1. CITY of Deception !! BY DR SAIM ALI SOOMRO.Islamabad is an strange city , its beautiful & organized , it has wide roads and sprawlingparks, it has flowers of all colors and people of all natures and ethnicities, it captures thevisitors with its enormous beauty and love with its first sight is common to strangers, lifeis slow and tranquil on its exterior But city as as ruthless, as stone heart, as coward ascould be any one, its malls, wide spreading allies and huge mansions are full of worms,there live spine less creatures who thrive on intrigue and vampire like persona, they havesharp hooked canine ready to inject into unsuspected victims and systems, it is only citywhere people talk some thing and it means some thing else. I have seen score lessnothings, weightless beings which become so powerful that they start eating their mastersand kin if the need arose! The city is cool and cold, Since 1988, I am in love with this city and at the sametime I hate this too for its cold blooded attitudes and intrigues which is always in the air,there is some thing always going on in this city’s palaces, offices and large houses, whenI came to interview in this city I was young and enthusiastic, when I was going back thatday the Dictator of our time was blown up in Bahawalpur, I was in Train and going backto Hyderabad where I was doing my House Job in LMCH, we heard the news andcouldn’t hide our joy !! One who hanged an elected Prime Minister and heart throb of thisalways unfortunate country, we felt that now we will have a democracy and rule of Law ,some one will make from scratch the institutions of this country, some will change thedestiny of poor , there will be roads and will be progress to our neglected home land andthan I came back to this city for serving and living by the time democracy begun , we sawpolitical leaders turn Ministers and their tantrums, a never ending chaos for a decade,where leaders were playing musical chairs , rule of game they made were not to allowother to play , every thing for me & nothing for others !! Sanity has never prevailed in our leaders and country is in strong grip ofestablishment of both types which have no regards for politics and political leader shipthey always obey them with a hidden smile and false respect for people in power, oncethey are gone, they are forgotten, if they have an intelligent leader ship they findweakness in their characters and exploit them, they lead some leaders to gallows , someto exile and some one when mature and ready to serve with honesty is killed coldcoldblooded in broad day light in front of thousands.Establishment of this unfortunate nation has always been masters of this country since itsbirth or shortly after birth, they found this country a gift from its masters of the past, whodivided sub continent and trained our establishment in their military and civil institutionstill to date to teach them how to rule not that how to serve, the newly born country has alarge cadre of political workers, untrained and uneducated with a very few leaders whohas some insight and experience in governance, most of the migrated leaders were fromprincely states or land lord families and their relation to people was of a Master and slaveand they knew only this type of rules, exceptions were there but scanty, so the countrystarted running on adhoc, still is being run by adhocism, institutions were never allowedto develop, social services are still in infantile stage , health ,education and Rights arelimited to leader ship’s families all others were treated as fillers !!This attitude lead to amputation of half of the country in 1971, the leader ship now camein remaining part of country gave it the constitution and a system of governance and a
2. new beginning, once again it was politician playing others game made so much chaosthat hidden and behind the curtain masters brought the Sword of Islam reluctantly inPower again just Five years after their long rule and two Martial Laws brought separationof eastern wing and military defeat of worst kind , about one hundred thousands laid theirammunition ,bowed to their enemy & presented guard of honor to Commander of enemyarmy!!!It took them Five years to topple the elected government and hang the Prime Minister incontroversial court decision, it took us from 76 to 88 to get a fresh air after a long darknight of iron rule but once again politicians played at the hands of behind the curtainenemies and foolish friends, this game of hatred and deceit could only played for roughly10 years when an other soldier marched in to rule and again this went on for over adecade of rule of necessity validated by courts and Mullah –military alliances , the two ofpopular leaders and former political foes went in to exile self or sponsored and ran theirremaining parties from remote control, they reconciled in exile and decided not to repeatmistakes of the past, People were again happy when they signed the Charter Ofdemocracy, this time it looked like real dream , people of this country were euphoric butthat state was short living , one of the popular leader killed in broad day light in herpolitical rallies in Rawalpindi shortly before elections, her husband assumed all powersof the largest Political party and cooled down furious people to save the country anddemocracy, later on as every one knows the story , he won the Elections and madereconciliation his aim, He promised to restore