Siege of Islamabad, What Next?: Pervez Hoodbhoy

lurker

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
THOUSANDS of fanatical followers, led by the cleric-cricketer combination of Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan, hold Islamabad hostage. A year ago such a possibility seemed remote. What of the future? In the years ahead, this pair may become irrelevant.

But with the dangerous precedent they have established, hard-line clerics disaffected with the army’s betrayal, and operations such as Zarb-i-Azb, may give the call to occupy. The marching orders could also come from Caliph Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi of ISIS or some other radical leader; their literature is already being circulated around. Thereafter, from the hundreds of madressahs in and around the city, charged mobs armed to the teeth will pour out to fulfil their holy duty. Nuclear Pakistan would have the world sitting on edge.

Speculation? Perhaps, but not without cause. Islamabad’s vulnerability now stands twice exposed. The first time was in 2007 when the Lal Masjid clerics went on a rampage, declared rebellion against the state, and imposed their brand of Sharia on Islamabad. It took the lives of a dozen Pakistan Army commandos to defeat them. Hundreds, including children, died. More significantly, it began a new era of suicide attacks on marketplaces, public squares, police stations, and army installations. Since the time, around 30,000 lives have been lost.

People have wisely refused to support the violent destruction of the government.


Back to the present: the Khan-Qadri duo has brought a new level of instability to Pakistan. Hapless citizens, glued to their television sets, watched Pakistan’s heavily fortified capital fall to protesters. Privately hired cranes tossed aside concrete barriers and shipping containers, while razor wire was cut through by professionals. A demoralised police was initially too afraid to follow attack orders.

From the shadows, the Pakistan Army — an institution known all too well to the Baloch and Bengalis — has, with uncharacteristic calm, watched Pakistan’s state institutions taken over by violent thugs. But rather than restore law and order, it chose to confer legitimacy on the insurgents by advocating negotiations. The brief takeover of Pakistan Television by PAT/PTI agitators did not result in any subsequent punitive action; the occupiers left shouting “Pak fauj zindabad”.

What’s the game plan here? Cricketer Khan’s is clear enough: create enough chaos so that the elected government can be forcibly overthrown. Subsequently, it will not be difficult to find a pliant Supreme Court judge who would favour mid-term elections. Then, perhaps with a little reverse rigging, he would be hurled towards what he sees as his rightful destiny — becoming the prime minister of Pakistan. The goals of the mercurial Holy Man from Canada are less clear; keeping the pot vigorously stirred is all that we’ve seen so far.

Now for the good news: the people of Pakistan wisely refuse to support this violent destruction of government. Popular opinion today roots for stability and calm. In an unprecedented display of unity, the PML-N and PPP, Pakistan’s two largest political parties, announced they are on the same page. You know a national consensus has emerged when the right-wing JUI party of Maulana Fazlur Rahman and the Jamaat-i-Islami share the same bottom line as the left-wing Awami Workers Party and Women’s Action Forum.

Of course, the consensus goes no further. Justifiably, there is criticism of Nawaz Sharif’s naked nepotism and the appointment of his family members to important posts. Justifiably, people dislike the Sharif brothers’ style of personalised governance. And, justifiably, there is a call for electoral reform, as well as to protest last year’s partially rigged elections.

On rigging: haven’t these allegations been vastly amplified by the losers? When did Pakistan last see fully free and fair elections? International, and most domestic, observers saw nothing extraordinary. Nor did I, while standing in line to vote. Moreover, the outcome was consistent with pre-election polls. But this clearly did not flatter the cricketer’s super-sized ego. He had hoped for more than just a KP government. Now, through means fair or foul, he wishes to capitalise upon the army’s distaste for Nawaz Sharif and refuses to take his chances at the ballot box four years away.

It shall be a grim day for Pakistan should Cricketer Khan become Prime Minister Khan. Khan had openly supported the Taliban even under the brutal occupation of Swat in 2009, and refused to condemn them when they shot 14-year old Malala Yousafzai in the head for wanting to go to school. Khan went into a frenzied fit after the killing of TTP supremo Hakeemullah Mehsud by a US drone, making it clear that he would rather shoot at drones than terrorists. Whether out of a serious perceptual disorder or political ambition or to atone for his playboy past, year after year he has sided with those who have been blowing up our children’s schools, killing Pakistan’s citizens, police, and soldiers. This is why the Taliban wanted him as one of their representatives in the failed peace talks, and why he carries the nickname of Taliban Khan.

