Saturday, February 16, 2013
WHEN ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
In World War 2 the Nazi’s out of frustration donned swastikas and committed genocide by trying to eradicate the very existence of the Jews. In the United States right after the civil war the white people donned white hooded masks and robes and formed what is still today feared by all colored people known as the “KKK” and committed hate crimes against all races not equal to their own. In Africa people mutilated and wreaked unjustified horrors on whoever was in their path. In the sub-continent the British ruled this land as did the Europeans with French Guinea and its territories mercilessly. In all these examples atrocities happened until the people could not take it anymore.
In Pakistan this has been going on for decades internally in the form of one class of people being brutally violent towards another be it because their last name, money, religious or social affiliations has made them feel that “Karo Kari” and other vicious acts of violence are justified as they have the right to enslave human beings in any form be it physical, mental or emotional. Whether we like it or not in Punjab the “Chaudharys” or “Nawabs”, In Sindh the “Waderas” In Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtoon Khwa the “Sardars” or “Khans” as they are known have always considered themselves above the law in some form or order due to some unwritten self-justification.
As the times have changed and we are all able to communicate at a much faster rate than before due to the advancements in technology and media, it is clear that the common man is armed with a cellphone. He may be a beggar at a streetlight that does not know how to spell but he or she will surely know how to text and or forward a message in voice or any other form. What the educated world has forgotten and what these power hungry people who think themselves above the law have totally forgotten is the fact that even the most illiterate of people in our country may not have gone to school but are aware of their rights.
The Shahzeb murder case is an example of the fact that people have simply had enough and have demonstrated that they have time on their hands, endless technology to support them and when united they have the ability to make those sitting high up on their thrones listen to their demands. I always thought that the Shahzeb murder case was about a bunch of people out on a bloodlust to see if they could have a Wadera hanged and I realized it to be true to an extent. But that is not the whole story. I realized as I dug further that people who support this cause are right and have the same desire that most people of this nation have (but choose not to express it) is the fact that they have had enough! People want accountability and they have the strength to be able to do it. I learned that no one wants to be on the receiving end of brutality any more.
The cries for justice in-fact are not an insane frenzy fueled by a subliminal motive, in fact they are justified by those who want a change. I was very surprised to find that everyone I spoke to even if they did not want to stand on the front lines was eager to see Shahzebs murderer hanged (and I mean hanged from the neck until dead). Everyone and I mean everyone wanted to have an example made of this guy who thought of himself as above the law and thought that he would get away with it.
Another example of people having had enough is the Tahir Ul Qadri affair. People only joined him because he challenged power and had the guts to stand up against who he believed was wrong. Incidentally so did a few citizens who took up his cause as they also for some reason had had enough of being made the mickey out of in some way or another. To the ruling or elite I bet these must seem to be the signs of an apocalypse in a perfect world where no one questioned a land lord or someone with money and to those who have thought themselves superior in some way.
There has always been sectarian violence in Pakistan in some form of another and those who want to stay in power are definitely happy with it in fact they fuel it by creating chaos and anarchy themselves to distract the common man from his daily problems such as inflation, extreme needs etc. The perfect example of this was the episode that happened on Alamdar Road. The only thing is that the forces that be, did not expect the controlled anarchy to go way out of hands and for a few thousand people to land up at Bilawal House.
I can quote many more examples but these really stand out and I must say with the elections at hand and with all the politicians shifting loyalties this government ever since its inception has only managed to create more inflation and rather than build anything has managed to fire-fight situation after situation and go a full fifteen rounds of boxing without a break. Also it has been realized that the people will not stand for any more nonsense and want a honest environment to live in. The people are armed with more than physical weapons and that is intelligence and awareness that is fueled by years of oppression.
The only way that those fearing a revolt are able to deal with it is that they stop communications. Well in Jurassic Park (movie by Steven Spielberg) there was a quote that “life will find a way” and that is how we have managed to find ways to communicate through skype, viber, email etc. even if the phone lines are off. Hell if us Pakistanis were the first in the world to create the first computer virus in the early eighties and paralyse the pentagon, we sure as hell can find a way to communicate. We are a jugaroo smart nation after all.
If these are the signs of an apocalypse for anyone living a lie then a harsh reality is about to hit them. The people in my opinion will see Alamdar Road, Shahzeb Khan and for the future they will definitely ensure a complete accountability. The people have had enough and I’m quite sure if you are reading this you your self have had enough in some way or another.
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Friday, February 15, 2013
LICKING IT'S WOUNDS
I was just sitting and thinking about the TUQ affair! I realized that this modern day fanatic is being brushed aside because he has bruised the egos of the powers that have so fiercely bullied and robbed and pillaged this nation. These are the very same powers (any branch of the government) that have managed to turn a blind eye and close their ears to the painful cries of our nation. For the past few decades this nation has deteriorated into one of the most volatile place to live in.
When I had a discussion with some of this nations citizens that were well into their eighties they told me stories of how Pakistan used to be. Today their stories of the past are hard to believe when faced with the daily living conditions of this country created by a selfish few that have somehow or the other managed to dupe this nation by getting themselves elected again and again. From the tales of these few people I realized that our nation was a very rocking place at one time. I am forced to believe these stories as when I was a child I remember driving down the US Consulate road and always looking at the consulate without any walls of any type. I remember the freedom that we all had when we used to go to the beach and the concept about discovering a mutilated body in a gunny sack was unheard of.
I stray far from politics and discussions about religion and do not condone terrorism or anarchy in any form but what Tahir Ul Qadri has managed to do is quite evident. He has openly shown that if we all revolt and stand up eventually we will cause people to listen. I am not condoning his actions but it is clear that when a mob threatens the comfort of those in power even they have to bow down and listen. They may not agree to execute honestly what they will say they have done (for example there is no talks of dissolving the government and installing a caretaker government yet) and holding elections on time.
Tahir Ul Qadri has proven that (irrespective of his agenda) his low tech approach similar to radicals like Malcolm X and even pacifists like Dr. Martin Luther King can make a difference. He has shown to the world that there is a power within the people. Also another thing that TUQ has exploited is that he turned the people against those who gave them over a million arms licenses (these are the only ones that are legal and we know about) so it made the armed forces also think about the fact if they wanted to come onto the streets and get into guerilla warfare. His agenda was simple, he convinced the people of this entire nation to ask the following five questions subliminally (who, what, when, where & how).
TUQ also used one of Gandhi’s philosophies “at first they will laugh at you… then they will mock & humiliate you & eventually they will join you”. This proved true as he did build up a following and what the powers that be thought as an insane man’s agenda turned out to be their worst nightmare. It does not matter who is right or who is wrong and if TUQ is nuts or whatever. Forget what nationality he holds; forget who’s funding him and all the conspiracy theories. What happened in the history of Pakistan was that David went up against a very stubborn and pissed off Goliath and got his attention… I would like to remind the nation that TUQ only won a battle but now the war has been going on for many decades and will continue to do so. The funny thing is that if the nation loses the war it will be because it’s due to internal issues which has always been the problem.
The really funny thing is that the powers that be have just realized that they have to listen to the people and I would not be surprised if there will be many more live heroes that will sprout up. As a nation we are only used to honoring dead martyrs, it’s about time Pakistan realized that many people will emerge as heroes in some way or another.
Just my two bits!