PAKISTAN: A Quagmire of Strange Democracy at Work

By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD.

The Nation Lost Time and Opportunities for Political Change

Dr. Mehboob A. Khawaja

Pakistan represents traces of compelling authoritarian  tyranny, stupidity, political sinisterism of rooted insolence of lost wisdom and hopes for a navigational change. Despite the national elections, pains, horrors and degradation of the nation for change are distinctly visible on the screen.The nation is fraught with loss of time and opportunities for political change and sustainable future-making. The February 8, elections arranged by the Generals and the Judges produced no signs of systematic optimism that the nation will lose more when sadistic egoism and the authoritarian governance of the few have left nothing more to lose. A paradox of unforgivable systematic infested political corruption complemented by the ego of few Generals aligned with higher court judges to a new threshold of emerging disunity, military intervention in public affairs and favorite perversion of evil mongering claiming to serve the 240 million conscientious Pakistanis. Despite the PTI (independent) clear winning majority of the National Assembly seats, the reports spell out the hidden truth of Sharif brothers – the criminally indicted terrorists, thugs and money launderers to form the next government. What a shame – what a disgrace to conscientious new  educated generations of Pakistanis.  One wonders, what was the precarious reason to hold the national elections when the Generals and few Judges wanted the corrupt and morally and politically disgraced Sharfi brothers back to powerhouse? These were the same neo-colonial families of Bhuttos, Sharfis and Zardari produced by the previous Generals who stole 50 years of the national lifetime, wealth and opportunities for change to buy palaces in the UK, France and Spain and discredit the nation, its honor and standing in global affairs.

Do intelligent people learn words of wisdom even from the enemies? General PNK Choudry (former Chief of Staff of the Indian Armed Forces), who fought wars against Pakistan, narrated that if Pakistan had honest and intelligent leaders, they could have averted the 1971 surrender and defeat at Dakka- East Pakistan. I asked him how? He disclosed that ZA Bhutto had asked Mrs. Indira Gandhi (PM India) to help him become the next president of Pakistan; whereas Sheikh Mujib Rehman ( the elected majority leader) was more a Bengali nationalist aspiring to become the next leader of Pakistan. If the Pakistani had transferred the power to Sheikh Rehman, it would have been the right thing to do and he would not have survived more than a few months as all the official machinery was based in Islamabad. Mrs. Gandhi agreed to help Zalfikar Bhutto but the price was defeat and surrender of Pakistan, and Bhutto was a power maniac to become the unelected leader of Pakistan. Altaf Qureshi (“Skoot-e Dacca say Purdha Utha Hey” the Urdu Digest), narrated the historic facts: ‘General Yahya Khan stabbed the body of Pakistan and Bhutto did the same.’ Please see: “British Colonialism and how India and Pakistan Lost Freedom.” 2022. Are we not seeing the same story being repeated again in Pakistan after more than 50 years?

Imran Khan, the PTI elected leader was ousted by the whim of a few generals aligned to politically cursed Sharif family – is that the mental microscope of the military leaders to rejoin the dead political entities? Under a false and politically orchestrated impulses, Imran Khan has been sentenced to 10 -14 years in jail on multiple bogus legal cases. Vengeful and paranoid Generals wanted to keep Khan and PTI out of power so nobody could question their wrong thinking and deceitful actions against the nation. The few generals under the Chief of the Staff Assem Munir have no sense of time and history as they are playing with the destiny of the Nation for which they have no moral or intellectual capacity, no right or legal mandate to do so. Most dreadful tragedies have infallibly resulted in victimizing the masses. Today, the nation is crippled with catastrophic events of insecurity, mismanagement and socioeconomic and political exploitation.

The Pakistani Generals are not the people of reasoning and open to listening and learning. Bhuttos, Zardari and Sharifs are not the people of honesty and leadership to rebuild the nation for its survival. They cannot realize the imperatives of hopes and expectations of the new generation of educated and morally and intellectually competent people. Future belongs to the new generation of educated people, not to the naive and obsolete Generals. They view “power” and “Pakistan” as their own property. The authoritarian leaders played with its destiny and future without being questioned. The Five military coups were stabbing the living body of Pakistan. They are the wrong people, with wrong thinking and doing the wrong things. Please see “ Pakistan Confronts its future under betrayal of Generals.” 01/24 

Progressive Nations Produce and Enlist Educated People of New Generations to Make the Future

Progressive nations search for new-age educated and intelligent people of new ideas and integrity to build a sustainable future. Ironically, Pakistani neo-colonial systems have kept old and the obsolete to run the country. Nations cease to exist when educated people of new generations who could have replaced the old and redundant guards leave the country and never return to build the nation. Young educated generations embark on migrating to Europe or America and never come back.

Today, the nation is crippled with catastrophic events of insecurity, non-productivity, mismanagement and socioeconomic and political exploitation. The Pakistani ruling elite and the Generals are not open to reason and accountability. They are engaged in systematic subversion of national freedom, security and future-making.They cannot realize the imperatives of hopes and expectations of a new generation of educated and morally and intellectually competent people. Future belongs to the new generation of educated people, not to the naive and obsolete Generals. They view “power” and “Pakistan” as their own property. They are the wrong people, with wrong thinking and doing the wrong things.

Although Imran Khan spoke of moral and intellectual values and nation-building, he did very little to support that agenda. Khan could have arranged evidence-based legal prosecution of Sharif brothers, Zardari and others  for corruption, killings and stolen wealth but failed to do so. He did not kill anybody nor robbed any banks and political governance was infested with corrupt figures of the past. They never imagined–how the present and future generations will identify them? Please see by this author:“Pakistan Imperatives of Political Change for a Progressive Nation”2019; “Pakistan where Politics and Corruption are the Same” 2014; “Pakistan in Search of Freedom and Security”, Uncommon Thought Journal and Global Research: 10/20/22, and “Pakistan, Planned Political Chaos: Imran Khan a Victim of Hope for the Future”, Global Research: 11/06/2022; “Pakistan Striving for Its Soul.” 8/23

 Tyranny of the Few Darkens the Future of Nation

The few Generals and Sharif brothers are egomaniacs with an overwhelming pathological urge for political power to distort and reject the will and aspirations of the people of Pakistan striving for political change. Tyranny is always powerless and transitory.  Imran Khan  and some 20k of his party  supporters have been imprisoned under false pretext of political vengeance and to pave the way for another opening to the crime riddled Sharif family. What is the solution to the morally and intellectually sickening political culture of Pakistani politics?  A reconstruction and overhaul of the law and justice system and non-intervention by the Generals into politics and transfer of political power to the majority elected leader and party.  It is a long way to build a working democracy in Pakistan. If not, could the few Generals and top Judges be tried for violations of the Constitution, human rights, arrests of innocent masses and fake cases against Khan at the ICJ and ICC, the Hague? The possibility is there for accountability.

Pakistan needs an urgent navigational change but few Generals and judges are part of the problem. Would they ever realize and learn having wrong thinking, wrong priorities and wrong actions? The current state of Pakistani affairs reflects a complete societal breakdown and march towards self-annihilation. Despite hollow claims of the Generals, no moral and ethical behavior is seen in the sudden and inexplicable plunge to human wickedness highlighting the affairs of the besieged nation. They would claim democracy at work when the majority winning party (PTI) is being blocked to form the next legitimate government and masses are outraged and oppose the Generals and Judges lacking respect, professional integrity and impartiality to serve the nation.

[Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in international affairs-global security, peace and conflict resolution with keen interests in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of several publications including the latest: One Humanity and the Remaking of Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution. Germany, 12/2019. He writes for Tribune International Australia]


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