Khurshid Anwer, June 29
I have received the following observations from a lady who is obviously fed up with more of the same continuing to result in much more of exactly the same:
“I have grown up watching the PPP. I am now fed up with an unchanging status quo where the same political methodologies (the description of Dr. Mubashir still applies today*) still continue with the same faces who refuse to step down, like other organizations where those who go past the retirement age refuse to leave the seat for the next generation, and instead beat the younger generation down with their bitterness, sarcasm and harshness in making sure they ‘stick’ to the seat and their dreams of power. Reflective of a nation with an absolute lack of vision and understanding and respect for life, the circle of life and human beings. No compassion and no ability to go above pettiness, to say the least”.
* this is with reference to the very bleak picture of his misrule Dr Mubashir Hasan had painted for Bhutto when the latter had asked why people had joined the PNA agitation against him in such large numbers. Excerpts from Dr Mubashir Hasan’s ‘The Mirage of Power’; Rafi Raza’s ‘Bhutto and Pakistan’; Air Marshal Asghar Khan’s ‘We’ve Learnt Nothing from History’ and Sherbaz Khan Mazari’s ‘The Journey to Disillusionment’ are attached.
I fully agree with the lady on the malaise in our society where the entrenched people, be it politics, government, industry or whatever, are not prepared to call it a day and pass the baton to the new generation. The worst situation is in politics where a few families have grabbed the parties and will not let go. The Bhuttos, the Sharifs, the Wali Khans, the Altaf Husains and what have you.
Let us take the Bhuttos. PPP is not only a blue blooded dynasty of father, daughter, husband, son, ad infinitum, it is also now a cult, with the number of devotees of the Deity increasing by the day due to the populist policies of the party. That these policies are causing the economic ruination of the country does not cross their minds. As long as the devotees are happy with the hollow slogan of ‘roti, kapra aur makan’ all is well. It is not for them to consider that to provide ‘roti, kapra aur makan’, a certain amount of economic development is essential i.e. development of industry and agriculture, the two fields which can provide real jobs (as opposed to unproductive jobs), which in turn can alleviate poverty (as opposed to ‘bheek’ programs). Otherwise why would the number of people below the poverty line have increased in all three previous tenures of PPP. Statistics do not lie.
But I digress. The point is with PPP being what it is, a full fledged, certified cult, built upon pseudo martyrdoms, how can we expect the other parties to democratize themselves and leave PPP with a clear advantage. These other parties are not about to commit ‘harakiri’, no thank you. So we are back to square one. We keep going round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush.
And pray who is responsible for this sorry state of affairs, certainly not the unwashed illiterate ‘awam’, not by a long shot. It is the literate, well to do, well placed members of the party who are suffering from a permanent suspension of disbelief – much like the Ostrich with its head in the sand. A complete refusal to see that PPP has abdicated its will to the will of the ‘awam’, as an easy means to remaining in power. If PPP remains, Pakistan will not.