Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Understanding Pakistan’s Problems

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Understanding Pakistan's Problems

Riaz Ali Toori


Mon, Apr 13, 2009


Presently Pakistan is passing through a series of chronic and painful problems include political, socioeconomic, energy crises, security, uncertainty in Balochistan, day to day suicide bombing, foreign Drones attacks and worst situation of law and order in FATA and NWFP. These all are brain blasting and heart pinching for all true Pakistanis.

Thanks to President Asif Ali Zardari who with great wisdom solved the issue of judiciary without harming and insulting sitting Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar; a good sign for Pakistan that tragedies of insulting judiciary were not repeated in the history of Pakistan.

However existence of extremists and terrorists at the Pakistani soils is not only dangerous for Pakistan but also posing threat for global peace. Not only Pakistani government but also people at large living in conflicted areas are passing through great trouble. The ongoing sectarian clashes and blood bath in around the country are adding problems to Pakistan. So far innocent people in thousands are being killed and kidnapped in D.I Khan and there is a silent war against a particular sect. In most areas of NWFP the writ of the government is in the hands of local militants. Situation in Kurram Agency because of so called sectarian clashes is getting worst day by day. The area recently had great disaster of sectarian clashes in which thousands of innocent lives have been lost and a great destruction to infrastructure.

President is keen to the rehabilitation of people of FATA but the situation in Parachinar is as it was. Here the families who had received casualties are neither financed nor asked about their loss even. Pakistan Peoples Party nominee for National Assembly from Kurram Agency Parachinar Dr. Riaz Hussein Shah tells that he is facing great embarrassment before the families of all those victims who had been killed with him in PPP's election campaign rally on Feb 17, 2008 when a suicide bomb exploded and more than 70 innocent people killed and near 200 got serious injuries. The responsibility lay on the shoulders of Chairman and General Secretary of PPP that they should ask their party martyrs, their orphans in order to heal their wounds.

They all were together there for the cause of democracy and for the victory of their party and gave their lives. President is appealed that he should ask the families of Parachinar's PPP martyrs and sanction funds for their rehabilitation. People of Parachinar either students in different universities and colleges or employees in different governmental and non governmental departments throughout the country; unfortunately have not seen their families from last two years due to the blockade of main Peshawar to Parachinar road by inhuman Tlibans. The road is blockade for the people of Parachinar from last two years and the people in emergency are reaching Parachinar through very dangerous route from Afghanistan.

The people in Parachinar are totally disconnected from rest of the country both through media and roads. Hospitals are lacking medicine and daily using food stuff is touching sky in prices. People there are passing through the bitter days of starvation and fasting.. I am hurt while listening that number of children die there due to lack of primarily used medicine.

Opening of road on urgent bases is impossible due to security problems but the government must sanction the PIA trips on weekly bases to Parachinar as had done by Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto when she was the prime minister of Parachinar. Not sanctioning PIA flights to Parachinar is not only the insult of Benazir Bhuto's wish for the people of Parachinar as well insult of there people whose patient children and women are traveling through dangerous way of Afghanistan.

Today Pakistan is surrounded by a number of socio-economic political and security problems which have engendered into a great national disaster. Presently as the Government is responsible to exert all efforts in positive directions for the survival of country the same responsibility comes to opposition. Opposition instead of to play their politics on the issues should look into the security and multi problems of the country.

Government did well by applying Justice System conditionally in Swat on the desire of masses living there. It will help bringing peace there but government must not ignore the reality how can all those elements work for justice who have tortured, killed, kidnapped and displaced the people of Swat.

We must not provide safe heavens to all those who are militants of warfare and involved in inhuman activities. Guilty must be punished according the true teachings of Islam and Pakistani law. Those who are involved in the weakening of country and are contributing to terrorism must not be dealt with soft hands. Islam does not forbid anyone for bloodbath.

In Islam the killing of one human equals the killing of whole humanity. Peace is highly valued by Allah and His Prophet (p.b.u.h). Government must keep in view the consequences; country will receive after years because of this ongoing unrest going around the country. ANP's deviation from its motive as the people of NWFP are observing can take it away from political harmony which they had been received in election both at national as well as provincial.

Without long and strategic of political, economical, traditional, social bases bringing peace to FATA and Swat is impossible. Mr. President Asif Ali Zardari has said well that there are great faults with our system at grass root level without their eruption from roots peace, economical and political stability in Pakistan is a dream. In his first speech as Chairman PPP he has claimed this system responsible for the assassination of his party leader and promised that he would avenge the death of his leader by brining changes to the system.

I would like to say that it is very high time for president brought all those changes for which he has desired. Why all political parties of Pakistan especially PML-N can't come at one table both in centre and in Punjab for the well being of country and people? Government has to take some serious decision for the elimination of terrorism and extremism and without national integrity these everything is impossible.

Today the most of the areas of NWFP and FATA as a whole are out of the writ of the government which is alarming. Control over own people by force is not a control in real senses. One can't rule over an area through force unless we accept their will and respect their wishes in the circle of humanity and country's laws. Ad hoc approaches toward the solutions of problems spoil the issues even more.

Toward FATA and NWFP's solution we need a compact set of applications and it is need of hour to apply over there all possible solutions. People living there are fed up of ongoing clashes, killing, kidnapping, devastation and bombardments. They are going toward a great tribal war which will push the country great troubles and can hence become cause of disintegration (God forbid). Alone Zardari and ruling government can't enable Pakistan to get rid of all these problems till all political parties do not help the government above vested and political interests.

By:    Riaz Ali Toori
SOURCE: http://www.pak-times.com/2009/04/13/understanding-pakistan-problems/





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