Alternative Opinion on Central and South Asia

A stone that has to get out of age

March 5, 2015

Things change a lot. Permanence of the statuesque is beyond possibility. At least, Sindh is changing; if not Pakistan. Much has been discussed about the fall and gradually decline of Pakistan; however we have to watch calculatedly the every step of its decline.


At least three new major scenarios and one old scenario have recently developed:


i.                     Sindh Government that previously was skewed to the rubber stamp has now started resurging. It has refused Federal Government and the military to accommodate Corpse Commander Sindh in the Apex Committee of the province by citing reason that the inclusion of the military General in the tier would be against the principle of civilian rule.


ii.                   In the life time political history of Pakistan, it was for the first time that Corps Commander of Sindh of Pakistan Army complained against Sindh Government to the Prime Minister of Pakistan; meanwhile Army Chief General Raheel Sharif himself said while talking with a media person last week that Sindh Government is inefficient and non-cooperative. Publication of such news is clear indication that the metabolism of the obsolete establishment and the very existence of the country is now clearly drowning.    


iii.                  The change in the stance of Mutahida Qomi Movement (MQM) towards Sindh and its re-alignment with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has caused ripples the Establishment enough that earlier the very establishment of Pakistan that was silent on the cases against MQM supremo Altaf Hussain has now started talking about it again and has asked Sindh Government to not interfere in the affair.


iv.                 After establishment of the military courts in Pakistan, the military operation that was declared to be against religious terrorists has got an uglier outlook. Pakistani Punjab province is no doubt a nursery of terrorism in the name of Islam, where the notorious Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) type outfits are based, has been skipped from the military operation. In spite of the doing the needful in the Punjab, a flexible and relatively moderate religious political party Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam – Fazal Rehman (JUI-F) has been targeted. Dozens of un-registered Madaris (seminaries) have been closed down. Despite the fact that many a seminaries in Sindh are traditional and do not have space for terrorism; although they are not registered. Meanwhile, there are some seminaries that are registered but have publically established role in spacing out the terrorism. It is also worth mentioning that a few months ago, JUI-F Sindh Chapter’s Dr. Khalid Mehmmod Soomro was killed because the organization’s Sindh Chapter has been vociferous for the Sindh rights.  The detentions, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial murders of Sindhi and Baloch nationalists and civil and political rights activists during last two months is another issue that needs to be highlighted.


What one can say briefly about the recent developments is simple. Pakistan did not choose to decay during last seven decades; therefore a new country, society, polity and the state out of historical countries of Indus may emerge. Thus, destruction was the only remaining option. Yes, now people of Sindh and Balochistan want their decay. And, they demand freedom and sovereignty.


Recently, the Supreme Court of Pakistan in its remarks said that Bangladesh seceded from Pakistan and is now developing. Pakistan is still in the Stone Age. The situation in Sindh and Balochistan clearly tells that the people there have decided to get out of the Stone Age. Oppressed are inching ahead towards ultimate liberty.

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