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All over the world, the governments make sure that its citizens are given proper respect and their integrity, freedom and self respect is honored in the country and specially in abroad. Recent history has witnessed quite a lot of such events as countries went to any length in order to protect the honor of their citizens.

In case of Pakistan the Ganges flows in reverse direction. Pakistanis in their own country are mortified, humiliated and insulted by its own government sometimes in the name of  blocking of the roads and keeping the commuters waiting in long queues on roads so that the men in power (who have no other qualification to be in power, other than they have plundered money) and all the times, keeping them stranded on roads leading to cantonment, ordering them to turn the headlights off, coercing them to put the vehicle in first gear and drive at almost zero speed so that a cop has no difficulty looking at citizens of ‘free’ Pakistan with a suspicious eye, entering the land of despotism of military.

I won’t discuss how foreigners in Pakistan roam free, carry illegal weapons and even kill citizens of ‘free’ Pakistan and then leave the country without any charges and that government and military who control each and every movement of the its own citizens seems helpless when it comes to prosecution of foreigners. A foreigner may open a restaurant and bar Pakistanis to enter it. It happens only in Pakistan.

In rest of the ‘free’ world, the citizens are allowed to go to any embassy of any country to apply for visas etc but in Pakistan the common citizens of ‘free’ Pakistan have to follow the below steps to earn insolence from foreigners which starts the moment when a person leaves his home for diplomatic enclave in Islamabad.

  1. You are welcomed with a lot of illegal and ‘legal’ barriers on roads in Islamabad. Police check points are spotted everywhere and traffic is put in a zigzag way at almost zero speed. Police looks at you with a suspicion.
  2. You learn that in ‘free’ Pakistan you are not allowed to enter the diplomatic zone on your own car or on cab unlike rest of the world.
  3. The cab or Toyota hiAce drops you at a point called Diplomatic Shuttle Service (DSS).
  4. At the main entrance of the DSS a policeman asks you about your purpose of coming there as if the ‘suspect’ would respond by saying that he came here to eat pizza. You are then asked to show your ID which you show and then you are allowed to enter that area. (start counting how many times you have to prove your identity).
  5. Now if you have documents (passports, bank statements etc) you are not allowed to take them inside in a bag. The security guard standing at the second entrance beside the scanning arc (like at airports) directs you to another counter where you have to deposit your bag, take documents out, take a receipt of bag deposit and only then you are allowed to pass through a scanner where you again tell the security guard the purpose of visit, while being hand searched.
  6. It is the time to stand in a queue to take the ticket of shuttle service. The person at the counter is not at all polite. You will be asked to prove your identity, pay Rs200/- for shuttle service fare .
  7. You are not done yet, now you are directed to another counter to deposit your mobile phones. Turn your mobile phone off, stand in long queue again and, deposit your mobile phone and take the deposit receipt.
  8. It is the time to enter the waiting lounge. Another scanning arc welcomes you. You once again prove your identity, hand searched by a security guard, tell him that you are not carrying any mobile phone with you and only then you are allowed to enter the waiting lounge.
  9. After the shuttle get ready, you have to stand in queue and get ready to ride the bus.
  10. As soon as the bus enters the diplomatic enclave, you witness the heavy guarded gates with blade wires wrapped all over the walls of the area. The bus stops near the barrier and a person with handy-cam in his hands enters the bus and makes the video of every passenger while another security guard seeks each person’s identity again.
  11. Barriers opens and the shuttle bus enters the enclave and passengers are started to be dropped at respective embassies.

What happens to the citizens of ‘free’ Pakistan inside the embassies is another story as to how they have to make queue outside the embassy or consulate and again they have to prove their identity and how the visa officers insult them.

But where the state is not able to provide the proper and due self-respect to its own citizens and it design such measures as to suspect each one of them the expectation from foreign missions to offer courtesy to them is a far cry.

This country seems to be being gradually designed for ruling class only and not for common man.

On the second annual convention of All India Muslim League at Amritsar on 30-31 Dec 1908, Syed Ali Imam demanded from the British rulers, the eradication of insolence and feeling of inferiority and mortification between the rulers and the ruled but hundred years on, and people of ‘free’ Pakistan are still searching for honor. White rulers left the country and it was substituted by black rulers who still consider this country as some colony and its citizens as subjects of the ruling class. The laws which were designed to rule the slaves are still implemented.

The counter argument to above is that, Pakistan is in a state of war and there is terrorism threat and that is why such measures are taken. Agree with that, but question arises if such derogatory measures of putting fetters and gags on its own citizens to limit their movement, which is their prerogative,  has changed anything? Just last week there was an attack on naval installations and recent bomb blasts in the Islamabad courts and fruit and vegetable market, speak volumes of the effectiveness of such colonial measures, flouting the tenor of the human rights and doing flagrant violation of the constitution. The only way out is to adopt long-term, sustainable measures using technology but this won’t make our current rulers and bureaucracy feel rulers.

