ENDANGERING THE SUBCONTINENT

After over seven decades of its birth, Pakistan is still continuing its struggle for survival, but does not refrain from its die-hard habits of promoting terrorism and terror organizations. The latest in the series is the return of Taliban in Afghanistan in which Pakistan has turned out to be the main player and the Chinese having already entered into a pact with Taliban much before their taking over of Kabul, thus not only endangering the peace-loving people of Afghanistan but also posing great threat to the whole subcontinent least bothering about its own survival. One of the main reasons for Pak survival being in doldrums today is that Pakistan came into existence on the basis of religious divide fomented and nurtured by late Jinnah in the subcontinent. Since the foundation of Pakistan was laid on misconceived rather wrong principle, with religion being the reason for its formation, a particular community among Muslims continues to call the shots while the rest of the religious communities continue to be treated as inferior citizens and have to bear the brunt on account of atrocities perpetrated on them under the patronage of the successive governments there. Presently Hindus, Christians, Parsis, Ahmadis, and other non-Muslims are the worst sufferers there and in a highly deplorable condition. The internecine warfare between multiple groups results in killings of the respective opponents across all cities of Pakistan. The Sunnis and Shias fight each other, the Deobandi sects fight the Barelvi sects, the Saraikis fight central Punjabis and the Mohajirs fight the Pashtuns. In this background, the concept of a composite culture is absolutely an unknown phenomenon for Pakistan and more than often political analysts from across the world even question as to whether there is any such thing that could be defined as Pakistani culture? Thus, it is clear from the current state of affairs that despite Pak ISI and the Army ruling the roost in Pakistan, it lacks all the essential features of nationhood. It needs to be realized that a nation cannot be only defined on the basis of its geographical boundaries, but there are other essential factors responsible for making an area within particular geographical contours a real nation. For the past many decades, the people in Pakistan feel unequal, alien and divided, as they are perceived as outsiders calling them Muhajirs especially in Sindh, Baluchistan and Karachi. It is pertinent to mention here that when Zia-ul-Haq took the reins of Pakistan, he unambiguously conveyed that henceforth Pakistan was not to be described as a Muslim state but, instead, as an Islamic state where Islamic law would reign supreme. Unfortunately, as of today Pakistan is neither a Muslim state nor an Islamic state, not to talk of the real democracy as the PM continues to be a mere puppet in the hands of Pak ISI, Army and its nurtured terrorist organizations. The most dangerous ramification of the state of affairs in Pakistan now is that Pakistan as a nuclear weapons state has no single authority in control of it and there are apprehensions that the same may be hijacked by terrorists as the civilian governments there continue to be bullied by the Army with the government being totally impotent against its own manufactured terror organizations. It would not be wrong to state that bankrupt Pakistan is today on the verge of civil war and the situation could become all the more explosive after Taliban takeover of Kabul, besides Pak’s unabated anti-India rhetoric and posture that would only further drift it down into deep trouble. Moreover, its debt to its so-called best friend, the dragon, will compel it to abject surrender and losing even its territory to the canny China. It is still not too late for Pakistan to realize that its only key towards acquiring nationhood in true sense is ending nurturing of terrorist infrastructure taking help of the other nations. However, first and foremost, it needs to develop positive and sincere relation with India that will undoubtedly steer this rogue nation towards democratic stability and peace. The earlier it does, the better it would be!