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Will Pakistan Survive ?

15 January, 2008

By Amjad Malik


Barrister Jinnah fought hard in persuading British Empire to allow Muslims of sub-continent to have a separate homeland to safeguard the identity of rich nation and their Islamic culture values and freedom in their way of life as there were distinctive differences between Muslims minority and Hindu majority of Indian subcontinent. However, at this critical juncture his soul would be perturbed to see first ‘klashenkove’ and now ‘suicidal attacks’ and weaker judiciary resulted in by periodical military regimes in Pakistan quite contrary to Islamic teachings which depicts that one may survive in cruelty but a society built on injustice can not coexist. West  followed that principle in practice especially in their way of dispensing justice and freeing media and Britain is noteworthy in that effect particularly as freedom of citizens was never compromised. That clearly pin points one aspect of the weakness of the country Pakistan that it could not develop a formidable civil system of governance in good 60 years which could continue despite having a road map and strong military as an institution always came to rescue due to political immaturity of our political clan or distrust amongst stake holders and that will always remain its minus and positive point. The bleak rule of law & justice situation and unlawful killings of its political stalwarts especially Bhuttoo’s and  nexus of military with judiciary may not mirror its founder’s true views and vision about this outstanding nation full of talent, skills, and vigour and poses a serious question, will Pakistan survive in days to come?

Admitting that situation is bleak as far as rule of law and democratic drive and media freedom is concerned, still its not enough to question its territorial existence as we will have to see the reason for which Pakistani people obtained this country. This country was obtained by way of one man one vote and most of the votes were cast by lay people who were focused as their aim to have independence and they freely opted out for a free state and refused to accept slavery in a country where they ruled for centuries. To me the original principal is still intact and survives. People of Pakistan though going through a series of crises especially finding political system under which governance takes shape but are still determined not to loose their freedom and they are not willing to rejoin their old foe so united India is out of question. Now we move to second stage and it is acceptable that hidden powers breed the idea of fragmentation of Pakistan. That may be a valid blackmailing tactics to suit an individual state interest, but rarely  possible in practice as the remaining Pakistan post 1971 is geographically located in a spot where its fragmentation will cause a serious threat to the stability of the whole region and in return to the wider world and any foreign interference may have serious repercussions as a result because no power would afford a backlash as a result of a failed attempt of fragmentation on an atomic power.  Therefore, its division in pieces no matter how glossy can not materialise due to country’s strong defence mechanism and Pakistan being the only Muslim state with atomic armament which provides regional stability through its ideal strategic location. Looking at the recent past, English fought Irish, Indian faced Sikhs separatists and other developing insurgencies, Srilankans at war with Tamils, Afghanistan saw off Russian invasion in 80’s and is on its 2nd haul of turmoil during and post Taliban and US went through bi polar system, Cuban missile crisis, Kennedy’s death, Vietnam, as well as 9/11 and Japan too saw Hiroshima but no where the issue of state instability crops up. Similarly, Pakistan is a state where a full mechanism of running and defending this nation of 160 million is in place and one aspect in particular to defending the sovereignty of the state is in fact, stronger than ever before.

On this basis, I will say that Pakistan is there to survive for years to come as Pakistan is a homeland, a shelter of different casts and creed, safety zone for Islamic heritage and protector of many languages. Its cosmopolitan diversity is its unique feature and its strength is its foundation on which it was made. As the foundation is so strong, the remaining issue is to build the country further on this stronger foundation and take it on  a route to progress, tolerance and truly democratic Pakistan which is quite up to the people of Pakistan who needs to come out of its shell and turn themselves from crowd to a nation. How can people achieve that task is a valid question for all the leaders of Pakistan too, military as well as Civilians. Its political leaders also carry the blame for not being able to promote genuine leadership, political process, and accountability on national level, and military leaders for not being able to leave a genuine democratic leadership from educated middle classes in succession once they had a chance in Ayub, Zia and now Musharraf’s regime. Pakistanis remained leaderless after years of military regimes and people could not come out of status quo and started from scratch after the regime left leaving his foot prints. I think institutional strength along with preserving judicial independence, free and responsible media are keys to join the road map towards democracy. Military establishment must foster and pave way for true leadership and try to confine themselves to the task of ‘defence of the realm’ and allow a political process to continue coupled with free judiciary & media, and allow the system to shuffle across and separate the chaff from grain after periodical elections ideally after every 4 years. After four or five elections Pakistan will have true leadership to run the political side of the country and military can go on the back drop forever. If we allow people to responsibly elect its leaders and allow the system to run, I do not see any reason why those millions whose ancestors laid their lives on one call of their Quaid Mr. Jinnah and chose Pakistan freely as their choice, will now make mistake to choose who should govern them. Given the choice collective wisdom will promote unity and federation and the people will find a viable political process too.

