10 things we must do for a fighting chance against the TTP and the Zalimaan

A very close friend as upset about the Peshawar tragedy as we all are, sent me a note requesting a more specific action plan on next steps rather than my recent hyperbole laden emotional rhetoric.  So here’s an attempt.

THINGS WE MUST DO TO ELIMINATE THE ZALIMAAN and the TTP TERROR MENACE.

1. First by defining who is our enemy. In this case the Zalimaan TTP . And ensuring that the entire political and military spectrum of Pakistani leadership and the society, publicly and without fear comes together and state this fact.

2. Second doing what is necessary militarily to eliminate the hard core of fighters by sustained military action. This is the most urgent, most immediate, most important and most critical step to eliminate both the leadership and the fighters so they cannot brainwash new recruits.

The Sri Lankan army took over 25 years to defeat the Tamil insurgency. The last 3 years of their war were the most violent. It also caused immense civilian loss of life and property. Unfortunately this has and will also happen here. The terrible tragic consequences of an internal mass conflict. And we must be prepared for more of it.

3. Thirdly deny them political, social, physical and financial space and resources to degrade their war making machine.

4. Eliminate all support to militant outfits and or their leadership by the civilian and. military machines in Pakistan.

5. Initiate serious madrassahs reform so that young boys are not radicalised and brainwashed towards a radical form of Islam.

A recent interview of a young under custody suicide bomber by Saleem Safi shows how completely and totally these young minds have been brainwashed and radicalised with a completely distorted version of our Great Faith.

6. Identify sources of local funding by their supporters inside Pakistan and ruthlessly eliminate them.

7. Get Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait to crackdown on financing of these elements by their citizens. These countries are the major source of financing for the TTP.

8.Initiate economic social and political reforms in FATA and all over Pakistan to provide equitable education and job opportunities to the youth.

9. Initiate good governance through electoral reform and  a genuine grass roots local bodies electoral process and system.

Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari just don’t have it.
Imran Khan is  a question mark given the ambivalence and ambiguity of his position about the TTP and Zalimaan.

10. We will have to define once and for all whether we want the Quaid’s Pakistan or the Mullah’s Pakistan.

Faith must become a private contract Otherwise we will never agree even amongst Muslims the contours of an Islamic State and it will go from back to worse.

We can have a Muslim majority State based on Universal Islamic principles with Faith being a personal contract as envisaged by the Quaid e Azam.

If we can do the above.

We have a fighting chance !!

What Now and Next after the Peshawar Tragedy?

So we have a few steps that the political leadership of our country has taken in the aftermath of the terrible Peshawar tragedy.

Here is what I think we need to do.

1. FIRST DECISION Removed moratorium on death sentences for convicted terrorists.

So If the PMLN is serious and  not going to discriminate than the first person to hang should be Akram Lahori of Lashkare Jhangvi who has been on death row on terrorism charges since 2002.

The next is Mumtaz Qadri the killer of Salman Taseer.

But look at the tragedy here.

A lawyer Shaukat Siddiqui, who is seen publicly kissing and garlanding this killer is now His Lordship Shaukat Siddiqi, a judge of the Islamabad High Court.

How can we expect our courts to deliver justice when our judicial commission has no qualms in elevating this terrible person to the High Court Bench of Islamabad?

Then Malik Ishaq formerly of the Sipah he Sahaba and now of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat.

He has been and still is the behind the scenes master of the Punjabi Zalimaan and also a great friend of Rana Sana Ullah of PMLN. This is Nawaz Sharif’s ticket of preservation.

Also Rana Sana Ullah is Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhrys nephew and hence the reason why these terrorists have been given opportunities to escape their due punishment by our judicial system.

Then the killers of the Christian Couple of Kot Rada Krishan.

And we must put Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid to trial for his crime and military battles against the State.

It is an open and shut case  and he should be tried and hung quickly and publicly.

And the attackers on GHQ and PARADE LANE. And all those Zalimaan who are in jail and convicted.

