Saturday, January 19, 2013

Elite Pirs of Pakistan


It has been reported in newspapers that Mr. President has been staying in Karachi for last couple of weeks because his "Pir" has asked him to be away from the mountains and be near the sea for some time and he is strictly following his advice. The “Pir” sahib stays with Mr. President all the time and takes precautionary measures to safeguard and protect the President. All political decisions also require his nod. The Chief Justice has his full time "Pir" who even accompanied him to Howard University lectures. The Prime Minister has his own "Pir" who is currently living in the PM House as our Prime Minister firmly believes that he has become PM because of his prayers and spiritual support. Even Imran Khan gets special attention from the one residing in a city close to Rawalpindi.
It seems that all the “who’s who of Pakistan” have their own exclusive specialist Pirs who mentor them, guide them and safeguard them against evil designs of the enemies and evil eye of the masses. In the Democratic Republic of Pakistan, previously we only had First Ladies, now it seems that soon we shall our First Pirs as well. It is only the poor people of Pakistan who do not have any spiritual leader and Pir to safeguard them and protect them from the calamities which have befallen us curtsey of these rulers, who are being protected by such elite Pirs.
Being rich and powerful has many perks and benefits. One of them is that you can have your reserved exclusive “Saalam” Pir. In good old days when automobiles were not so common and people travelled by Tangas, the rich used to hire a Tanga exclusively for themselves which was called “Saalam Tanga” while the poor had to share and paid fare of one seat each. Some of you must have also heard of “Saalam Roast Murgha” which was ordered in hotels. The same is the case now with our spiritual leaders and gurus. If you are a common person, you will have to travel to the house of the Pir Sahib and pay an amount to get a little time to be in his company and request for his prayers. You will get very limited time as there will be others waiting for their turn. But if you are rich and powerful, you can get exclusive rights of the Pir Sahib and his time and prayers will be reserved specially for you and you can utilize him at will.
I wonder, whether these so called spiritual leaders and Pirs ever think about the condition of the masses? Do they know what their disciples are doing to the people of Pakistan and how difficult the lives of common people have become? The heart of any truly spiritual person would bleed if he looks at the plight of the common man of Pakistan. Any truly spiritual person can never even think of supporting these culprits against the oppressed and suppressed masses of Pakistan. Yet these imposters keep on living in the government houses and plunder the national resources with support of their patrons on key positions of the country. What a joke we have made of our religion and how long we will keep on doing so?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Will Our Belief in Democracy Pay Off?


Qadri is gone and Islamabad is back to normal. Frantic coverage on the TV is no more. Everything is back to as it was. Ayaz Amir says we lost the chance of a life time and now we are destined to live in the clutches of the present corrupt system for a very long time to come. Talat Hussain and Co say that the drama is over and it was just a plot by some external forces, who backed out when they could not muster up enough support for the nefarious designs to bring in a care taker set up and shelve democracy for a good time. Lucman and Kamran term it a great victory for democracy and tell us that the agreement will have great impact on the upcoming elections.

I am a common Pakistani and I am terribly confused. Whom should I believe and whom I should not? What to believe and what not to believe? I sit in my chair and ponder, because this is not just a philosophical and intellectual question, it is a question of my life and death. This is the question of my bread and butter. The way my life has changed over the last five years has a lot to do with the extremely corrupt system which is gripping my country. Should I have stood up and joined Dharna and help in over throwing the system now or should I wait for the next elections to use my vote to change my destiny. Did I make a mistake or did I make a wise choice?

The common man did not listen to the rhetoric of Qadri and he went back empty handed. But now, we the common people are terrified at heart. Will our decision of waiting for next elections for bringing in change prove right? Will we be able to improve our lot through our vote? What if our decision is proven wrong and same corrupt rulers once again grab the power? Imran and Nawaz! We believed you and we did not let that Qadri derail the system. Now what will you do to us. We have kept our side of the bargain, now will you?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dharna: Few Impressions

Today I visited dharna of TUQ in the evening. Have to accept that number is large. My guess is around 70,000 were still there in the evening. Majority of the people are from lower income groups. I would say this is the group which has been hardest hit by the economic crises created by this incompetent and corrupt government. They are very well organized and seem quite prepared for a long stay. Though the young boys of the Minhaj-ul-Quran are trying to maintain security and people are being checked at every 10 meters, yet there is no official security. There is grave danger of terrorist activity. The mood in the crowd was festive. They are not bothered by the fact the Imran Khan has decided not to join and all political parties have joined hand against them. My heart weeps for these people who came out in hope of change following some one of dubious credentials and who now finds himself in a closed alley. But one thing I can say: use of force against this group is going to be a big folly and will only help TUQ in achieving his objectives which otherwise now seem quite difficult. I am sure he must be secretly hoping that govt uses force against him and turns him into a hero.