It would not be wrong to say that Pakistan politics becomes more interesting with each passing day , though worth remembering is the fact that not all that happens is good. Many instances in the recent past indicate that emergence of negative events, prospects and people in Pakistan heavily out-weigh those that are positive.
The most recent example that I can give you is that of the Canadian-national-Pakistani-patriot, Tahir ul Qadri. A man whose main career is preaching Islam. He has written more than 1000 books and his website declares him a man of “manifold and staggering achievements”. Only a while ago he flew into the country and has been the talk of the town since ( I am sure I need not repeat the whole eventful night of his arrival ).
To a common man his agenda seems the need of the hour. A common man may think of him as a glimmer of light in a dark world, rather a dark nation thanks to the inhumane load- shedding. A common man may think that since he is “Allama” Tahirul Qadri, he must be working on the lines of Islam to restore Shariat in the country. But here’s the twist, the common man is fooled time and again by such so called revolutionaries, and this time it is no different. Oh, and did I mention that the common man who has blind faith in him is his student from one of his large network of religious schools, but don’t get carried away, he also has support from people who are not his students.
The cleric-turned-politician stated. that, “I will fight against the Pakistan army if it tries to take over”, Sir you are no match for the Pakistan army. He also added, “I am against military rule. My destination is true democracy”, Mr.Qadri, true democracy isn’t all that fair you know.
Nawaz Sharif has reasons to fear and not to fear. He may fear that like. The previous time back in 1999 he was overthrown in a coup, the army may intervene (as it always does when the rulers of the country do not seem to be handling affairs well enough). Yet, he has reason not to fear Mr. Qadri, as he can take a page out of the previous government’s book and do what they did when Mr. Qadri staged his long road- show in Islamabad.
Mr. Allama Tahirul Qadri has yet to announce the date of the start of his revolution. But in his recent All Party Conference he has put in useless effort making some useless demands. He demanded the resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, adding that if it was not done then the PM should resign and force his brother to resign, adding that if it was not done then the President (yes, we do have one) Mamnoon Hussain sack both brothers and declare himself hero.
Mr. Qadri has support of the famous cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan who has given him encouragement while staying clear of giving him full support.
Captain Imran Khan has called for a revolutionary march on the 14th of August to Islamabad (yes, he was oblivious of all the other dates and has to ruin people’s Jashn-e-Azaadi or maybe wants to give them another).
Captain Imran Khan had asked the Sharif government a few questions, all of which have been answered by the Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid. The government has also rejected his claim that the daily expenditure of the PM house is Rs 4 million declaring it to be a mere Rs – 1 million which included salaries of staff members and spending on guests. The captain also claimed that the PM purchased two bulletproof vehicles costing Rs – 225 million while the IDPs were suffering.
Captain Imran Khan has also upset his own party members by saying that PTI parliamentarians across the country, except KPK, would resign by August 14ththereby mounting pressure on the government to meet the party’s demands.
Nawaz Sharif now has only reason to fear. The captain has called on his supporters to become more aggressive. Now the government faces a dilemma. If it allows the march to take place then Imran Khan will keep it there for days and weeks to come, that much is obvious, as he will not take aone-night stand after all the hard work he is doing. Now if the protest does get prolonged then security threats will be at their peak. Who knows what the Taliban have in mind and whether they have their fingers crossed. Then there’s also the possibility of not allowing the march to take place then, oh then, oh then, then there will be war. There will be bullets, there will be tears, there will be blood, there will be teargas, there will be chaos. Mr. Qadri is likely to boost Captain Imran’s march by sending in his own supporters. They both may even join hands for full and final “waar” as they call it.
Stay informed that yes, the government now has a weak defence. Chaos is evident; there will be no avoiding that. But this much is clear that choosing between Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan is like choosing the blue or red. wire to detonate the bomb.
Instead of boosting the morale of our dear soldiers busy in the operation Zarb-e-Azab, our weird politicians want civil war, sad but true.
Things will change, they must. But not this way.
This is Pakistan, we are Pakistanis and this is Pakistani politics. Change is in our blood. Peace is what we will get. Happiness is what we deserve. Success is what we will achieve.
All great things never happen in the blink of an eye. What we want, need and deserve will come to us, the writing is on the wall.
By: Fatima Arshad
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