The government with limited resources, inefficient and broken institutions, is trying to rescue those who lost everything in unprecedented floods. It is also seeking help from international community to overcome the financial burden for relief operations. Several countries have pledged assistance while USA has initiated a government lead relief campaign and helicopter rescue operation in effected areas. However, at home, the public awareness and participation remains limited, as Media and politicians are busy in ‘other fun’.
The situation demanded that all sections of society unite against biggest natural disaster in our history and war against terrorism. Instead, we have witnessed a ‘suicide attack’ on tolerance and national unity, jointly ‘organised’ by opposition parties along with a Terrorist Organisation ‘Hizbul Tahreer’. A furious debate was initiated by extremist-friendly media on President’s visit to UK, after British Prime Ministers remarks. Protesters from extremist groups were brought outside hotel where President has to speak. While themselves staying in liberal British society, they carried slogans against President and demanded ‘Islamic Caliphate’ to be imposed in Pakistan.
While his party workers protested against President for visiting UK leaving floods victims behind, the top critic and a cricketer turned failed politician, same day flew to join his family in UK. Opposition PMLN leader Nawaz Sharif, whose son owns more that two billion pounds real estate business in UK was not behind to jump the band wagon of critics . As this was not enough the MQM leader who holds British passport with ‘national pride’, living a lavish life in London also made similar demand.
In case, Mian Nawaz Sharif was really up-set on British PM’s remarks, he should have packed his business in UK. Nothing prevented MQM chief Altaf Hussain to give up his UK citizenship under protest. Imran Khan could have announced that his own children would not be staying in UK. Similarly, the former JI Chief Qazi Hussain, who is a proud grandfather of American citizen grandson and US national daughter, did not felt a need to get out his family from ‘Infidel land’ under protest.
The pious activist of terrorist group, ‘Hizbul Tahreer’, whom a media group hired and presented as ‘shoe hurler’ demanding Caliphate to be imposed in Pakistan, himself lives on social security and house rent from Birmingham Town Council’s. He should have joined his fellow Jihadi’s in some cave of Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan rather than living on ‘ pounds’ of ‘infidel tax payers. What else can be named a hypocrisy and game of interests?
The ”shoes fiction’ does not seem to be pleasant start in a society where gun is more convenient to use then a shoe and violence has become part of culture. The pro-Taliban media persons might also experience the ‘shoe protests’ from families of terror victims. The political leadership also would not be safe as they too have love and hate relations with opponents. From Mullah’s issuing edicts of infidelity to the owners of media giants showing the burned bodies of plane crash victims might facing the similar ‘offended public’.
The sane voices have been drowned in the floods of media-extremists nexus along with the poor, who drowned in flash floods. We have not learned to promote tolerence from PMLN’s attack on Supreme Court and friendly ‘treatment’ of Imran Khan by JI activists in Punjab University. In a society where a suicide bomber can easily be hired, there are are equal chances that opponents might ‘arrange’ such incidents. Each time such an incident takes place, the blame game would be followed by violence, killings, burning of public property and riots.
The fiction of ‘shoe hero’ being played by media and politicians, is going to be ‘gun reality’ of future. Sadly, this time media itself, along with national unity and tolerance is going to be the causality. This will only facilitate the extremists and terrorists to play havoc on innocent citizens and also target media and groups sympathetic to them to ignite riots and weaken the state. Only time will tell us who might not the victim of transformation when oppositions and media’s created ‘shoe fiction’ finally becomes a ‘gun reality’.