I call these people Zalimaan, which means perpetrators of tyranny, murder and mayhem.

We cannot and should not call these animals Taliban, meaning a student.

For through their actions they have desecrated this wonderful and pure label to represent today what is most inhuman and barbaric in a human being.

Hence the label ZALIMAAN and nothing else.

For maximum effect and impact these sentences must be carried out within 2 WEEKS maximum.

This is critical and crucial to send the message. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and NO MORE.

We need to immediately set up Speedy Trial courts to try terrorists, similar to ones that were and even today exist in countries like Italy, Columbia, Mexico, Algeria, where the identity of the Judges the prosecutors and the prosecuting witnesses, are hidden, so the trial is conducted speedily and without fear.

PM Nawaz Sharif you owe it to your position, as the Chief Executive of Pakistan, to the people of this wretched tortured country, to the children, of Army Public School, and their grieving families and friends and loved ones, to the 50,000 people whose lives have been cut short by these animals.

You owe it to yourself. You must deliver..

Yes sir, IT IS NO LONGER BUSINESS AS USUAL ANY MORE,  MR. PRIME MINISTER.

Either you stand up and stand tall,  stand brave and deliver, or go home and make space for someone who will.

It is by such actions, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, that your political rhetoric will turn into concrete action.

If you do not Mr. PRIME MINISTER, HISTORY AND THIS COUNTRY,  WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU. NEVER.

2. SECOND DECISION.  We will not differentiate between good and bad ZALIMAAN.

An excellent decision.  Long overdue.  This means that those elements within our Military and or other Intelligence establishments who support any group,  must be ruthlessly eliminated and or told to cease and desist.

This puts a huge responsibility on the Army Chief and he also MUST DELIVER.

He must tell “His Boys” that the party started by Gen Zia ul Haq in 1977 is finally over and dead and buried!

GEN Raheel Sharif. You head this army at probably one of it’s most difficult and trying times. More trying then 1948, or 1965 or even 1971.

You have a huge responsibility on your broad shoulders to sort out the Institution’s schizophrenia bi polar disorder and it’s fatal dance with the Zalimaan, Good or Bad.

This pussy footing must stop.

We have paid a very heavy price for the distarous policies, justified or not, of the past in nurturing and harboring non state actors for our political and military objectives.

They have all failed miserably.

GEN SHARIF,  IF YOU FALTER OR FAIL, YOUR LEGACY WILL BE NOTHING BUT DUST.

THE NATION WILL ALSO NOT FORGIVE YOU.

Our political leadership must immediate promulgate an ordinance ratified by parliament making it a terrorist act to support directly and indirectly the actions of these Zalimaan.

This includes leaders and members of political parties such as and especially the PTI, the Jamat e Islami, all factions of Jamaat Ulema Pakistan of Fazlur Rehman and Samiull Haq and most important of all the darkest most evil poison, and also the proxy for the banned Sipah e Sahaba, the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, the party of Malik Ishaq mentioned earlier.

It must cover all kinds of aid and abettment and especially make an example of those and especially those, who have silent sympathies for these animals, yet thrive and live right in our midst in the urban centers of Pakistan.

This event also has a message for IMRAN KHAN.

Imran it’s about time you came clean and unambiguous on this issue. You also owe it to your conscience, you owe it to Pakistan and the 10’s of  millions who flock to your Dharnas and public rallies and who love you to death.

PLEASE STAND UP AND BE COUNTED IMRAN KHAN.

Imran you must end out a clarion call to all including the Zalimaan that you are not with them.

No ifs and buts AND QUALIFICATIONS. .

If you DO SO and pander to these obscurantists as is the general perception, you strengthen them with every apologetic position you take.

SO COME CLEAN IMRAN.

OTHERWISE WE WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU FOR YOUR PASSIVITY AND SUPPORT FOR THE ZALIMAAN!!.

We must snatch back the national narrative and discourse from the Mullah who has turned this wonderful faith into a weapon of loot plunder and pillage and political power to impose their own narrow sick version of a Great Faith.

