Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pakistan facing an antithesis of Arab pro-democracy revolutions

Yes, nearly 300 men and women were killed in Egypt while fighting against the 21st century modern pharaoh, Hosni Mubarak. Scores of men were killed in Libya while marching against Mr. Mubarak’s Libyan counterpart. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, who captured power after the 1969 revolution, has been ruling the North African country for the last 42 years—more than the average active life span in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In Yemen, the King’s loyalists are fighting back the protesters with the shooting order in hand. Protesters in Bahrain dropped their first blood on Feb 17, fanning the anti-King rallies in the tiny state bordering Saudi Arabia. To scare the opposition and block its demos, the Ayatullahs (Iranian version of the Taliban) in Iran are calling for the execution of opposition leaders Mir Hussain Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, the two presidential candidates against Iran’s rotten regime led by ‘Ayatullah’ Mahmoud Ahmadi Najad.
But not in Pakistan. It is rather the other way round here. The off-shoots of Arab Wahabism and friends of the Saud house in Pakistan are marching against the democratic gains of Pakistan. Today they are more vocal than the revolutionaries of democracy in the world. The country’s ‘Mansura brand’, ‘ISI coated’ and ‘theocratic’ journalists, collectively called Jehadi Media, are propagating a set of ideologies that suits their masters. They would prefer Pakistan to go for a war with the United States on Raymond Davis case.
In their sermons, Kamran Khan and Hamid Mir, the drum-beaters of ‘national interests’ and ‘virtue’ masses are told to follow Arabs in protest against the ‘corrupt and stooge government’, ‘price hike’ and ‘power outages’.
As the Jehadi media preaches hate to the literate people of Pakistan in their TV lounges, the likes of Hakimullah Mehsud, Maulvi Faqir Muhammad, Mangal Bagh, Mullah Fazlullah and Maulana Sufi Muhammad are trying to implement the TV sermons in the far-remote mountains of hapless Pakistani Pashtuns. Speak against one of Taliban leaders in Swat Valley, Waziristan, Bajaur or Khyber and their men are there to give you Saudi-style justice—will cut your head from the body with a sword, leaving it on a road side with a charge-sheet: “The man was spying for America and whoever is found spying for the enemies of Islam will meet the same fate.”
Give them power and the very next day women will found out themselves an outdated creature, all men will adjust to a new outfit—flowing beard, long flowing trousers, baggy shirts and turbans on their heads; cinemas will be converted into mosques, universities and colleges in grand madrassas; and no relations with the Hindus, Christians, and Jews. Sorry to tell but relations with the followers of the three religions have never been harmonious even in Pakistani style of secular governments. Your passports are not allowing you to visit Israel, your trip to India has a risk of declaring you a spy and western education carries all evils of the day.
While Jehadis are running today’s TV screens and Taliban are implementing their self-defined religious codes in the forsaken land of Pashtuns, here is another brand of ‘forces of virtue’—religious parties, Jama’at-e-Islami (JI), Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Islam (JUI), Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf and Punjab’s ruling party Pakistan Muslim League (N), etc, are on the streets, in the parliament, and in power, actively involved in pushing Pakistan towards Arab-style ‘rotten’ monarchies. They may not change the shape of Pakistani politics but their move in that direction speaks about their designs and future danger. Most of them have at least one common feature, they lead long marches against the democratic governments and become members of parliament when men in uniform rule Islamabad.
It is an irony, may be a political irony, that our brothers in the Middle East have decided standing against the ‘Middle Ages’ autocracies and life, the media, religious diehards and the right dogmatists in Pakistan have become more vocal than ever against reason, logic and pragmatism—the three virtues of political Islam. In their failed bids for rule, they have opted for spreading violence and extending ‘sheikdoms’ to Pakistan via Taliban, Lashker-e-Tayyeba, Tableeghis, Sharifs, military and men wearing ties called journalists. 

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