Perhaps change is coming to Pakistan!

Zubair Khalil Khan

If there’s one thing that separates humans from other creatures on earth it is foresight: the potential to proactively anticipate what might be, and act accordingly. Yet, caught up as we are in our daily chore of busying out an existence that’s more often than not fuelled by mechanized rites of passage and tunnel vision, most of us hardly have the time to think of anything but the present.  So was the initial reaction of Pakistani Intellect to the political activity of Imran Khan at Lahore on 30th of October-2011. Let be it Zardari, Sherif, Hussain or even Khan,” nothing is going to change in Pakistan”, was also the routine comment of common man for this political activity of Tehrik-e-Insaf. Few went bit further and termed the activity of Tehrik-e-Insaf a conspiracy hatched up by security Establishment of Pakistan. Even source of the pipeline funneling money for this gathering was also hinted.

In accordance with the theories of experts, the process of change is very complex. Change may involve many different factors, and multiple processes operating concurrently. Similarly, many coincidental, unique or random factors also influence the change process. For example the emergence or presence of specific group of people may be one major determinant of the path of change a society takes.  Similarly, Human factors, mainly comprising of people wills and wishes are also important non systematic sources of change.  Existing demographic situation of the society and country are also critical factors. Dominating religion of the society and how it deals with those having different beliefs also plays a vital role in any change? What role religious beliefs play while discharging the state responsibilities is also important in a religious oriented country? How a society is organized and what relations it enjoys with different segments of society basing on ethnicity and what is the level of its social development also contributes to change? How country is treated by its neighbors and what standing it enjoys in global ratings also has its role in the process of change? People who are socially organized in secular groups will accept change differently than people in caste or religious group systems. Likewise, the process of change will differ according to the level of internal economic development. More backwards areas may undergo more stress and discontinuity.  As such one can conclude that the envisaged path to change does not necessarily follow a single pattern and accordingly many factors play their role for any change.

As mentioned earlier the emergence or presence of specific group of people may be one major determinant of the path of change a society takes as such one can consider Pakistani youth group to be the leading segment of society that can be the guarantor for any foresighted change. Mr. Khan seems to have successfully targeted this segment of society starting with urban youth. Hopefully with passage of time rural youth will also join in. Here apparently Mr Khan has taken care of just one of the many factors contributing towards change as such majority is in doubt about any affect. Though, in the past also, some charismatic personalities did cause successful change in the country by mobilizing the youth segment only.  How much charisma Khan can generate is anybody´s guess.  On the other side, when one analyses the objectives which Mr. Khan intends delivering to the nation, his basket appears to be empty of concrete programs.  Sentimental slogans to stop the drone attacks, demanding the politicians to declare their hidden assets or accusing Americans for all the problems may win him strong clapping in the gatherings but surely not the remedies to the problems country is facing these days. No mention has been made about the means and ways to eradicate the religious fanaticism which has hit the very roots of the country. On the basis of self styled interpretations of religious terminologies, each segment of Islam has been licensed to feel trigger happy against all those who do not fit into its perceived interpretation.  Kidnapping of minority intellect and elite for heavy ransom has become a daily routine matter.  Hindus, Christians, Bhais, Shia and Ahamdies have now no exceptions. Security and peace are considered to be of paramount importance for the development of a country which since long is not visible on the horizon.  It includes both internal and external security. How he intends dealing with internal terrorism as well with external threats, no road map has been given by him. He preferred silence about India, the main problem creator for Pakistan. List of problems include, Kashmir Issue, water treaty, strange role in Afghanistan and recent use of Bangla Desh to block the Pak market access in WTO. Similarly, nation is since long has become a slave to its Army for security and foreign policies. How this matter will be resolved? He preferred to keep mum on this matter also.

In his initial break through since he failed to deliver concretely on above mentioned burning issues of the country as such intellect and common man were right when commented, “Let be it Zardari, Sherif, Hussain or even Khan,” nothing is going to change in Pakistan”. However remaining optimistic, since he has a long way to go, might be in his next “political jalsas” he is coming up with concrete solutions to above mentioned burning problems of the country.  Then one can say, Perhaps change is coming to Pakistan!

Categories: Pakistan

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