We must snatch back sanity from the terrible insanity unleashed by Gen Zia ul Haque in the shape of the Hudood Ordinances and many other similar laws which have nothing ro do with Islam.

Now is the time to bring sanity back Into mainstream Pakistan so Muslims of any shade and people of other faiths can live according to what our Great Prophet Mohammad May Peace Be Upon Him said about Christians and the Christian faith in 628 AD.

Here is the complete text of the charter he granted to the Christian delegation from  the Monastery of St Catherine. The actual text is in St. Catherine Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai)

 {Beginning of text OF THE Grant of THE Charter OF RIGHTS to CHRISTIANS}

This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.

Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.

No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses.

Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet.

Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.

No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them.

If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.

Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.

No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).
{End of Charter}

One is is in awe at these words spoken by the Greatest Man in History 1400 years ago laying  out in clear and unambiguous terms how Christians and other non muslims are to be treated and respected.

And here our Mullahs urge us to burn and pillage in the name of Islam, a Christian minority,  setting their entire villages ablaze, burning a young couple alive in Kot Rada Krishnan.

These were and are as heinous and barbaric crimes as those pepetrated by the Zalimaan on the poor innocent children in Peshawar.

Who will stand up for these cowering, shivering helpless,  Christians and other minorities like the Hindus, Parsees and others who are daily and routinely  subjected to the same inhumanity as the Zalimaan have subjected the Muslims in Pakistan ? WHO?

In this time of sorrow and reflection and anger we must root these out these animals and their thought and those that propund it.

Whether it is the Zalimaan against Muslims or the Zalimaan against the Christians, Hindus, Parsees and others,  are all evil and must be eliminated mercilessly.

Also here also is the Quaid’s speech of 1947 in which he clearly said.

{Start of Quote}
You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State of Pakistan.
{End of Quote}

Pakistan is a Muslim majority country in a Global World. We owe it to our brothers and sisters of other faiths the same rights and privileges and the same safety and security for as Muslims crave for themselves. And as laid out by Allah in the Holy Book and by Our Holy Prophet MAY PEACE BE UPON HIM.

We cannot let bigoted, uneducated, illiterate, intolerant, irrational, self styled leaders of faith take over our destiny.

They must be eliminated or put in their place.

We cannot allow these animals in the garb of leaders of faith  issue Friday Sermons in mosques praising the Zalimaan and calling other sects Kafirs and belittling the efforts of the Pakistan Army. This Must stop.

And the first step should be against Abdul Aziz of the Lal Masjid and other mainstream mosques in Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Multan, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Karachi, Quetta.  We all know these mosques.

We are fighting a battle for the very survival of Pakistan. For a country we love despite its shortcomings and we must set it right, before its too late. Before they strike back.

It calls for draconian measures, for very tough measures,  for serious and genuine measures.

We have had enough hypocrisy and double speak and hunting with the hares and running with the hounds.

Nawaz Sharif must deliver. We need actions not words. We need a clear call to name our enemies. We need no longer be apologetic. We must learn from the past and fix the future.

We must. We must. We must.

And yes there are dangers that such draconian measures may impact some innocent people as well. Sadly.

And yet we hope, that when our fields sway in the gentle breeze of peace and tolerance.

When all of us, young and old, of any faith, caste and creed and sect, and belief, will treat others as our Prophet PBUH had instructed.

When we will not kill and maim and loot in the name of Religion will we look back at this tragic day as the WATERSHED event which changed Pakistan. 

16th December 2014 – Taliban’s attack on our schoolchildren in Peshawar.




16th December 2014.

