Questioning Democracy


Questioning Democracy

Five years of glorified Democratic rule are coming to an end; an era that is marked with destruction, chaos, anarchy and above all, corruption. Reports of ‘democratic fraud’ have been coming up so regularly that it is hard even to track them. Every new scam is bigger, bitter and more shameful than the previous one keeping news channel reports busy round the clock. People are, as always, confused about what to believe as they witness ‘intellectuals’ daily from 8 PM to 11 PM on more than dozen news channels,  lecturing them about how much ‘blessed’ people of Pakistan are as they have ‘successfully’ completed the ‘golden’ tenure of Democracy. ‘Scholars’ on news channels are also marking the end of ‘prosperous’ Democratic rule with the funniest argument I have ever been through; the cure to ‘Democracy’ is ‘More Democracy’. It beats my fathom by miles that someone is suggesting to cure cancer with more cancer.

 

 

I am not very good at Mathematics and don’t really know how to play with statistics; but it’s well proven that ‘glorious’ Democracy has done wonders on economic front. Dollar is almost 100 times more valuable than PKR and petrol has already crossed this landmark. Some days back, there was a fierce competition about this magical 100 mark; Dollar to PKR rate, petrol prices in Pakistan and number of centuries scored by Sachin Tendulkar, all were competing neck to neck to conquer the 100 mark first and after a nail biting finish, Petrol price emerged victorious.

 

 

Bleeding Karachi, devastated KPK and rebellious Baluchistan is what we have at the end of 5 years of hailed Democracy. It’s also amazing to notice how ‘thinkers’ on news channels are trying to convince the masses not to confuse Democracy with govt. According to them, all the damage done is with the govt. and has nothing to do with the Democracy itself. Give me a break! If this argument is justified than why all the harm done by Mush regime is presented as the fallacy of Dictatorship? Why all his crimes are not limited to his govt. and Dictatorship is blamed? If ‘More Democracy’ is the cure to the disease of ‘Democracy’, on what basis supporters of Democracy don’t consider ‘More dictatorship’ as a cure to ‘Dictatorship’?

 

 

I am 200% sure that upcoming elections aren’t going to do anything good to Pakistan because Democracy is a flawed system in itself. A system that gives power to parliamentarians to make laws on the basis of majority with no concern whatsoever about right and wrong. Just imagine, a person was given a death sentence for a certain crime a decade ago because 51% at that time believed in death sentence, same crime is committed by a person today and he gets a life sentence because 51% now don’t believe in death sentence. Is this what you call justice where two persons committed same crime and treated differently because 51% in parliament have changed their opinions?

 

 

One more famous myth associated with Democracy is accountability; People have power to elect candidates of their own choice after every five years. But what about in between those five years where people are left with no choice but to wait for the end of tenure? The biggest ‘fear’ of this ‘accountability’ an elected parliamentarian carries is that he won’t be re-elected and is it what you call ‘accountability’? For me, Democracy gives a license for corruption to elected candidates for a period of five years. In today’s world when documents travel with the speed of light, five years is more than enough for someone to secure his/her future. I can’t figure out what kind of accountability is this where the corrupt parliamentarians can do whatever they want for five years and the ‘accountability’ they have to face, at max., is not to get elected again. Whoa, I am quite sure that this severe accountability measure makes elected candidates shiver and tremble with fear!

 

 

In actual, Democracy and Dictatorship have the same flaws, i.e. allowing people to make laws for the rest. Former does this with the help of 51% where later converges this authority to a single person. As long as some people have the right to make laws for the rest, the rest will be exploited and that’s where the Islamic system of ruling comes in which doesn’t allow law-making at any stage. Caliph is there to implement the laws mentioned in Quran and Sunnah and he can’t amend them either on the basis of majority or personal will. It’s high time for the people of Pakistan to say NO to democracy, NO to dictatorship and YES to Caliphate so that we can come out of the misery we have been through for the last 65 years !!



Abdullah Ansari

A 26 years professional engineer based in Saudi Arabia


  • Farooq Hashmi

    A knife is meant for positive purposes. One can slice an apple with it, chop vegetables and trim meat,etc. But if a person stabs someone with it is the knife to blame or the stabber?Of course, it’s not the knife but the stabbing-person to blame. The same rule is applicable to democracy.To lay the responsibility of the hardships and tribulations of the Pakistan’s masses, on the poor democracy’s door is a travesty of justice.The sufferings of the multitude of Pakistani people is not the failure of democracy but of the political leaders who have used it as a cat’s paw.The corrupt politicians have ravaged democracy to the extent that it is deformed into a mobocracy. The position of democracy in Pakistan is identical with that of a helpless woman being gang-raped by a number of ruffians.Democracy is being gang-raped by the corrupt politicians.Whereas we should commiserate with the helpless democracy over its plight,we are charging it with failure in improving the lot of the people.What a double-whammy! From centuries of experimentation on the forms of government, human-civilizations have deduced that the best form of government is democracy,and not monarchy and dictatorship.While having dragged democracy on the thorny path of criticism, you have gingerly,uttered only a few words of disfavor against dictatorship. As I had proceeded half way into your article, I had rightfully sniffed that you were heading to suggesting an antediluvian form of government as a nostrum for the ills of the Pakistan nation.Your suggestion of introducing caliphate in Pakistan reflect your lack of ability to weigh the viability of the caliphate in the present day’s complex world. Don’t you realize that caliphate in the advent of Islam had divided the Muslim nation into different sects?Are you not aware that strife over the office of caliph had resulted into sanguinary battles in which thousands and thousands of Muslims had lost their lives?Are you not aware that Sunnis and Shiites have different jurisprudence and they can never concur on the matter of caliphate? I doubt that you are unconsciously not influenced by the pro-caliphate anachronistic obscurantists. Unfortunately,myriad problems have made the Pakistan nation indifferent to its ethos and find repose in dogmas whom they brand as religion. Pakistanis need to come out from the stinky dingy air of the dungeon of obscurantism into the fresh air of enlightenment. Bad-mouthing democracy is a heresy in the faith of politics.

