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DYNAMICS OF PAKISTANI SOCIETY — Azam Khan

Posted on: March 28, 2010


 Analysis of internal dynamics of Pakistani Society

In the recent years the national security perception of Pakistan has been challenged. The country is facing various challenges. The multiple threats and constant pressures are very serious since post 9/11 due to Pakistan’s commitment with West for fight against terrorism. This involvement is viewed as being done to oblige the West. The national security is threatened by insurgencies and terrorism from within. The internal dynamics that ensure balancing of interests has been changed. The involvement of Pakistan in various international  engagements do not have internal support. The ongoing operation by the security forces within the troubled areas of Swat and FATA is directed towards bringing peace and normalcy in these terror ridden regions. The engagement of our security forces and NATO forces in operations highlight seriousness of security situation. The international focus and global concern for Pakistan’s role as a front- line state in the ongoing war against terror is a reality. However, while fulfilling international obligations the internal circumstances has posed serious challenges .The problems of integrity and cohesion of Pakistan are being highlighted in the local and international media. The constant engagement of population in this war against terrorism has changed its perception of personal security. The people have doubts about the success of governmental policies. The answer to the question whether our engagement with these issues has solved the problems or more problems has been created is still very uncertain.
The disorder in the society is visible; it is due to sharp social stratifications, classifications and divisions on various basis including religion, ideological, regional, provincial and political. The individualism has replaced collectivism; the bigger societal group is vanished. The conflicts of values, beliefs, and sociological factors has damaged the national fabric, thereby the common bonds to bind the nation in a thread cannot be imagined. The division of society has impacted the quality of life, the socio-economic imbalances has lead to increase in poverty, decline in educational standards and living standards.
The people are not sure of justice, and fair play, the rules of game are settled by power and abuse of power. The breaking of laws by the powerful is taken as a pride, the violations of human rights even guaranteed in Constitution are denied to the majority. The justice is linked with status and position of the seeker. The preferential treatment for the privileged is viewed as a virtue. The rights of the women are abused, and such abuse is referred to the culture and customs and here say, this victimization is devoid of any ideological, religious and legal and Constitutional basis. This has lead to cause disorder in the society. The societal disorder due to abuse of power and disrespect for law is manifested in day to day life and disintegration of the society.
The perception of governance leading to good governance is flouted; concepts of transparency and accountability are misleading in Pakistani experience. The accountability is selective and by choice, its aim is not to reform the society of negative practices, but to benefit the fittest and powerful. The people have no faith in the system of governance and accountability. The corruption and favoritism are recognized practices in the public sector organizations.  The people have no faith in the delivery system; therefore hardly show any sympathy to the system.
The leadership style is power centered and feudal in character, the leadership enjoys respect because of fear, and not because of trust. The political leadership as a whole has failed to satisfy the masses. The trust deficit between the leadership and the people is widened, and is increasing with the passage of time. The isolation and indifference of the people in the matters of national interests express their dissatisfaction and distrust in the system. The movement of the system is directionless, without any attribution to the goals and objectives and achievement of these goals for the country.
 The regional and provincial grievances are on the increase, the forums to mitigate the concerns particularly for the smaller provinces lack consensus for democratic dispensation .The political system rarely delivers to the satisfaction of voters.
These political concerns of federating units are a threat for the very existence of the country. The political parties lack democratic norms in their rank and file. The political system as a whole is driven by conflicting vested interests. It ensures status –quo and perpetuation of status for a few groups and families, without much consideration for merit and qualification. The social and political position of so-called ruling elites is just a symbol of false pride without much regard for vision and justice.

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9 Responses to "DYNAMICS OF PAKISTANI SOCIETY — Azam Khan"

I appreciate the perception of the author on the subject. As muslims we have been behaving like this for the last 1400 years. History does not support us that our behaviour as an individual/group was ever closer to the ideals we profess and for whom we are ready to lay down our lives.I consider that Muslims rulers/elite,wherever they are, are KHABZA GROUP and the remaining muslims and non-muslims are their subjects not citizens in the real sense.As long we live under muslim rulers, the result would be what the author has depicted in his article.Please do not worry, this is our fate and we should try to adjust ourselves. Every muslim, irrespective of his position carry the germs of KHABZA GROUP. Good goverence is something alien to Muslims. I hope I have not hurt feelins of those who are more religious than me. but this is our past is,and that is reflected in our future. If rape is inevitable,let us enjoy it and therefore I enjoy frequent load shedding and try to find out how beneficial it is.
with regards
ali Shah