On the Taliban’s attack on our schoolchildren in Peshawar.
And why this?  
And this is why!!
When our currently most populist leader will not come out with a straight clear and unambiguous position about these animals.
When these people will not be publicly declared anti Islam and anti-state by Imran Khan, the Jamaat e Islami, Fazlur Rehman and their apologists.
When we will pander to these Obscurantists for political gains as I hear PTI supporters say in hushed whispers.
When Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari and all that they symbolise are only interested in looting and plundering this nation.
When your closest financial ally in the Middle East continues to fund these people as they did Daesh and transformed it into a monster
When in the past your leading military institution nurtured these elements to serve what were then called objective realities called strategic interests.
When your leading urban Islamic political party the Jamaat e Islami sends one of its highest ranking leader to become the spokesperson of the TTP in the talks between them and the Government.
When so called scholars of Islam interpret this great faith in a manner which incites divides and creates hatred to pursue their political ends and we the people of Pakistan are willing to listen to their drivel.
When these carpet baggers acquire political power and when through this power they transform a sacred private contract of faith between the believer and their Creator into a public one and try and impose their distorted version of this great Faith on others.
When we cannot even publicly and openly discuss and debate aspects of this terrible demented and Obscurantist thought.
What else but this ?.
And some more home truths about our political leaders and their parties and there positions on the #‎Terroism and the #‎TTP and #‎Taliban
APOLOGISTS AND OR SUPPORTERS – OF THE TALIBAN AND THE TTP DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY
1. #PTI – Apologist for the Taliban, justifying it with as recent as Imran Khan’s RECENT statement that if he were PM he would not have ordered a military operation in North Waziristan.  Party rank and file has been infiltrated and flooded with Jamaat e Islami sympathisers. ( see 3 below)

3. #PML(N). Apologist and supporter through #RanaSanaullah, the #ASWJ Ahle Sunnat Waal Jamaat, the Punjabi Taliban.  Reportedly like many Royals in the Middle East, the Sharif family regularly pay them off for safety and security of self and family

3. #JI . Jamaat e Islami.  Openly supportive of the Taliban and the TTP. Professor Ibrahim of the JI lead the TTP team in negotiations with the Government, Fully supportive direct and indirect public statements from their senior leadership and the likes of Farid Paracha and their ex Amir, Munawwar Hassan , however much they want to distance from them, are real and on the record. 

4, #FazlurRehman and #JUI. Openly supportive of their thought, despite the suicide attacks on Fazlur Rehman. His Maulvi Kifaytaullah was a part of the TTP negotiating team.

5. Samiull Haque and his faction of the #JUI(S). He lead the TTP negotiating team

5. #ASWJ – Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat. Proxy for Punjabi Taliban, Sipah e Sahaba, and Lashkare Jhangvi.  Openly supportive de to their anit shia roots.  Publicly and privately actively supported by PML (N) through Rana Sanalullah and other interlocutors.

OPENLY OPPOSED TO THE TALIBAN  and the TTP.
1. #PPP – Much as one dislikes them and would hate to hear this given the terrible record of their leaders and their governance. But this is the only mainstream political party which has unequivocally and unqualifiedly opposed and publicly stated on record their opposition to these people.

2. #MQM – again not everyone’s favorite party because of their fascist and strong arm tactics. But again Pakistan’s largest Urban party has been for many years crying FIRE !!

3. #ANP. Secular in their approach and ideologically opposed to the Taliban.

4. #MWM – Majlis e Wahdat ul Muslimeen. Shia party deadly opposed to the Taliban and the TTP because of the anti shia roots, position of the TTP and their associates like the ASWJ, the Punjabi Taliban, the Lashkar e Jhangivi etc.

5. #PAT.  Pakistani Awan Tehreek.  Openly and publicly opposed.

The tragedy is that mainstream parties like the PTI, PML N, Jamaat e Islami are playing with fire which will not only engulf them but the entire nation. !!

End Note;
The ideological roots of this problem emanate from the very rigid, exclusivist, militant and anti Shia theological position of the Salafi / Wahabi / Deobandi school, based on the Hanbali theological school, emanating from the land of Nejd and Hijaz.

So Heres how this PERFECT STORM was formed.

1.  Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the USA’s desire to make it the USSR’s Vietnam

2. The Iranian revolution in 1979, starting the Saudi – Iran proxy war opened floodgates of billions of petro dollars funding Deobandi madrassahs and mosques all across Pakistan especially FATA and KPK to fight the Russians.

