Saturday, May 12, 2007
Internal criticism in Pakistan
Pakistan is in the middle of intense internal turmoil. Here's some plain-speaking in the opinion pages of the Jang newspaper:
Currently, there are seven countries under military-led governments: Fiji, Thailand, Pakistan, Libya, Myanmar, Egypt and Bangladesh. That’s seven out of a total 245 countries, 2.8 per cent. Of the seven, Pakistan, Libya, Egypt and Bangladesh are Muslim-majority, OIC-member states. Among them, the seven military-led governments collectively control 4.9 million square kilometres or a mere 3.3 per cent of the total land area. Among them, the group-of-seven lord over around 500 million or some seven per cent of the world population; some 90 per cent of humanity is ruled by civilians.
Conclusion: In this day and age, a military-led government is a ‘glitch’, an ‘anomaly’, a ‘statistical infrequency’ and an ‘abnormality’. We remain a glitch, an abnormality, an anomaly, failure of symmetry, a design error and a country that ‘violates the standards of society’. Muslims firmly believe that the voice of people is the voice of God but Muslim leaders are not listening to God (Christian leaders, on the other hand, pay close attention to God). To be sure, it is our massive democratic deficit that has given us all our other deficits including our knowledge deficit, leadership deficit, economic deficit, cultural deficit, military deficit, security deficit, credibility deficit, gender deficit, and health deficit. For the record, six of the seven military-led governments are leading their countries to where no one wants to go.