I appreciate the perception of the author on the subject. As muslims we have been behaving like this for the last 1400 years. History does not support us that our behaviour as an individual/group was ever closer to the ideals we profess and for whom we are ready to lay down our lives.I consider that Muslims rulers/elite,wherever they are, are KHABZA GROUP and the remaining muslims and non-muslims are their subjects not citizens in the real sense.As long we live under muslim rulers, the result would be what the author has depicted in his article.Please do not worry, this is our fate and we should try to adjust ourselves. Every muslim, irrespective of his position carry the germs of KHABZA GROUP. Good goverence is something alien to Muslims. I hope I have not hurt feelings of those who are more religious than me. But this is our past ,and that is reflected in our future. If rape is inevitable,let us enjoy it and therefore I enjoy frequent load shedding and try to find out how beneficial it is.
with regards
ali Shah

I fully endorse Mr. Azam`s viewpoint and wud like to add something more about Muslims (not Islam) of the Arab and subcontinent origin irrespective of which country they belong to The muslim rulers of the subcontinent were simple plunderers. Unlike Spainiards they were not conquestraders when they discovered richness of the new world. Yes, they butchered the natives alongwith the British, French and dutch colonists of the Americas. While they were slaughtering the locals, they were simultaneously introducing some kind of rule of Law. The benefits of Europes Rennaisance were being shared by the new world.

The Muslim of northern Africa who were berbers did succeed to do something superb when they conquered and settled in Spain. They did not kill local christians and the Jews.

I am specially talking about the Muslims of the subcontinent, the central asia and the black Africa. The muslims of these resgions are historically of low caliber including the Arabs though the great Deen-e-Islam originated from here and despite the fact that Arabs are semetic and cousines of the Islraelies.We shud not forget that all scholistic and scintific achievements were made by non-Arabs }. The region where we have Pakistan has been intellectually barren land except a very few stars like Allama Iqbal, dr. Abduslam who belong to the siol we call Pakistan.. The Muslims of this region were always slavish and subjugated by the Mughals, the Sikhs, the British and now by the Economic-colonist and the only super power. Pakistan is destined to remain in turmoil unless a french style or recently Kirgistani style revolution errupts and destroys the status co( pl. ignore my poor spellings).
I gtg. Will speak agin on your blog.

Manzoor

If only the Muslim conquerors [and this includes the kings, the emperors and the traders as well] were the Qabza Group, does writer want to convey that the non Muslim conquerors, the kings, the emperors and others were peaceful, law abiding “democrats”??[when each and every word spoken by these “democrats” was a law unto itself?

Nayyar Hashmey
http://wondersofpakistan.wordpress.com/

Jeddy sahib
Thank you for thought provoking comments, indeed what is needed is to map our present with future,where we want to go,what is the destiny of the nation.The grand childern of us and the young generation.The childern between the age of 15-25 now becoming young, they are 605 of the popoulation.have we thought of educational persuits for them and the job market to adjust these sizable number in next 10 years? this demographic challange can be an opportunity, otherwise a crisis that may change the very face of the country ,may be geographically ,as well as socially.
2.Unemployement and crisis of economy are leading us to a single word’disastrous’ red light that is very visible at the end of tunnel ,but we are avoiding,as we are myopic.The population living below the poverty line (so called ) has been doubled during last ten years, so called because our people earn one fourth of the dollor in real sense, because food inflation is 15% as accepted by the government, so the real earning is far less than two dollors.
3.In addition the energy crisis ,we are used to use ‘CRISIS’ for energy, it is sheer neglet and inefficient policies of the government in this vital sector ,even the present strategy is devoid any prudent impact to overcome this situation.
4.The tax revenue is far less to meet the debt servicing ,that comes to 60% of the government income.
5.Those who can pay taxes avoid paymrnt.Loyalty to State is nowhere,

So what is inevitable is likey to happen,we dnt have to blame anybody,but to ourself,and to bad governance.

I may write more later on on Economy.

Azam
azam483@hotmail.com

The tragedy of Pakistan is that we go on re-electing the same crooks again and again. What we need is to redefine what system of governance will offer us some hope of betterment. The present “democratic” system guarantees that the most rotten in society will keep on coming to the top, leading their own family-oriented political parties. The top leaders of each of our main political parties are the filthy rich, bloated with ill gotten gains. The PPP has it its ranks all kinds of crooks but the champion of them all, the man who leads them, is the biggest among them, the real all time king of crime. In the same way, the N-League is infested with innumerable shady characters, and their leader is the “best” amongst them with billions his best “friends” cannot match. This is our variety of “democracy.” It guarantees to bring to the top the best of moral filth in each of our specialized societies of tribals, Punjabis, Sindhis or Muhajirs. Exceptions will not survive in this political gutter of our own “voluntary” creation.

A few experiments in which some respectable and sincere persons came to the top (Junejo, Meraj Khald) were unsuccessful. The culprits did away with them with no waste of time. Our system ensures that no leader of any merit will ever succeed in leading the country through the electoral process our legislators have chosen for Pakistan. The results are before us. Every time our political leaders re-take power, the country goes back in to another dark episode of sheer non-governance and corruption. Compared to the Musharraf era, our crime figures increased by about 500 percent after his departure. Why blame the criminals. They are only faithfully following their leaders.

