Bangladesh learned lessons after going through a long period of trials and tribulations and reformed its systems and institutions to achieve mind-boggling economic results which have surprised the world. All the third-world countries who had gained independence after Pakistan also overcame their teething problems and social and moral weaknesses and moved towards prosperity.
Pakistan on the other hand learned no lessons from the great tragedy and didn’t reform the defective democratic dispensation, didn’t refrain from military interventions, failed to remove serious defects in the judicial system, made no effort to reform the institutions, kept going the wrong way and kept lurching from one crisis to another.
The net result is, that Pakistan which was economically much ahead of all other regional countries including Japan, China, South Korea and India, is trailing behind all the regional countries and is desperately trying to save itself from default.
The two-party system and the third-party experiment failed
Consequently, provincialism particularly after the 18th Amdt has morphed into a monster shaking the foundations of the federation.
Pakistan today finds itself in a lurch since the reputation of all the mainstream political parties, the judiciary, the establishment and other state institutions is soiled.
The lower judiciary is thoroughly corrupt and the higher courts are compromised and politicized.
The police are corrupt and are mostly engaged in serving the elite class. Accountability is selective and in name only. There are too many laws to curb vices but are never implemented.
The politicized and corrupted bureaucracy in league with the politicians silently creates hurdles to slow down the wheels of administrative machinery through bureaucratic wrangling.
The mafias, big business tycoons and feudal lords linked with the ones in power are creating a financial crisis by running black money and other rackets like money laundering and financial terrorism. The big business Seths in Karachi are spreading gloom and are fueling the anti-establishment narrative.
The Army and the ISI act as the first-line defense against all external and internal threats to the integrity of Pakistan. They have played their innings from the front foot outstandingly. They have been maligned by vested groups under a calculated program. While the foreign actors couldn’t succeed in their sinister designs, internal actors have partly succeeded.
The political parties hungering for power are locked up in infighting calling each other thieves and corrupt. The recently ousted party is up in arms and wants to regain power immediately irrespective of the dangerous ramifications while the sitting govt, unmindful of the flak it is receiving, is determined to complete its tenure.
A big logjam has been created and there is no institution available to act as a referee and defuse the simmering lava since IK distrusts all the state institutions. IK is relying on street power and the govt on state power.
Once the two powers are face-to-face, there is bound to be a bloody clash
The tragic death of TV reporter Sadaf last night under the wheels of IK’s caravan has not sobered IK. After the hurried burial of the trampled lady, and one-night token halt at Sadoke, the long march has been resumed. The tempers on both sides are high and the clash is imminent.
While the death of Arshad Sharif was exploited by PTI to draw political mileage, Sadaf’s death will also be politicized. Morals and values are of no consideration. Nor are the interests of the people of Pakistan, and Pakistan itself. No one is bothered about the lurking external dangers knocking on the borders of Pakistan.
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Due to internal infighting, intrigue and conspiracies to pull down political or business opponents, and the role of the fifth columnists, snakes in the grass and paid media, Pakistan has become a fertile ground for anti-Pakistan intelligence agencies to fish in troubled waters and destabilize Pakistan. The explosive situation has ripened for the big explosion.
Oblivious to the impending disaster, the so-called educated lot in Pakistan charmed by the Pied Piper is moving towards Isbd with great gusto to achieve Haqiqi Azadi.
The Indian media feeling exhilarated and dancing with joy, is continuing to exploit IK’s unrelenting anti-establishment rants to its benefit and to ridicule Pakistan. All the narratives of PTI are manufactured in India and then promoted the world over by PTI’s media cell, fake websites and Pakistani ex-pats.
We have not forgotten the Indian Chronicles, which remained undetected from 2005 till 2020 and during this period, India had successfully brainwashed the international community with its fake narratives and cooked up stories and painted Pakistan as the most dangerous country in the world.
Maj Gaurav retd is leading the anti-Pakistan campaign. He is boisterously acclaiming IK for giving dirty names to the army chief, the PM, Election Commissioner, and terming the people of Pakistan as slaves. He has expressed his readiness to donate huge funds to IK’s account and has wished that IK becomes the PM for the next 10 years to make it easier for India to achieve all its objectives.
May Allah help Pakistan from its external and internal enemies and guide the misled Jihadis on the righteous path.
The writer is a retired Brig, war veteran, international columnist, defense, security & political analyst, author of five books. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed in the article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.