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.