August 26, 2010

So, my loves, there are coup-type murmurs in the air. Altaf-Bhai has made his views on the issue fairly clear. Unsurprisingly, an always-against-the-government Imran Khan is quick to follow suit. I wonder if our esteemed General (of-today) is aware of the direction his future seems to be taking. Street-talk seems to echo the population's general unhappiness with a democratic government that has nothing better to do than hob-nob in the South of France. Say people-I-listen-to, military rule is better than this. Perhaps the most telling clue of popular-preference is that of three flood relief funds have been set up recently (the President's, the Prime-Ministers and the Army's) people choose to donate to the Fauji-flood-fund. Say they, atleast this way we're guaranteed honesty. For good, bad or awful the army is the only real 'institution' this country has. An institution that may have prevented (say the anti-army people) others from developing, but the truth is how long can we continue to coddle our democratic regimes and excuse fuck-up after fuck-up simply because we're waiting for our love-child to grow up? How long can we excuse their stupidity on the actions of their predecessors? Okay, so they had a rough deal. They should have thought of that before they decided to come in and play savior. As an average Pakistani let me tell you what I think. I think the world 'democracy' is over-used and misunderstood. I don't give a shit about whether we have a presidential system or a parliamentary one. I just want a system. And I want stability. Stability and a little peace and quiet so that I can focus on building a life for myself without having it crumble around my feet every few-years-or-so. I want to be able to enjoy luxuries the rest of the world takes for granted: the freedom to walk out of my house, take my children to a park and lie there watching them play while I read a book (or two). But it doesn't really matter to you what I want, does it? It never really ever did.

25 comments:

kay-without a tee! said...

Yeah you are right. The army is the only real institution we have in this country.
And people who talk about dictatorship and democracy can go stuff themselves up....it doesn't matter as along as the country's run as its supposed to be.
Hum logon ko na adat hogayi hai government ko galiyan denay ki. Whoever comes up, we, egged by the media, chose him as our bashing mascot. Ayub,Zia,Bhutto,Benazir,Nawaz,Musharraf,Zardari,Shaukat Aziz,every single of them were deemed an evil spirit in their times.
Obviously, ab koi bhi Pakistani 'hot seat' per behtay ga(with all the authorities and the money) tu thori bohat corruption tu keray ga na...its human nature. Had it been me or u in that seat, wudnt we ensure that our kids get the best, wouldn't we lobby our frnds in enviable positions in the ministry? But overall, mulk ko sahi chala lo, baqi thora sa kha pi lo tu its ok....hamay bhi saath may khila do, nahi?

Xeb said...

Nahin. Politicians are the scum of the earth. The army is just marginally better. We're pretty-much doomed unless we can establish a regime that minimizes corruption. That actually WORKS for the people instead of professing all sorts of bullshit and proceeding to deliver less than nothing.

Saif said...

My heart is bleeding. I really hope the talk of coups and what not is just murmers and rumors, not the truth.
One thing I can tell you from personal experience, is that the best army in the world is NOT capable of governing a country. Soldiers, by definition, think in terms of violence, "How much force needs to be applied to fix this?"
I think history backs that up too.
As far as military v/s democracy, the only thing that will work for Pakistan is a system of government that empowers the people. So they have a better forum of dissent than burning tires at Charing Cross. Or blowing themselves up at Data Sahib.
Corruption is a part of human nature; you can't just wish it away; you can't just create a regime that is not corrupt. So you have to figure out a way where the corruption also works towards development, as opposed to just personal gain.
Altaf Bhai makes me sick to my stomach. He doesn't even have the reputation of being a great cricketer :/
I really, really, really hope that Field Marshall Kayani has better sense.

Xeb said...

Your heart is a little too fragile. And for the record (you can kill me later) I'm an MQM-fan. Which doesn't mean I don't think Altaf bhai is cuckoo, I do. But I think the party has more potential - and is more egalitarian - than all the other nutcases put together. Someday I'd like to see Mustufa Kamal President!

Xeb said...

Ps: Ze alter-ego is dancing a happy jig right now! :P

kay-without a tee! said...

Yeah, post Mustafa Kamal and watching a couple of interviews of one of their guy, Faisal something, i think, I was on the verge of being an MQM fan....but I just cant stomach Altaf (dont even want to call him Bhai).

And hearing of MQM's irkness and restlessness in Karachi today, towards Sindhi refugees make me shudder of what might happen in the near future.

kay-without a tee! said...

P.S. every member of the youth of this country from all economic stratas have made efforts at all levels for flood relief from fundraising, relief item collection and distribution.

And the young Bhutto clan hasn't even contributed a single penny from their allowances. The youngest Bhutto girl was on a tour promoting some book launch.They havent been seen uttering a single word about floods to all their international, billionaire friends. And people still want to vote for Benazir ka beta? eww!

