Archive for September, 2017

Every citizen shall have right to Freedom of Speech and Expression, and there shall be freedom of freedom of press – is a theory. Subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or any part thereof friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, [commission of] or incitement to an offence – is a fact.

Every citizen shall have the right to remain in, and, subject to any reasonable restriction imposed by law in the public interest, enter and move freely throughout Pakistan and to reside and settle in any part thereof – is a theory. Citizens are made to wait in long queues on roads so that the roads remains open for son or daughter or even grandson or granddaughter of some politician can travel without any hindrance – is a fact.

Article 11 of Constitution – is a theory. Sharia Court legitimizing feudalism – is a fact.

You will cover almost 500 meters of distance between Ravi Auto Store, 10 Band Road, and Pillar Number 126 of Orange Line Metro in 5 minutes, maximum, despite usual traffic – is a theory. Encountering huge traffic jam at Chowk Yateem Khana and the next U-turn, if you are lucky to survive a hit or two by QingQi, you will reach your destination in almost half an hour – is a fact.

The rule by National Highway and Motorway Police that heavy traffic must move on the left most lane – is a theory. The busses, coaches and trailers moving at right most lane – is a fact.

On Pakistan Highways right of way – is a theory. No one adheres to the right of way while Motorway police officers sip a cup of tea from nearby truck restaurant – is a fact.

Motorway police is the most professional police – is a theory. Daily, on average, fifteen people being killed in road accidents – is a fact.

People don’t abide by the laws and lack civic sense – is a theory. Same people abide by laws and have civic sense, without any additional lesson, abroad – is a fact.

The tall claim of Ishaq Dar to revive the economy – is a theory. Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves are less than even Bangladesh and we have to rely on IMF program to keep minimum Foreign Exchange Reserves, while exports are at all time low – is a fact.

International Cricket comes home because Pakistan has become safe – is a theory. There is five layer security around stadium and presidential security to international players – is a fact.

The constitutional promise of welfare state – is a theory. Malik Riaz – is a fact.

There are functional institutions for accountability – is a theory. Accused people openly stating they won’t appear in accountability courts and institutions act dumb – is a fact.

Pakistan is a agriculture based economy – is a theory. Mushrooming housing societies on agriculture land, without any restriction – is a fact.

Pakistan’s industry is booming in current era – is a theory. In Metro Cash and Carry most of the items from electronics till couture and even food items are imported – is a fact.

PMLN has reduced the terrorist attacks in country – is a theory. Only Lahore was hit with 4 major terrorist attacks till July 26 (not to mention FATA and western border areas situation) – is a fact.

CPEC is initiated by PMLN – is a theory. CPEC’s inception in Musharraf era which included Makran Coastal Highway and Gawadar – is a fact.

CPEC will benefit the local industry – is a theory. Raw material will be imported from Pakistan and vlaue addition will be in China – is a fact.

There has been development in Punjab more than other provinces – is a theory. We think that Punjab is more developed because of more resources and marginal development of Lahore roads  – is a fact.

Current leadership’s announcement regarding new hospitals in Pakistan and upgrading the health infrastructure – is a theory. The last hospital built in Lahore was Jinnah Hospital in 1996 – is fact.

China is all weather friend of Pakistan and CPEC is a gift to Pakistan – is a theory. China is giving us commercial loans including risk markup over and above the highest commercial mark-up – is a fact.

Our industry’s exports will be increased by CPEC – is a theory. Pakistani nation, with its tax money and loans, is building road for Chinese exports – is a fact.

Other automobile manufacturers’ are interested in setting up assembly plants in Pakistan – is a theory. Toyota, Suzuki and Honda who are here for last fifty odd years, haven’t still transferred the technology to Pakistan – is a fact.

Pakistan has locomotive factory in Rislapur – is a theory. Pakistan imports locomotives – is a fact.

Interruption of democracy in Pakistan is main reason of Pakistan’s backwardness – is a theory. All of the politicians serving key public offices in all so-called autocratic era – is a fact.

Democracy in Pakistan – is a theory. Hybrid regime in Pakistan – is a fact.

A functional parliament and senate – is a theory. At least four times the parliament session was adjourned, in September, due to lack of quorum – is a fact.

We are the 6th largest nation and nuclear power – is a theory. Our passport’s lowest ranking – is a fact.

(Sadly) Mr. Jinnah’s 11 August Speech – is a theory. (Happily) Quaid-e-Azam’s Two Nations Theory – is a fact.

Hindu Marriage Bill passed by Sindh Assembly – is a theory. Mian Mithu – is a fact.

Nobel Peace Prize – is a theory. Aung San Suu Kyi – is a fact.

Maududi’s concept of state – is a theory. United Nations – is a fact.

Ansar Abbasi – is a theory. Nadeem F Paracha – is a fact.

Orya Maqbool Jan – is a theory. Saadat Hassan Manto – is a fact.

Ata ul Haq Qasmi – is a theory. Ayaz Amir – is a fact.

to be continued…