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My country, ’tis of shams

20 June, 2008

By Anwaar Hussain

All of a sudden Maulana Fazl ur-Rahman that unabashed political acrobat, a man on whom one can spot thick folds of lard even from a distance but nary a spine from up close, has suddenly started to appear angelic by comparison.

What a country my country has become. Let us start from the very top.

It is a country where an Army Chief can take over the country, hold its constitution in abeyance, suspend the basic rights of its citizens, beat up and imprison at will an enlightened section of its society, have a sitting Chief Justice of Supreme Court manhandled by lowly cops then fire him from his job, sack dozens of other judges who refuse to play to his tunes, shut down all private television channels daring to show his truth to the nation, compete in phony elections and address public rallies in full uniform, hobnob with the vilest of the vile politicians to prolong his rule, appoint high school qualified serving generals as Vice Chancellors of universities, sacrifice hundreds of his soldiers in the wild goose chase of Kargil, ‘disappear’ scores of Pakistanis in the phony ‘war on terror’, wilt like candle wax on a single phone call from Colin Powell despite commanding a nuclear armed 8th largest army in the world, admit to selling scores of his countrymen to other countries for bounties, claim tongue in cheek that none can undo what he has done and rather than having to pay for his crimes, goes on not only to become the President of Pakistan but also cling to that appointment for dear life.

It is a country where a man who goes by the name of Asif Zardari and who was once affectionately called “Mr. Ten Percent” because of the alleged 10% extortion he forced on people during the PPP governments, who in 1990 was arrested on charges of blackmail for attaching a bomb to a Pakistani businessman, who stands accused of taking unaccounted millions of Rupees from local Pakistani banks for forestation of Pakistan, who maintained a polo ground in the Prime Ministerial residential compound, who finally admitted owning a £4.35m estate in Surrey, England after denying its ownership for years (including a 20-room mansion and two farms on 365 acres, or 1.5 km², of land), about whom a Swiss investigating magistrate has amassed enough evidence to indict him for a proper jail term, who is alleged to have a role in the brazen murder of his brother-in-law can rise up to become the arbiter of the destinies of the unfortunate multitudes of that country grinning like a cheshire cat all the way.

It is a country where another man who goes by the name of Nawaz Sharif and whose political mentor was another general of the yore, who was twice sacked for corruption as Prime Minister of Pakistan, who wanted to himself become the Ameer-ul-Momineen once, who launched a physical attack on the Supreme Court of Pakistan through a goon squad, who was elected as the Leader of the Pakistan Muslim League and subsequently the IJI (Islamic Democratic Alliance) by the ISI (Pakistan’s Intelligence Agency) as documented in the testimony of the then Army Chief in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, who groveled at President Clinton’s feet to extricate Pakistan from the Kargil misadventure, who ordered Pakistan’s airports sealed to prevent the landing of an airliner carrying his Army Chief even if it had to land in India, a supposedly enemy country, who got thrown into a lockup for that from where he managed to slink out after accepting exile to another country in the most shameful of manners, can today take up the flag of justice and cry himself hoarse hurling threats all around with not a morsel of shame visible on his well fed façade.

With all these bogus, duplicitous, fake, phony, crooked, cheating impostors running the country, no wonder we are where we are. Pakistanis are burning without electricity in this scorching summer heat, suicide bombers are hitting out at will, impoverished people are committing suicide rather than having to beg, Americans are killing our soldiers and citizens with impunity and the only thing happening with the speed of light in Pakistan is the swift disposal of court cases against Asif Zardari. While even a two-bit toady like Karzai, the ex-UNOCAL employee who was one of the very first supporters of Taliban when they emerged and now is the mayor of Kabul impersonating as the President of Afghanistan, threatens an invasion of our country, our tricksters travel first class to fairy lands holding meetings in 5-star hotels stuffing shrimps into their faces while discussing animatedly what to do about Pakistan.

All of a sudden Maulana Fazl ur-Rahman that unabashed political acrobat, a man on whom one can spot thick folds of lard even from a distance but nary a spine from up close, has suddenly started to appear angelic by comparison.


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