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Pakistan; still the land of Kings, Queens and slaves

30 Dec

Harvard and Oxford educated Benazir wrote in her will that her husband would lead Pakistan Peoples Party. Yes my friend we still live in the land where democratic parties do not get their heads elected but have them selected.

But Zardari wants his 19 year old son should inherit PPP. Son that has not even stood for one election. Son whose education and life has been far away from the land of Pakistan. But King wants his son to be crowned.

To enhance the claim of inheritance now his Son will not be Bilawal Zardari but Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Now Mr. Bilawal will go for further education and after his education he will come back to take leadership command. Isnt it like fairy tale where prince goes for learning art of war and then returns to take back the throne.

I am not amazed by the PPP’s top leadership’s decision, they are old experienced players of politics who would have little sympathy in changing the status quo.But what happened to this 19 year old Bilawal who is continuing his education from Oxford? Has the education system failed to build any moral and ethical structure in him? I have always thought that young people of his age are more realistic and resilient to the glitter of corruption. Or he seriously thinks he is the only hope of Pakistan (how different is this from what Musharaf thinks about himself)?

But how can I expect anything positive form the member of the family who got Prime Minister ship for 3 times and about their villages BBC best said

But there is little sign that the region has felt any benefit from living in the shadow of one of the country’s most influential dynasties.

The poverty which blights rural Pakistan is striking and most people eke out their living in the scrubby fields.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7163579.stm

The other thing that amazed me was silence from electronic Media, none of the them was even commented about this undemocratic act and its implications. Even Talat Hussain from AAJ Tv. kept mum about it.

They might be more busy in their duties, but even on some blogs respected writers and commenter’s (for example have a look at http://www.pakistaniat.com) were supporting that decision. General feeling you get from their messages is it is unfortunate but necessary to protect the PPP or some are saying they do not wanted it but if this happens they will support it.

They are fearful that party would break but with this decision what it would stand for? a dynasty of Bhutto’s? We know its not temporary decision, he will not be temporary head till they hold some party elections. He announced his plans of completing his education and comeback to become active Chairman of PPP

All this night while news of crowing of new prince was unfolding, I was remembering the early days of Musharaf. That time also many educated people and respected intellectuals supported him calling him a lesser evil, defending his actions as necessary to protect country. They kept on protecting him even when people were dying in various parts of country.

Today when it looked like that civil society has finally stood against dictatorship. Today when it looked we could see evil as evil and will not close our eyes for momentarily benefits. I am horrified to know our minds are still slaves, slaves of our own fears.

Sometime its better to do right & just act, instead of doing wrong act that looks beneficial.

{On side note I must say Zardari’s address on many times contained important things about stability of Pakistan, the way he defended Punjab and asked people to support for the federation, I was impressed. I feel the gesture of Nawaz Sharif played a very vital role in solidifying the feeling that Punjabis are with Sindhis. Its the first time I feel that existence of PML(Q) has been blessing, as all angre has been toward them and PML(N) was able to get sympathies of Sindhies for Punjab}

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6 responses to “Pakistan; still the land of Kings, Queens and slaves

  1. Shek Guha

    December 30, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Sixty years ago British divided India (the then Indian leaders, not known for their foresight, aquiesced), created Pakistan.
    Ever since this entity has been trouble for the entire globe.

    Ms. Bhutto father perpitrated the genocide which broke up the then Pakistan and created what’s now left of it.

    Today’s Pakistan is a far cry from what we know as a democratic socity. Leaders are not elected here. They are chosen. The leaders life style are extravagant to put it mildly.
    Where do they get funds from.

    Who’s paying for their life style. Who’s benifiting from this chos. The sucide bombs cost money. In a country where people earn 50 (fifty) cents a day who is funding all this mayhem. If we follow the money, it’s evident the military industrial complex of USA, Chaina and Russia are doing a brisk business.

    USA, by far has a lions share of the arms trade. As American tax payer are we going to call a halt to this ?
    When are we going to wake up and demand accountability for CIA and military indistrial complexes actions.

