The Reason we don’t have a Mars program like India or something equally sexy

Some one asked me why India was able to develop a Mars program and we couldn’t. ..here’s what I think….

THE REASON WE DON’T HAVE A MARS PROGRAM. ..or something equally sexy…

Our predicament today is where one stands on the Chicken and Egg CAUSE and EFFECT scenario. So perhaps the question is whether our Military political interventions were the EFFECT of the political ineptness and misrule of our politicians, the CAUSE, or vice versa.

I stand for the former purely based on what I have seen, read, heard and personally experienced. If one stands for the latter which is that the Military interventions were the Prime Cause for the subsequent Effect of civilian misrule and corruption as we see today, then of course our narratives become very different, as do our conclusions.

So if, as I believe, the political ineptness and corruption was the original CAUSE for the subsequent EFFECT of military intervention then the solution lies in changing the Cause. And hence my qualified support for the IK TUQ effort to break this curse.  Because in these unfortunate cycles the biggest loser was and is the Nation and it’s people who desperately need strong patriotic leadership most importantly, and above all good governance.

In India, unlike us,  because they had a Nehru for a fairly long time, a centuries old tried and trusted administrative and political infrastructure, they were fortunate to escape this terrible descent into chaos and the blatant and brazen misuse of power as seen from our earliest days.

 Another far more serious fact which escapes attention is that the powerful elites in Pakistan, primarily rural landlords, feudals and tribal Sardars residing in what is now PAKISTAN actually had virtually no role in in its Creation. They didnt work for it, they didnt sacrifice for it, in fact they opposed the Quaid and the Muslim League, tooth and Nail.

These parasitical cums, mostly established and nurtured by the British to serve their interests, only believed in completely selfish survival, apportioning power to themselves, all the while, keeping the populace, uneducated, weak, exploited so they would never threaten the status quo.

In summary these ruling elites had, as they do so now, only looked after their narrow personal very selfish interests and partnered with anyone, whether a civilian or a military administration, to maintain themselves and their sources of power.

Therefore soon after Pakistan came into being it was but a short walk for these elites to change the nation’s political ethos from a welfare state open to all religions and ethnicities, to that of a predator state, serving just their needs. Henceforth anyone and everyone who acquired power under any pretext such as the cry of “anti corruption” or “good governance” or pipe dreams of Roti Kapra aur Makaan,  a slogan which still resonates with some or the creation of a GODLY state as interpreted by a certain section of Muslims,  self styled guardians of Faith like Fazlur Rehman ( calling him a Maulana is an insult to the title) all looted, plundered and raped the State of its capital and destroyed whatever little we had of any form of Intellectual moral and ethical standards in partnership with these elites.

And now they have been joined and further strengthened by their Urban cousins the “merchant elites”  and predator mercenaries symbolised by Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari. The result  is a cancer of epidemic proportions.

Over time each section of the predator club, the military included, apportioned and grabbed for Itself whatever it could of the State’s resources. Hence a world class missile technology program but no Mars. Outstanding and brilliant scientists either working on “special projects” inside secretive military establishments, and perhaps needed, or seeking pastures outside. And none in the civilian field as the Civilian predators were in my opinion far more rapacious then there military cousins, not too far behind.

So in summary if we had had and can have good governance in the future, the Cause and hence no military intervention,  the Effect, I am convinced we have a great future of a better Pakistan. A Pakistan of equitable opportunities and access for everyone in education, health, jobs, lifestyles etc. A Pakistan free of prejudice, intolerance and where each is accountable . It is possible, provided we create an environment of fairplay, transparency and good governance.

So these are some reasons we have had a slightly different journey than India. For a more detailed understanding of Pakistan and her problems,  may I suggest reading “Pakistan a Hard Country” by Anatol Lievin, which in my humble opinion is perhaps the most definitive book ever written about Pakistan. Recommend reading it at least twice.

And that is why I support the efforts of IK and TUQ in cracking the status quo. And if they betray our trust then let’s also throw them in the garbage bin of history and look for those who can break these chains. Pakistan Zindabad.

Why good people support Pakistan’s Status Quo – It’s the GENES stupid

Why good people support the forces of Status quo in Pakistan. It’s the Genes Stupid….

Our favourite subject after IKs Dharna and Nawaz Sharif’s amazing and legendary stupidity is the flogging and whipping of the Pakistan Army at every opportunity. And even more painful that it is done to berate IK and TUQ and their attempt to change and break the status quo.

