the other thing. For instance, everyone political party talks about internal peace in the nation, yet all of them are arms-laden — not even following Pakistan Arms Ordinance of 1965. It doesn’t yet make a wee bit of sense that peace is actually possible when civilians — mostly uneducated — are arms-laden.


In another instance, we see MQM always talking a lot in against of feudal, but the same MQM demonstrated as a hands-on political party electing Zardari in the presidential elections. Oh, I forget to add it’s in the larger interest of nation.


Nawaz Sharif is a twice elected Prime Minister of Pakistan. In his both the term, we’ve witnessed an hostile opposition against the political parties who didn’t support him. Nawaz Sharif’s role in Kargil war is also controversial. The number of corruption charges against Nawaz Sharif is also well-known to many. Therefore, I believe he’s not a competent person to hold the office of Prime Minister, not even a member of Parliament.


Pakistan political cartoon on awaam and leader.
Pakistan’s politics isn’t the politics of principle. Political leaders are merely running after the power, and we as a nation keep on trusting them. We always trust them that’s why we elect them over again and they again show their competency and excellency of looting the nation. What these leaders have given to us? Seriously, if we see our nation today, we’ll see a division of borders and thoughts amongst Pakistanis. The seeds of racism and hatred is sowed by our political leaders in Past and the current political leaders have watered the seeds of it – helping the plant of hatred, racism and division of thoughts to grow more. MQM majorly represents Urdu Speaking call themselves Muhajirs, PML(N) majorly represents Punjab province, ANP majorly represents NWFP province. MQM doesn’t like PML(N) and vice versa so automatically it creates a good enough hatred and sometimes racism amongst two provinces Sindh and Punjab. ANP doesn’t like MQM, although keeps on trying to patch up unlike PML(N). But while the political rivalry amongst MQM and ANP takes place which we often witness – then we see a good enough hatred from both sides – and often it leads to racism and discrimination within the nation. And moreover, the rate of education in our country paves a way for our political leaders to make use of uneducated people, utilizing the same ethnic, racial, and linguistic card. Is this all good what we see today? We’ve to understand this fact that these political leaders have given us nothing, instead created a fraction amongst.


Understanding Pakistan’s politics is very easy. Just don’t be self-centred about one’s city or locality; think from larger perspective — from an eye of P-a-k-i-s-t-a-n-i. Also don’t need to act contrary to the famous phrase delineated above as well “Two wrongs do not make a right”. Call wrong as wrong, and accept right as right. If you’re being given with the option to select a lesser evil from the lot of evils, reject all; Evil is always an evil — lesser or higher evil are merely the attributes of evilness. And last, but certainly not the least, use your own mind to discern the things – not the same mind that political leaders use.