Nation on the verge of a nervous breakdown: Fatima Bhutto

Pragmatic

Politcal Worker (100+ posts)
The following article is by Fatima Bhutto the Bilawal's cousin depicting the incompetencies of her uncle's Govt.


The floods destroying Pakistan’s infrastructure are against a backdrop of corruption, impunity at the highest levels of political life and meaningless independence.....


Nation on the verge of a nervous breakdown
Fatima Bhutto


The floods destroying Pakistan’s infrastructure are against a backdrop of corruption, impunity at the highest levels of political life and meaningless independence.

This is the month of Pakistan's birth, the month that a generation once claimed for freedom and liberty. But on 14 August, its 63rd birthday, Pakistan was submerged. There was no fanfare as on previous anniversaries - no noisy street festivals marked by flag-waving and family outings, no young men on motorcycles paying homage to national monuments and shouting slogans into the open air, little celebratory music on state television. Instead, there were vigils, quiet remembrances and a solemn accounting of what has been one of Pakistan's most turbulent years since its proud but bloody inception.

According to the UN, the flooding has affected more than 14 million people, making it Pakistan's worst ever natural disaster. The government claims 20 million people - roughly 12 per cent of the population - have been affected. As I write, six million people are in desperate need of food aid, more than three million children are at risk of contracting fatal waterborne diseases, and millions more are displaced. Over two million acres of agricultural land have been ravaged. With the monsoon season still upon us, Pakistan's food belt, Punjab and Sindh Provinces, has been hit especially hard.

As the country suffered, the entire top echelon of the Pakistani state - led by the rapacious president, Asif Ali Zardari - embarked on a tour of Europe. First up was a visit to France: a handshake with the Sarkozys and then a jaunt to the president's private chateau. London was next, and the itinerary barely unchanged - handshake, swanning around, photo opportunities at stately houses. When asked by the BBC why he had abandoned his country as floods raged from the northernmost province to the southern tip of Pakistan, Zardari cleared his throat and replied that parliament was in session and that he, as a munificent democrat, had empowered others to deal with the dis aster; the prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, was on duty.

But even the city of Birmingham was not far enough away from Pakistan to protect Zardari from outrage at his feckless rule, as an old man, a supporter of his own party, lobbed two shoes at the president while he was addressing a crowd of British Pakistanis. Zardari's machine was quick to block reports of the attack appearing on Pakistani television channels and to restrict access to websites that carried accounts of how the shoe went flying towards the ducking president.

Back home in Pakistan, a scandal grew over parliamentarians who had fudged paperwork to claim that they possessed academic degrees - once a condition of participation in provincial or national politics. So far, of the 47 MPs shown to have bogus degrees, the largest number of offenders came from the president's Pakistan Peoples Party. One of its coalition partners, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), had almost as many.

In the southern city of Karachi, meanwhile, human rights groups estimate that roughly 300 politicians and political activists have been murdered this year. In the first week of August, Raza Haider, a Sindh assembly member for the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (another coalition partner), was gunned down at a mosque. Since then, more than 50 people have been killed and another hundred-plus wounded in ethnic and partisan attacks. The response of the state, through the unelected minister of the interior, Rehman Malik, was to empower Karachi's elite Rangers squad with "shoot on sight" orders. More blood to quell the bloodletting.

The disasters pile up
There is worse. This year alone, Barack Obama's White House has sanctioned 70 Predator drone attacks on the north of the country, with one suspected attack ordered while the floods raged, killing 12 people. The Pakistani state, eager to be as willing an ally as possible without adding 49 stars to the national flag, has allowed the US to kill and maim from on high, resulting in the deaths of more than 200 unnamed, unindicted and unconvicted Pakistani citizens.

In the past month, Pakistan has also suffered its deadliest civil aviation disaster. A commercial airliner crashed in the Margalla Hills north of the capital, Islamabad, killing all 152 passengers on board. Families were distraught when the interior minister appeared on television to announce the surprise discovery of five female survivors of the crash only to return and admit that he had made a mistake.

As the disasters pile up, Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed, chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, has estimated it will cost as much as 38m to fix the damage from the floods to highway infrastructure. Half that amount would be required for dam repair and maintenance. But the nation's coffers are empty. The hobgoblins at the helm of Pakistan's teetering state fail to remember the words of our founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to those who would build Pakistan from nothing, raising a new nation out of centuries of colonial rule and violence: "I may tell you that unless you get this into your blood, unless you are prepared to take off your coats and are willing to sacrifice all that you can and work selflessly, earnestly and sincerely for your people, you will never realise your aim."

These floods are the cost of Pakistan's endemic corruption and political malfeasance. The vast numbers of people affected by the disaster multiply every day. They join the millions of other forgotten Pakistanis living in fear, hunger and homelessness.

This year, we marked our birth in silence.

