The month of August is here with Independence Day of Pakistan being one of the main highlight of it. This year we are going to celebrate the 63rd year of Independence from centuries old British Rule.
Independence day is probably the most confusing day I consider as compared to rest of the days in our national calendar.
Though like many years it has come when we are going through “National Crises” and like always our nation will try to regain its “National Confidence” and “Nationalism” through national songs and flag hoisting ceremonies.But honestly telling these displays of pseudo-patriotism are now losing their meanings in front of me.
For me independence is not merely having a state with the right to have an identity card as citizen.But its about having the right to use your potential and getting results from it.Independence is about taking your own Economic and Political decisions yourself. Independence is about living with dignity and self respect.
On one hand we are busy in fighting a foreign war which is destroying our social fabric and on the other hand we are so Economically and Politically weak that we cannot take decision in our favor about it.
Even after suffering so much in the so called “War on Terror”, we are still blamed for exporting terror by our key allies like Britain. This shame wasn’t enough for our leaders that they decided to give a pleasure visit to the country which didn’t even give slightest of regards to thousands of life we gave for their war. This visit, even after so much humiliation, was so important for our President and our government that they even didn’t give small consideration about the losses our nation is suffering due to recent devastating floods.
If we become a bit more honest and bold about judging our situation then I am afraid we will not be able to find ourselves eligible of celebrating the independence day.
Our ancestors fought for freedom so that they can have a country where principles of justice and equality will prevail. If we look at our present condition it doesn’t show promise in that regard as well.
Our national agenda are hijacked by dictators,feudal and corrupt corporatist who enjoy total dominance and totalitarian control over the resources of our country. People are made enemies of each other by exploiting sectarian, ethnic and social class
diversity we have in our society and converting it into a clash. Legislation in made in such way that criminals, plunderers and incompetent people not only can reach to the highest forum of national policy making i.e. parliament but now they are given the right to select the judiciary.
Judicial institution is probably the first and in many ways also the last institution which gives a weak and poor citizen the chance to protect himself being victimized by the elite and powerful. Without an independent and powerful system of justice no citizen can think of freedom and no nation can reap the fruits of independence.
Though some promising situation is shown by media, some sections of civil society and higher judiciary but overall our situation is not improving and in fact getting worse day by day. Apart from leadership I will also blame our nation for this as their personal prejudices, short term greed and narrow vision has brought us to this level.
We are the ones who don’t find much moral courage to criticize and stop wrong and support the right cause as our own petty issues and prejudices come in our way. This approach of prejudice, greed and narrow mindedness has also become part of our national policy making which is evident in this so called “War on Terror”.
The situation is so bad now that the nation which, despite all its weaknesses, used to help each other in hour of crisis and need is now killing each other from Karachi to Khyber even during the worst disaster of our national history.
It is now a high time for us to reconsider our national agenda and come out of this pathetic hypocritical approach. We need to sincerely judge ourselves and our problems and fix them one by one in our collective and personal lives. For once we need to think like a real honest, just and freedom loving nation.
It can happen to you.
Standing up for her means standing up for your selves.
An American urging his fellow Americans to raise their voice for Aafia Siddiqui.
Thanks who ever you are.
[aafia siddiqui-lady al qaeda-female osama bin laden?]
The worst Part of the speech is “I SPOT A POLITICAL AND ETHNIC COLORING TO
THIS LOOT AND PLUNDER THAT IS UTTERLY UNBEARABLE.”
Either someone gave him the wrong information or he is intentionally giving it an ethnic color
so as to find a new “problem” to solve and a reason to “rule”. He is speaking the language of
PML-Q (or you can say Chaudhry brothers of PML-Q are speaking his language)
Our President is doing the best he can to destroy the country and damage its integrity.
Below is the Dictator’s Address to the Nation.
MY PAKISTANI BROTHERS AND SISTERS,
THE NATION FACED A GREAT TRAGEDY. I OFFERED CONDOLENCE TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY INCLUDING ASIF ZARDARI, SANAM BHUTTO OVER THE SAD DEMISE OF BENAZIR BHUTTO.
AFTER THE DEATH OF MOHATARAMA BENAZIR BHUTTO, THE CONDITIONS OF THE COUNTRY WORSENED VERY BADLY. THE UNCERTAINTY PREVAILED OVER THE WHOLE COUNTRY.
I REALIZE THE GRIEF OF BENAZIR’S SAD DEMISE PERMEATES THE RANK AND FILE ESPECIALLY MY SINDHI BROTHERS AND SISTERS. I AM ALSO GRIEVED AND ANNOYED OVER THIS. I FULLY VALUE THE SENTIMENTS OF THE WHOLE NATION.
THE RECENT LAWLESSNESS CAUSED THE NATION AND COUNTRY TO SUFFER A IRREPARABLE LOSS.
PEOPLE LIVING ON DAILY WAGES COULD NOT GO TO THEIR WORK AND FACED SEVERAL HARDSHIPS. THE VEHICLES WERE TORCHED; PAKISTAN RAILWAYS RECEIVED THE MAXIMUM DAMAGE; TRAINS AND TRACKS WERE SET ABLAZE THAT LED PASSENGERS TO PASS THROUGH VARIOUS TROUBLES.
MOREOVER, THE BANKS WERE LOOTED AND GUTTED; THE SHOPS WERE RANSACKED; THE PRISONS WERE ATTACKED AND THE SEVERAL HUNDRED IMPRISONED PEOPLE WERE RELEASED, WHO ARE NOW CREATING LAW AND ORDER PROBLEMS.
