Posts Tagged ‘Imran Khan’

“It is not an end, but means to an end!”


Posted @ LahorePostBlog

30th October 2011, a new ascertained historical landmark for Pak history textbooks, when a crowd of 500K characteristically declared solidarity with Imran Khan against Pakistan’s inept regimes, at the symbolic venue of Minar-i-Pakistan in Lahore. Analysts say it was the largest congregation of its kind in the last 40 years and a tipping point in Pak political history. The divine crowd was a representation of all the socio-economic strata of society, sects, and religions- a happening rarely witnessed in the class-stricken, religious intolerant Pakistan. Samson Sharaf from PTI, credited for bringing thousands of Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians to the congregation. “Imran Khan to reconstruct Jinnah’s Vision.” he tweeted, earlier that day.

As the lion of Pakistan roared, he commenced by eulogizing Jinnah and Iqbal as his political and religious mentor, respectively. Khan shared a brief policy outline, sketchy, covering almost all core issues faced by Pakistan today. Undoubtedly, the mighty khan has implicitly proven himself as a concrete political contender. My heartiest condolences to the envious cynics and the bereaved pessimists!

Moving on, Pakistan craves for a leader-in-charge who may not have to be one hell of an orator, but certainly a sterling planner, exceptional administrator, committed and willing to produce the promised change. Luckily, Khan is that champion. Albeit, Pakistan today cannot afford a change akin to Obama’s.

Team Imran Khan, should therefore, rapidly move on to the next STEP. Three core issues to address. One- vote registration. Masses, particularly in villages, don’t even have their ID cards made, forget about votes. NADRA and Election Commission needs to look into that. Moreover, the urban youth, otherwise motivated, inclined for change, is undermining the gravity of vote registration. Media can play a major role here in reaching out to them.

Two –Policy. The Irony of governance practices in Pakistan has always been an absent implementation, policy making never was. Since politicians always had stakes, policy enforcement hardly happened, merely slogans and rhetoric. Reversing this trend and a policy of “Right man at the Right grade” will yield results (otherwise, governance is no rocket-science). Still, for team-IK, policy papers be made public, without fearing copycats. By doing so, professionals who are otherwise neutral or apolitical can assist in modification or revision. A think-tank, inviting and incorporating accomplished professionals, (including expats) may be considered.

Three- Candidate Selection. Khan now an established Kaptaan, should know, he is the highest bidder. So choose the best. Selection credentials, therefore, for fundamental positions be elevated and there must be zero tolerance for the opportunists. Personally, I do not really agree with this notion of media gurus of having political heavyweights as a marker of success. Why so? When even the cleanest of them all are also stained.

The hulking support, unconventional and non-compromising politics, credibility, and his achievements for Pakistan, now makes him holier than the establishment – the weakest today in Pakistan’s history. They might need him-he does not need them. Therefore, irrelevant mud slinging is not required, as it is the weapon of cowards, effete, and incompetents.

Most important: critics should refrain from equating his supporters to GHQ puppets -that is major insult. The military top brass and Jawans, not a supernatural force, also represents a sample of 180mn Pakistanis, so any support within the army ranks or frank admission of his solid power by them should not come as a surprise. Nevertheless, they or any other forces for that matter, if illicitly attempt to hinder the change he promises, will be swept away by the Tsunami that has only begun!

ISI – The New Sita White


As the public turns immune to the old and deceased Sita White, hunt for a new one was religiously and fervently going on. The campaign proved to be a triumphant one. The timing; perfect. Making the emergence of ISI as the new Ms White. The association, regardless of being true or false, has been fallaciously established now. With local, and particularly media abroad, conscientiously co-relating Imran Khan and ISI together now.

seemingly, due to stasis in Pakistan’s political thought process, lack of insight and out-of-the-box thinking, hardly anyone is looking at two fundamental, emerging “intelligent” agencies that is, the youth of Pakistan and the overseas Pakistanis.

First “Intelligent” agency the youth, with their number, bubbling energy, equipped with modern thought, rejecting the old political customs is as influential and a winning source as ISI. Whosoever manages to break in warrants a win.

Second, fundamental “Intelligent” agency – the Pakistanis abroad. They are an eminent funding source, with their budget in total, many folds relative to the military. A force so powerful, that it is maintaining a hefty pool in this economic shutdown by their remittances and possesses immense capability. Whosoever they choose to fund, need not have any other funding source.

Nawaz Sharif’s un-timely tirade looks very timely for his own personal gains, but undeniably not national interests. Killing two birds with one stone, clever! One; any one having a glimpse of foreign media in the last few months can contemplate the campaign for maligning and discrediting armed forces, despite their tireless contribution in WOT (the security lapses by frustrated and fatigued  ISI of course added fuel to the fire) but, who is NS trying to please actually? Two; his fear, and apprehensions that, though, power corridors today go through US, yet an enraged ISI can still turn tables by bringing forward agency supported leadership, allegedly Imran Khan.

Morally speaking, the perfect timing for Kargil inquiry, and NS maltreatment by military top brass, just like BB murder inquiry, was immediately after post-mush 2008 elections, with NS in coalition govt. The next ideal timing was later after their grand chief justice restoration world cup win. Moreover, while NS had a reputation of playing with, sacking, forced resigning military top brass, why Musharaf was not forced to resign post-Kargil?