I noticed somewhere in these discussions a pathetic plea to Allah to send us an Omar or at least an Attaturk. Sorry gentlemen, that is not going to happen. Why? By our present system our leaders, by character, are nourished and emerge from Pakistan’s moral filth gutters. Omar will not emerge from there. We need to bear in mind that the fate of a nation will change only if the people so will. Our people vote and re-vote for the gutter people. So things will never change. Non-gutter leaders who have emerged so far include Ayub Khan and Musharraf. The nation rejects both. So, preliminary experiments with finding less tainted leaders does not find any favour with us. So Allah will leave us to stew in our own dirty soup, which is our own dear wish. DEMOCRACY ZINDABAD!

When we just sit down in our air conditioned drawing rooms with a hot cup of coffee SERVED to us ,then it is often very easy to criticise the SYSTEM.
I have few very simple questions :
1- We keep blaming that SHADY people keep returning. Well what is the problem ? Dont let them get elected .Get the civil society Organised, unit by unit , HALQA by HALQA . Put up honest indipendent candidates, campaign vigorously . Did we do it ? If not , then why whine ? Yes it may be difficult but not impossible.

2- Have we all filled the forms of membership of one party or the other ? Do we regularly pay our monthly subscriptions ? And ask for its accounts ? Have we forgotton the examples and conduct of Quaid in this regards ? If we let the leaders of a party to make all the INVESTMENTS in the party, then why he will not run the party as a Private limited co. ? How and why would he allow you or me to open our tongue ? Why would he need my opinion, how to spend HIS money ? How can we claim a right in a party without having a stake in it ?

3- Democracy is bad, Democracy is unsuitable for us , Democracy this and democracy that. It is the democratic right of the people to criticise EVEN the Democracy itself. I will stand by the people who criticise the system of democracy if only they give a practical better alternative to this system…………… OR HOLD THEIR PEACE FOR EVER.

Syed Haroon Wasti

Mr.Wasti has twisted the issue altogether to confuse the point. He insists that since the crooks have spent their OWN money, so they have a God-given right to buggar up the country. So what we should do is to stop drinking coffee and go out and spend our own money and topple them. Simple as that.
OK. If this reasoning is valid, then why rant like idiots against military rulers? They use the force of the army navy and air force and rule the country. All we have to do to get rid of them is to get up our own army, navy and air force bigger than what Pakistan has, fight and defeat the Generals’ forces and kick him out! That is the simple answer to a simple question.
No sir, these robbers we are faced with have resources even bigger than those of whole country. Their purses and stomachs are bulging with the country’s money. IT IS NOT THEIR MONEY. If it is only a fight of who has more money with which to hold the country ransom, we can never escape their strangle hold, never. We will always be the obedient slaves of crooks and slaves of their filthy children after them. The power of money is such that a proportion of our population and our children are already their brain-washed slaves and will remain so till their death.
We are paupers, Sir. No match at all for the Zardaris and Sharifs even if we all band together. That wonderful cup of coffee we are supposed to be lavishly drinking is a luxury beyond our purse. And some of us still manage to live is small quarters where we can have a roof over our heads. And we grovel in the dark because there is no power. We can hardly meet our bill for basic foodstuffs. We do not have palaces all over the world and do not have bank balances all over the globe. We do not fly in private helicopters and do not have 50 luxury bullet proof cars for traveling to our bathrooms. But many of us manage to run 70cc motor bikes whenever we can put a litre of petrol in the tank. And you are jealous even about that! Why are you so upset with our one cup of coffee as if that is our major crime in this impoverished country. And yes, our air-conditioned drawing rooms you hate are very hot in summer. That is because ACs running on cow dung have not yet been invented.

No please I have not justified “LEADERS” running their parties as PLC. I only said that we are putting the burden of our shortcomings on the shoulders of these people. We leave a wide gap and they come in to fill it. Very natural .Why should we the people, the civil society leave this gap ……to go to enjoy the hot coffee. If we can not / are not ready to meet the Sharifs and Zardaris of this world, head on then no problem Sir,…. let us all go to enjoy the hot coffee.
Mujhay fikray jahan kiyoun ho
Jahan taira hay ya maira

Ah what a way to justify the illegal rule of illegitimates SERVANTS.

I have given a very easy and clear solution to all the miseries and whinning in the last line of my earlier letter . If we are not ready to create a solution of our problems, ourselves then :
HOLD YOUR PEACE FOR EVER.
Choice is our and no one is forcing us to do anything…. just anything. It reminds me a punjabi saying written on the back of a Richshaw :
.
AQAL WALIAN NOOW SOOCHAAN EE SOOCHAAN
TAY BAY AQALAAN NOOW MOOJAAN EE MOOJAAN
.
Coffee is served. All welcome please.
SHW

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