Democracy And Pakistan
Posted 22 January 2010 16:49 GMT
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“Is Pakistan ready for democracy?” asks Bilal Qureshi at Pak Tea House.
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The game is not over. Pandora Box is wide open to divert the attention of the nation towards issues of much less importance. We are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Nascent democracy will not be able to survive in the presence of a strong establishment.
We took a step towards democracy after a long dark era of dictatorship. During the era of dictators, politicians are the worst sufferers at the hands of the establishment. Just recall the incarceration experienced by Asif Ali Zardari and a few years back by Javed Hashmi, and even Prime Minister Gilani. It is wrong to expect from politicians to deliver overnight after years of mental torture.
Now that the military dictatorship is over, the political parties should work in perfect harmony and should support each other. Otherwise the game of derailing the system will be played once again. The establishment is keen and looking at its quarry cautiously. Now if the PML-N would continue pushing democracy against the wall, it would not bode well to democracy. It is easy to past a label of democratic party, but it is quite difficult to be pure democratic. PML-N must revisit its attitude.
I appreciate your optimism but democracy in Pakistan will have hard time functioning or establishing solid root system. The Islamic world is not known as a fertile ground for democracy. However, I hope things do change for the good of the country and its people. For the time being I remain pessimistic.
Typically speaking, Islamic countries have hard time balancing religion and politics. They can not separate Islam from the government. Islam is government and the government is Islam, leaving no room for democratic agendas to take hold. There is no middle ground where the seeds of democracy could be planted. Everything centers on the ideology of “submission” in Muslim’s daily life. Faithful are called to submit to the will of Allah and the whole nation is called to submit to the will of the dictator. The adoption of submission ideals lead one to self-defeating consequences.
That’s how the daily business is conducted in the Islamic world, a good person is the one who submits to the will of the wealthy and the powerful. In a nutshell this is the brainwashed mindset of all Muslims, which is handed down from generation to generation. There is no getting away from it, if you separate religion from politics you are a Kafir and worthy of assassination. If you demand changes you are worthy of assassination also. Either way Under Islamic rule you are living under constant fear of your life. The Muslims can not and will not abandon the submission to Allah, or just the same, they can not and will not allow power without the submission of others to them. Islam has always functioned under the absolute power of one man over many without equal representation.