3. Gen Zia with his Deobandi theological roots and beliefs being at the helm of affairs in Pakistan when the PERFECT STORM erupted with us at the Center in 1980.

4. The Creation of the Taliban by the USA, the PPP Government, the Pakistan Army,and funded by the Saudis and USA.

5. Continous support of  “Good Taliban” by the Pakistani military establishment till as recently as early 2014. Perhaps even now ?

So where should one go to fix it.

Continue to prune its branches or uproot it from its roots from where all the money and funding came, is coming and will continue to come if not stopped.

We have fed this monster ourselves. 

Look at just this one example of our national schizophrenia.

look at the case of Abdul Aziz the Lal Masjid Cleric, who took up arms, opposed the state with military might and fought a pitched battle with the armed forces of Pakistan in Islamabad, with the support of these very animals.

Today he goes about a FREE MAN, the mosque returned to him and allowing him to continue to poison the hearst and minds of the weak and the young and the impressionable,  rather than being hung publicly in Aabpara Chowk.  Look at the depths of hypocrisy we have we reached? We cry foul and murder, shed crocodile tears, black out our Face Book statuses. and yet our mainstream media and political leaders play footie with this man and they represent. 

Just look at how cunningly our mainstream media anchors like Hamid Mir, Ansar Abbasi,  Absar Alam, Saleem Safi, Mushtaq Minhas and Javed Chaudhry, Oreo Maqbool Jan and most tragically the Prime Ministers press advisor ( may have missed a few)turned this monster, Ghazi, into a respectable person and look how he was allowed and accepted by the PML N Government to become the Spokesperson for the TTP when there were negotiations between the two parties . 

Pakistan’s hell is of our own creation and the Geo Political choices we made and the countries we allied with in the Region. 

And if we want to give ourselves a fighting chance we must remove the terrible deprivation and inequity in our own society, through governance which is able to provide access to equitable opportunities in health care, education, jobs, justice.

Otherwise we will continue to blame whoever we blame today.

Saudi Arabia, who wants Regional hegemony and it’s own brand of Hanbali Salafi Wahabi Islam in the Region and Pakistan and curb Iran’s Regional influence  

The USA who wants a nuclear defanged weak on its knees Pakistan.

India with a perfect opportunity to do to us what we’ve done to them in Kashmir.

Israel whose greatest fear is Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal so like the USA would love to see a pliant weak Pakistan.

And so if we are weak and corrupt with the kind of rulers that we had and have and the political leadership who pussy foots, each of the above and others will continue to use our totally disenfranchised and back to the wall society as willing tools, for their own narrow interests. 

The Real PPP BHUTTO Legacy & Bilawal Zardaris embarrassing Karachi Jalsa

The PPP is a party of Vultures. I can never understand why the likes of Raza Rabbani, Sherry Rehman and Taj Haider still remain in this party which is actually a gereditary monarchy of sorts.

It’s origins are shameful. There is no progressive PPP. There never was, never will be, at least under its current leadership.

That small short lived flash in the pan of a socialist agenda for the poor and the underprivileged,   died the day ZAB imprisoned JA Rahim, his party’s Secretary General and Co founder of the party.

He committed the unspeakable horrible act on this supremely elegant, gracious and totally committed to the PPP die hard. An incredibly wonderful gentleman,  ZAB had this most gracious person sodomised in Kot Lakhpat jail in front of his son by a jail sweeper to “teach him a lesson” .

Then ZAB tried to bump off Ahmed Reza Kasuri, his own party MNA, for opposing him and in the process killed his father.

Then imprisoned Mairaj Mohammed Khan, perhaps his most ardent socialist and a cabinet minister. Such was ZAB’S Bhuttoism’s real face.

No sir it was a perverted legacy from the beginning. It was and still remains a mirage and a dream that people think was real.