 Pakistan is there to survive, West is sometimes pre mature in their hasty assessments to forecast a destabilised Pakistan on any mishap or genuine calamity, I would say they react quickly and its the beauty of their system and freedom of media that they are heard quickly too. Pakistan an atomic power who announced its nuclear in a tit for tat tests with its arch rival India in May 1998 though it acquired this technology in 80’s long before its official  announcement on 28 May 1998 so questioning its command to hold such arsenal seems baseless, keeping in view that the country acquired this technology not by choice but as a deterrent once its arch rival tested its nuclear facility and posed a clear and present danger to the defence, security and sovereignty of Pakistan and the whole South Asian Region. It is arguable that the money could have been well spent on people’s welfare but that applies to both the countries. However, critics in West and in Asia are justified in pointing out that more can be done to secure institutional strength and to attain truly elected genuine leadership with true democracy is the real challenge confronted to all Pakistanis and that’s what they must concentrate on in coming years as given the opportunity this land of pure is fertile enough to do miracles.

Reader Comments:

Independent Pashtunistan

Independent Pashtunistan could solve lot of problems for us.

Khanam Khan, Pakistan - 22 January, 2008

In reply to Abdul from India.

I beg to disagree with Mr. Abdul, who claims to hail from India, that India has a population of 10% Muslims and are given due representation in services. Facts from Indian press speak otherwise.

Population of Indian Muslims is growing must faster than Hindu population. But the Indian population watch-dogs are deliberately cutting down the facts because they know if the trend continues and reaches to a figure of 25% of the total, another division of India on 1947 pattern will become inevitable. This is a fact well established and various authentic references are available in its support.
In an interview with a well circulated newspaper of India "The Hindu" (Oct. 01, 1999), Mr. Justice K. M. Yusuf, a retired Judge from Calcutta High Court and chairman of West Bengal Minority Commission, says that in his view the total percentage of Muslims in India is at least 20 %.
In reply to a question about huge disparity in his estimate and Indian Census results, he stated :"When the census is done, large chunks of Muslim population are left uncounted.

M.Saeed, Pakistan - 22 January, 2008

Pakistan is bound to survive.

WITH POLITICAL UPSETS LEFT BEHIND,PAKISTAN IS SUCCEEDING VERY RAPIDLY NOW. HERE IS A POEM I WRITE FROM CANADA AS SUCH:

PAKISTAN IS SUCCEEDING

DEAR PAKISTAN,YES,INDEED
IT IS SO BOUND TO SUCCEED
POTENTIAL THERE, IS GREAT
AND, WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT
GEOSTRATEGY,YES,IT MAKES
PAKISTAN THE LOVED STAKES
MUSLIMS,CHINA,AMERICA ARE
INVESTING IN OUR RISING STAR
PEACE WE LOVE, WAR WE HATE
NEVER WE WILL BE FAILED STATE
PAKS ARE LOVABLE,SO ITS LAND
PAKS ARE MUCH SWEET AND GRAND
PAKISTAN, YES, SO IT SEEMS
INVESTORS,CAN FULFIL DREAMS
NATURE HAS ITS GRANDEST PLAY
MOUNTAINS,VALLEYS HEAR EM SAY
PEOPLE OF TAN,GOLD AND FAIR
PAKS ARE PRETTY EVERY WHERE
VISIT PAKS AND FEEL SUBLIME
YOU BE THERE,TIME AFTER TIME




Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 24 January, 2008

Two Nation Theory, Reply to Mr. Saeed.