Pakistan’s two wannabe messiahs promise a new Pakistan, and their gullible followers have swallowed it. Protesters interviewed on TV channels speak of a Naya Pakistan where electricity is free and plentiful, and where all have jobs of choice. They do not ask how. In actual fact, governance in KP is no better after the PTI’s year-long stint in power.

Worse yet, Khan has had nothing to say about the horrific targeting of Pakistan’s religious minorities, or the use of the blasphemy law to terrify them. Pakistan’s Christians cannot forget his callous remarks after the Peshawar church bombing one year ago. While the Model Town tragedy is to be roundly condemned, the Khan-Qadri duo is silent about the hundreds who have either gone missing in Balochistan, or were later found in mass graves.

The duo’s circus has gone too far in disrupting the capital’s life. It appears to be petering out but if not then it is time to end it. If persuasion does not work, the use of an absolute minimum amount of force will be entirely legitimate. Islamabad’s citizens have rights which the agitators are violating, and which the state is obliged to protect.

The author teaches physics in Lahore and Islamabad.
Published in Dawn, September 6th , 2014

http://www.dawn.com/news/1130131/siege-of-islamabad-what-next


 
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asallo

Senator (1k+ posts)
Jaab iis jaizy log imran ke khilaf olne lagain to samjh jao ke imran kitna sahihai apni baat main.yeh log ghadare watan cia aur raw ke agent iin ka to asal kam hi mulk ke khilaf bolna hai
 

zeshaan

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
yeh physics is ki apnay baray main kia kehti hay ?

Phd ka matlab ,pashaiman hua deewana .....
 

Res1Pect

Minister (2k+ posts)
پرویز یہود کے بھائی سے ہم خیر کی توقع ہی کب رکھ سکتے ہیں ؟؟؟ اس جسے شیطان عمران کے خلاف بول رہے ہیں ، یہی عمران کے صحیح ہونے کی دلیل ہے ...جو بیشک دل کے اندھے نوروں کو کبھی نظر نہیں آ سکتی ...
 

lurker

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Jaab iis jaizy log imran ke khilaf olne lagain to samjh jao ke imran kitna sahihai apni baat main.yeh log ghadare watan cia aur raw ke agent iin ka to asal kam hi mulk ke khilaf bolna hai
Ghadare-e-watan... falana agent.... yeh khilaaf... woh khilaaf... Woh sab sahi hai, lekin you need a little thing called Proof which is sanctioned by a court of law. Not somebody's khiyalat.

Pervez Hoodbhoy is one of the few Pakistanis who is a logical thinker. Most Pakistanis are emotional wrecks who cling to conspiracy theories, paranoia and chai dhaba conjectures. Look beyond your labels and you will see the argument at hand.
 

jason

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
I don't know why people give importance to what this chawal says he is not a Political scientist and has no positive contribution in pakistanies life.Only teaching physics doesn't make him significant to be commented upon.Only LUBP followers have any relevance in Hoodbhoy.
 

NCP123

Minister (2k+ posts)
Es bunday ku bhi ezzat raas nahi hey...............ub ye nachnaa shuru hu geya...........Ye sumjhta hey ke ye Aql-e-Qul hey aur baaqi awaam paagal hey.........LUMS waloun ne es ka ju hasahr keya aur saath mein es ka eik chouta katooora bhi hey A.H.Nayyar wu bhi es ke pechay dhoulak bajata hey............PERVAIZ HOODBHOY tum aagar apney field per tawaju du tu ye tumharey leyey kaafi behtar hey......
Tum QAU mein Chairperson rehey wahan keya kamaal dekheyaay tum ne....wahan saraa trash (faculty ki form mein) bhurtee ker ke retire hu geya.........eik bhi faculty wahan ubb nahi ju kuch kerney ke Qabel hu....ye hey tumharee Aql-e-Qul.............
Agar tum apney field mein gundd maartey hu tum country aur uss ke awam per criticize ka koi huq nahi........ess ku kisi ***** khaney mein jamaa ker waou.....
 
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Asad Khan

MPA (400+ posts)
Height of intellectual dishonesty, literally. ''Worse yet, Khan has had nothing to say about the horrific targeting of Pakistan’s religious minorities, or the use of the blasphemy law to terrify them''.That is so untrue. Imran and the deceased Salman Taseer were the only two who talked about the misuse of the blasphemy law. I am sure the whole piece is full of such lies, half-truths and innuendos but who is gonna read such crap. Imran's stand against the abuse of blasphemy law is on record, someone correct me if it isn't.
 
