It is very unfortunate but very much true that Pakistan is a lost cause. On 14, August 1947 at the stroke of mid-night , a new independent state appeared on the map of the world. Pakistan with meager resources and defunct treasury did not have an auspicious beginning with the top leadership in Bharat( the official name of India) confident that it would not survive beyond a couple of months. With all the odds stacked high against it Pakistan has been able to with-stand one political and social storm after another and in the process with its limited resources also become a nuclear power. Pakistan has been able to celebrated 66 years of existence, but at what cost?
After the death of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah under very mysterious circumstances and the murder of Liaquat Ali Khan, the first prime minister , Pakistan has been steadily sliding to become a theocracy. Something which the founding fathers had not even dreamnt of in their wildest dreams. In 1971, because of the narrow mind-set of the feudal-military-mullah coterie Pakistan lost its eastern wing. East Pakistan became Bangladesh because Z.A. Bhutto with the active aid of army did not hand over power to the popularly elected leader of Awami League, Shiek Mujib-ur-Rehman (the father of the present prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajid). According to parliamentary norms, he should have been the prime minister of Pakistan but the establishment in West Pakistan would never let such a thing happen. The rift started a civil war and the Bengali insurgents with the aid of Indian army defeated Pakistan. The most ignominious chapter in its history when 90,000 Pakistani troops surrendered to Indian troops, as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Bhutto also was not allowed to rule Pakistan as he was implicated in a murder case of an opposition leader and sentenced to be hanged. This episode in the history of Pakistan is referred to as the judicial murder of its most popular leader. It was an international conspiracy as he was the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program. Moreover he earned the ire of the Americans by being the most vocal member of a pan-Islamic and non-aligned block in a bi-polar world. He is also held responsible for the crash of 1979 when American industry came to a halt as the Muslim oil-producing nations refused to sell their oil to America and the West.He was removed from the scene by General Zia-ul-Haq, his hand-picked COAS, superseeding many able officers because Zia was a consummate sycophant. Haq’s decade long rule, marred with public lashing of critics, torture and hangings on a mass scale pushed Pakistan towards becoming a theocracy. He introduced the unpopular Hudood Laws, more commonly known as the draconian dark laws. Another concept that cropped up during his rule was that of “strategic depth” visa-a-vis Afghanistan. It was also during his era that singing , dancing and even acting were declared anti-Islamic profanities. A lot of illegal nuclear proliferation activities, under the watchful eye of the army, took place during Haq’s regime. The most notorious recipients was North Korea.
Pakistan foreign policy has been India-eccentric since independence, therefore, over 60 percent of the budget goes to Pakistan army. Pakistan has fought three wars with India over the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir. They had an atomic capability so we also acquired it by fair and mostly false means. When the 80’s Afghan war was over Pakistan , especially ISI, created the menace of Taliban that captured region after region and finally established their undisputed rule in Kabul. The ingenious think tanks of Pakistan created Taliban, to establish a satellite state in Afghanistan in its quest to create “strategic depth” against India, in case of a future war. Unawares at the time that they have unwittingly given life to a Frankenstein.
It is unfortunate but true that democracy was not given a chance to flourish in Pakistan, being a major reason for it being a lost cause. In 1999, Musharraf clamped another Martial Law in Pakistan. Soon after 9/11 took place, and the Americans asked the Taliban regime to hand over Osama Bin Laden, the head of Al-Qaeda. Mullah Omar refused and hence started the war on terror. Now Pakistan had to revisit its strategy of “strategic depth” and concentrate to root out the Taliban from Afghanistan. Neither Pakistan nor the Americans were able to crush the Taliban in a period of 13 long years suffering more casualties than they could ever imagine and losing billions of the taxpayer’s dollars, in the process. During Musharraf’s stint in power another popular leader of Pakistan, the daughter of Bhutto, Benazir was killed at the same venue where Khan, the first prime minister of Pakistan was killed and like him under very mysterious circumstances.
Now on the eve of the American troops leaving the region, both Afghanistan and Pakistan are being egged on to come to some settlement with the Taliban. Hence the recent peace Pakistan-Taliban peace initiative. At the present crucial juncture in the history of this unfortunate country, Pakistan is in need of a messiah who is nowhere to be found. Someone who can put the interest of the nation first and his and his family second. The energy crisis is worsening; the bondage to IMF is tightening; law and order deteriorating on an hourly basis; there is no justice and nihilism is the order of the day. The gap between the rich and the poor is alarming. Pakistanis are Muslims but Mammon is the real god here. In order to earn money people go to any extent from selling spurious medicine, adulterated food, money laundering, drug trafficking and target killing.
Foreign spy agencies, RAW, Mosad and CIA roam the length and breadth of Pakistan without fear of being questioned or being caught. Education institutions are hubs of militant outfits, the recent valentine’s day fight at the University of Peshawar is a case in point. What reasons have a state to exist where minorities are treated as scum, the state can’t provide its citizens security of life or honor. Corruption has seeped the social fabric to the extent that even to meet a civil servant a citizen must pay the clerk in order to get to him. Corrupt are looked up to while the honest made fun off and called mad. In Pakistan painting, sculpting and even creative writing is un-Islamic and positive criticism unpatriotic. Here if you want alcohol or drugs and can’t get them anywhere visit the nearest police station, pay the extra money and choose the intoxicant of your liking. Brothels houses are also run under the patronage of police.
Today Pakistan is in danger of losing Sindh and Punjab provinces to the Indians, its northern Gilgit-Baltistan region to China, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa to the Talibans and Balochistan to Iran, this is the expected map of this region. The rich are shifting their assets to Dubai (UAE) and America or Europe in a hurry, while the unemployed poor man, tired of violence and rising inflation, has no other option left but to commit suicide by drowning in the Arabian sea, as the prospects of the existence of Pakistan beyond 2015 are very bleak. Therefore, very unfortunate but very much true, Pakistan is a lost cause.
Editorial by Iftikhar Tariq Khanzada