What is it that the people of Pakistan did not know before the wikileaks? We knew it all. To be more on target I would say that the people of Pakistan were aware of much more than what wikileaks has brought to the fore. The Wikileaks effort, that smells of it being engineered, only confirms and authenticates what the Pakistani nation was already aware of and what our leaders, real as well as those masquerading as leaders, have always vehemently denied despite knowing that no one in Pakistan believed their denials.
The commonly asked question in Pakistan these days is “who actually administers and governs Pakistan?” The answer to this question is that all engineered political structures have to always be subservient to whoever engineers them. This is a stark reality that we cannot turn our face from. Barring a couple of dispensations in our history, which too will be questioned by many, Pakistanis have never produced wholly indigenous political dispensations. Therefore, it is we as a nation that must be blamed for our woes. The collective forgiving nature of the Pakistani nation has been very artfully exploited by the ruling political elite. Pakistanis cannot blame anyone else for not having the courage to use their votes judiciously.
The US, or any other power, will always act in its/their own interest depending upon what their assessments are at any particular point of time. Therefore, whatever Anne Patterson, the former US Ambassador in Islamabad and other high ranking US officials were reporting from Islamabad, and after their visits here, were part of their professional duties. If our political rulers and other power brokers fell over board proving that they were more sincere to foreign powers than they were to Pakistan then they had to be reported to Washington just as they had voiced their opinions on various matters in the cables that have now surfaced.
If the Pakistani ruling elite and other power brokers in Islamabad stumbled over each other in their bid to please the US Administration in an out of the way manner in order to prove to the US Administration that they are more than willing to rule Pakistan more as their viceroys rather than as genuine rulers of Pakistan then who can blame the US and the other powers for their assessments as contained in the wikileaks cables. These cables are wholly genuine and were actually generated after the many meetings in order to describe those, as they were, to the US administration in Washington.
The shame is that of the Pakistani people who voted in the last elections and even more so of that silent majority of Pakistanis who did not vote during the last general elections. The Pakistani nation, led by the silent majority, must now decide that we, the Pakistanis, have to live in the world, and in this region, as a respectable and sovreign nation which values its own sovreignty and independence and respects that of the other nations in the Region and in the world. Towards this end the people of Pakistan have to correct their voting pattern and the silent majority has to get itself counted for their own sake, that of their future generations and for the sake of the poor and under priveleged Pakistanis who have been held hostage and are too weak to react and change things without Pakistan’s silent majority playing its part.
Having said all that I will venture to ask a question from all my compatriots and that question is whether a nation like ours that does nothing but beg, in the comity of nations, for alms, crumbs and dollars/pounds/yens/dinars/riyals just like a street beggar does on our streets can ever express itself as a sovreign, self respecting, dignified and honourable nation? Obviously not.
We have a great nation and a patriotic population that is ready to bear all hardships, hunger and other difficulties besides toiling for the good of the country. Pakistan’s patriotic population says loudly that it will sacrifice everything for the sake of the country if the leaders do good things and take good decisions in absolute national interests. But will the leaders of today and the future do so is very ambiguous indeed. So far our leaders have only shown themselves gleefully begging for loans and grants in a manner that is disgraceful to say the least. They have done so without caring for the national prestige falling (now absolutely fallen) in the eyes of the world.
All of this begging has got Pakistan and Pakistanis deeper and deeper into the quicksand. Pakistanis now have only their necks sticking out of the quicksand, just about barely enough to breathe. It is now time to pull ourselves out of the quicksand as a respectable country and live in peace and move towards progress or just simply perish into the quicksand unheard, unsung and not even mourned.
It will be nice to know what Pakistanis think is the answer to their problems through their comments. Will Pakistanis ever be genuinely proud Pakistanis beyond just writing that slogan on their tee shirts? Are the people of Pakistan at the verge of an uprising or not? Can, what we have seen over sixty three years as endless misgovernance, just go on without hurting Pakistan’s sovreignty and integrity?
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