Memogate – its importance to Pakistan

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As the news of Osama Bin Laden‘s execution in Abottabad got out Pakistan Administration looked like a helpless state in the grip of its anti-terror partner. Its ambassador to the US was shortly fired for submitting a memo to the Pentagon requesting the US military establishment to save Zardari. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered an enquiry into what is popularly known as “Memogate“. Why is this so important for Pakistan amidst other burning problems?

Pakistan Army‘s romance with the US military complex goes back to the Cold War era Great Game in South Asia between Soviet-India and US-Pakistan camps. Soviet invasion of Afghanistan provided a decade of militray assistance and intelligence co-operation between them. Ordinary people felt that the real decision makers of their country were sitting thousands of miles away from Islamabad. Military dictators from Ayub Khan to Parvez Musharraf showed an unusual side of the world’s oldest Republican Democracy. On the one hand, US advocated democracy to Afghanistan but on the other hand strengthened the military regime of strongman Musharraf.

US support for dictators confirmed suspicions that Pakistan leadership had sold out to the US in exchange for power and profit. Treason, is another word to describe it. Politicians and leaders hardly place national interest before their individual gains. To realize their political ambitions they sell their country to outsiders. They get on the bandwagon of ‘jamhuriat’ as the common political ground for friendship with the US. Jumhuriat is conveniently silenced when the need shifts for a strongman.

Memogate, if it proves to be from the highest office, will only re-confirm the fact that, the country’s steering wheels are not in Islambad. The theoretical migration of power from Islamabad would be due to decades of treachery by a handful of traitors. Nawab Sirajuddawlah was betrayed by Mir Jafar ushering 200 years of British Raj. . Memogate might be the proof of another Mir Jafar style colonial surrender.

I am Felani’s brother

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Felani, 15 years old Bangladeshi girl. On Friday, 7th January, 2011 at 6am she and her father were climbing the barbed wire boundary between Bangladesh and India border (exact location: International Border No. 947, between 3 and 4 s pillar of Anantapur, Fulbari) using a ladder. Her father, Nuru Mia crossed first. But Felani’s clothes got entangled in the wire. She got scared and started screaming. Hearing her scream, BSF members started shooting at her, at 6.15 am. She was asking for water till her death, about 30 minutes after shooting, but nobody responded being afraid of BSF’s bullets. According to International human rights group Human Rights Watch, in the year 2010 BSF killed 74 Bangladeshis, injured 72 and kidnapped 43 Bangladeshis. Felani cries out from her grave, ‘Are all my brothers dead? My death will haunt you until you imagine your own daughter hanging dead by the barbed wire in my place”. Felani is sister to all those men who are bold enough to protect their women and children. We did not forget Felani. Her brothers are alive and they are not cowards. We will speak out against spilling of innocent blood anywhere, regardless of race or religion. Felani was just a little girl coming home with her father. How many more little girls should we sacrifice?

Syrian Revolution and the Butcher’s allies

Media says between 5,000 to 20,000 dead and many more wounded. Unofficially the butcher of Syria is drunk from the blood of his citizens to the tune of 25,000 dead. He inherited a Presidential monarchy after his father’s (another butcher) death, therefore he has no obligation to his people. He sees Syrian protests as obstacles to his rightful ownership of his hereditary land. Saddam, Ghaddafi, Mubarak, Ben Ali, and Saleh ruled like that and Assad wants to follow the glorious tradition of his forefathers. So he kills and keeps on killing his own people mercilessly. Egypt has made it clear that there is nothing to stop the rise of the Brotherhood as the future state actor. Syria would be faced with similar a situation post Assad. Lebanon’s Hezbollah and other Islamist parties will be further emboldened to steer Lebanon away from secularism to Islamism.

The sheikhs of the peninsula have splendidly managed to uneducate an entire generation, turning them into the proverbial “camel jockeys” busy with nomadic traditions and debauchery. Liberating Syrians is not the real concern for Arab League.

Sheikhs fear the loss of another ruthless dictator brother because it might wake up their population to demand liberty from their royal highnesses. Gulf and al-Shaam based muslims could end up forming a new identity as liberated muslims of Arab world, above being Kuwaiti, Saudi, Emirati, Masri etc. Without a racial separation and artificial boundaries there will be no need for a sheikh or a sheikhdom. Arab sheikhs cared little for Muslims in Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan, and nothing has changed in their attitude in the Syrian genocide. They are simply trying to secure their royal arses. Syria under a dictator is good for Israel because only a dictator can murder his compatriots to please his foreign supporters. This is what Israel wants the most from the Arab world. Keep Arabs divided, ruled by thugs and murderers turning Arab lands into police states. Israel is the last country on Earth to support democracy in the Arab world, let alone an Islamic state, in order to protect itself. If I were an Israeli diplomat I would be ringing the diplomatic circles in the UN and other platforms to raise support for continuation of Syrian dictatorship under the Butcher.

But if I were a Syrian, I would tell the supporters of tyrants what the Holy Quran says: And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of Allah, and for those weak, ill-treated and oppressed among men, women, and children, whose cry is:

“Our Lord! Rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from You one who will protect, and raise for us from You one who will help.” (TMQ 4:75)

And incline not toward those who do wrong, lest the Fire should touch you, and you have no protectors other than Allah, nor you would then be helped. (TMQ 11:113)

Egypt in chaos after elections, Syria bending

We thought Mubarak’s departure was the end. They proved everybody wrong. BBC and CNN had reported that Tahrir Square demonstrations were about democracy, they beamed youths who spoke in those terms also. Now, after the fall of firaun, something has sparked the revolutionaries to come back to Tahrir Square. Democratic elections show Egyptians want Muslim Brotherhood and Al Nour with 70% votes can change the constitution should the need arise. It also indicates that Egyptians will vote in favor of Islamists in any referendum. Theoretically, Islamic Egypt can scrap the peace treaty with Israel. It is bad news for Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. They will face pressure from their citizens to act decisively on Golan, Jerusalem, West Bank and River Jordan. There may be more than one power involved behind recent Tahrir Square demos. The rising Islamic wave is perhaps the single most important reason for the Arab League countries to convince “Butcher al-Assad” to stop his bloody madness. He is bending but not enough.