In Reply to Mr.Saeed. I would first thankyou for reading my message.
Please have no doubts about my Nationality.
I would like to remind you, that the topic under discussion was
" Will Pakistan Survive".
My entire country hopes, that Pak will come out of this crisis.
In your first article, without any reason You mentioned about Indian Muslims. As a result of this, I have to say the following.
For Us (Indians) it is immeterial, If muslims are 20% or 50%. As I mentioned in my last message, that first We are Indians, and then We are Muslims. I think the same formula is also valid in Pakistan.
I am stating this once again, In 1947 the Muslims who opposed two nation theory are part of Indian Society, and they have
Co-existed for the past (60 years) and will exist in the future. Hence this is the fact, that the History (Partition) will not repeat.
Please let Me know Your various authentic references regarding the next partition of India.
For your information. In the State of Kerala, West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar, MadyaPradesh, Jahrkand and UP, Muslims are in Majority since 1947.
And It is part of India for the past and for the future.
This is the well established fact, that India is a diverse and a secular society.
It is a fact that percentage of Indian Muslims participating in the democratic process is higher than that of any other religion in India.
The democratic institutions in India are so strong, that it results in a stable and secular country.
Hence I suggest You, that there is no point in discussing the population of Indian Muslims in India, and We can concentrate on the subject mentioned
by Mr.Amjad Malik in PAKTRIBUNE.
We both are flowers of Islam, which preaches tolerance and brotherlyhood. Hence We should try to bridge the gap between India and Pakistan, and not to widen the gap.

Abdul, Hungary - 24 January, 2008

Two Nation amid New Franchise Economy

Will Pakistan survive if BB was murdered in the same place same time as
Liaqat Ali Khan in Pindi due to coincidence ? Was it purposely designed after ZA Bhutto was seen flirting
with Sk Mujibur Rahman is no coincidence.In 1947 population of India was 350 million with just 60 million Muslims.In some area of the South India Muslim constitute 40:60 and in 2 states may be 51:49 but India with more than a Billion People remain a Hindu Majority Country. IHK has almost 99% Muslim in 99% area.Recently I visited both IHK from Srinagar to Cargill .This IHK now being extended towards Nepal vicinity UP Himachel Pardesh UP and Bihar Franchised land (SEVA Toronto Based Sale).I Visited Azad Kashmir too all the way to China Afghanistan Turkmenistan Cone like ealier IHK cone.IHK Kashmiris have nothing in common with Hindu India. Kashmir is for Kashmiris.The new sale of land as for specific motive of theft via expansion to IHK in round about way is to gain Real Estate restate free Resource gain(ongoing) as is the case for Muslims being denied equality in India (across India).Lawyers Bank Mortgage and energy utility related crimes of London Vancouver Toronto too is rapidly spreading with banking and lawyers defunct identical Franchised courts related Matters.


Z B Mohammed, United Arab Emirates - 27 January, 2008

A healthy Pakistan

A strong and healthy Pakistan is in India's interests. The continuing communal strifes and religious fanaticism in Pakistan is bad news for India. However a strong and stable Pakistan is good news for us. This way we can concentrate on growing our economy further and making our nation more prosperous and reduce poverty levels. However I am not in favor of any sorts of exchanges between Bharata and Pakistan. Just like your leader Jinnah said, we Vedic people and Muslims are two separate nations. While our roots lie in the land that we live in yours come miles due due west. Our history and culture are distinct. I am also in favor of a population exchange. All the Muslims living in India can go to Pakistan and all the Hindus and Sikhs are welcome to Bharata. The best way for both nations is to grow exclusively of each other. All these fake cultural exchanges are hogwash and we have to understand that we are a different people coming from two different extremes in life, we have different aspirations and goals. Therefore I would like to say that Pakistanis should make efforts to severe all ties with us and stop pestering our growth and rather concentate on having more REAL schools rather than madarssas.
This will enebale Pakistan to grown and provide finacially for their people and they wont have to suffer the fate that Bhutto had predicted when he wanted to build the "ISLAMIC BUMB"
At the end of the day you guys live in peace on the land you have taken from us and we live in peace on ours. Fair is fair, and yes the best thing would be to close down all sorts of means of communication between the two nations.

