“Politics: ‘Poli’ a Latin word meaning ‘many’: and ‘tics’ meaning ‘blood sucking creatures'” (Robin Williams – American Actor)
I ask myself: Is politics a dirty world or are politicians dirty? It’s hard to say, but, politics is not a game for everyone. It is filled with twists and mysteries that are perhaps beyond the understanding of a common man. The games turn messier when lady justice works at her end on delivering the justice and finds herself at odds with the state.
Pakistan is unstable in all aspects: be it economic, culture, social justice or political. A ‘democratic’ government that has fueled inflation, failed to control law and order, unsuccessful in delivering its promises in times of crisis; today, slapped the nation hardest by nominating (now the Prime Minister of Pakistan) the failed Water and Electricity minister Mr Raja Pervez Ashraf as Prime Minister.
The slaps have come both sides – one from the opposition – for failing to unite against the decision and one from the ruling party – for choosing a candidate who lost 7 elections, won only 2 elections (in one he served as Water and Electricity Minister), lied openly to public on resolving the issue of load shedding ( a phenomenon of electricity shortage) and lost the ministry due to incompetence of handling the water and electricity crisis in the country. At a time, when Pakistan’s economy is deteriorating by every day due to crisis in electricity, water, law and order and industrial fields, the political immaturity and dirty games are openly on display to the world.
On the other hand, justice is a decade, old long quest. Around the world, people, communities and societies are fighting for rights and justice in one way or another. In a country like Pakistan where terms like ‘accountability’, ‘transparency’, ‘honesty’ are stranger than any other concept, justice is the only ray of hope. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has endured many attacks – previous regime of Pervaiz Musharaf did away with the judges and brought his own, only later to face massive rebellion of lawyers and civil society and experience the loss of throne. The present government only brought the previous judges back when the nation came out on streets demanding the restoration of judges. The Supreme Court started attending cases which have been extremely unpopular by the establishments. The missing persons case, Mehran Bank scandal, the NRO scandal (a hearing is scheduled for next week), the contempt of court charge against the former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and the Epherdine case on his son Ali Musa Gilani are some that rocked the nation as the court demanded accountability and investigations at the highest levels. A Pandora’s Box opened unleashing the dirtiest skeletons of the past.
Naturally, to be held accountable is hardly ever tolerated in the world of politics. To jeopardize the judiciary, the conspiracy case of Malik Riaz and Arsalan Chaudhary (son of Chief Justice of Pakistan Ifthikar Chaudhary) was brought out only to fall flat in the faces of conspirators. An institution bent on delivering justice didn’t even care about relations (oops now wasn’t that an error in calculation on the conspirators’ part). The case faltered badly as the biggest media scandal came to the forefront. The ‘Mediagate’ scandal jolted the nation as it gave the disgusting ‘behind the scenes” view of the media shows, but also, how the present rulers and their children conspired against the judiciary. If anything, the judiciary was openly ridiculed and mocked by the very ‘well educated’ politicians – the representatives of a country.
The domestic media of Pakistan openly claims that judiciary and the state are in collision. The disqualification of former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is a testament. Some claim it can derail the process of democracy, while, some welcomed the move in the light of accountability. But the main question that remains to be answered is : will this collision result in revolution or catastrophe? A nation engulfed in poverty, terrorist attacks, electricity and water crisis, political target killings and other societal crimes, will the collision lead to the final curtain call of revolution or will the system break down altogether leading to an outright civil war?
These questions are critical at a juncture when the global economy pendulum is swinging towards instability. Presently, the euro crisis continues to deteriorate. With Spain banks bailed out and the Greeks forming a new government, the future of Euro has only become highly uncertain. The US economy recovery is slow despite massive quantitative easing. Egypt political crisis and Syria’s revolt is heightening the global tensions. To add to all this, Pakistan’s political tensions with US and domestic political instability, the economical and law and order fall out , in the midst of Afghanistan’s scenario, will cause the biggest chaos on the global platform. The chaos in this region will have regional repercussions as it could spill out in regional consequences with India, Iran and other neighboring countries.
I hardly write about politics, but, today’s events struck hard. To me, the politicians of Pakistan are bloodsucking creatures that remain unsatisfied despite sucking the blood of millions of people. The craving and lust for power and money is never-ending. Despite much accumulation of wealth, their wants and desires are endless. Perhaps, the term ‘bloodsucking creatures’ is not appropriate. These politicians are actually ‘dementors’ feeding on happiness and dreams of their own people.
With every event unfolding, the nation edges closer to a catastrophe. And if the nation descends in turmoil, then the catastrophe will shatter everything standing in its way and will leave behind the bloodiest destruction ever witnessed.