Rabia said...

As much as I hate the existing government, martial law is the last thing that we need, because we really do need stability (btw Imran doesn't support martial law, he was misquoted). We need to bite the bullet and keep moving forward, and not go in circles by resorting to the army to bail us out. That being said the sooner zardari and friends leave the better for us, they don't have what it takes to handle the recession or the flood problems (did u hear about the new flood tax being applied till 2020? Yikes!). I would rather have a midterm election. I'd vote for Imran Khan, I wouldn't feel safe with MQM cause they such a bunch of thugs

Anonymous said...

Every institution (whether in Pakistan or outside) has its problems, be it army, political parties, technocrats, bureaucrats, businessmen, etc. I get upset when I see only one section of the society being portrayed as the scum of the earth. Have we never taken advantage of our power? Skipping a line, getting special treatment or favor, etc. There have been major corruption charges against the armed forces and I'm sure many media companies also have done one thing or another that would qualify as illegal (e.g. cutting corners for taxes). However, you don't really hear about them. Every institution has a role to play. Let them play that role and not budge their way into other areas of governance. The politicians and the democracy have systematically been attacked over the years, resulting in, unfortunately, even the educated people finding a dictatorship a viable option. Democracies don't just prop up from nowhere. They evolve over time. I guess we're too impatient and in love with 'quick fixes'. If it has taken 63 years (31 of them being dictatorships) to create a problem, give it at least a decade or two to resolve these problems. Taking the easy-way out may help us in short term but may prove disastrous for our future generations.

Saif said...

I used to be an MQM fan, swept away by the cool breeze of a fresh start in 1988. And then the harbingers of that fresh start turned into a street gang :/
This has nothing to do with the strength of my heart; it would just be bad for Pakistan.
In the end, the military has done more harm than good by meddling in politics.
Let the polity decide the fate of the civilians, not the khakis.
I know it is too much to ask for a representative government in Pakistan, just as I know it is too much to ask for a government that is not corrupt.
You cannot convince me that it is too much to ask for an elected government complete its mandated term.

kay-without a tee! said...

Hit by random curiousity: if you were an MQM fan in 1988, what number represents your age currently?

Xeb said...

You are old, Father William, the young man said. And your hair has become very white. And yet you incessantly stand on your head. Do you think, at your age, this is wise?

*grin*

kay-without a tee! said...

*grins sheepishly back*

I wasn't being age-discriminatory or doubting his mental prowess in any way. I was genuinely, and only, being curious.

Saif said...

sigh. and alter egos wonder why they're lonely.
I'm 36.

Peace

kay-without a tee! said...

36 is young. 1988 sounds old though. conflicting perceptive abilities of mine, eh?

kay-without a tee! said...

P.S. if only you knew how to passionately daydream, your alter ego would never be lonely!

Xeb said...

Alter egos are extremely contrite right now. Pliss not to be mad at me!

*sniff*

Anonymous said...

Xeb u have disappointed me yaar, don’t u see the current situation of the city, haven’t u seen the dilemma from which the people of Karachi were going through since last one decade ? What shld I suppose to do wid all those shit ‘PROGRESS’ , construction , development when our lives aren’t save ??? Karachi isn’t suppose 2 be their property we have contributed an equal amount in it prosperity, an average '2' people daily become a victim of target killing? Law and order is worse ..

Currently am not seeing any improvement , but to give an opportunity to someone who havnt tested b4 lyk imran khan.

Xeb said...

k: would you believe certain alter egos have been doing nothing but daydreaming for a while now. It's like an unshakable reverie :P

S: Alter ego will be nice. Don't abandon me again. Pliss.

Anon: Like Imran Khan. Err, yes. Ofcourse.

Purple said...

Th sad part is, whatever party, or whoever is in power, would always be attacked by the opposition.

Xeb said...

Well, err, yes. But that is precisely why the opposition is the opposition. No?

Saif said...

K: Very conflicting!

X: Abandonment is a harsh word, as if I would do such a thing....I *may* resort to lurking though.

X and K: I'm still trying to figure out the relationship between alter egos and day dreaming. Maybe if I had an alter ego, it would help?

Purple said...

So called euphoria maybe? no?
I mean Opposition kis situation mein nahi hoga?

Xeb said...

S: Alter egos don't day dream. Real people do. Alter egos make fun of day dreams because they're too cool for all of that. So in essence, there IS no room for day dreaming here.

P: Well yes. But usually opposition serves to keep those in power, in line. No such luck here :P

kay-without a tee! said...

Nahiii....I think alter egos are part of the day dream! Dont take day dreams as simply khayali pulao.....day dreaming is sacred, and a much wider, all encompassing acitivity for the enrichment of the soul!



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