I must begin with offering my felicitations to each and every Pakistani for the 61st Independence Day. May this upcoming year be fruitful for Pakistan, having suffered through a tumultuous political roller coaster in the past few months [and years], people stand today ready to abandon this nation for greener pastures of foreign lands, quite literally giving up hope.
But whatever will happen to the remaining 160 million strong Pakistanis [including me], for them we must each hope, pray and guide this nation forth towards progress and prosperity. This nation is too valuable to us [me] that I will never give up hope so quickly, we as Pakistanis must stand together shoulder to shoulder and try to rid our country from the unpatriotic elements that suck the life out of Pakistan. It is for the sake of Pakistan that we must hold strong.
To gauge the changing scenario one only has to look at my early 14th August blog posts to capture the problems facing Pakistan and sadly the declining situation
In 2005 I wrote A Tribute to Pakistan, where I was filled with patriotic emotion but worrisome that our politicians might siphon off Pakistanis wealth for their own good
14th August 2005 is another important date for Pakistan, it is the 58th Independence day of our beloved nation. A date important enough to deserve a public holiday with celebrations around the country people roaming the streets in jubilation, motorcycles, cars, buildings and houses all glittering proudly with the national colors. Each and every soul chanting – Pakistan Zindabad. My heart feels the love and so does yours.
I feel saddened that these few romantic days will not be recalled until next August 06 and where then again we would have seen another year of political uncertainty to have unfolded before us. Many a politicians would have come and gone, gone of course with a heavy bank balance and those newly into the arena sharping there knives in preparation for the sweat-meat for their accounts in Switzerland.
In 2006 i wrote For the Love of Pakistan where I seem to be subdued by more of Global threat then issues from within, on hindsight I think I was right to suspect it as such
14th August 2006 to mark the 59th Independence Day of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I am born and bred Pakistani and I assure you I am emotionally patriotic enough to even die for this country of mine. This 14th August to me is a proud moment to see my country achieve 59 years of freedom, though a bit turbulent but it remains a proud & independent nation.
Looking at the present global situation I feel the future for Pakistan is going to be tough as I dread to see it come against some serious pressure and may even have to buckle with the demands that may be forced onto it by the financial bullies of the world (read US)
But the most disheartening post was last year in 2007 when I penned …to Pakistan
Surprisingly this year the political leaders have seemingly disheartened every patriotic citizen of Pakistan, issues like the CJ crisis, the astonishing 5/12 Massacre and the Lal Masjid disaster all seemed to be the orchestration of our political bureaucracy so as to preserve the existence of one person has his illegal, unelected regime in Pakistan.
This totalitarian attitude adopted by Musharraf has actually lead my country down a very difficult path, there is no talk on how to improve Pakistan, but instead discussions are being held to appoint yet another corrupt leader to sit on top of the Pakistan treasure box and mint money for personal gains for a third tenure around.
Sadly no one cares what will happen to the country, as long as he/she can walk away with the loot. Is this what our forefathers envisioned? Is this the country which saw the sacrifice of millions of Muslims when they chose to migrate to so so called ‘Land of the Pure’?
This years analysis sadly cannot be any different from the gloomy picture I posted in 2006, It was in the midst of 2007 Musharraf was in intense negotiations with Benazir Bhutto in Dubai to orchestrate a plan for her return, Musharraf needed an extension to stay in power and Benazir was the most willing to make possible deals, it was after her acceptance that Pakistan saw here historic and emotional arrival in October only to be greeted with a bomb blast on Shahrai Fasial.
It was not long that the spiraling political unrest lead Musharraf to impose a martial law on Nov 3rd where he literally destroyed the Judicial system of Pakistan dismissing 60 outstanding judges on the whim that they did not agree to his specified unconstitutional and illegal orders as he positioned himself to be above the law. A few weeks later we saw him take off his uniform in lieu of permanent constitutional amendments.
Then Pakistan was jolted by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto which to date I believe was orchestrated by none other than her husband Asif Ali Zardari [as he to date, stands to be the sole beneficiary from her death and also has been hindering any investigation] The overwhelming love of Begum saw three days of riots on the streets of Pakistan.
February saw farce on Pakistan where Musharraf held elections only to fulfill and legitimize his promise to the US to hold democracy, but he still choose to stay in power and PPP provided him the perfect cover. Following the elections we witnessed one criminal case after another being whitewashed clean from the shoulders of Asif Zardari [& MQM] to stand clean as a recently baptized person washing away all his sins on the hallow grounds of the NRO [National Robbers Ordinance].
April 9th saw an MQM sponsored riot on the streets of Karachi where they locked and burned alive a few lawyers, leaving the city stunned. The political circus continues to keep us engaged day after day, Zardari jumping one rope after another with the latest impeachment twist which I suspect will turn out be yet another ploy for time extension and making a fool out of Pakistan and Nawaz Sharif.
Nothing will come out of the impeachment and Zardari and Musharraf will continue to run the country in cahoots. I only fear that with Zardari running our country, we cannot even for a moment expect Pakistan to recover and hopefully come out of this spiraling disaster, as they say once a crook always a crook likewise once a Zardari always a Zardari ’nuff said
For the sake of Pakistan – I hope we have better tomorrow – I believe it to be, lets hope it is
Knock on Wood – Pakistan Zindabad