Road to Revolution


Road to Revolution

Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore was the site of an event of historic importance on the 23rd of December. On that day Lahore looked like an awakening giant with massive public gathering in the streets. Millions of people, from all walks of life, attended the public rally organized by Pakistan Awami Tehreek. Journalists, analysts and intellectuals are calling this as the largest public gathering in Lahore in recent times. The return and reception of Tahir ul Qadri on 23rd December was very well publicized by the media as well as by word of mouth. But still the overwhelming response was surprisingly unexpected. This was not only a show of “ zinda dilaaan-e-Lahore “ but a clear indicator that “Jaag gaya hai Punjab”.

 

Political analysts say that Karachi is the catalyst of any political change in Pakistan but now Lahore also has stood up as per the expectations of the common Pakistani. For the first time, Karachi and Lahore are on the same page for change in Pakistan. This people’s desire for change is not against any government, or political party, or establishment but rather a desire to change the entire system — a system which is the root cause of all short and long term problems in the country. You name the problem and our present system directly or in directly support it.

 

Corruption, incompetent governance, feudalism, poverty, illiteracy, religious extremism and terrorism are all linked to our failed political system, which has existed for the last 65 years. MQM, the representative party of Karachi has been vocal against the corrupt political system and now Tahir ul Qadri’s PAT came into the lime light with the same kind of slogans from Data ki Nagri, Lahore. 180 million people of Pakistan are deprived of basic necessities like food, education, health facilities and on the other hand shortage of power and gas are forcing the industrialists to move their business outside Pakistan. Our economic indicators support the claims of World Bank and IMF that our economy is sinking like the Titanic into the Arabian Sea.

 

We should ask this question: is the system we are supporting, for last six decades, a true Democracy or Feudocracy? If this is a democracy then why has it failed to deliver? And if this is a feudocracy run by the feudal lords of Pakistan then why has it been disguised as a Democracy?  The Media groups in Pakistan should have played a more active role in educating Pakistanis about the prevailing corrupt political system. Our respectable judiciary should have stood up to abolish the feudal system from Pakistan.

 

Pakistani nation cannot forget the shameful episode in our political history when our Parliamentarians were caught with fake college degrees. The Supreme Court of Pakistan, on different occasions, heard the cases of corruption by our feudal class politicians on issues like PIA, Rental Power Projects, Steel Mill and Hajj corruption case. How did these politicians get elected when they were sentenced on corruption charges by the superior courts of Pakistan? Does our constitution have any ambiguity or lacuna regarding the character of an individual willing to participate in general elections? Articles 62 & 63 of our constitution state that only a person of good, righteous and honest character can take part in elections. These contestants should not be convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude or for giving false evidence.

 

The question arises that what steps were taken by the election commission to implement Articles 62 & 63 at the time of scrutiny of nomination papers? How candidates with a history of corruption, bad character, no moral values and fake degrees were able to pass the criteria of these two important clauses?

 

When the institutions of a country fail to take corrective action then a show-of-power on the streets become imminent. The demonstrations and peaceful protests force the people in power to take notice and bring about changes in the system according to the will and wish of the public. We have seen these kinds of reforms during the revolutionary wave of the Arab Spring.

 

Now it seems that change is coming to Pakistan. The supporters of true democracy are forming a united front with Tahir ul Qadri and Altaf Hussain leading the convoy of change. PAT’s chief Tahir ul Qadri has given the government three weeks to take all stake holders including Armed forces and Judiciary on board and form an interim government. This interim government will then make the electoral process reforms according to the constitution of Pakistan. The purpose of these reforms is to bring about a corruption free political system and governance. If the sitting government does not meet these demands then Tahir ul Qadri will hold a long march on 14th January towards Islamabad. MQM chief Mr. Altaf Hussain has fully supported this cause and urged his workers and supporters to get ready for this long march.

 

The status quo forces will most probably oppose these demands and long march by pushing for elections on time. We all agree that elections should be held on time but this exercise will bring positive changes for the poor and middle class Pakistanis otherwise the 2013 elections will give more strength to feudocracy.

