“Dark Ages” of Pakistan

Posted @ LahorePostBlog

December marks the end of the deadliest 2010, the 201st decade, culminating after more than 100 drone attacks this year, killing mostly civilians. An era has passed, and it happened to be perhaps the most lethal and dreadful period for Pakistan. It proved to be a gloomy and historically “dark age” for the 63yr old country, in a rapidly evolving global geo-political environment. A nation that bore the brunt of WOT, sacrificed more men than any other ally, when no Pakistani was involved in it. Aided by, the most corrupt, and incompetent politicians as rulers of the state. It happened to be an age of bloodshed, extremely low self-esteem, and growing despair. Loosing, 10,000 cops, a good 30,000 civilians, and thousands of those who were crippled since the beginning of WOT. Still, we are not doing more.

The chaos began with the one man, dictatorial decision of Musharraf in 2001 to join War on Terror. It was a decision where options were limited but irony is that the gutless General gave in like a coward, and committed without any forcible terms and conditions.

Thereafter, giving in to their every demand as if Pakistanis were guilty. Later in 2004, he sent in armed troops without taking the parliament and the nation in confidence, and with no positive outcome whatsoever. Eventually an array of suicide attacks began, worsening as each day passes. Musharraf did manage to attract foreign investors but the economic boom proved temporary. Obviously, with a war going on at your borders and a growing concern over law and order situation, how could he have managed to sustain economic growth? Army once a pride and hope, thanks to him, earned an unruly, bad fame in his days. Lately, the 1999 coup fame, ex-Army COAS, Gen Zia-ud-din calls him an inexpert officer, incompetent general and a compulsive liar.

The 2007 Judiciary movement in due course commemorate the end of Musharaf and his continuous meddling with the constitution. He’s the pioneer of the unpardonable NRO which eventually allowed unclean politicians to take charge of the driving seat.

2008 marked the beginning of a democratic government, elected based on their slogan to revive and review policies. It lead in time to the rule of the most corrupt politicians. Theirs no change in the policies, no clear agenda whatsoever, and carnage and casualties continue. The world today is acquainted to drones through Pakistan.

Added to this is the escalating corruption, not even sparing institutions that previously had corruption free fame. Like, last month, motorway police got involved in a challan corruption scandal. It looks like an incurable epidemic. Steel mills scandal is outdated now. They have gone far beyond. The latest being the Reko diq scandal, which is equivalent to 200 steel mills.These guys are inventive and bold. The Hajj looting eventually leading to the prince writing to the CJ must have left many old ministers in a fury for not being so audacious!

More to it is the dooming economy. The Textile industry, our economic backbone, is barely surviving now, being forced towards an unnatural death. Foreign investment is out of question as there is not only miserable law and order situation but also distrust on the government by the International community, openly shown during the flood relief appeals. All of this is in due course leading to price hiking and hoarding of commodities. Might is right here now.

The adversity everywhere is eventually leading to an extremely low self-esteem of the nation as a whole, as is being manifested by the current sporting culture in the country. Cricket being a religion in Pakistan is not mere a sport here but also a representative of the spirit and morale of the nation and the youth. Cricketers are now being scrutinized. Another one, lately fled the field. Guilty or not, but the impact it creates is detrimental.

It is the end of 2010 and like Obama, the change that the elected democratic govt in Pakistan, comprising of the two mainstream political parties, promised is nowhere to be seen. The nation now awaits a messiah and a changeover.

Being an ultimate optimist, I also believe that it can’t go on like this forever and renaissance is round the corner! The nation that carries tremendous potential within herself now desperately yearn for a change. The best educated Muslims in the world today are Pakistanis, proving their mettle all over the world. The brainy, creative youth here is capable of not just making “copy” but “original” as well, (as can be witnessed by the rare opportunities they manage to get). All that is now desired is a changed and charged leadership.

I aspire that the new year and consequently the new age marks the beginning of a new blooming era for Pakistan – I still dream of a prosperous Pakistan, gearing steadily on a dodgy road towards the vision of Quaid, and the dream of Iqbal.


6 responses to this post.

  1. very nicely written, though i disagree on few points.

    //The best educated Muslims in the world today are Pakistanis//

    i simply don’t agree with this statement, what’s is the point and research you have to carry out this judgment, keeping in mind the most intolerant attitude among different sectarian outfits and faction among Muslims in Pakistan

    //The brainy, creative youth here is capable of not just making “copy” but “original” as well//

    Agreed, but as per my experience and personal journey of motivating , i found Youth confused, lazy and following neither lead, nor follow strategy.

    //All that is now desired is a changed and charged leadership.//

    It should be changed but change with a difference not with the confused and civilian dictator one, who can play politics with political attitude, not like try to play 5 years of test match with one twenty 20 slog inning and with the prop ups of running zack goldsmith election campaign, though chanting slogan of peace deal with Taliban at same time.

    Agree with the rest. Indeed a nice write up and Blog 🙂


    • Thanks, for the input Yasser!

      RE: Sectarian differences: My personal opinion is, though many would disagree; an economic boom & education including streamlining religious orientation only will help.
      … and hence it ends with the politics, policies & politicians. No man would want to send his child to a Madrassa, if theirs a free slot available for him in a good school.

      RE: Pakistanis as the best educated Muslims;
      well, I admit I dont have any data to prove that, but look at the massive brain drain thats happening, and from my own exposure in medicine; I can certainly say that Pakistanis & Indians have a strong grip in the field in west! They have invaded uni,s abroad, IT, Engineering etc, more than Muslims from anyother country (considering the very low literacy among Muslims!!also our population size!!). I could actually write a blog about it sometimes later.Thanks for the food for thought !!

      …..and well most important, about the leadership!! no better option, I would say. The leadership has a vision.
      He has practically demonstrated his health & education policy. Their is integrity & boldness and can manage with a staunch foreign policy!


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  4. Posted by neel123 on December 26, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    It is optimism in people like yourself, that keeps Pakistan going. Otherwise there is nothing left in this moth eaten, religious bigotry ridden, terrorist ridden nation, that is owned by its military-mullah nexus and not the people ….. !


  5. Posted by faraz on January 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Jinnah’s vision and Iqbal’s dream! Is it the one taught in Pakistan Studies textbook board books?


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