Pervez Hoodbhai se mujeh bohat se ikhtalafaat hain,,,lekin os ka yeh article EYE OPENER hai...perfect picture hai Capital city mein violent Imran aur Padru ki bad intentions aur conspiracies ki ............
 

arafay

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
what a pathetic article - reeks of hypocrisy. hoodbhoy should be doing better than that. if rigging is a norm in pakistan well so is toppling of governments. so while he implicitly supports rigging (no matter how small) just because it is a norm, he is against toppling of governments. he even goes onto mention ji and jui who he normally calls taliban supporters. yet in this article imran is the taliban supporter and ji and jui are pro democracy. At the same time he has also completely ignored that TUQ is the most vocal cleric against taliban. he also conveniently forgot nisar of pmln, when he mentioned hakeemullah being droned.

it is these self proclaimed intellectuals like hoodbhoy, shami, seti etc. who mock pakistan and Pakistanis and yet when pakistanis demand remform, these intellectuals do their best to resist them.
 
:biggthumpup:(clap)(clap)
Ghadare-e-watan... falana agent.... yeh khilaaf... woh khilaaf... Woh sab sahi hai, lekin you need a little thing called Proof which is sanctioned by a court of law. Not somebody's khiyalat.

Pervez Hoodbhoy is one of the few Pakistanis who is a logical thinker. Most Pakistanis are emotional wrecks who cling to conspiracy theories, paranoia and chai dhaba conjectures. Look beyond your labels and you will see the argument at hand.
 

realitycheck

Senator (1k+ posts)
Mr Lurker ( with apologizes) in his comments says , "most Pakistanis are emotional" ..... Bhai Jan !!!! the whole

discussion is summed up from the intro of author

'Behuda bhai ' is physics teacher ..... he has become a self imposed social scientist ...he should confine himself to

physics where he has done nothing.

Pervez Hoodbhai se mujeh bohat se ikhtalafaat hain,,,lekin os ka yeh article EYE OPENER hai...perfect picture hai Capital city mein violent Imran aur Padru ki bad intentions aur conspiracies ki ............

Ghadare-e-watan... falana agent.... yeh khilaaf... woh khilaaf... Woh sab sahi hai, lekin you need a little thing called Proof which is sanctioned by a court of law. Not somebody's khiyalat.

Pervez Hoodbhoy is one of the few Pakistanis who is a logical thinker. Most Pakistanis are emotional wrecks who cling to conspiracy theories, paranoia and chai dhaba conjectures. Look beyond your labels and you will see the argument at hand.

پرویز یہود کے بھائی سے ہم خیر کی توقع ہی کب رکھ سکتے ہیں ؟؟؟ اس جسے شیطان عمران کے خلاف بول رہے ہیں ، یہی عمران کے صحیح ہونے کی دلیل ہے ...جو بیشک دل کے اندھے نوروں کو کبھی نظر نہیں آ سکتی ...

what a pathetic article - reeks of hypocrisy. hoodbhoy should be doing better than that. if rigging is a norm in pakistan well so is toppling of governments. so while he implicitly supports rigging (no matter how small) just because it is a norm, he is against toppling of governments. he even goes onto mention ji and jui who he normally calls taliban supporters. yet in this article imran is the taliban supporter and ji and jui are pro democracy. At the same time he has also completely ignored that TUQ is the most vocal cleric against taliban. he also conveniently forgot nisar of pmln, when he mentioned hakeemullah being droned.

it is these self proclaimed intellectuals like hoodbhoy, shami, seti etc. who mock pakistan and Pakistanis and yet when pakistanis demand remform, these intellectuals do their best to resist them.
 

lurker

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Mr Lurker ( with apologizes) in his comments says , "most Pakistanis are emotional" ..... Bhai Jan !!!! the whole
discussion is summed up from the intro of author

'Behuda bhai ' is physics teacher ..... he has become a self imposed social scientist ...he should confine himself to

physics where he has done nothing.

One could say the same thing about Imran Khan. Only difference is Pervez Hoodbhoy has an opinion column. If you don't agree with him you can just ignore him. Imran has a political party. If you don't agree with Imran, he will still make your life miserable. Hoodbhoy in comparison is harmless. Its an opinion column. We need to be able to read opposite opinions.
 

desan

President (40k+ posts)
Run on the other side whenever Asma and this Indian are on the same side (which is almost always)!!!
 

UsmanSial

Senator (1k+ posts)
آج تک ہود بھائی کسی بندے سے راضی بھی ہوئے ہیں۔ بہت ناراض قسم کی آتما ہیں۔
 

Galaxy

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
I think his real name at time of his birth was BEHUUD BAHI ,the jews dropped Be since they could not pronunce it properly.just like the British changed Meyanamar to Burma or Mumbai to Bombay,or Kolkatta to Calcutta.