Politics is a craft practiced by the crafty. What we are practicing
today under the garb of democracy in this land of the pure
(Pakistan) is nothing but deception. Our politicians with their
dissembling appearance and incoherent utterances are preaching
democracy in a country where falsehood, hypocrisy, tyranny and
injustice reign supreme pushing the truth, honesty and fairplay to
the background. They are artful enough to make the naïve masses
believe that they are the actual deliverer from the miseries under
which the public is groaning.
When I say politics is a craft practiced by the crafty, it reminds
me of an old fable where a father and his son who were new entrants
in politics and were suffering from fits of politico, divulge their
inner side and betray their true character through a dialogue. The
father says to his son: Look my son! We are politicians and should
behave like a politician. The son asks his father staring at him in
a bit bewilderment. Father! Is there any thing special with
political behaviour? The father says with a lot of swagger in his
tone: Yes my son! We have to practice deception with exquisite
ingenuity as politics is a craft and a politician needs to be
crafty. Elucidating his views further he says: A politician must
know how to win by craft and deception what he cannot gain by force.
This fable, perhaps, fits well in today’s political scenario.
The mock battle going on between the ruling elite and the friendly
opposition for the last four years has turned into a war of
attrition. Both the sides seem to have dug in their heels deep and
have intensified their efforts to subdue each other with their
jingoes from both sides having taken over the command. Emotions are
running wild and sanity has taken a back seat.
Sensing his political isolation, PML (N) top leadership, who was
adamant not to compromise on principles and not inclined to
entertain any member of PML (Q) as well as PML (Q) like-minded, has
softened his rigid stance and has decided to receive them with open
arms except those who declined to atone for their past slips and
refused to work under the tutelage of Nawaz Sharif. Those who were
considered as remnants of Musharraf till very recently, and
therefore, not even worth to talk to, have suddenly become Nawaz
Sharif’s darlings. Politics of revenge has become his Achilles
heels, thereby accentuating his personal vendetta against Musharraf.
Sense and sensibility is perhaps, a rare commodity with PML (N)
On the other hand, the ruling elite have kept all the options open.
But the sad part of the story is that after reaching the corridors
of power with the enticing slogan of Roti, Kaprha ore Makaan, they
have literally snatched away all the three, thereby exposing their
true faces. Zardari knows the art of playing the cards well and with
the help of his coalition partners, is actively engaged in efforts
to counter the centrifugal forces. Gilani has no independent
existence and is dancing to Zardari’s tune to amuse the party
PTI, as an emerging third political force with its so-called tsunami
is a hotchpotch of renegades. Imran Khan talks of revolution but he
fails to appreciate that revolution cannot be brought by assembling
split personalities together. He never gets tired of talking against
NRO, and if seen in the broader context, he is right also. But what
he very conveniently glosses over is his own unwritten NRO with MQM.
Ever since he has embarked upon the mass mobilization campaign, he
has thought it prudent to keep his lips tight vis-à-vis MQM
leadership against whom he was very vocal hardly a year ago. Who can
forget his impetuous move against Altaf Bhai when he rushed to
London to register cases against him? Now he seems to have buried
the hatchet with his sworn enemy. A clandestine and unwritten NRO!
Moulana Fazl ur Rehman, a shrewd politician with ample flexibility,
knows how to milk the cow. He has done his specialization in pulse
feeling. His political history tells that he has never been a loser.
MQM is primarily a king maker party. The top party leadership has
done his PhD in political gimmick. It does not believe in sitting in
the opposition benches. It feels comfortable in supporting the party
that comes to power. At the same time, it makes its importance felt
whenever required through minatory expressions and strike calls.
ANP is lost in a dream world and has still not been able to come out
of it. For the first time in the history of Pakistan, it has reached
the corridors of power. It believes in the famous saying attributed
to the Mughal Emperor Babar: “Babar ba aish Kosh k aalam dobaara
The Chaudhries of Gujrat are masters in operating from behind the
screen. They believe in having the cards up their sleeves and never
put them on the table until they are sure they would win.
To sum up: The most unfortunate part of our political history is the
lack of understanding that politics is not a zero-sum game when
taken in the national context. A true, genuine and honest political
leader must rise above petty personal gains and keep the supreme
national interest on top as the existence and image of the country
takes precedence over everything else. --
Col (r) Ikram Ullah Khan, Abbottabad 08 May 2012.
the great contribution of the writer regarding the prevailing
situation of the Pakistan's political parties and their deceptive
appearances. But the one and the most kernel issue which has been
leftover by the writer i.e. regarding the creditability of
contributions by the Khakis. They are grimly involved while making,
breaking, shaping and fabrication of the political parties of this
land. Therefore, little tincture on this behalf was required, if so,
then we expect that you must give tingeing as on "Khaki in the
politics of the land of Pure. --
Ashrafuddin (Barenis), Presently Peshawar, 11 May 2011
I would like to
appreciate the analytical comments of Colonel Sahib in the context
of political scenario prevailing in the country. I fully agree to
the critical opinion of the writer. Unfortunately, none of our
political leaders has a neat and clean track record. Please let me
allow to add some words:
1. ANP has encashed the nationalist slogan of pakhtonistan and
gained the everlasting terrorism in K.P. The illusion of US dollars
has faded the vision of its leaders. Obviously, the generation of
Pakhtun will reap what has been sown by the predecessors.
2. The PPP leadership has not left anything for the coming
generation. The current regime of Mr. Zardari is determined to suck
even the last drop of nation's blood. The whole team of the federal
cabinet is involved in high profile corruption.
3. The ML(N) is enjoying both ruling in Punjab as well as the
opposition in central government. However, governance is
comparatively better in the context of development in Punjab.
3. PTI leadership has not yet seen the charm of lucrative ministries
of the government. Therefore, in the event of his success in general
elections, it cannot be predicted as to how Mr. Khan will drive the
coach having passengers of different destinations.
4. The comments already given by the writer about MQM are
5. There is amazing similarity between ML(Q) and MQM in the context
of bargaining in politics.--
Sultan Wali Khan, Lahore 11May 2012
I would like to
offer a few comments on the write up by Col (R) Ikramullah khan and
comments by Mr .Ashraf uddin .
In my humble opinion politics in this land of the pure is everything
but not “Pure”. The topic reminds me two lines from Qasida of Mirza
Ghalib ,who says ,hen kwakib kuch nazar aate hen kuch ……dete hen
dhoka ye bazigar khulaa . The stars twinkling in the skies are
actually not what they show to be. Just like jugglers these are
deceiving the masses. This is what we witness on the chessboard of
politics in our country.
I fully endorse
the views expressed by the learned writer on the mainstream
political parties except for one. In my view MQM is neither a
political party nor a king maker. It is a terrorist group serving
the interests of a few war lords. As far as "khakis" are concerned,
I fully support the views of Mr Ashrafuddin. The role of late Gen
Zia ul Haq and Gen Musharraf in the dirty pond of politics in the
country can't be defended by any patriotic Pakistani .
I do salute Col(r) Ikramullah Khan for his thought provoking write
up. -- Dr Inayatullah Faizi, Chitral 18 May