 

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injusticeThe more you read the history of Muslims of India and their political struggle; you realize that Muslims of subcontinent, I would talk specifically about Pakistan, are still at the same stage where Muslims of India had started their political journey for the betterment of a minority called Mohammendens in British India.

 

Here is an excerpt from the Presidential Address of Syed Ali Imam to the All India Muslim League’s second session held in Amritsar on 30-31 Dec 1908. In the section I would quote, Syed Ali Imam goes on to expound as to how Muslims League’s agenda is different from that of Congress and why lots of Mulsims had remained aloof from joining this party, but I would stop only to that section where League’s leader enumerates the major problems faced by then society as whole and especially Muslims.

 

Let’s read it and see where we stand today as those problems are still existing in Pakistan and Muslims have not gotten rid of this one tithe.

 

“The separation of judiciary from the executive, the repeal of degrading Colonial Ordinances, the extension of primary education, the adoption of measures of sanitation, the admission of Indians of all races in large numbers into the higher branches of the public service, discontinuance of official interference in matters of local self-government, reasonable reduction of military expenditure without endangering efficiency, recognition of the legitimate and patriotic desire of the warlike races of India to render military service as volunteers, the grant of commissions in army to Indians, equitable adjustment of Home Charges, limitation of revenue on land belonging to the State, establishment and development of village unions for the disposal of petty civil and criminal cases, encouragement and protection of indigenous arts and industries, the eradication of insolence, on one hand, and feeling of inferiority and mortification on the other, between the rulers and the ruled, are some of many grave questions of practical politics in India that equally effect all classes of our countrymen. …”

 

It is really disappointing that the problems we faced a hundred years back are still there even after we won an independent state of our own.

 

The tunnel vision of our current and previous leadership has utterly failed to overcome a single problem as cited above by a Muslim Leagues leader a hundred years back.

 

  1. Still judiciary is not separated from the executive and has worked and still working under the behest of civil and military dictators and rulers. The only thing our judicial has produced is red tape culture and doctrine of necessity. Dictators have been legalized and politically motivated verdicts have been given. Fingers are being raised on the legitimacy of the current judicial system of Pakistan in the wake of rigging in recent election of May 2013 and judiciary’s involvement therein.
  2. The hollow leadership has not been able to install proper self-government and they are still running away from it. For the past, almost one decade now (from 2008) Pakistan is without any proper self-government system.
  3. Primary education could not be extended in the past six decades the way it was supposed to and it has made Pakistan one of those countries with highest number of kids of school going age away from primary education.
  4. Minorities cannot even think of joining the higher posts in civil and military institutions.
  5. Military expenditure in Pakistan is sky high and still the country is most vulnerable of any terrorist attack at any bazar, market, public place and high sensitive areas.
  6. Land reforms in Pakistan seem a far cry now and issue from which India got rid just after independence.
  7. Village unions and reforms to resolve the petty criminal cases at local level is still not in place. It is a habit of Pakistan’s current and previous leadership to nominate the SHO of their own choice in the village whose duty is merely to protect the interests of the local MNAs and MPAs.
  8. Protection of indigenous arts and crafts is still a dream and remains of that are also being destroyed. Yes, for the photo session of the hollow leadership they do organize the fake festivals at the ruins of great ancient civilization of Mohenjo-Daro, sing songs, dance, eat and then vanish leaving behind the crying, moribund and hand-to-mouth poor artists. All this stage show is done by the public’s exchequer for the glory of personal who want-to-be leaders of this dilapidated society whose majority lives under huge stress to make both ends meet, living under 2 dollars a day.
  9. The public still faces insolation and mortification on daily basis just to quench the thirst of the ego and power of politicians who come to power just by rigging. This happens sometime by closing the public roads, sometimes we see this happening when people are made to stand in long queues to get rashan. Sometimes this happens when a tribal man is deprived of its basic rights under the name of FCR, even after British left the subcontinent. Sometimes when a deserving candidate cannot get the post because of nepotism.

 

List goes on but it is evident like a sun in the sunny day that our whole leadership in the past and present has been failed miserably to provide to this country, even basic needs for which a common man is crying for the last century. On the roads, it is not traffic but chaos. In the offices the corruption is breaking all time high records. Who was supposed to even teach the public how to behave, who was supposed to provide the citizens a civic sense? This was the job of political leadership but instead of making this country a better place of living, it has been made Gahanna, people are going more and more into privation and society is moribund. We, our leadership, our politicians and bureaucracy has flouted the tenor of those resolutions and charters on which the existence of Pakistan was predicated.

 

All so called elections and reforms we have seen have only made Pakistan desolated and dilapidated.

 

We are for sure living in an era of 1908 insofar as the problems faced by a common man are concerned.