The poor became drunk and mesmerized by ZAB’S brilliance and charisma. The way he swayed crowds, hypnotizing them with his demagoguery and hyperbole. And them of course the mirage and magic of Roti Kapra Makan.

The result. Absolutely nothing.

ZABs goal was power at all costs. And he used the poor. But fate had other plans.

And now today’s PPP fully exploited by power hungry merchants headed by their chief Asif Zardari are using Bilawal Zardari to keep the poor mesmerized as does a snake, so they can continue to loot and plunder.

If this terrible group of people continue to rule and plunder and the more we delay the redressal of ills and wrongs and the exploitation of the poor and the disadvantaged, the more brutal and violent and tragic will be the explosion of the pent up hatred of theservice wretched souls against the rich and the haves symbolised by #AsifZardari #BilawalZardari #NawazSharif etc.

#ImranKhan may perhaps be the last hope of a change without violence.

Otherwise anarchy, murder mayhem and bloodshed.

The streets of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad will run with blood. Marauding, angry, vengeful hordes exploited for centuries will drag the haves from their ” safe havens” in Defence, Clifton, Gulberg, DHA, F6, F7, F8 etc including Raiwind, Bilawal House and Bani Gala and the other bastions of the rich and the famous.

So this order must end if we are to avoid what is clearly written on the cards. The complete destruction of orderly society in Pakistan.

And not even the army can save the country from this madness were it to happen, which it will. If we don’t change. And all will be swept away, PTI, PPP, PMLN, JI, JUI, MQM, ANP, ETC.

Everybody.

The anger and vengeance of the desperate the exploited and the angry, spares no one and has no friends.

May Allah Save us from this wrath. But suffer we will if we don’t fix things soon.

Why we must support Change even if we dont like Imran Khan or Dr Tahir Ul Qadri

Ihave always admired the analysis and commentary of many leading geo political thought leaders and subject matter specialists from within and outside Pakistan, who specialize and voice their views on Pakistan and its current crisis.

Most of them have the masterful ability to analyse and present complex issues with amazing simplicity and powerful facts and logic.

But of recent many of these thought leaders have unfortunately failed their own usual objective lens test of presenting Pakistan’s current imbroglio. There writings and commentaries are laced with anger, bitterness and acrimony rarely seen in their writings, especially in the manner they address the two protagonists of change, IK and TUQ, or objectively speaking what these two consider as “change”.

While I am not an Insafian or a TUQ mureed and do not in any form or shape endorse any direct or indirect extra constitutional intervention by any internal and or external institution / force, but believe that this time we have to suspend judgement and our personal biases and dislikes for these two.  I personally don’t have anything against the two, but even if I did, I would also suspend judgement for the following reason.

And the reason is simple. For 67 years, our constitutional and extra constitutional inputs have only produced this current and rotten political, social, economic, religious output/environment. So if we want change we have to change the inputs to get a different, hopefully better and more positive political, social, economic, cultural and religious order.

As Alcoholics Anonymous famously say. It’s Insanity to expect different results from the same behaviors.

Therefore, if all well-meaning Pakistanis, including these genuine pundits referred to earlier, but not the “Raqaam Barhao Nawaz Sharif Hum Thumharay Saath hay Najam Sethi types”  to expect that “THINGS” will change by continuing with the same is, in my opinion, quite frankly extremely juvenile and perhaps even suicidal.

So what are our options. Pretty much two.

One. Sit tight, close our eyes, stick our necks in the sand, and pray that when we open them the World and Pakistan would be this heavenly paradise. And in the meanwhile as we live in Cuckooland, these goons and the terrible order, lead by NS and AZ and GOD FORBID, that royal idiot of idiots Bilawal Zardari (can’t call him a Bhutto) and Hamza Sharif supported by their courtiers who are more like Leechees sucking the life blood of this nation, lead us to destruction.

