Pakistan to me seems to have some sort of fixation with its past. We are always reliving past glories or talking about how great we were, and how things used to happen so many years ago etc etc. Till recent form in the T 20 version of the game, our only retorts to people inquiring of our poor state in cricket was to remind them of 92 and how we can come out like cornered tigers. The current move by a sher squadern senator to move the SC for a directive from the Feds to start “criminal proceedings” on the good general seems to be more symptoms of this age old virus in our country.
It seems we have learned nothing at all in our 62 years of existence. We are even now, trying to solve what has happened in the past rather than what is happening in the present. Today is the 1st of Ramzan and if you go to the closest utility store, you can see lines of people outside while fasting in this heat to get cheaper flour or sugar or any edibles for themselves. However we do not care about trivial problems like this, but what happened on Nov 3 2007 and the coup much before that is what is stopping us from going forward(allah ke fazlu karam se). That is the crux of all our problems. We have restored the angel of justice to his pulpit and now all we have to do is crucify the demon in khaki and we will live happily ever after!!
Lets be honest with each other. The good general as we all know courtesy our media today, did not actually resign because he wanted to. It was part of a deal between him and the current government and the establishment with two foreign dignitaries to seal the promise. Thus when the government says there is no love lost between them and the good general, exactly who do they think they are making a fool out off?
To top it all off, if they really want to and believe in putting things in the past right by bringing culprits before the law, why don’t we start with the first waxed mustache rather than try to clip the most recent one? What’s stopping us from holding a Yahya Khan responsible? So what if he is dead? Since when has the august court of Pakistan cared about trivialities such as death or uniform or the need of the hour?
Funnily enough, the lawyers have suddenly seemed to decide that they are above the law in Pakistan, as clearly witnessed by their violent behavior with police and journalists. Thus they and the political mechanisms that have empowered them have now decided to take revenge for everything that was ever done to them as they are off course such puritan and spotless individuals themselves. However if I stand corrected and they are doing this for the good of our country, may I in my esteemed foolishness try to turn their cannons towards the rising level of prices and the non availability of things like â€œfoodâ€ and â€œelectricityâ€ in the month of Ramzan? Here is a wild idea? Why not make all the judges we have fired food inspectors and let them take out their anger on the errant shopkeeper! I am speaking of the PCO 2 judges, fired by the PCO 1 judges, god even typing this makes my head spin.
If nothing else works, we can all fly off to China as our current â€œgreat leaderâ€ seems to enjoy doing every other month or so. To further the cause of his country off course. Better yet, we can all say we have back problems and somehow end up In a cushy flat in mayfair in London town. I have heard the pakoras of south hall are particularly fresh in Ramzan.
Or we could wake up, look in the mirror cracked by now and realize that the people of this country, the Aam junta need help, alleviation from poverty and education to make a future for themselves. They also need justice for the thousands of cases pending in the dockets related to the present, which is the responsibility of those with the suo motto fever. All in good time though, we must try for treason one of our bravest and most decorated soldiers first.
Pic credits Neeshu
The word count of this piece is 666, I wonder why 😀