Rana Rajputana, Hungary - 29 September, 2009

A healthy Pakistan

A strong and healthy Pakistan is in India's interests. The continuing communal strifes and religious fanaticism in Pakistan is bad news for India. However a strong and stable Pakistan is good news for us. This way we can concentrate on growing our economy further and making our nation more prosperous and reduce poverty levels. However I am not in favor of any sorts of exchanges between Bharata and Pakistan. Just like your leader Jinnah said, we Vedic people and Muslims are two separate nations. While our roots lie in the land that we live in yours come miles due due west. Our history and culture are distinct. I am also in favor of a population exchange. All the Muslims living in India can go to Pakistan and all the Hindus and Sikhs are welcome to Bharata. The best way for both nations is to grow exclusively of each other. All these fake cultural exchanges are hogwash and we have to understand that we are a different people coming from two different extremes in life, we have different aspirations and goals. Therefore I would like to say that Pakistanis should make efforts to severe all ties with us and stop pestering our growth and rather concentate on having more REAL schools rather than madarssas.
This will enebale Pakistan to grown and provide finacially for their people and they wont have to suffer the fate that Bhutto had predicted when he wanted to build the "ISLAMIC BUMB"
At the end of the day you guys live in peace on the land you have taken from us and we live in peace on ours. Fair is fair, and yes the best thing would be to close down all sorts of means of communication between the two nations.

Rana Rajputana, Hungary - 29 September, 2009

What a sham

Are you serious Saeed? I find it very funny when Pakistanis talk like this. The fact is that Muslims in India are more interested in giving their children an Islamic education. With these skills you cannot perform in a market economy like India. They might be useful skills in a country such as yours, not so in India. As far as the population growth of Muslims is concerned, they are growing because we allowed them to grow.Quite unlike Pakistan where Hindus have to live in shambles don't even have the right to religion and are converted forcibly every now and the.
Hindus in Pakistan are third class citizens, while Muslims in India have their own Sharia law. They get paid for Haj, which I am sure not even the Pakistani government does.
In 1948 25% of Pakistan population was Hindu, today it is less than 1% while Muslims were just 7% at the time of partition in India and today they are almost 13%. Do you see the difference.
The fact is that we don't like you and you don't like us either, however we are not ruthless like you and hence don't go around raping and killing innocents. The kind of blown out coverage that small incidents like Gujarat got in India were amusing, all thanks to our secular press.
On the other hand Pakistan press will not even release such informations.
Let us take the example of Pak Occupied Kashmir.Today there is not even a single Hindu left there. Can you tell me why?
On the other hand Muslims are growing in our part of Kashmir. Do you see your hypocrisy Saeed mia. I guess you can't. It has all to do with the blinkers that Muslims put on while seeing the world.
You talk of what is happening in India, why don't you take a look at your self first.
It was you people who kill Shia and Ahmedia and not Hindus. It was you people who made the Sipah E sahaba and not us Hindus. It was you who hounded the Ahmediaya from Lahore. It is you who are killing the Baloch people. It is you who are suppressing the Sindhi Muslims and not us Hindus. In fact Muslims are living in a paradise in India. Cut to Pakistan, most Hindus live in shanties in Pakistan. Their women folk are are abducted, raped and forcibly converted to Islam. Now you will get up and say that they are not good Muslims, but is that a good answer and is that the right answer?
The fact is that pakistan does not have a history nor do the Muslims have their own land. Just because you reproduce at a great speed and take over someone else's land does not mean it belongs to you.
As for the conditions of Muslims in India, you are welcome to come and see your brethren in India who conduct all the Hawala business while we Hindus pay taxes. Care to take a look, 95% of the tax payers are Hindus. We don't ask your brothers not to drive their cars or not to walk on the pavements made by our money. I mean Muslim contribution to India is zilch.
Even your Mawlanas get money from the Government and even a pension from the money collected from the temple funds. This happens because of our tolerance and not the so called greatness of Islam.
Perhaps its time to call it a day Saeed sahib.
However as A Hindu it is my duty to forgive even those who give me pain. We Hindus might forgive, but we don't forget the scars that you have given us. We might be nice people but fools we are not.

Rana Rajputana, Hungary - 29 September, 2009

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