Pakistan Looks for Change

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by Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja

The current rulers are simply wasting the precious time and energies of the nation for nothing else except for their personal survival.

“Nations are built by proactive visionary intellectuals and leaders, not by military dictators and bootlickers’ neo-colonial politicians pursuing egoistic agendas.”

Pakistan desperately needs a non-partisan government of national unity replacing the corrupt and illegitimate Zardari gang, a new proactive educated and intelligent leadership aiming at restoration of the domestic political harmony and social normalcy, ceasing the confrontational strategy in North Waziristan and demanding immediate withdrawal of the American and British troops from Afghanistan.

The 21st century is marked by the phenomenon of information age, knowledge driven global culture of change for new ideas and ideals, human vistas of new knowledge and creativity unknown to the self and surrounding environment to explore new horizons for the best of masses, service–oriented and people-focused political governance with systematic transparency of claims and actions and strong mechanism of moral, legal and political accountability. To comprehend and transform these real world phenomenons into workable realities, you need educated and THINKING intellectuals to draw plans for societal interests and needs and complement them with action plans to achieve the much desired goals and priorities for change and development. A decade earlier after the Tiananmen Square firings, a Chinese teacher asked a dissident: “where have the educated and intelligent Chinese gone who were active to bring about the societal change?” The dissident replied: “Either they are in the graveyards or have fled to foreign countries.” Pakistan of today is no different. Its cream – the intellectual thinkers and irreplaceable enlightened human resources are either buried in unknown graveyards or have fled to safety and new life in foreign lands. Those with strong longing for the homeland wanted to return would be disheartened and discouraged by the prevalent egoistic and corrupt political culture in the homeland. There is a critical absence of educated and rationally thinking Pakistanis in the political governance of the country. So what is left there?

Could those who cannot deal with the present be able to foresee the future of the nation? If known thugs and indicted criminals occupy the vital offices of the nation, would it be useful and productive for the nation? Who decides those failure in the present and an insult to common sense be the leader of the future? Do Pakistanis not know what their national interest is?

Because of Pakistan’s nuclear capability and unique position in the Islamic world, long before the 9/11 incidents, the Western strategic mythologists were articulating scenarios of Pakistan being “the most dangerous place on earth”, “the rouge state”, and the “hub of Islamic extremism” to threaten the Western political interests and strategic presence in the Arabian gulf region. After the 9/11, the American and British political lobbyists zeroed-in on Pakistan as the epicenter of “Islamic terrorism.” The American leadership and the neocons needed this escape from reality to reinforce “fear” as strategy in the hearts and minds of the America masses and to implement the PNAC ( Project for the New American Century), Plan for political domination of the oil-gas rich resources of the Middle East and Central Asia. Ignorant Pakistani military rulers like General Musharaf and cheap politicians were bought and bribed by foreign powers to make Pakistanis look-like terrorist enabling them to remake the global crusade against Islam. The mainstream news media was one of the innovative weapons used by the US-British political strategists. The NYT front page headlines (July 2007) reaffirmed that “Pakistani Generals are paid to do the job.” The Washington Post characterized General Musharaf in cartoon as “dog” that Commander Bush trusts as an ally. Was it an insult to Muslim Pakistan or was it a real world reflection how America sees the bootlicking General Musharaf standing before his Master. Musharaf was not a leaders but a stupid and timid soldier coerced by George Bush, Candeelica Rice, George Tenet (CIA Director) and General Powell to wage war against the Taliban run Afghanistan. The military dictator had no sense of the national interests of Pakistan. Musharaf did what no other responsible and intelligent could have done to join hands and allow Pakistani territory and facilities for the US warmongering. Consequently, the country is stampeded, its economic and social life ruined and so are its peace loving and simple people with destroyed social and natural habitats. While Pakistan and the nation is strangulated by the foreign powers, Musharaf lives happily in London $1.4 million flat, protected by the British security force. The end goal is chaos and destruction of the Muslim nation. The US used the same blueprint to enlist the allegiance of the Iraq Generals (22-24 or so) before and after the downfall of Saddam Hussein regime. Most were flown out of Baghdad, the day Iraq fell to US-British aggression in March 2003.