 

If Pakistan has to move in the right direction then, as a nation, we have to abolish the feudocracy and introduce true democracy. Democracy is of the people, by the people and for the people.  When the people come on the streets with genuine demands then the Army and the Judiciary has no other option but to support the voice of the nation. 14th January is the day to revolution!

 



Imran Hussain

A blogger for The News/Geo blogs


  • Ansari !!!!

    Enough Now, This is the time to stand for the Change of Pakistan. 14 Jan Long March.

  • http://www.facebook.com/saqib.mohiuddin Saqib Mohiuddin

    excellent writing……..this is the timw for pakistani nation to stand up against feudal system

  • S Nasrullah

    A mammoth crowd, fired with a passion for change, rallied round the flag of a little known figure of Tahir-ul-Qadri, did make a powerful statement that they are in no mood to be bluffed with empty slogans of democracy and good governance. They are thoroughly disgruntled by the inefficient and the corrupt government of PPP and its Coalition. They have been denied the basic essentials of Jobs, Food, Water, Power and above all, Peace and security. For too long they were tranquilized on false promises and fake progress. If the public thronged the Minar-e-Pakistan in such unparalleled numbers, it was not for the love of Tahir-ul-Qadri, but the cause he espoused. The Nation is sick and tired of elected public Reps with fake qualifications and equally deceptive wheeling dealings. If the Constitution was not Amended to disqualify the dishonest and the debauch, there is a danger that the same faces would re-emerge under the banner of some popular regional party with strangle hold on a group of people within their ambit.

    The spectacular sea of human beings, on that day, sent an unerring, clear message to the judiciary and the Military that the people of Pakistan have lost all patience and have no stomach for experiments with democracy and that they want the Election Commission to draft new rules of scrutiny to weed out the corrupt and the inefficient at the very first step of their nomination. Elections to be held Free and Fair with fool proof system to avert rigging. 2008 Elections. good bad or indifferent, was the first one in the series and once the system gets into the gear, it is expected that people would get more matured and mellowed in the exercise of their right of franchise.with degree of responsibility with particular reference to candidate’s track record.

    Tahir-ul-Qadri’s charisma is already leased out to MQM – a party with track record of their association with every government, through bull or blackmail, and yet have failed miserably to deliver what they promised. 14th January, 2013 is just a few days away and let’s see which way the wind blows. The youth of Pakistan have favored IK and his Party PTI and the coming Elections would witness the Change, this Nation is clamoring for.

  • Wasim Zaidi

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have a look at your article about the change in Pakistan, which unfortunately have not been accomplished so far. But mind you, I am hopeful about the future government with a only a few reservations. Anyhow, the process will continue as it has been, but as you pointed we need education in it’s real essence, only then will real change come. At this hour, we can only hope for better. Let’s hope the change is around the corner, let’s hope change is in sight by the end of next week!!

  • http://twitter.com/hassan_k82 Hassan Khan

    It is a good article generally covering the aspects and environment surrounding the need of change in Pakistan electoral process and system. However we need to focus that we do not fall into the hands of opportunist that can wrap up everything including any hope. In past we have seen Military revolutionalist has come rocking the boat of the system with popular support. Not to mention people welcomed ZIA intervention and circulate sweets on ZAB cruel hanging. Also people breath sigh of relief when Muhsarraf toppled on of the most corrupt and incompetent Nawaz Sharfi government. However what has happened then? Both the setup failed to address people concerns and rather both ruler used the sentiment to strenghten their rule for a decade.

    ZIA and Musharraf had great opportunity to do conductibility of the corrupt, electoral reforms but they eventually go after the power seat which eventually hunt both of them down.

    ,Tahir Qadri however has different proposition. He has a grip of constitution and law making. He is ex parliamentarian and knows the system in and out. However his induction into the politics in a time when country is going towards

  • http://twitter.com/hassan_k82 Hassan Khan

    It is a good article generally covering the aspects and environment surrounding the need of change in Pakistan electoral process and system. However we need to focus that we do not fall into the hands of opportunist that can wrap up everything including any hope. In past we have seen Military revolutionalist has come rocking the boat of the system with popular support. Not to mention people welcomed ZIA intervention and circulate sweets on ZAB cruel hanging. Also people breath sigh of relief when Muhsarraf toppled on of the most corrupt and incompetent Nawaz Sharfi government. However what has happened then? Both the setup failed to address people concerns and rather both ruler used the sentiment to strenghten their rule for a decade.

