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.