So while have repeatedly said that the military has no business to breach it’s institutional borders, and the reason that it did, and this is not a justification but a statement of fact, is because these goons called politicians were, are, and if things dont change, will always remain the same. Corrupt to the core, status quo oriented, tribal and feudal in heart mind soul and action and even worse, when the time comes,  become the military’s willing hand maidens and bedfellows and the rape continues. And giving all cause for a takeover.

Just look at the shameless Khawaja Saad Rafique justifying his ill gotten wealth by stating in court that he won the money through PRIZE BONDS. But they have no shame. ……

So for those so “enamoured” with the desire to bash the army at the drop of the hat…. please picture the doomsday scenario when this so “terrible” institution of nearly a million people were under the whims of  a Zardari or a Nawaz Sharif or horror of horrors under Bilawal or a Hamza Shahbaz.  Imagine a million Gullo  Butts with nuclear weapons. Because that’s what will happen eventually if these idiots stay on. Picture that.

So while it’s quite fashionable to flog your “favourite” institution…ponder on the unthinkable….Yes, so once again, we shouldn’t have had military rule…yes we went a different governance path than India. ..and for me the Jury on India is still out. This is not to run India down but to illustrate why such terrible contradictions exist in that country and ours.

Over 800 million live under the poverty line. Yes 800 million. This is 4 times our population. There are 17 secessionist and Insurgencies in India. ..yet Mars and Bollywood dominate the narrative because It’s sexy and glamorous…yet the 100’s of millions live and die in sub human  conditions. What more can one say of a land and a people that has never in recorded history ever ventured forth from its borders with Its armies to capture a foreign land….except of course as mercenaries under the British….and has been ruled by foreign invaders for thousands of years since Alexander.

Yes we all come from the same stock and mettle …servile ..slavish… subservient.. ..selfish and totally spineless and herein lies our problem. WE ARE A PEOPLE SO SHAMELESSLY SERVILE THAT WE CANNOT IMAGINE THE UNTHINKABLE. WHICH IS TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM.

So if someone in Pakistan tries to crack and break this strangle hold status quo… Our centuries old, nay, millions of years old spineless DNA kicks in even amongst the best of us….especially the intelligent and educated amongst us…who will then unleash their intellectual forces and brilliant articulation and turns of phrase attempting in every fashion and manner to destroy and demean and deter these forces of change and a dream of perhaps a better Pakistan.

They use the language of the literate, the liberal, the educated…they use phrases like “constitutionalism” “democracy” ” due process” ” illegal and unconstitutional”  “danger of military rule” “rule of law” “uphold the Constitution” as if this willing hand maiden of these jokers is  a Divine document to be protected. All they are protecting are their pockets, there golden geese and their continued rape of the country.

These forces of status quo so starkly and disgustingly symbolised by Nawaz Sharif and Zardari to name these two most prominent rats…MUST BE BROKEN….and if it means using means and methods different to the previous ones ….so be it.

Please Dont let these Fledgling Embers of Change …Die

It is simply sickening to see and hear how every discussion about Imran Khan and TUQ’s Dharnas land at the Khaki door.

Grow up people…every boot that breached its barrier into the political field and I agree should not have ….was ALWAYS fuelled by the abject incompetence and corruption of the civilian politicians…And the only way to keep the jackboots at bay if that is the fear is a complete and systemic reform of our entire electoral, political, local government, judicial, economic, law enforcement, education systems.

I am really really really surprised how any and every genuine effort for such a reform is painted, tarred and tarnished with the “demon” of the Army taking over. Hey listen. Those guys dont come from Mars and everyone wants reform and so do they. The Army is from us and yes they are not pretty angels in white but they are today the only disciplined, relatively meritocracy based organisation in Pakistan and that’s really saying something in this lawless land.

In a reformed Pakistan we will also have a reformed military infrastructure that is responsive to the needs of the people, operating within limits and not like a state within a state. But only under an administration that is truly for the people. But Not through NS or Zardari, who would love to make the Army Chief and the Corp Commander into their personal tail wagging dogs as they have done to the bureaucracy, the police and all other State institutions,to do their dirty and corrupt bidding.

I am so saddened and of course angry, listening to these so called pretentious hypocrites epitomised at their worst by the likes of Najam Sethi, with their smug grins and smirks, having now sold their souls, trying to discredit the current winds of change, whispering falsehoods, raising alarms and muddying the waters. In case you’re interested please read my other brief commentaries on this blog as well.

