Some things never change in IRP!
Over the past few weeks, there have been some radical changes within the world, as we know it. Previously, the OIC (not to be mistaken for Office of Internal Communications) used to be completely behind the IRP (Islamic Republic of Pakistan); like maybe 8-10 years ago. The world, as we knew it, was one of the vested interests; which country’s interests were aligned with the two superpowers at the time: the USA and the USSR. Unfortunately, it still is but, some things never change! The only thing that has changed is, instead of the now-defunct USSR, we have the PRC (no, it’s not People Running in Circles, but the People’s Republic of China).
Till about 2008-2009, the American interests were with the IRP. What changed? After all, having spent BILLIONS of dollars on Pakistan, one couldn’t anticipate a sudden about-face from the US of A. The Pakistani media, as well as their politicians, act befuddled, asking why the US of A “deserted” them?
Well, what changed was the fact that the US found the most notorious terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, in the backyard of Pakistan’s ISI (not to be mistaken for the Indian Statistical Institute). One friend here in the US of A called this behavior a school-boyish attempt to hang out with Peter while being friends with Paul! In this case, both Peter and Paul were, and still are, bitter enemies.
While the Pakistani mainstream media chooses to ignore this reality, there are others like my friend, Arif Ajakia, a former mayor of Jamshed Nagar, a suburb of Karachi. He now lives in the UK and has been calling out these “lapses in memory” that the mainstream media has suffered. Arif Bhai, as he is known by friends and admirers, is a vocal proponent of Sanathana Dharma and doesn’t shy away from pointing out the dual “personalities” of people like Arfa Khanum Sherwani, Barkha Dutt, and other such NDTV “personalities”.
A man known for his honest opinion, Arif Bhai doesn’t sugarcoat anything; it’s understandable how people can never ignore him. One either likes him or doesn’t. There is NO middle ground. And that’s how it usually is with people that are born to be leaders.
People in the IRP, I can’t call them responsible people even though they hold ministerial positions, called India’s defeat against the IRP in the recently concluded Cricket World Cup, as a victory of Islam. Would that minister now be ready to admit Islam lost to Christianity in the World Cup (and, as I write, has lost to Hinduism in the Asia Cup Hockey tournament going on, in Bangladesh)?
As if to top that, an innocent foreigner, a Sri Lankan by the name of Priyantha Kumara, was burnt alive. This, while the law enforcement agencies looked on, keeping people away from, what some media people called, a “Mishap”!! Please! A mishap happens once, or twice. This seems to happen frequently in the IRP. Maybe not a foreigner but their own citizens are killed nearly every other week.
Thank god Priyantha Kumara died. I shudder to imagine that poor man’s plight had he survived! A life snuffed out because of some people’s willful misinterpretation of the word “loyalty” to their religion. A look back in the history of the IRP shows an abject and intentional failure of the law enforcement agencies in protecting the rights, and lives, of Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, and other minorities ever since the birth of this country.
Any wonder, people like Arif Bhai have walked away from this country in disgust and are asking for international intervention. If my memory serves me right, the last time an international intervention of this magnitude happened, was in 1945. That was because an influential “leader” wanted to snuff out the lives of “Non-Aryans”. In the current IRP, there is a VERY OBVIOUS AND SERIOUS lack of leadership. Those that hold sway over the masses are the religious leaders and they are the ones that incite this type of violence.
Someone once said those that don’t read history are bound to repeat it. Is history repeating itself? Has the IRP not learned anything from history? Your guess is as good as mine.
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