The Floods that wouldn’t stop!

We have yet to see the end of the recent floodings that have hit Pakistan quite unexpectedly. Described as one of the worst disasters that the world has ever seen, worst than the Tsunami, worst than the Haiti Earthquake.

Two weeks in to the disaster and already 3 million people have been effected and more rains are expected soon, which could just mean more hardships for the people. The floods and the rains was more than anyone could have imagined, and was is one of the major reasons why the relief efforts could not be as quick as was the need of the hour.

The flood is of a massive scale, and tackling with it also requires a massive scale effort, and the institutions and organizations are just not in place to make that possible.

The media is all over the place. they have been having a heyday with this disaster, where they can play their blame games, and have Opposition Leaders over that could discredit the Government. More so, the emphasis on the role of the Great Armed Forces and the way our “Jawans” rose for the occasion is almost delirious.

The Pakistan Army being called to assist in the Flood Relief Efforts

All of a sudden this emphasis on the army is very disturbing, and suspicious at the same moment. the recent fiasco of the President going for his European Tour and the ISI Cheif cancelling his own tour has already igniated a wave of suspicion and the words “Martial Law” are being brought up in every Drawing Room conversation. These words are a very dangerouse thing, especially for a country for whom “Democracy” (no more how faulted) is a rare concept.

The Government efforts are being completly dismissed and ignored, while the Army remains the main focus of our media. I mean wouldn’t it be wiser to consider that it is the Government that calls the army? And the army works on our tax money, just like the Government and the people sitting in the Parliment does. So why is it that the Army is better than our Government?

Are we to expect that the latest propoganda about the army and its efforts and it rescue’s is all part of a preplanned intervention that would be forced upon us? Or is it just another way to discredit the Democratic Government? Should we expect a change of faces?

The army is more or less has have had a say in what happens in this country,

Another blast rips the country

Every blast sends new waves of fears through out the country, and makes you reassess the entire political system of this country. Yesterdays blast at the Mosque at Parade lane in Rawalpindi were thus not an exception to this fact.. or at least that is true for me.

The day before yesterday, after many heated arguments I decided to change my stance towards the army. I thought that I would from today onwards limit my hatred towards the Generals and the majors only, and not towards the many soldiers that have lost their lives, either fighting in Swat or Waziristan, or for that matter even during performing their duties at the many residential quaters that they have so lovingly built for themselves and their families with our tax money. After all not everyone in the army is the like of  Zia’s and Ayub’s and Yahya’s and the Musharraf’s. I thought I would change my perspective, but then the blast happened yesterday and did it make my blood boil.

First, it boiled when I heard the news about the blast, then it boiled when I saw the nightly agonizing show of Kamran Khan.. a paid ISI man. He and to be fair, many of the other anchors on many of the other shows clearly highlighted the fact that the bombing of this mosque marks the darkest day in the Pakistani history.

Army cordons off the area after the bomb blast

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Lets close our eyes for our Army

Mubashir Lucman

That definitely has been a national policy for every person in this land of the Pure. It is an approach taken by every politician, citizen, and especially the media. I mean God forbid if someone can ever find a fault with the Army and especially when the army is in the government.

It is as though the army is the all almighty that can never be wrong or make a mistake, and that became pretty obvious in the media in the last few days. It seemed that everything that is happening in this country is the fault of the President of Pakistan, Asif Zardari. Now I am not at all a supporter of PPP or the President, but it seems as though he is being blamed for even the death of a stray dog. It is as though there is a mental block towards the acceptance of a democratic government.

Yesterday in his show, Mubashir Lucman showed a video of a convoy going on the streets of Islamabad, and although he didnt know who was in the convey the point however of showing that clip was simply to inform the naive people of Pakistan how this government is misusing its authority.

I think that he simply has forgotten about the 2-3 hour-long traffic jams and blocking of the streets that used to happen when the ex-president Musharraf used to come to the city, let that be any city and how the petrol pumps used to be closed fro hours. No Sire the army should never be blamed! It is one of the commandments after all of being a reporter in Pakistan, isn’t it?

And then there is one more anchor who it seems have taken an oath to always take side of the army. And that is none other than Kamran Khan of Geo, who so clearly mentioned that “the establishment, by which every one knows means the army, is not so happy with the President.”

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