    • Gohar

      Mr. Hashim – If ‘Democracy’ can be raped so easily then why do you go for it in the first place ? Sharia is the answer for the rapist and the people being raped by this rapist democracy ..Only Sharia will provide the justice in accordance with quran/sunnah – the foundation of ones beliefs/faith.

  • S Nasrullah

    BB voiced the slogan: “Democracy is the Best REVENGE” and AZ and his band of nuerotics and nincompoops proved by wreaking vengeance on the traumatized people of Pakistan.

  • Sajjad

    Thoughtful and very well articulated.

  • Raj Chouhan

    Caliphate against whom?? You say no to dictatorship no to democracy, then which form of Govt. you want?? After such a long period of 65 Yrs you are still confused and uncertain, it proves that you did not had any vision and rules before starting the game but have started on “Allah Ho Karam”..

  • Gohar

    NASAH – its not the question of ‘incorruptible’ people, its a question of accountability and in sharia there is a accountability in real sense b/c one is answered to His lord Allah(swt), when leader will have a fear of His lord then he will lead according to Quran / Sunnah ..don’t misguide people by your irrational statements/attitude ..corrupt people are everywhere & did exist in earlier times also..difference is ‘accountability’ in accordance with ones own ‘emaan’ and ‘taqwa’…but how come you will understand all this !!! you yourself are living with people of ‘modern jahilia’…

  • Hadi

    nasah(usa), congrats to you that your brothers at last selected new pope..

  • Common Sense

    right, so five years of “democracy” (controlled more by military and religion) is supposed to fix everything that went wrong with Pakistan in 60 years under the control of military dictatorships and religious nutcases? Well I am glad everything is going great in the Middle East, unlike the current democratic superpower or your own democratic cousins in India who doesn’t go bomb their own country into smithereens because some bible-thumpers in America “insulted” your religion.

  • NASAH (USA)

    “Give Islamic sharia a chance in Pakistan, don’t you see how many theives or corrupt people are in Saudia Arabia in comparison to Pakistan where Saudis implemented a sharia law of cutting hands ?”

    The biggest thief in Saudi Arabia is the head of the Saudi tribe that stole the country and named it after the name of his crummy tribe — Alhumdullilah his hands are still intact — no sharia will dare to cut his hands.

    Saudi sharia is only for cutting the hands of petty thieves and beheading the poor.

    If the ‘Saudi Sharia’ is applied in Pakistan — Nauoozobillah — one of your hands will be cut also for writing a lie on this blog about Saudi Arabia.

  • NASAH (USA)

    A person named Vicky should know!

    • Vicky

      Know what?

  • Gohar

    NASAH (A US puppet): I hear you crying after knowing the fact about you. Again I say here …”Don’t try to concoct -ve conclusion of Islamic jurisprudence and ordinances of Allah (swt) otherwise you will be answered to Allah (swt) when you meet your only lord sooner or later”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/somaniabdulmalik Abdul Malik

    KNOWLEDGE COMES THROUGH EDUCATION. “HOLY QU’RAN” A COMPLETE PACKAGE OF KNOWLEDGE. WE NEVER FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE OF ALLAH THROUGH HOLY QU’RAN. TODAY THERE IS NO ONE IN PAKISTAN TO GUIDE YOU IN TRUE PATH. DEMOCRACY IS ESSENCE OF ISLAM AND TO BE VERY FRANKLY SPEAKING WE THE MUSLIM ARE THE MOST TROUBLEMAKER PEOPLE ON THIS PLANET. WE EVEN DON’T KNOW OURSELVES WHAT WE WANT? THE MULLAS THEY ALSO DON’T KNOW WHAT IS THE TRUE MEANING OF “ISLAM”. SO MY DEAR COUNTRY MEN ” THINK BEFORE YOU INK”. YOU CAN BE ONE OF THE GREATEST PERSON ON THIS PLANET IF FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE OF HOLY QU’RAN WITH MEANING. LIFE WILL BE VERY EASY IN TRUE MEANING. CAST UR VOTE IN FAVOUR OF TRUE LEADER.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ahsan-Naeem/1216813458 Ahsan Naeem

    Your reference to quranic verse and definition doesn’t reconcile at all. Sorry!