Probability is, Sharifs’ and the rest might get ISI under pressure and mull them for support, like old times, but they lack the insight and aptitude to get the attention of two fundamental emerging “Intelligent” agencies i.e., the youth and the professionals overseas – Pakistan’s gold-diggers.

Governance today in Pakistan is not simply about sewage reforms, overhead bridges, and extra-judicial dictatorial terminations. The country needs factual serious fixing, not merely in foreign policy, but health, education, and social reforms as well. That formulates vision and will, credibility and higher moral ground, as the only savior.

Politicians exploiting intel agencies is as harmful as agencies using politicians. The sole immediate resolution of the current military debacle is that the fine line between the surgeons and the physicians be rationally drawn. To begin with, the Over-stretched, PTSD afflicted, and bushed military should be sent back to barracks without more ado, after a 10-year long nonsensical and unwinnable war.

Hitherto, the classic example of civil-military equilibrium is the Ankara model, where the most skeptic of the military (having a constitutional role) becomes the most successful, sweeping a third term, this week. With a GDP growth of 8.9%, leading Europe in economic growth, a contemporary education policy, reforms, vision and will, Erdogan and his justice party maintains the moral high ground.

Only a democratic reform with an Ankara epitome and not what Washington orders can save Islamabad now. Meanwhile, relish the new Ms White, instead of giving the allegations any more significance and applaud the contenders’ efforts and limited foresight!

Posted @ DailyLahorePost

Shaukat Khanum is not helping much


Posted @ LahorePost Blog

Seems like writing for and mainly  against Imran Khan is in vogue in Pak blogging world. Here is my contribution!

40 yr old Salma, a local villager, was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus. She received treatment from SKMT H and had full recovery. As I met her, I explained to her that cancer is not common cold and that it can recur, so religious follow-up is obligatory. On her follow-up visit at Shaukat Khanum, she was asserted clear.

Weeks later, I found out that she was having similar symptoms again. This time her family chose to take her to the nearby quack who they told me was “qualified” in treating such illnesses and had an excellent medical record. Jolted by the statement, I explained to them the consequences of not seeking professional help, as it could be recurrence of her cancer. Since they were tenants from my local village, I became persuasive and even authoritative. To my utter disappointment the family (otherwise very caring & concerned but ultimately illiterate) rejected  and got her treated first by the specialist quack and later by a peer baba, who I found out charged more than what a doc would have. 6 months later, she died.

It made me realize that she must have been tagged “cured” in SKMTH registers but here she was down in the grave and then I wondered how many more poor “cured” patients in SKMTH record actually met the same destiny. I don’t have any post-hospital discharge statistics, but I suppose almost all the impoverished who are “cured” per hospital record, IF get recurrence, end up having fate similar to Salma.

Cancer after cure needs from minimum 2 yrs up to lifelong follow-up. The gullible poor in Pak cannot afford such lucrative follow-ups. Even if the hospital charges nothing, they have their own social and financial issues (travelling, food and lodging cost/issues etc) and they are too naïve to handle such jagged situations.

I believe institutes of excellence like SKMTH are serving only the affluent, some meagre and of course doctors. Unless, an appropriate infrastructure is built in terms of health and education, I am afraid erecting centers of excellence in the name of poor is yielding little, they cannot be utilized to their optimum capability, and no matter what they do they can never justly serve 70% of our indigent population.

One million spent on Salma,s treatment went down the drain by the end of the day. Obviously, SKMTH is not at all at fault. I blame a nonexistent public health system and illiteracy for that. Besides, optimum health & education services can never be attained by relying  solely on humanitarian organizations without the earnest involvement of the state and hence politicians.

As a matter of fact, Salma’s local GP should have summoned her after her discharge from the hospital. The GP than should have kept a record of her future appointments. In addition, she and her family should have been educated enough or at least have had baseline knowledge and awareness of her disease.

Irrefutably, altruism is a pursuit of the past and must be taken as a temporary way out. Otherwise, it results in callous, unending exploitation of the deprived. Circumstances have gone downhill. Now, I reckon this similar to an act involving attack on civilians from the top and later on tendering aid from the ground.

Moreover, the state has turned a blind eye over decades and has shed most of her health responsibility by deviously assigning the task to philanthropists and doctors – victims of collateral damage I would say. In fact, the state has manipulated doctors and humanitarians in the name of humanity for her advantage to cover her shortcomings. Doctors in Pak govt teaching hospitals spend 70% of their time & energy in arranging free investigations & medicines for poor patients (when practically they should be receiving medical training).

Evidently, Social work has limited upshots. In chaotic conditions such as we are in, one should consider pragmatic solution. It appears, political solution is the present and the future now. And for that matter, All politicians should turn into philanthropists and all philanthropists should join politics.

Health and education is the responsibility of the state and if they are unable to endow it, they should resign. Unless the state takes hold of her responsibility and demonstrate practical results, not mere slogans and policies, perpetual exploitation of everyone including patients, poor, and philanthropists will carry on.

 



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