Ignorant military Generals, Bhuttos, Sharifs, Zardaris and few nameless feudal landlords and assembly rubber stampers always keen to change sides in political horse trading with one political entity or another called members of the National Assembly or the Senate – the misplaced people known as bogus agents of influence to carry on the usual political business in Islamabad. There are wrong people in the assemblies and political governance, and there are wrong people out of the governance and political assemblies devoid of reason and people’s representation.

Over the decades, if you want to be an active politician, you must have membership in some crime syndicate or a kind of political mafia gang specializing in looting and killing of the masses and doing what no civilized people could imagine to be fair, rational and tolerable in this age and time. Then, you will be a successful politician in Pakistan. The net outcome of this phenomenon is the Pakistan’s primitive dirty politics overwhelmed with military dictators consuming more than forty years of the national lifeline and its precious time and resources and producing Bhutto family, Sharif family, the obedient civil bureaucrats and few splinter groups to combine the mafia run governance of Islamic Pakistan. The nation MUST assume the responsibility for the time and opportunities lost and the current political extremism. The Generals, Musharaf, Bhuttos, Zardaris and Sharifs could not have done it alone. There are hundreds and thousands of their accomplices actively engaged in stealing the national financial resources, precious time and opportunities of the nation. Institutionalized corruption is not a one man job. Perhaps, these figures should be seen as corrupt leaders but not as absolute persons responsible for all the existing cruelties, mismanagement and stolen wealth and future of the nation. When people live in constant fear over certain period, they lose self-respect and sense of direction and start getting use to the oppressor and living under conditions to strive for the survival of the fittest. Read more of this post

Video: False Flags, Lies & Nuclear Bombs

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A maturing Pakistan

Shahzad Lodhi

To change is to get mature. This is as true as change is constant. The fact of the matter is that time spares no body and only those survive who realize the change and align themselves with the new requirements. Pakistan is passing through a change which may give it a new look altogether in times to come. With apology to all those who see a weaker or a divided Pakistan in view of the rapid changes and political turmoil the country is passing through, a new vibrant Pakistan is in the making.

The ongoing controversy over the appointment of judges heightened by the official notification has been fully debated in the media. It has not only sent shock waves among the saner elements but has in many ways raised questions about the mode of governance and the motivating factors behind such misadventures. Perhaps such a stir was long over due to set the ball rolling for a rethink of the whole range of the modus operandi of centers of powers in the past.

Fortunately, there seems a silver lining in this apparently disturbing scenario, thanks to a rejuvenated judiciary and dedicated Armed forces. Political parties by and large have been unable to steer the ship of state clear out of stormy weather. But credit must be given to the media which has played a balancing role in not only educating the people but also trying to show things in true perspective. True that our media needs a code of conduct that may keep its newly acquired freedom in certain limits its positive role in raising awareness and educating general public is undisputed. There were days when only one state television used to run in Pakistan. Reporting was done in accordance with the then government’s directives. Now according to estimates at hand more than one hundred tv channels are operating while growth is expected to be seen in coming years. Media has helped people to form and reform their social and political beliefs. It has given an encouragement to a common man to stand for his rights and condemn injustice in the society. Education of the masses is a must to progress and our media has fortunately done this job well. Civil society is seen standing against inequality and corruption as social evils. It is now believed that those holding public offices are accountable and answerable for everything they do And if something negative is reported against them in the national press, they will have to explain it before 17 crore people of Pakistan with whom the ultimate power rests. Read more of this post

Has Obama Become Bush II?

Danny Schechter | Barack Obama’s election seemed an anomaly, but clearly it was disgust with his predecessor that drove him from obscurity to the presidency.

Obama’s “outside-inside” strategy inspired millions of new voters. He organised, rallied new voters, used social networks and invoked change orientated slogans with more symbolism than substance.

But once in office, the office took over, co-opting his populist inclinations and burying his grass roots movement in a miasma of paralysing pragmatic centrism rationalised as the ‘politics of the possible’.

Supporters became recipients of emails, not potential activists to lobby for his agenda. He allowed his “army” to dissipate while he moved into using the Oval Office as a bully pulpit. His followers were demobilised as he gave speech after speech.

Obama realised that the Bush era had not ended in the bureaucracies or in the media and halls of congress. To undercut its lingering impact, he moved right possibly to later move left.

He embraced some of Bush’s tough-guy national security boilerplate. He got along with Pentagon power by going along. Compromise began to become his mantra. Read more of this post

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