May 16, 2011 - Saudi consulate    8 Comments

Is it the same Pakistan I grew up in?

Is it just me or are there others who are facing the same dilemma as I do? Am I living in the same Pakistan that I have always lived in or is it some other country?
Now don’t get me wrong, it is the same country where rapists are released by the superior courts, where an enormous number of children are still out of school, electricity, rather lack of it, continues to wreak havoc with our lives and livelihoods and Aapa Firdous is still rocking the corridors of Islamabad (I am such a fangirl, I had to make a reference to her highness) but something is different. A couple of incidents that happened in past week changed things how they have been since forever. I saw things that I never thought I would see in my lifetime.
The first one is of course the appearance of DG ISI in front of the parliament for the in camera session where he actually took responsibility for leaking information, god-awful intelligence gathering, general bad performance and offered to resign. Resign!!! A serving general, no less than a DG ISI, appearing before that parliament (read them bloody civvies) and offered to resign!!! Who would’ve thought we would see a day when it would happen and it did. Granted the circumstances were extenuating, but still, that fact that it actually happened is kinda unbelievable.
Apart from Pak fauj, the other holy cow in Pakistan is Saudi Arabia. So what if they have been funding outfits involved in gross acts of terrorism in Pakistan? Who cares if they treat most of Pakistan like their personal fiefdoms and come here to hunt under age brides and Hobara Bustards and support the rent seeking elite? They are Khadim-e-harmain shareefain – a title that House of Saud bestowed upon themselves to seek legitimacy for all their wrong doings – and get away with anything! In past one week, the Saudi consulate has been attacked twice and a security officer of the Saudi consulate has been shot dead earlier today and no religious party took to streets blaming it all on Amreeka! I mean seriously!

Are things finally changing or is this yet another mirage?


And who would’ve thought they would see placards denouncing the corps commanders and likens them with jackals!
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  • I really appreciate this post, and wanna share with you a poem I came across this morning:

    The Kakul Syndrome

    By Habib Sulemani

    (for the silent revolution in Pakistan)

    God Almighty! Generals fake
    They’ve put country at stake
    Generals mean personal gain
    The armed forces’re in pain!

    Generals’re bloody fool
    Take a bath an’ be cool!

    Military men’re public servants
    Not masters from the heavens!
    But they’re arrogant an’ cruel
    Don’t care for common people

    Generals’re bloody fool
    Take a bath an’ be cool!

    You own huge firms an’ agriland
    Turning country into terrorland!
    No-one among you bothers at all
    Where the terrified people stand!

    Suffering from the Kakul Syndrome
    You’re always out—even if at home
    By providing terrorists sanctuary
    You’ve failed to protect country

    Still you behave like intellectuals
    Not men behind petty squabbles!
    You’ve lost every single battle
    Yet foolishly believe: you rattle!

    Generals’re bloody fool
    Take a bath an’ be cool!

    After failure on geographical borders
    You champion ideological frontiers
    It’s easy to fight on ambiguous front
    Cos you like a lavish bedroom stint!

    Using a pawn religious leader
    Or an ISI-paid TV anchor
    You can make storm in teacup
    Change system—down to up!

    The generals’ve taken refuge
    In ideological war an’ abuse!
    Don’t try to fool world anymore!
    Don’t you see outside an uproar?

    Generals’re bloody fool
    Take a bath an’ be cool!

    See the writing on the wall
    Only you’re sick not we all
    The military is vanguard
    Of a scary fanatic world!
    The nation wants to know your aim
    You’ve multiplied the double game!

    You’re soldiers or businessmen?
    Playing tricks on the politician!
    You didn’t defend country borders
    With broken oath, you’re traitors!

    There is no escape from the law
    Dug earth with your filthy paw!
    You can’t deceive the tax payers
    God has heard people’s prayers!

    You’ve lied to the nation
    Not once, again an’ again
    You’ve neither mind nor a soul
    An’ you’re always playing foul!

    Generals’re bloody fool
    Take a bath an’ be cool!

    It’s time to take a dose of wisdom!
    Stop violation of our basic freedom
    Respect democracy at home
    Or face the doom an’ gloom!

    NOTE: Anyone, especially websites, newspapers and magazines, can use this spontaneous poem to spread awareness among the people. © Habib R. Sulemani

  • lets hope the trend gains momentum instead of being one-off thing

  • As long as seeds are sown, plantations will grow. We need to make harder and more collective efforts to make realization come across the right places.

    The thing is that, with Osama’s incident, the nation went into shock, but gradually things appear clearer to everyone. That general confusion is kind of fading.
    If this shock snaps us out of the perplexic dream, then I’m glad Abbotabad’s border were crossed, and I am glad Pakistan gov and military act the way they do… atleast my nation wakes up!

  • So I stumbled here from Hamza’s, and I think your blog is AWESOME.

    There, that’s my opinion.

    I never really knew much about Pakistan, but this is really interesting.

    Keep writing.

  • hmm things might appear to be changed or perhaps they have changed but the kind of experience we have make us confused every time with “what that would mean”.
    DG ISI appeared in parliament is a big news but the question is that if PM (bloody civilian PM) going to ask for resignation of some “great one” like DG ISI. and as far as changing things are concerned life has only one thing constant and that is change sooner or later things will change for good it is possible that the time for a change has come.

  • may you live in interesting times (an old chinese curse)

  • So true. 🙁
    We used to go to Pakistan every 6 months, and now I haven’t gone in 4 years. 🙁
    I hate how violence ruins everything.
    I’ve had the best memories of my life there!

  • Great post, subscribed your blog in Google Reader. Keep up the good work.

    Btw all of this apparent change is due to the media (yes the media is not doing its role properly, but still they have made a change)

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