Political society

A new narrative can bring about changes in society

In the areas of education, employment, health, women empowerment, trade, development and international reputation, etc., Pakistan has slipped to the lowest ranks. Unprecedented inflation, flagrant corruption and an unstable political situation have led to social unrest and people are even talking about the possibility of a civil war in Pakistan.

Kashmiris should take Pakistan’s pathetic political, economic and security situation seriously. For a very long time, people with beneficial Pakistani connections and vested interests have painted a false narrative of Azaadi’s sun rising from the Pakistani side. This false narrative has resulted in huge loss of life over three decades. While Pakistan is failing on all counts, the time has come for Kashmiris to cut the moorings of the false dreams woven by Pakistani intriguers and embark on the path of peace. We must understand that Pakistan can only give us blood and tears.

Pakistan is clearly heading for an implosion. These days the people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) are raging on the roads against government apathy and abject neglect. Their so-called Prime Minister wept during an official speech citing the desperate situation and the complete disregard of the POK by the federal government. In terms of prosperity, health, employment, development, business opportunities, civic amenities, etc., the POK lags behind. Recently, in a significant gesture, the people of the POK protested against the Pakistani government in front of UN troops. They even express the desire to merge with Jammu and Kashmir. If Pakistan cannot take care of the Kashmir it occupies, it would be naive to believe in the noble promises it makes to us. Last month, Kashmiri students were brutally attacked at Qaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. A large number of Kashmiris are forcibly settled in Sindh. The Gilgit-Baltistan is on sale in China. Television interviews of Pakistanis tell us that it is not the Kashmiri people that Pakistan wants to embrace, but their ulterior motive is to seize the natural resources, especially the rivers of Jammu and Kashmir. Why rivers? This is because Pakistan ranks 14th out of 17 “extremely high water risk” countries in the world and more than 80% of the country’s population is facing “a severe water crisis, the economic situation is so pathetic that the country approached an IMF bailout for the twentieth time. The strict preconditions of the IMF led to an excessive increase in the prices of basic commodities, notably fuel and cooking oil. Foreign exchange reserves are barely sufficient for essential imports for two months. People were advised to drink less tea to reduce import bills. The public is fed up with unprecedented inflation and corruption. According to reports, half of Pakistan could not sacrifice goats during Eid this time around due to the exorbitant prices. The political situation is as always wobbly. The ousted prime minister is determined to regain power from the “imported hukumat” which, in turn, is ruled by proxy from England by a former prime minister accused of corruption.
The security situation deteriorated after the victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan, prematurely celebrated by Pakistan. The Taliban asserted themselves on the Durand Line and the reunification of Pashtun lands on both sides of the line began to gain momentum. The TTP also grew bolder and began to nosebleed the Pakistani military. The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) also became particularly active and violent. Recently, he abducted and killed a Pakistani army officer.
In the areas of education, employment, health, women empowerment, trade, development and international reputation, etc., Pakistan has slipped to the lowest ranks. Unprecedented inflation, flagrant corruption and an unstable political situation have led to social unrest and people are even talking about the possibility of a civil war in Pakistan.
Despite being in such a quagmire, the ISI and the Pakistani military continue to send terrorists to Kashmir. They do this to stay relevant to citizens and divert their attention from the utter failure of government in every way. Decreasing support for terrorism in Kashmir has forced the ISI and the Pakistani military to use new and evil ideas to disturb the peace. They are now brainwashing young Kashmiri boys to kill other Kashmiri. There is also an increase in the number of attacks on police personnel. In the end, the Kashmiris get killed.
Akhir kabtak hum Pakistan ko Kashmir mein khoon bahanedenge? Our silence is our greatest flaw. The perpetrators of terrorism take advantage of our silence and the fault lines of caste, social status and region of society. We can expect nothing from our opportunistic politicians who do not condemn terrorism…..or separatists who have their assets and families abroad…..or cyber-warriors who spread the venom of hate….. or weak and frightened intelligentsia. We ordinary people will have to raise our voices against the violence and terrorism sponsored by Pakistan. Even symbolic steps like candlelight vigils and peaceful marches have the power to change things. The traditional attitude of leaving everything to the administration will be reckless. Society must play its part. Student associations, unions, market associations, clubs and civic groups…everyone should condemn the violence. Above all, as parents, we need to talk about peace and positivity in homes.