    ZIA and Musharraf had great opportunity to do conductibility of the corrupt, electoral reforms but they eventually go after the power seat which eventually hunt both of them down.

    ,Tahir Qadri however has different proposition. He has a grip of constitution and law making. He is ex parliamentarian and knows the system in and out. However his induction into the politics in a time when country is going towards election is a bit suspicious. If he landed his canadian flight earlier during 2010 and give the government a year or so i bet he will be the most popular politician in PAK history. However as of now his intentions is not election. No matter either PPP and Army will use his cover to delay election which by and large suits both of them, Tahir qadri is here to lay down the foundation of three year caretaker setup and ceremonial exit of Asif Ali Zardari as president

  • Quamrul Huda

    As we know, no pakistani does his job fully and honestly, so is the election commision of pakistan and courts, never ever election commision looked into article 62 and 63, because they are not honest too, just somehow hold the election and try to make it fair. media is fully against any change because they have vested interest in present corrupt system, i can only remember one name now is Jamshed Dasti who was proven to have fake degree, he was given an option by court that if he wants to resign from MNA seat or wants to go to jail, he opted resignation, and then he was candidate again and got elected, where was the election commision and article 62, 63, does he qualifies as Sadiq and Ameen? and this is the situtaion with many candidate.
    A investigative journalist brought up news that Maulana Fazlur Rahman was issued few pieces of land by Musharaf government for his cooperation with Musharaf, it was in media for few days, never Maulana denied it, not even once, after few weeks i read the news in jang paper and statement from ispr that the piece of land has been taken back from Maulana, no comment from Maulana ever, journalist even claimed that if Maulana feels this news i broke is wrong, he can take me to court. Where is election commision and article 62, 64, how much loans have been forgiven to politicians and other elite.
    i believe Generals, politicians, Jagirdaars, Industrialist all Elites are one team working against the poors, and poors are so exhausted of their condition they cant even get up for any revolution.
    One Major difference i have noticed in pakistan and Arab spring, is that in Tunis, Egypt, there was free and fair election after departure of Dictators, and vast majority of people voted for islamic parties, in Tunis Alnahda party and in Egypt Ekhwan and Alnoor parties and given a chance in other Arab countries for vote i believe in most Arab countries Islamic Parties will get most votes. Because the are muslims and the believe that islamic parties have clean people, they will not amass fortune for themself, they fear Allah more or less. In pakistan we are so called muslims, we have Kalama on Parliement building, but on the ground almst 80% to 90% we are Munafiq, we surely will vote for corrupt people even after listening all corruption. In pakistan majority of people are somewhat anti islamic thats why we are here today, we must not forget all the main characters in the separation of East Pakistan were liberals and seculars. we pakistani were thinking of Bengali as short, dark and some how they dont qualify to be head of Government, its allready and negation of islamic teaching.

  • Anonymous

    ” The supporters of true democracy are forming a united front with Tahir ul Qadri and Altaf Hussain leading the convoy of change. ”

    The very same, who have been sitting with dictators or have been part of all governments over the last 20 years. As much as one detests the incumbent lots’ inefficiences, Messers Qadri and Hussain need to prove their mettle in an election instead of issuing ultimatums of ridiculous nature. And hopefully the faithful followers will not demean religion by allowing its exploitation by anyone with the art of manipulative speech (my maker has always been generous to the least deserving – perhaps that is the test!)

    As to 62 & 63, can one say for sure that the named gentlemen are qualified?! Good luck with finding te angels but in the interim let the process continue!

  • Anonymous

    Wah G Wah very well concluded and presented
    DARYA KO KOZAY MEIN BAND KARDIYA
    appreciated and like to see more from your pen power on other issues