Paradox Pakistan Paradox
akistan was made when the first non-muslim got converted in Indian sub-continent (Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah). First amongst the converts were the people from Jain religion. They were amongst most oppressed in Southern Sindh and first to come in contact with Muslims. Untouchables were the next to be touched by the superior civilianization. There are many non-muslim writers, both European (Percival Spear) and Asians (Dr. B R Ambedkar) who have attributed the spread of Islam in South-east Asia to the superior universal values of Islam.
Equality of mankind(Quran 6:98), oneness of Allah, concept of Him, being the owner of everything (property and life), being the life giver, being the ruler of all and the concept of death and accountability before Him after death and consequent reward in hereafter…? All those fundamentals were seen being practiced in the lives of conquerors from east (711-12) and three centuries later(10th to 12th Century) from north-east (Mahmud of Ghazni: 971-1030) and onwards.
Sufi, saints, waliullahs and pirs were another name for love of humanity, embracing all and sharing with all what they possessed and what existed on the surface of earth. All this led to two nations theory and Pakistan came into being as an ideological state by the parameters of political science.
hy contradictions and confusions prevail all around today? Why President of Pakistan can turn around on his head on firm promises in broad day light without a shame? Why a common muslim-Pakistani finds him or herself deep down in paradoxes of all kinds? Have a look at the scale and enormity of these paradoxes. The list is not short.
a. All Embracing and All Loving. We were all to be the sons and daughters of one pair (Quran 7: 189). We were the one not to differentiate amongst any of the prophets (Quran 2:136, 2:285, 3:84). But sunni do not marry shias. Many muslims think Moses to be Jew and Jesus to be Christian. And Prince Charles come to Pakistan and lectures us on three great Ibrahimic religions! And all nod in acceptance and happily become a Mohammedan rather than a muslim! And feel proud to stand shoulder to shoulder in equality with Jew and Christian brethren.
b. Muslim Ummah. We were one Ummah (Quran 23:52). BNP says we have nothing in common with Punjabis, Altaf Bhai says five nations live here. Mr. M K Achakzai (P M Kh) says four nations live here.
c. Foreign Elements and Nationals. Only Uzbeks, Chechens and Arabs are considered and titled as unwanted, illegal foreigners, not the Americans. A few years ago, the illegal foreign nationals (Americans), occupying Jacobabad Airport refused to allow Gen Moien-ud Din Haider, the then Minister for Interior, to land.
d. Writ of the Government. When an unidentified, RPV (remotely piloted vehicle) enters airspace of Pakistan, it is neither challenged nor shot down. When a Pakistani village or a house or a group of people are hit by a missile launched by US drone, writ of government is neither damaged nor its sovereignty undermined. Strangely enough no formation commander conference is called and no operation is launched against external, blatant, unabated aggression.
e. War on Terror. There is no other country in the world which surpasses USA in killing unarmed, innocent civilians. The exercise to deploy, occupy foreign territories and to kill, on the basis of racism and economic interests started by America in 1775 (1775~1800 American Revolutionary War). It has aggravated and grown with every passing year. American illegal occupation forces killed 14 Filipinos for every one American killed during four years long drawn war (1899~1913 Philippine-American War). Killing of 240,000 innocent Japanese in 1945, just in one week, could be an old episode for some. Americans killed just 90,000 Vietnamese and dropped thousands of tons of de-foliage agents on the tropical jungles. Pictures of the bones of Vietnamese laid out on road and being crushed under US road rollers are available on internet. Current score of Iraqis killed is 600,000; and the game is not yet over. America is an occupation force in Afghanistan and it is killing and destroying that country. Its economy today has become narco-economy, opposite to what it was under Taliban rule. Pakistan is still an ally of America on war on terror. Laugh, if possible.
f. War: A Solution to the Problems. All the analysts and wise people come on media to teach and preach that war is no solution to the problems. All parties must sit across the table for negotiations. Most of such exponents are America return and have read and known the lessons of history. America has found and practiced war as the solution to almost all problems. Since 1775, American armies are at war at some scale, in some part of the world. They have not rested their guns yet. Why not follow America, the world leaders and the superior civilization?
g. Respect for Democracy. After a long wait, in the back drop of simmering FATA, PATA and Swat; Pakistan National Assembly decided to meet and find the solution, at this epic decision-making body of the Nation. It was resolved, about three months ago, that all military operations would come to a halt (in Swat). There shall be no fighting and use of armed forces, all problems would be solved through parley. Nothing happened, neither government nor Army made any change in their approach. America was deeply worried and annoyed on such a move of peaceful negotiations. There appeared to be no political will, and all in line seemed to have resigned; necks hanging down bound for self-destruction.
h. Assisting and Helping Pakistan. There are series of American Congress bills and amendments (e.g., Presseler) which did their best to strangulate the economic and social growth of Pakistan. Pak-US trade is amongst the lowest as compared with other countries. Yet it runs into deficit. US made sure we get loans from IMF, so as to keep a tight noose over Pakistan rather serving the purpose of our growth. Deferred F-16s and its payment issue is not an old one. Baitullah Mahsud has never been targeted by American weapons; even on the request of ISI. Similarly some of the wanted criminals are residing in Kabul. Weapons and equipment for militants in Pakistan come from Afghanistan and no where else. BLA is being trained by Indians and financed by USA. Chinese influence in Gawadar has been neutralized. After killing of Chinese engineers China is very quiet. Pakistan Army used to have two corps strength as reserves against India. After General Musharraf decided to take a U-turn on Afghan policy for prolonging his rule, we first ran out of reserves then we were asked to get deployed within the Country and now Pentagon sends out a letter of appreciation on each round of artillery fired on Pakistanis. US also start waving dollars in quick-fix aid the moment our gunship helicopters take off and our jets dive down to strafe at some target within the geographical boundaries of Pakistan. For sure it will get some kind of negative reaction from the people and Army will become further insecure, hated even more and get weakened and consumed in the process. The once beloved Pak Army is now being viewed as some kind of mercenary army fighting for dollars and better munitions.
i. Disapproval and Annoyance. Nek Muhammad was killed, the moment there was some kind of truce. Dambadola was hit, when Governor NWFP was on his way to sign some kind of peace documents. He (Gen Aurakzai) had no idea, while Gen Musharraf said we did it! Americans claim they did it (Pentagon Report 2006). Nizam-e-Adal Regulation of Swat was frowned upon for making peace. Any move which can let us consolidate or allow Pakistan armed forces to withdraw and permit them to look across the borders annoys USA. Why should America be happy to see any potential of resistance when it decides to upgrade its war on Pakistan armed forces beyond drone attacks!
j. Unsound Joke. Mr. Zardari threatens the world; if we fail you will all fail (Moot in Tokyo April 2009). You can not afford to fail. Therefore, he adds appeal to begging of money. Does it not look like an unsound joke? Who does he think is interested in the survival of Pakistan if he is leaning on its enemy!
t is time to conclude this effort, on paper. What to do with these paradoxes. Has final doom descended? Should I dig my head in sand and wait? My answer is no. We are muslims first, therefore, not the quitters. We made Pakistan when we were having 8 % of literacy rate and media was two muslim press and thirty-five Hindu press (1940). Count on areas of strengths there are at least three, as of now. And pick up enough courage to tell Americans you are our enemy. We are not fighting with you but please leave us alone. We do not need your billions, you fire next drone and we will shoot at it. You be out of this Country and go and live and stay on American soil. We have a long list of our aliments, but it is we who have to wrestle with and mend our ways.