But For Heavens sake let’s be objective and support these winds of change and let not these embers so painstakingly lit, die and be doused in the cruel cold waters of petty hatred, vested interests, distorted historical perspectives and pretentious democratic dogma, not worth the paper its written on.

Do we really want to continue to support this horrible system and live under the shadow of what the Sharifs, the Zardaris, the Asfandyar Walis, the Fazlur Rehmans, and that great pretender Mohammed Khan Achakzai and their minion and lapdogs stand for and live as their slaves or personal hand maidens, or do we want to at least attempt to break this terrible terrible curse on our Nation?

Its a clear choice…really it is….and if IK and TUQ fail us and the Nation…we will try again and again and again till we triumph or die trying.. Its that simple… at least we tried…

31 August 2014. The Dharna. So Where do we go from here?



31 August 2014. 
The Dharna. So Where do we go from here?

Many people not supporting the IK / TUQ lead effort have raised all sorts of arguments to destroy, demean and sully the intent and he actions. They sound like ( not that they are because many of them are my friends whose views on many issues I greatly value and cherish) like those 3rd rate political party reps on TV talk shows who muddy the water and the issue with twisted words and arguments leading to an illogical conclusion.

So we hear things like…IK is stupid. Let Democracy evolve itself. The Army is behind these two. TUQ is a thief and a crook. People supporting IK are the same types who are with NS. What has IK done in KPK?. If the elections were rigged than so were the KPK seats that IK won.

While all these may sound fleetingly logical and if we buy these fig leaves then we have no one but us to blame and may we please live happily ever after amidst this doom and gloom which has become Pakistan.

All these “supporters” of democracy quote many western countries with established democratic to argue against the violence that has erupted in Islamabad. And many, as stated earlier and also as a friend pointed out, are well meaning and well intentioned. So it is really for them that i am attempting to illustrate how the established democracies of the world came to their current state.

All of them, without fail have given huge sacrifices of life, rights, and have struggled hard with blood, sacrifice and tremendous resolve. So as I beef up the case with examples from USA, UK, European countries, some of these acts, especially wars of aggression are not in any way a commentary that these acts were or are politically acceptable. These merely illustrate the blood that has been shed and what trauma these countries have gone through in their evolution to their current systems of governance today. While the current system is not perfect, and has many flaws, but way way better than what we have in offering equal opportunities to their citizenry, relative to us.

USA- 1776 War of Independence, 1864, Civil War, 1st World War, 2nd World War, Civil Rights by African Americans in the 1960’s, Korean War, Vietnam War etc. These examples, I repeat are in no way my view that these were correct or right.

UK. These guys go back to the Magna Carta against King John, 100 years war between Catholics and Protestants. The Cromwell period; Wars between England and Scotland, 1st World war, 2nd World War, Crimean War, Industrial Revolution and then of course their colonial conquests.

Germans after Bismarck; 1st and 2nd world wars. The trauma of East / West Germany.

The French revolution and their colonial campaigns and the Indo Chinese war.

Holland, Belgium and Italy very similar.

Japan 2nd World War and the trauma of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

And now look at us, the “brave” people of South Asia. Yes we are from South Asia and not from Arab lands or Turkey or Persia as we conveniently fool ourselves when we read our history. Those guys have a different legacy.

Look at us. We have never ventured out of our borders to conquer any territory in recorded history. We have been slaves with open arms welcoming any and all invaders and exploiters right till now upto Nawaz Sharif.

The British and Ranjit Singh ruled over their territories in India with the help of the Punjabi Mussulmaans right upto 1947.

Punjab’s biggest shame, was that NOT ONE Punjabi Mussulmaan regiment of the British Indian Army revolted against the the British in support of Bahadur Shah Zafar in 1857. All Units whi did revolt against their British Masters, were non Punjabi Musulmaans, from Bihar, Bengal, South India etc. These include huge numbers of non Punjabi Hindu regiments of the British Indian Army.

The only ones who stayed loyal to the British were the Sikhs, the Punjabi Mussulmaans and the Pathan tribes, who collectively looted, raped and pillaged Delhi for Months in September 1857, when the British re-took Delhi from the forces of Bahadur Shah Zafar.

An even greater mark of shame on the inhabitants of this great land of Punjab. Ranjit Singh ruled over a territory from Ludhiana to Kashmir, including Peshawar with the “might” and full support of his Punjabi Musulmaan units. And to our lasting shame the Badshahi Mosque was under the command of Punjabi Muslumaan units when he converted it into a stable and an Armoury. What he would do in full public view on top of his Elephant every Fridays before Jumma prayers is too painful, embarrassing and humiliating to narrate here.

