The recent Revolution slogan in Pakistan has been given by Dr. Tahir Qadri. He is a very educated, world renowned Islamic Scholar who has authored more than 450 books on different subjects related to world’s religions. He has millions of followers mostly from Punjab. Although one do not need educational or religious background to lead the revolution but needs an enthusiastic thinking to take the nation ahead on the revolutionary path. He has brought the slogan of Feudalism-free Pakistan, which is a dream of every Pakistani whether living under feudal rulers in rural areas or in urban cities. The people living in urban areas are also affected by this menace. The recent killing of Shahzeb Khan by some members of a feudal family in Karachi is the perfect example of feudal mindset that how they take law in their hands. The question is why does Dr. Qadri want to change the system which came in power after a democratic election? Is this really a true democracy which we can define as a form of a governing power derived from people with two main essential characteristics, equality and freedom?
After partition when India was in the process of becoming the world’s largest democracy, Pakistan was missing the bus of true democracy. If the bus was not missing could have taken Pakistan to the right path of development where now India is heading. Unfortunately, most of the time Pakistan has seen the different faces of martial law and if coin was ever flipped on the name of election, the other side was truly a feudo-Democracy (combination of feudal and democracy); the democracy which has always been under the occupation of feudal mindset. If the mindset could never set their villagers free from bonded labor and Panchayat System, how can they provide justice and freedom to 180 million lives? But the question is; if Pakistan can afford a French style or Arab spring revolution in the current situation?
Currently, Pakistan is engulfed with the fire of terrorism, where terrorists haven’t spared anyone whether LEAs or common people traveling in buses or praying in mosques. In this situation Pakistan can’t afford more blood on the name of revolution. But in a country where urban population is struggling for better education and healthy living; rural population is in hopelessness moving out of their areas towards cities in search for better education and living; are facing unjust and oppression by elite class in both rural and urban areas. The same class has occupied the parliament and the resistance against the agricultural tax and land reform bill is a clear example of the agenda of those who are in majority in the parliament. Most of the feudal lords’ children are living abroad for modern education and the children of the villagers don’t have proper premises for education. Many of the school buildings in interior Sind and Punjab are occupied by the feudal lords for their livestock and personal use. The defense budget in Pakistan is higher than education and health budget but people are still bearing the bodies of loved ones because of terrorists’ activities. The consequences of supporting these feudal and elites are not limited to the villages but have affected our cities like Lahore, Karachi and Quetta.
If Dr.Qadri has motive to bring the change through ballot and by bringing a neutral, clean caretaker government which can hold free and fair elections then every Pakistani suffering by feudal system should support his cause. If the intention of Dr. Qadri’s is the real and better change then I don’t see any reason why MQM, PTI, ANP, Baluch and Sindhi Nationalists won’t support him.