The sense; common

I haven’t posted anything for quite a while.
The reasons are numerous. I won’t go into them.

The winter has arrived with a touch of extra excitement in our country. At the political front, social front, even economic front… but before we go into details, let’s remind ourselves of the true “perspective” of things for a while.

The adrenaline is definitely rushing in our nation’s veins these days and some might feel the history is being made here… the truth is, we just don’t know much to make any statement, or take any side.

We know for a fact that not having any civil rights is not a good idea. Freedom, basic fundamental rights… we would feel disturbed if we don’t have them… and rightly so.

To some extent we also know what circumstances led to this eventuality. Media playing live coverage of suicide bombings… corrupt politicians playing their agenda and cards one after the other… won’t they take some blame for what’s happening today?

Do we really know if judiciary was actually fighting for the nation’s rights, or was there a more narrow agenda involved there too… a personal vengeance at the cost of national interests? maybe… maybe not.

We also don’t know what choices the government had at hand? Was emergency better of the many evils? Or were there many better options that they simply ignored? In other words, was it a last resort to maintain order, or a convenient lifeline option to maintain power?

As I said, there’s quite a lot that we just don’t know.

What we do know, nonetheless, is that we have been there, done that, over and over again.

In 60 years of Pakistan’s history there have been around 30 under pure military rule.
In 60 years we hardly had 10 with free and independent media. Even less with free and independent judiciary.
Militancy is nothing new to us as well. We knew Taliban long before the world heard the word for the first time.
We have had our share of corrupt politicians right from the word go. We probably had more than our share.

Tragic as it is, the above is our history. We are in it together.

No matter what side we take today, no matter what story we believe in, we must take a moment to remember our history and learn from it.

We must also remember that there are certain elements in all circles; government, opposition parties, lawyers, media, students… everywhere, who are honest to their job and believe in what they are doing. At the same time there are certain elements in all these circles who are running a personal agenda, playing their cards one after the other, leading the country to hell.

No matter which side we are on, we need to ensure we are with the right people within that group. At the end of the day most of us have the same goals to achieve. Let hope we all get there together!!!

13 Comments so far

  1. Ramla A. (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

    Thank you for this balanced point-of-view.

  2. Fauzan (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

    A balance and fresh perspective Faraz. Great post!

  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 9:58 pm

    I agree with you 110%.
    And, yeah, Welcome back dude!

  4. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 1:23 pm
  5. faisal (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

    You made it to CNN boy…they quoted you in the 8 o’ clock news…

  6. Faraz (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 8:37 pm

    who me?… what did they say…:)

  7. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

    congrats FAF :) (y)

  8. V (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 1:38 am

    Yeah, Faisal is right. By the way, they only mentioned your first name but I knew they were your words.

  9. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

    oh wow congrats faraz, search CNN site for any links :-)

  10. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

    Wow! can someone show us the link, or stream, or a video, or coffee, anything :P

  11. Faisal (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

    Umm…not too sure abt any links…they quoted it in the main headlines, not in a report or anything…but try searching for his name on the CNN website…u never know.

  12. -Farid (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 11:37 pm

    Thanks for the post. Wonderful stuff. Really.

  13. Reality_Check (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

    Wow what a great post. Finally someone with a cool head and in touch with reality.

    A piece of extraordinay writing. Bravo!

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