As the day of sacrifice approaches the numbers of bovine creatures become more and more visible. They await their fate helplessly as religious fervor increases by the day. Looking at these animals one wonders if the vast majority of those who live in this land are any different from them—except,of course,for the obvious fact that they are humans. Humans,yes but like sheep in many ways but unlike sheep singularly cruel towards other helpless creatures.
We have an elected government but no opposition. The great white hope,Imran Khan,joined them when he decided to form a government in KPK. Since then he has turned himself into a cross between the TTP and the Jamaat e Islami. What this will do to KPK and by extension the rest of the country is anybody’s guess. The MQM and the PPP are again the government in Sindh and the ANP is quiet because it has no real clout. So the tigers of PML(N) are free to roam the jungle that the country is fast becoming. Already their status of ‘tigers’ is being questioned after 100 days of confusion.
The US scattered Al Qaeda all over the world when it invaded Afghanistan without sealing the exits. The Karachi operation has scattered criminals and militants all over the country. This is evident from the gruesome incidents taking place — rapes of minor children,wanton killings,kidnappings for ransom and armed dacoities in broad daylight in Punjab and elsewhere. It is also evident from the few arrests made in Abbottabad and Lahore. No one and no place is safe—not the motorway and not even your own home. Fearing inside jobs people are not employing servants and guards adding to the legion of frustrated unemployed. The sky rocketing cost of living is forcing even law abiding citizens to grab what they can from whom they can. Economic activity is virtually at a standstill. So why should we be surprised when the State Bank tells us that $ 25 million is leaving the country every day. So are those who can — in droves. Predators,criminals,kidnappers,extortion
Power is switched off at will without any schedule for hours;It was off for seven hours without warning in parts of Lahore Cantonment on Thursday October 3rd. — a weekly feature under the garb of ‘maintenance’. Complaint centers do not answer. Massive increases in power and fuel prices were not preceded by any explanation from any of the multitude of functionaries enjoying security and perks at the tax payers expense but not answerable to them. Why should anyone pay taxes in such a callous environment?
The international media tells us that the Pakistani passport is third from the bottom in terms of acceptability,that Pakistan is third from the bottom in the list of countries suitable for retired living and that that we are also somewhere at the bottom in terms of network freedom. Our country is already classified as one of the most dangerous places on planet Earth. Is anyone doing anything to turn our international image around?
We are divided as never before on what we want to do in response to the threats that face us. Surrender and talk? Fight and talk? Or just talk and hope? No real proposal or strategy has been fleshed out. The much touted security policy is nowhere in sight nor has a decision making and policy formulation tier been put in place. No one knows who makes an assessment of the national threat and in its absence we talk of the mindset,the external hand,and the traitors in our midst,the media,the ISI and the military. We do not even know our assets from our liabilities. State control has been lost — just see the mayhem on the streets and the traffic wardens and police lounging on the sidelines. Gone are the police patrols,the smart military policemen on motorbikes in the cantonments and the enforcement of laws that gave us discipline and an image of sanity. No longer do people take pride in their appearance,their fitness and their behavior. They line up like sheep at senseless check points where the shabby looking checkers make asses of themselves.
The gated communities within which the privileged live and the long security tails behind every one who considers himself a ‘target’ stand out as sore thumbs — mocking those struggling to survive. The majority gapes and gawks at the tiny minority stuffing themselves in clubs,burger joints and fashion malls — held out as examples of the nations resilience but actually an escape from reality. No one protests because sheep never protest — they just suffer.
It is time to start putting our house in order. Reforms,recovery,peace and prosperity can come later. Let us first discipline and harden ourselves so that our image starts changing. The tigers now in charge have to burn bright otherwise they will have to slink off with drooping tails.