Media buzz: Another Martial Law In Making?

By D. ASGHAR

After reading the article on Media in Pakistan by Bilal Qureshi, many thoughts crossed my mind. Although I am a complete anti conspiracy theory person, but it is quite evident, looking at the media circus of Pakistan, that there is in fact a conspiracy and bias reflected by the media.

The conspiracy is actually, keeping the people and masses in the dark by constantly flashing a “grand conspiracy theory”, in front of them.    The “grand conspiracy” being perpetrated by the “West” and all Non Muslim states, especially India and Israel. All of this because, after all Pakistan is the citadel of Islam and all anti Islamic forces want it to be annihilated. This is the sole reason for the Anti Islamic forces to band together and destabilize the otherwise tolerant and reasonable Pakistan.

If you dig deeper into all of these assertions, you can easily deduce a conclusion, the. TV anchors and the news paper columnists intend to keep the fear factor alive. The fear factor, is that the country faces extreme external threats, and the defense of the country from such threats is extremely paramount. Now, if you put two and two together, it is so obvious that the mouth pieces are actually promoting the agenda of the so called “guardians of the nation.”

Bottom line is that so long as the people are going to buy into this, the people are going to look into the military as their sole defenders and perhaps their sole source of “good governance.” The Pak Military’s involvement in politics dates back to early 50’s. This was hardly after a few years of its ill fated independence. From there on it is directly and or indirectly involved in the governance of this nation.

There is no denying of the fact that, we have incompetent political leaders. But another painful reality is, that the political arena has always been set to fail by the Khakhis. In other words, even if the most learned and competent leaders miraculously emerge, they are not going to last, as the real rulers at GHQ will not let them succeed.

So in the end, we must admit that we are a Military state. The utopian dreams of democracy can only flourish if the Khakis can be limited to the barracks and a true political system can be established. The system which cannot be meddled by the soldiers. Considering that it is quite a monumental task, the nation should be considering to chart its course to the right path. Until to unless this is accomplished, we will see many real or pseudo martial laws thrusted on the nation. Each time a dictator gives the address, he promises that he will wipe the slate clean and there will be a new beginning. If you pay close attention to the anchors nowadays, it appears that our ill fated nation is being prepared for such address each day.

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13 responses to “Media buzz: Another Martial Law In Making?

  1. We are always afraid of Khakis – but our politicians’ failure to rein the country results in marching in of the boots. Take for example the current events, the floods and the inabality of the government to take charge. Where are the local government officials except when they appear briefly for “distributing aid” and thus having a photo session.
    Let the government be seen in charge as against what we see on media. Let not blame Khakis only. Blame all politicians who have their very own sinister designs to be in the politics, government or opposition. None really seemed to be lookign after the larger interests of Pakistan.

  2. D Asghar

    Dear Jalal HB, I said it in the article that, there is no denying of the incompetence of the politicians.

    The bigger question is, if Khakhis were really sincere in doing their job, they would try to keep themselves out of the “soup”, so to speak. Once they are in this soup, the Khakhis are no different than your average politicians, as far as corruption and inept governance is concerned.

    Once the Khakhis are in the muck, then they try to bring in their “political surrogates” as well. So as is, Khakhis have way too much vested in the political game of Pakistan. Perhaps, Khakhis may be one of the reason why we have such morbid political institutions and lack of any political understanding. Even if we have our so called democratic stints, we see how deeply entrenched Khakhis are in those as well.

    Thanks for the valuable feedback. Regards.

  3. D Asghar

    Dear Jalal HB, I said it in the article that, there is no denying of the incompetence of the politicians.

    The bigger question is,if Khakhis were really sincere in doing their job, they would try to keep themselves out of the “soup”, so to speak.Once they are in this soup, the Khakhis are no different than your average politicians, as far as corruption and inept governance is concerned.

    Once the Khakhis are in the muck, then they try to bring in their “political surrogates” as well. So as is, Khakhis have way too much vested in the political game of Pakistan. Perhaps, Khakhis may be one of the reason why we have such morbid political institutions and lack of any political understanding. Even if we have our so called democratic stints, we see how deeply entrenched Khakhis are in those as well.