EC OFFICES WERE SET ON FIRE CAUSING MUCH DAMAGE. I WAS TOLD THAT CERTAIN ILL-NATURED ELEMENTS ARE STILL BEING WITNESSED WANDERING SPORTING MACHINE GUNS AND ROCKET LAUNCHERS.
I SPOT A POLITICAL AND ETHNIC COLORING TO THIS LOOT AND PLUNDER THAT IS UTTERLY UNBEARABLE.
THE LOSS AND DAMAGE IS BEING ESTIMATED AND IT IS TOLD THAT LOSS IS WORTH SEVERAL BILLIONS OF RUPEES.
I ASKED THE PRIME MINISTER TO INSTITUTE A COMMISSION TO ESTIMATE THE LOSS AND DIRECTED THE CONCERNED OFFICIALS TO TAKE SERIOUS ACTION AGAINST WHOSOEVER FOUND GUILTY OF NEGLIGENCE IN THE RECENT TUMULT.
THE FIR’S SHOULD BE REGISTERED AGAINST THE INSTANCES OF LOOT AND PLUNDER. THE PRISONERS UNLEASHED IN THE RECENT PAST, SHOULD BE BROUGHT BACK TO THE PRISON. ANYONE SPORTING WEAPON SHOULD BE PUT BEHIND BARS.
WE APPOINTED RANGERS AND ARMY FOR THE SAFETY OF LIFE AND PROPERTY. THESE FORCES WILL REMAIN POSTED TILL AFTER THE ELECTIONS.
WE WILL STERNLY DEAL WITH ALL THOSE WHO WILL TRY TO CREATE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION TILL ELECTIONS OR DURING ELECTIONS.
THE PACKAGE WOULD BE GIVEN TO COMPENSATE THE PEOPLE.
A BRITISH TEAM OF SCOTLAND YARD WILL BE INVITED TO ASSIST OUR INVESTIGATORS IN CONDUCTING THE PROBE INTO THE ASSASSINATION OF MOHTARMA BENAZIR BHUTTO.
IN THIS REGARD I THANK THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN. I HOPE THAT THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE MURDER CASE OF MS BHUTTO WILL HELP REMOVE ALL THE DOUBTS.
THE OTHER IMPORTANT THING IS THE ELECTION DATE WHICH HAD TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR HOLDING POLLS.
THE ELECTIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN HELD ON JANUARY 8. BUT THE RECENT RIOTS ERUPTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY DAMAGED THE ELECTORAL PROCESS. MAXIMUM DAMAGE WAS CAUSED TO ELECTION COMMISSION’S OFFICES IN SINDH.
IT IS ESSENTIAL TO GO INTO DETAILS OF HOW BENAZIR WAS MARTYRED. IT IS NECESSARY TO REMOVE THE NATION’S CONFUSION OVER. I REQUEST MEDIA NOT TO SPREAD THIS CONFUSION.
I WANT THE ELECTIONS TO BE HELD IN FREE, FAIR, TRANSPARENT AND PEACEFUL MANNER.
FIRST, I HAD NO INTENTION TO DEPLOY THE ARMY IN THE COUNTRY DURING THE ELECTIONS BUT NOW DUE TO THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION, IN MY OPINION, IT HAS BECOME VITAL TO UTILIZE THE ARMY AND THE RANGERS.
THEREFORE, SERVICES OF THE ARMY AND THE RANGERS WILL BE UTILIZED FOR MAINTAINING THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION AND HOLDING THE ELECTIONS IN PEACEFUL MANNER ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, UP TO THE ELECTIONS AND EVEN AFTER THE ELECTIONS.
NO AGITATION AND RIOTING WILL BE ALLOWED DURING AND AFTER THE ELECTIONS.
I APPEAL TO ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO COOPERATE IN MAINTAINING THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY.
THIS IS THE TIME OF POLITICAL RECONCILIATION AND NOT FOR CONFLICTS.
I REQUEST YOU TO PREFER PAKISTAN TO ALL MATTERS. CONSIDER PAKISTAN OVER ALL POLITICAL INTERESTS.
THE MISSION OF BENAZIR BHUTTO WAS THE PROMOTION OF DEMOCRACY AND ELIMINATION OF TERRORISM. I HAVE ALSO THE SAME MISSION.
THIS IS MY CONVICTION THAT THE STABILITY, DEVELOPMENT AND PERPETUITY OF THE COUNTRY RELY ON THE SUCCESS OF THIS MISSION.
INSHAALLAH, AFTER THE ELECTIONS, A CONSTITUTIONAL AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT WOULD BE FORMED WHICH WILL TAKE PAKISTAN TOWARDS DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY DURING THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.
IF WE DO NOT UNDERTAKE TO WORK AGAINST THE EXTREMISM AND TERRORISM, THE FUTURE OF PAKISTAN MAY GO BLEAK.
I WANT TO PINPOINT TWO PEOPLE IN CONNECTION WITH THE TERRORISM—BAITULLAH MEHSUD AND FAZLULLAH. I REQUEST THE MEDIA TO UNCOVER THEM. I WANT THE ROOTS AND FOUNDATION OF SUICIDE ATTACKS FULLY EXPOSED.
I PRAY TO ALLAH TO DIRECT US TO WALK ON THE RIGHT PATH. I WISH ALLAH TO HELP AND AID PAKISTAN.
LONG LIVE PAKISTAN.