Two. We finally stand up for our rights, after centuries and thousands of years of abject servility slavery and serfdom, and seek the establishment of a just and fair society which delivers better governance and improves the quality of life of this miserable nation. And in my 58 years this is perhaps the second time after that great and brilliant pretender Zulfi Bhutto, who also let us down so terribly, that we have in IK and TUQ,  the symbols, the seeds, the possibility and fragrance of such a change.

So while IK and TUQ may have their Achilles heels and some skeletons in the closets, but they do represent the cry of the hundreds of millions of the downtrodden, once again looking for hope succour, salvation and a better today and a tomorrow for themselves and their children.  While these two could be the Pied Pipers of Hamelin as some suggest, or the Source of our Salvation, as others hope for, the truth is…only time will tell.

But and it is a BIG BUT, bigger than all the BUTTS put together,  if we don’t make an effort and if in our personal animosities and in our pettiness, and in our prejudices, and perhaps misguided reading of the tea leaves and the stars or misguided by our own frames of intellectual references and our anger towards these two, we try and douse this fire and desire for Change, we are certain to perish or fall to such lows ….God Forbid…perhaps never to rise again.

So let us all support these forces of change and let us also be cautioned that in this desire for Change let us not open the doors to authoritarianism or military dictatorship, while getting rid of this horrible putrid old order.

And also let not the frailties and perhaps imperfections of IK and TUQ ( and pretty small compared to the horrors of the Sharif’s, Zardaris, Khans,  Rehmans etc) cloud our objectivity and our judgement.

We must make a go of it.

For in this imperfect world, we just have to make do with what we have, wherever we are, in the best way we can.

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

The Apathy in Pakistan to Support Reform






I am appalled.

I am appalled at the apathy of Pakistani society in not supporting for once what is clearly ( in my lifetime at least ) the most serious and deep rooted attempt at reform. 
I am appalled at the pretentiousness of many otherwise perfectly logical and sane people, for not supporting this serious attempt to get rid of this terrible putrid sewerage system of so called democracy, so cunningly labelled by self serving politicians to safeguard their golden geese. 
These politicians who have destroyed all semblance of good order and governance, simply because of this label of so called democracy. Look at these names who have been in political power in one form or shape or the other, be it a civilian or military administration. 
Look at this horrible horrible roll call. Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Ishaq Dar, Saad Rafique, Asif Zardari, Khurshid Shah, Fazlur Rehman, Asfandyar Wali its an endless list of self serving, corrupt to the core, people. 
While some may criticise IK and TUQ for resorting to “undemocratic” methods. Here’s something to ponder. What choice do IK and TUQ and and people like us have. 
We can’t boot the Nawaz Sharifs and Asif Zardaris out through the electoral process because they have “bought” the entire process. 
We cant take them to court, because they have “bought” the entire judicial system. 
We cannot hold them for administrative impropriety. misgovernance, gross and blatant use of authority in appointments, misuse of public funds, corruption, brazen conflict of interest because they have “bought” the entire administrative structure. 
So IK and TUQ and people who want reform had and have no option but to resort to what they have done. Because, while theoretically we have a parliament and an elected government and there is due process for acquiring power, the system has been hijacked and held hostage by these “professional crooks” masquerading as political leaders. 
Look at Khurshid Shah thundering in parliament, earlier today and look at the sickening amount of ill gotten wealth he has acquired through corruption since 1991 when he was ifrst elected as am MNA. Can anyone justify this terrible and blatant hypocrisy and criminality. 
While some may not like IK’s arrogance ( I do) or TUQ’s Canadian citizen ship ( irrelevant). BUT If these two can set in motion the wheels of change for a better, prosperous Pakistan with strong institutions, especially the Police and the Judiciary, an electoral process which does not hand over power to a bunch of professional crooks with just 10 to 15 % of the registered vote, a system of political accountability which does not allow people in power to blatantly and brazenly misuse authority and public trust and public funds, and a country where no one Faith is imposed on another, I am all for it. 

And for those professional politicians with IK ( not many with TUQ) who think that they will benefit once again from the ‘IK” bandwagon, as they have done on other bandwagons in the past…I think they are in for a surprise!