     
  2. mohsenali

    December 30, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Shek Guha, Pakistan was not a mistake, it was a best choice for the Muslim at that time. Had Pakistan not create we would have incidents like Gujrat (where hundreds of Muslims were burnt) every day.
    As for Muslims of India have a vew at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/29/world/asia/29india.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin
    or you can click on http://tinyurl.com/358kh8

    As for Mr. Bhutto he did not perpetrated Genocide of Bengalis, but his greedy and selfish politics lead us to that. And he among other leaders kept mum (as far as I know) while People of Pakistan were being killed in that area.
    Its unfortunate such person is the best leader of Pakistan after its creation.
    Yes I hope Americans could demand accountability of their institutions, we Pakistanis are trying to do that but have for 60 years failed.
    Thanks
    Mohsen Ali

     
  3. Sidhusaaheb

    December 31, 2007 at 11:32 am

    We have a very similar situation here in India, in the Congress (I), where the Nehru-Gandhi family has controlled the party since independence. The leadership of the party is handed over to the members of the family, regardless of their political acumen, or, rather, the lack of it. They are also like the royal family of the Congress party, just as the Bhuttos appear to have become in the PPP.

    So, we have these major political parties in our respective countries that claim to espouse the cause of democracy, but function, internally, as monarchies.

    Whether the creation of Pakistan was a good decision or bad, it is a reality and has been so for more than 60 years now. A democratic, stable, progressive and prosperous Pakistan is, I believe, in the best interests of India, as well as the rest of the world. Here’s hoping that the current state of turmoil in the country shall soon be past and that better times shall follow… Best wishes! 🙂

     
  4. moinansari

    January 6, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Good blog. I will include you in the next blogger list. Thanks for your comments.

    My blog is NOT new. I have been “blogging” since 1994. Check out my articles on SCP. I was the moderator of SCP-History etc.

    moinansari.wordpress.com

    Was Salaam!

    In response to the ascerbic diatribe of Shek Guha:

    See my article on why we do not accep the notion of
    “British divided ‘India’ “. The British came to a Subcontinent of more than 500 states and left the Subcontinent more than 500 states. There was NO “Parition.” There was a separation. The Western states banded together to live on the banks of the Indus as they had lived for 7000 years. The states on the banks of the Ganges banded together to live on the banks of the Ganges as they had lived for hundreds of years. The peole of the Brahmaputra later decided to live on their own like they had lived for hundreds of years. One day the “Indians” will understand this.

    In response to the inane comments by Siddu sahab:

    Another prophecy of doom for Pakistan. Blah Blah Blah!

    To the USA

    Pakistanis to USA: We want “Friends Not Masters”

    Getting through the American tin ear. Bringing stability to the Afghan provinces. Listen to the Pakistanis”

    Perpetual Mimetic warfare

     
  5. Bilawal Zardari

    January 13, 2008 at 8:57 am

    “Is this your real name? from writer of Stranger’s words”
    Bilawal zardari has guts of her mom and he can lead the party! although he is much younger and has to learn alot but he is the right choice for PPP. I thing democracy is not far away!

     
  6. Sidhusaaheb

    January 25, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    @Moin Ansari: The funny part is, I was not referring to any Pakistani doom prophecies! 😀

    I can’t really help it if you suffer from any complexes or are insecure in any other way. 😀

    I wish Pakistan and Pakistanis all the very best of everything, for the present and for the future, as is evident from my earlier comment!

    I say that whether we agree with partition or not, it has been a reality for the past 60 years and has to be accepted as such.

    BTW, as for there being no partition and other fanciful theories of yours, ask the Punjabis and if you happen to be a Punjabi yourself, I’d like to urge you to visit the part of Punjab that lies in India and find out for yourself how similar the language, the culture, the food, the dress, the way of life and the people are to the part of Punjab that lies in Pakistan.

    Do you realise that there are people in Pakistani and Indian and Punjabs who share common last-names or surnames? And no, you need not try to resort to the conjecture that they might have converted after 1947. It is because they have common ancestors and some of the ancestors chose Sikhism or Hinduism while others chose Islam in the middle ages. Also, don’t bother to try to sweep under the carpet the fact that these people do not comprise a minority but huge part of the Punjabi populace. You just have to find out the percentage that the Jatts form of Punjab’s population in the Indian as well as Pakistani Punjabs.

    Doesn’t fit too neatly with your ‘Two Nation Theory’, does it?

    I see you and those in Pakistan who hold views similar to yours as being no different from the Hindu right-wing parties in India, who preach nothing but divisiveness, either on account of their own insecurities or some kind of a vested interest.

    I do hope those kinds of views will be contained soon, though, and that there shall be lasting peace, amity, brotherhood, friendship, progress and prospertiy in the sub-continent.

     

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