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Pakistan: Democracy’s tyranny of majority eclipses monocracy

Democracy the modern system of government, generally believed, is the right answer for good governance delivering justice and respect for fundamental & human rights but the concept needs to be rightly understood and then implemented in its right perspective. People, in the Indian sub-continent, voted in through fair or rigged elections unfortunately misunderstand the purpose and misuse the position to become a law unto them and rule using autocratic methodology. The ruling elite, thus, considers it its birthright to indulge in nepotism, unbridled corruption and self-centred behaviour; sometimes even exceeding the limits crossed by autocrats and despots.

Pakistan currently faced with dangerously poised terrorism, political upheavals as the country´s history reveals that people saw democratically elected governments as disillusionment, unfulfilled promises and betrayal resulting in loot and plunder. That does not mean the dictatorships for rest of the period depict a rosy picture but in comparison army rules, as widely agreed upon gave Pakistan stability to a large extent. Pakistan´s misery compounded because of political blunders made by its ´democratically´ elected politicians either with purpose, negligence or political inexpedience.

March 1971: The role played by India was instrumental in creating an independent nation of Bangladesh through pumped in resources, physical military intervention, and planned hijacking drama to stop air-traffic between East & West Pakistan with a resultant scenario of ninety thousand Pakistani POWs. All this could have been avoided to keep the country united if Z. A. Bhutto had shown far-sightedness, patriotism, and statesmanship by allowing Mujeeb-ur-Rahman´s overwhelming majority head the government of united Pakistan. Observers believe that later Bhutto paid the price for betraying his own country.

June 1984: The aftermath of Indian army´s storming of Harminder Sahib in Golden Temple Complex resulted in tens of thousands of martyred Sikhs turning the uprising into an independence movement of Khalistan. Pakistan´s media, The News, reported that Prime Minister Benazeer Bhutto prepared a list of Sikhs fighting Indian army and asked her minister Aitzaz Ahsan to forward it to Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It was a matter of days that thousands of Sikhs were rounded up from their hideouts and slain in cold blood.

December 1998: India´s erstwhile Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral is on record having said (December 1998 in a meeting at Dhaka) that "Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif handed me a secret report about covert activities of Kashmiri militants operating in Indian Occupied Kashmir". The uprising in Kashmir cost more than one hundred thousand lives, thousands disappeared, unspecified number of rapes and billions worth property razed. Pakistan´s Jung in its report on October 28, 1999 reported "Gujral revealed stunning details about how close former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family were to him and how the depth of their friendship reflected on India-Pakistan bilateral ties while the two were in power".

February 1999: The Lahore Declaration signed by Prime Ministers Nawaz Shari & Atal Bihari Vajpayee notably stressed on Simla Agreement in ´letter & spirit´ an accord that binds Pakistan to maintain a status quo on Kashmir. Further it mentions to "intensify efforts to resolve all issues, including the issue of Kashmir". Since the times Kashmir was occupied India, for international consumption, talks about peace and settlement of Kashmir issue but whenever under international pressure India agrees to come on the table, it asks Pakistan to handover the areas of Kashmir under Pakistan´s control creating a deadlock. But the fact remains that Simla agreement or any other declaration between India & Pakistan have no bearing on Kashmir imbroglio as Kashmir is an internationally accepted political problem and needs a solution as per the wish of Kashmiris who own the land.

May – June 2014: New Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi who had lashed out on his Pakistani counterpart to the extent even to teach his country a lesson; a day later Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif visited India on oath ceremony of Mr Modi and the visit was termed as "an historical event as both prime ministers sought reconciliation and plans to move forward in peace". Now warmly received sworn enemy turned everything hunky dory promising good relations promoting trade, cultural relations and a special preference to put Kashmir on the back burner.

PM Modi, many believe, has extended a helping hand to PM Sharif to ward off internal pressure as a result of perpetual head on collision with his own army and majority of people of Pakistan. The friendly overtures made by Nawaz Sharif do not deter Indian Prime Minister Modi to use resources and intelligence machinery to destabilize Pakistan mainly by keeping Pakistan army engaged in border and Ceasefire Line in Kashmir skirmishes; more importantly using Afghanistan soil to push in terrorists to create mayhem resulting in widespread death and destruction.

In a miraculous turned around situation the data leaked and published by Panama based law firm Mossack Foseca, among many others, revealed corruption in billions, tax evasion and money laundry using global offshore industry to absorb and hide the money looted by Sharif family of Pakistan. The large scale corruption gave rise to a regime that kept country´s developing economy dependent on overseas aid, borrowings forging instability and religious extremism. A court case against the family is about to the reach the culminating point and people hope that the Supreme Court of Pakistan will give a judgment in favour of poor people of Pakistan. Sharif family is trying everything in their power internally or use help extended externally to save their devil and the deep sea situation.

The political pundits while showing apprehensions for adverse political developments in Pakistan are more worried for the tensions created on the ceasefire line in Kashmir at a time when internal political uncertainty has peaked and Pakistan army is faced with a responsibility unprecedented. The murky political situation, economy in shambles and internally emerged fifth column bent on destabilising Pakistan creates a difficult situation for army and which keeps it guessing what to do next. The ongoing weed out operation of terrorist outfits inside Afghanistan spells the resolve and the mood of Pakistan´s bruised army.

American philosopher Noam Chomsky describes Capitalism as having no heart, no soul and no conscience. All capitalists are fundamentally interested in one freedom and that is freedom to rob. Capitalism´s most powerful weapon is Democracy as it allows it to acquire control of the intelligentsia and bureaucratic cadres of the society. Freedom of Expression is the most deceitful myth of Capitalism and so called media is controlled by capitalistic mindset exploiting and using the talent of celebrated stars of the freedom of expression.


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