    Thanks for the valuable feedback. Regards.

  4. Straight-Talk

    Pakistan required one urgent revolution, revolution by the masses against current political class, political elites, conspirators and Khakis.

    These elites are like French Bourgeoisie who are totally disconnected from the masses and self serving. Theses are big landlords who don’t want to part away from their holdings and required political power to sustain it. Khaki requires fear factor to preserve their eminent position and importance in the society and who is better punching bag for them than India and Israel.

    This revolution will usher new era where the land will be distributed again, strict land sealing will be imposed, participation of common man into political system will increase and their will be better identification of who are real friends and foes of Pakistan away from any conspiracies, biased decisions and religiously defined outlook.

  5. D Asghar

    Staright Talk,thank you so much for your valuable comments. I agree with you.

    My 2 cents worth would be that revolution has to be a peaceful one. Our region has seen and endured so much violence that even an inch more would be a bit too much.

    We have lost so many loved ones,just for no good reason.Come to think of the division among our nation is what I consider our biggest issue. Watch out on that one soon on PTH from me.

  6. libertarian

    Kayani would be a fool to do a coup now. He has the best deal right now: all the power, none of the accountability. If he has the strategic mind people credit him with, he would allow Zardari-Gilani to continue to take the flak, and corner the praise and goodwill for himself and the army – to be used at some opportune time later. The only scenario in which he acts is under pressure from within the Army because he squatting on the gaddi and preventing upward/lateral mobility for all the general cadre. You know – Field Marshall Kayani.

    Anyway – short of the Army being forcibly reconstituted there’s no hope they will self-reform.

  7. D Asghar

    Libertarian, thank you so much for valuable points.

    I know I was stretching it, but the way there is so much buzz right now, it reminded me of the July-August 1999, right before the infamous, “doctrine of necessity.”

  8. Zulfiqar Haider

    A vast majority of people now believe that Army is one of the most disciplined institutions of our country; however, their role in politics has created a lot of problems for us. The good thing is that the present army chief understands the implications of a martial law and has already assured then nation of not pursuing such a step in the future.

  9. D Asghar

    Zulfiqar, many thanks for your point as well. Let’s hope that Ameer Kiyani is not swayed by the circumstances to alter from his principled stand.

    Keep in mind that in our country any and everything is possible. Even Mush can come back and be white washed to pursue his aspirations to lead the country. So keep an open mind.

  10. tilsim1

    There is indeed a great deal about buzz about a military takeover. The public just want their problems solved so now feel once again that this is the solution. The groundwork is being laid by the performance and statements of the politicians themselves and the media. Very depressing.

    I doubt that Kayani is interested in getting the military’s hand dirty by pushing the politicians to one side during the enormous crisis. The PA cannot deal with this by itself. It would compound the crisis as it would lack international support and increase our financial crisis.

    The PA may however decide on forcing the declaration of an emergency and the setting up a ‘national unity’ government in which they will also be involved.

    I don’t know how easy to achieve this with the current Supreme Court. It’s speculation at the moment, I have n’t seen or heard of specific moves that may suggest that this is imminent or likely.

    Very worrying times.

  11. Raju Bhai

    Tilsim wrote:

    I don’t know how easy to achieve this with the current Supreme Court.

    In May 2000 Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was one of the 12 judges of the Supreme Court bench which reviewed and endorsed the legality of General Musharraf’s military coup d’état.

    Why should it be different this time? This time the new military strongman would even be a Punjabi just like Justice Chaudhry.

  12. DAsghar

    Tilsim Bhai and Raju Bhai,

    Thank you so much for your valuable comments. First and foremost I am really touched that my debut article at PTH (which of course by any measure is not a quality writing to begin with, if compared to such worthy contributors around me) has sparked such meaningful discussion. Both of you have touched on very important elements. Of course like anyone, I am just trying to read between the lines, what is being presented to us. I am guessing much like many of us. The days ahead us will unfold the chapters of our future.

    Again, I witnessed both Zia and Mush regimes. I was not pleased with either of them as it undermined the role of people and their ability to determine their path. I am not in favor of any dictator exercising that infamous doctrine of necessity. It stalls our ability to mature as a democracy. Warm regards.

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