Nation on the verge of a nervous breakdown
 
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Muhammad Ikhlaq Siddiqui

Minister (2k+ posts)
lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!She forgets that she is from the same family who r responsible for almost all of it... It's not only the flood which has devastated and destroyed the infrastructure, it is actually the wages of the sins which have been done by the people who gave such leaders their votes... Fatima is good writer but the matter of the fact is that she is just struggling for her political stature and career. she is an heir of zulfiqar ali bhutto and all her efforts, words, sorrows, pains, worries, cares and words tell the same story of her wishes of gaining success as bilawal... !!! But she must understand that if bhuttoism is rejected...all of them would b rejected at once ..."!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! she is anti zardari Bhutto reign!!!!!
 

Samyak

Citizen
lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!She forgets that she is from the same family who r responsible for almost all of it... It's not only the flood which has devastated and destroyed the infrastructure, it is actually the wages of the sins which have been done by the people who gave such leaders their votes... Fatima is good writer but the matter of the fact is that she is just struggling for her political stature and career. she is an heir of zulfiqar ali bhutto and all her efforts, words, sorrows, pains, worries, cares and words tell the same story of her wishes of gaining success as bilawal... !!! But she must understand that if bhuttoism is rejected...all of them would b rejected at once ..."!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! she is anti zardari Bhutto reign!!!!!

Why do Pakistanis blame their politicians for all the evils in their country.

Politicians are corrupt in every country. But a country is run by the people (YES, at various levels...from a peon at a local government office to the top secretaries at the top ministries).

I think, Pakistan has still not woken up and it may never.

Most of the ills (I'm excluding natural disasters) Pakistan is facing today is because of your army.

Yes, yes...I know. You will deny it. As usual, live in denial.

Army is corrupt and utilizing maximum of your funds and keeps this country under paranoia and indophobia.

I hear this "on the brink of" and "on the verge of" and "two steps away from" etc.

Honestly, i think (and most objective thinking people will agree with me) that the country has already lost it. The end result (which could be anything) is yet to be seen.

This is how every crisis starts and takes an year or two to show its end results.

In December 1970, a political crisis started in Pakistan after Mujib was elected as the prime ministerial candidate. It ended with the creation of Bangladesh by december 1971.

I don't know what will be the outcome of this downward slide, but I can tell you that it won't be good.

Some super-optimistic Pakistanis claim that "Pakistan will rebound". Now that's a cliche and Pakistan IN FACT has not overcome what happened in 1971.

I think Pakistanis should stop blaming their political leaders and should train their guns against their army and themselves. Because every pakistani is responsible for all the crises Pakistan is currently facing.

Oh and for god's sakes, grow up and stop blaming USA, CIA, MOSSAD, ISrael, India, MI5, RAw etc.
 

alibhai

Councller (250+ posts)
I think most people know who Fatima Bhutto is. Thread starter ne kya bongi mari hai usko bilawals cousin likh ke. If anything Fatima is better known around the world. And while her family name resonates around the world and carries weight, she is developing her own identity. With time she will be able to stand on her own name. Bilawal on the other hand is a child of a thieving husband and wife team and a nobody as a person. Woh to Bhutto ki legacy chori kar raha hai.

And if anything Bhutto wasn't the one who broke Pakistan. Mujeeb did, with all help from India. As a child of Zias' 80s, I also went to schools that taught a twisted view of the history of that era. Go back and study the history of mujeeb and his role in riots even during the Quaids visit to east Pakistan. Know your friends and know your enemies.
 

Samyak

Citizen
Will do, as soon as all of you guys stops blaming us for every problem in your country. Deal?

NO DEAL.

We will blame you if you're responsible for it. Not otherwise.

Besides, there's no point in any deal. Why make deals with a failed state?!!
 

digitalzygot

Senator (1k+ posts)
WORRY ABOUT KASHMIR, WHICH IS OFCOURSE OURS AND FAILED STATE :d SAME STATE WHICH HAUNTS YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY AND YOU COMPLAIN AND CRY ABOUT PAKISTAN TO WHOLE WORLD
 

Samyak

Citizen
WORRY ABOUT KASHMIR, WHICH IS OFCOURSE OURS AND FAILED STATE :d SAME STATE WHICH HAUNTS YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY AND YOU COMPLAIN AND CRY ABOUT PAKISTAN TO WHOLE WORLD

We don't worry about Kashmir. We kill all those who wants a separate country..

Pakistan scares us. You're right. Because, it's a failed terrorist state with poverty and radicalism everywhere. A failed state.
 

digitalzygot

Senator (1k+ posts)
WORRY ABOUT KASHMIR, WHICH IS OFCOURSE OURS AND FAILED STATE :d SAME STATE WHICH HAUNTS YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY AND YOU COMPLAIN AND CRY ABOUT PAKISTAN TO WHOLE WORLD
 

Samyak

Citizen
WORRY ABOUT KASHMIR, WHICH IS OFCOURSE OURS AND FAILED STATE :d SAME STATE WHICH HAUNTS YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY AND YOU COMPLAIN AND CRY ABOUT PAKISTAN TO WHOLE WORLD

We don't worry about Kashmir. We murder anyone who raises voice for Kashmir.

We'll keep butt-raping you just like how we did in 1965, 1971 and Kargil, you dickless scumhead.
 
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