Over a number of years photographers have captured stunning pictures which have later turned into defining pictures for the year. This picture in my opinion quite easily summarize the moment of truth for the seven year regime of the Enlightened Moderation era enforced by Dictator Musharraf.
It is a true representation of the Pakistani people in the present day and age, we stand literally naked on the streets and all types of authoritarian adminstrative forces come one-by-one to whack us with all their might, rob us of our heard earned wealth and leave us for the dead. We have no rights whatsoever, let alone the security one so much desires, simply said we are at their mercy.
Its been over 7 years, 2 months & 19 days since Dictator Musharraf came into power, he promised Pakistan a paradigm shifting leadership concept, but more importantly he promised Pakistan an honest leadership. For many, this romance barely lasted a year and then it seems as if the power of the seat gravitated Musharraf down the same path of looting and corruption which has been the hall mark of all Pakistani leaders who have ruled our country previously. If I were to name a leader who truly meant well for Pakistan, there can be none, none at least who left a positive mark on the history of Pakistan, none who I would be proud to have called a true leader for Pakistan.
In the case of Dictator Musharraf its been the same old story, as they say in Urdu jaab chaksa lag jata hai tau choorna mushkil hai (loosely translated: when you start enjoying [the position of power] its difficult to let go). More importantly when a leader starts to ‘believe’ the world will come to an end if he were to abandon his seat, then it is surely a path towards destruction as he knows there is are no check and balances so he then continues to do as he pleases.
Musharraf has been playing a game of charades with the west, often ducking accusations of Martial Law by hiding behind a rubber stamping national assembly and recently he warded off all attacks by successfully commandeering the American lobby with his recent lap dancing performance at the White House. To return with a pat on the back and is now concentrating to enforce his rule within Pakistan, even crossing the border of civilized rule by abducting any individual who choose to speak up against him, his actions appear to be perfectly in line with a full fledged martial law. Come to think of it, it has been a martial law ever since the fateful day seven years back on October 12, 1999 when he conveniently called it his divine vision of Enlightened Moderation, which should have been aptly named martial law, and sadly we idiots fell for the bluff.
Our economy is in shambles despite posting figures of an astonishing growth rate, but someone has to think how can these numbers be correct when the biggest revenue generating sector which happens to be the textile sector is on its knees begging for mercy, hundreds of SME’s have closed shop and larger textile units downsizing to improve profits. Petrol remains at an all time high despite a sharp decline in international prices, of all things Milk is damn expensive. So with items like petrol and milk are on the rise I am sure the poor are getting crushed under the immense weight of the richer upper class of our society.
If you believe in Pakistan then its time to stand up and speak out against this tyranny. If you believe in Pakistan its time join Mohammad bin Masood and defy this tyrant ruler. If you believe in Pakistan, then I want to see who you are and lets together work for a change, granted we can’t move mountains, but at least we can try doing it rather then not have tried at all. Shed a tear for the belief that Pakistan can one day become and wake up from this silence ……. is there anyone out there who believes in Pakistan or do I stand alone, with tears in my eyes watching my country go down the drain.