Finally In 1947, thanks to the resolve of Quaid-e-Azam and the support of non Punjabi Muslim of India, we were given this Independant Country on a silver platter.

All those so called West Pakistani political heavyweights ( again) such as Unionist party in Punjab, under Sikander Hayat, in Sind under Shahnawaz Bhutto, ZAB’s father, and in then NWFP under Dr Khan saheb, Asfandyar Wali’s grandfather, all supported the Congress and not the Muslim League.

The Jamaat e Islami and the Jamaat e Ulema Hind, the forerunner of JUI Fazlur Rehman and Sami Ul Haque, actively agitated against Pakistan, and formally issued a Fatwa declaring The Quaid a Kafir.

So, tragically, unfortunately and embarrassingly, this is our shameful spineless legacy and heritage as compared to the democracies we so glibly allude to.

So if once in our history we have shown some spine, some gumption, some stirring in our hearts to rise even symbolically, against exploiters and looters and plunderers symbolized by the likes of NS and AZ, let us please support it. Let not, well meaning well intentioned people, browbeat this act with the kind of arguments earlier listed to destroy this action.

I dont know why this happens, why we cave in, why we don stand up an fight for our rights.

Perhaps centuries of slavery has ensured that OUR DNA is so soiled with servitude and a slavish mind set that we cannot imagine and or support a people rising against the ruler. Our centuries of serfdom have some how killed, in some, perhaps for ever, the spirit of freedom. But in those hearts, minds and souls where it still burns,let it not be doused by the cold water of betrayal.

Clearly change will not come through repeated elections. Since the first election in 1951 till our most recent one in 2012, the same people, the same families, the same baradrari driven politics, throw up the same mindsets. The only major break frpm these traditional politics has been the rise of the urban MQM in Karachi and now the involvement of the educated, urban middle class via IK and PTI and even perhaps TUQ.

Even under military rule, and I am no defender of it, the same people, now consorted in ugly adultery with their new master. Every single politician, political familiy, Religious party, Religious leader tribal Nawab, Sardar, Wadera, Malik, Political Businessmen like Nawaz Sharif, barring very very very few honourable exceptions have been the Military’s hand maidens and helped them rule. From General Ayub to General Musharraf it is the same story repeated.

And believe me most of these people will willingly step forward ever ready to bed the new CMLA. So no good can be expected from these forces

So this evolutionary change will not take place unless there is deep structural change, which can only perhaps be brought about in a manner where we “force the change” short of a revolution. A revolution which we will never have for if the change is not force fed like a Peking Duck, this unfortunate luckless nation will only see even more widespread anarchy. And much sooner than we expect, leading to our destruction as an organised civil society.

I hope we dont see that day.

Maybe I am wrong and maybe what the detractors say is correct. But honestly i do not see the direction going North but South. I do not see democratic institutions becoming stronger.

Democracy is not just about an election as many of us so innocently proclaim as the panacea of all our evils. Democracy is about Public trust, Public good and Public well-being for the people. It’s about equal and equitable opportunities of Health care, Education, Job opportunities, Justice, Transparent accountability for all, Meritocracy, Human Rights, Freedom of Faith and Work ethics leading to Creative Innovation.

It is not the elite club fattening these rotten apologies of human beings, as it has become now.

Please remember no one gives up power, privilege and authority if acquired in the manner that our so called political demons have acquired. So fight we must. Struggle we must. Take it back with brute force, if we must. Snatch it if that is the only way, if we must. BUT WE CANNOT STOP.

And finally, If IK and TUQ are giants with feet of clay then we need to find others that can do the job. If these guys fail us and also betray our trust then let us also dump them in the dustbin of history and continue our resolve to make Pakistan a better place. BUT WE CANNOT STOP.

But we cant stop for these Vultures symbolized by NS, AZ, Fazlur Rehman etc to eat away and leave this country to near death and flee to their safe havens in the Middle East, Europe, Far East, North America.

And realistically, nothing is perfect, nothing is pure white, except in the Far Beyond when we transition. Here, really it’s all in finding a lesser shade of grey!!!

As Wayne Gretzky, a renowned Canadian ICE Hockey Player, once famously said. You are 100% guaranteed to not score a goal if you DON’T TAKE THE SHOT!!So this is about taking the shot. Lets keep taking our Shots. I rest my caseSo this is about taking the shot. Lets keep taking our Shots. I rest my case