judiciary which was hanged by than soldierruling for 10 years or more and got himself elected by out going parliament. Husband ofex-PM slain near the capital was again a target killing by those who knew that she is onlyleader and intelligent enough to put this country on the path of democracy and can handleinternational pressures like father like daughter!! Intrigues of this City killed two of our best leaders after partition, over a year afterher death and her party is singled out as enemy of democracy, only leftist and largestparty of the country , who has long struggle for democracy, has got killed their leadersand workers in the way to shining and promising future for their country, perhaps theirLeader was killed due to her ideas and pledge to bring true democracy and politics ofrespecting others and their mandate, live and let live, she was removed to clear the wayfor one year , her husband in presidency and party in power, they have acted unable tofulfill their promises repeatedly , made furious their allies, few people are akingunpopular decisions and President is allowing them to act their way to malign , his partyand democracy, with out realizing that world is not same as was in eighties and nineties,media is no longer in chains and Tv & computer has made world a smaller place to live!! Government and opposition+ civil society & lawyers has reached at point of noreturn, whole world is looking at us in pity, terrorism has already made us a sore thumbin community of nations, our enemies are happy at our present and friends crying silently,again these are politicians which have no honor for 160million nation and their wisheswhich wants to see Democracy in this country and strong institutions, they want right toequal justice in this country but rabid politicians have closed their eyes from light andrapidly they are falling in to trap set by enemies of democracy. It’s the loss of 160 million of Pakistanis most of them un educated , living anddying on daily wages, most of the children can not attend the schools because they haveto feed their families for less than a dollar a day!!
3. It is again this City and its haunted palaces, where dragons of deception,dishonesty & intrigues live, they are furious at common men, civil society and lawyersfor their movement to restore deposed judges, they have lost their respect for politicianand politics way that is played in this country, We don’t want this type of Politics anymore, we want politics of honor & mutual respect, only Politics which can pave way toprogress not to fume differences and ethnicity! Power corrupts and absolute power means absolute corruption, this is last chancefor many who can not sense the change of mood in nation and how rapidly they arefalling in a pit, never to rise again time will tell them. There is always a way for the nations when they rise from ashes and time iscoming when we have to rise again as nation may it be from ashes. What happened in the week preceding Long March for restoration of judiciary is atale of revolution, for a week government was adamant to not to bow down they haveerected barricades from Karachi to Khyber, crack down on political and civil activists, itwas not the way Musharaf did or in 1992 a civilian government did against BB’s longmarch call it was softer than that but Media played its role in this struggle as a Guide andMinisters & representatives of government found it hard to defend but it seems sanityprevailed after mediation of Army chief and pressure from friends and mentorsGovernment has to bow down specially Man in haunted Presidency, after at least threemain Ministers resigned and there was huge out cry in ruling party, night before the LongMarch when huge rally came out of Lahore including Mian Nawaz sharif , Lawyer’sleaders and opposition parties men when they reach gujranwala , they were called byPrime Minister and told that decision has been taken to reinstate Judges and with thisconcludes the aim of Long March and early morning Prime Minister appeared as newmoderate and respected Leader of Pakistani masses, He told the nation that nation can notafford the policy and politics of confrontation , we had started the lawyer’s movementand we are re instating judges as was promised by the Shaeed BB. His announcement has not only diffuse the tensions immediately but bring joy tothe depressed majority of this nation which were glued to the TV sets for a week in hopethat sanity will prevail in the end as it was not a dictatorial regime it was peoplesgovernment and people wanted reinstatement of Chief Justice. This is Victory and beauty of democracy where every one is Victor and no one islooser, we want to hail the positive role played by COAS, People were afraid that thingswere so worse that Martial law is just knocking on the door in spite of chances the Armychief acted as mediator and guide the way from confrontation to re conciliation, we salutehim.We salute this nation who is mature to demand its rights & media , Politicians, civil rightactivists and above all Lawyers who did splendid job and for two years they havestruggled and got the due reward, may God give wisdom to our Judiciary and politicalleaders so that this country should become a peace full democratic nation in Future tocome, there is long way to that dream but every thing is started with first step , if that stepis taken than it has to reach its goal. One day we will reach that goal.Saim*