Shirin Mazari’s article
“Caught in a whirlpool of darkness” is a fantastic article written by Shirin Mazari and it covers all the latest hapenings. I feel the same fears and apathy of our leaders regarding certain matters that she has pointed out.
Here are some of the excerpts:
“In the present case, although the Senate finally passed a resolution condemning the murders, what has been sickening has been the silence of the present leadership especially the prime minister who visited Quetta after the revelation of the multiple murders and chose to keep quiet and behave as if nothing untoward had happened. Such is the price of presidential politics or is the feudal instinct stronger in the present ruling elite than respect for the law of the land?
If our present subservience to US diktat continues God help this country’s strategic assets under the new Zardari presidential dispensation. Of course now that the medical reports have become public, I suppose one can lay his continuous habit of reneging on commitments as a result of his fragile mental health. Or were the reports simply fake? Either way, it bodes ill for the nation. Especially if our enemies, including the US, use the medical card as a means of justifying the undermining or seeking control of our nuclear assets on grounds that the man with his trigger on the nuclear button is medically unreliable. This is something to seriously ponder over for the long term.
The Pakistani state seems incapable of doing anything substantive. A strange paralysis reigns across the land where the leadership is busy in “position-grabbing” at all levels and little else. Is it any wonder that no headway can be made against the problem of extremism and terrorism? Not only are we without a long term political policy to deal with this issue, we keep hopping from one short-term action to another, and we seem unable to comprehend that unless we can create the necessary space between the Pakistani state and the US, no policy to fight the menace of terrorism and extremism will have any credibility. But with the new links between the present political dispensation and the US, that hardly seems possible.
Ironically, after all the hue and cry over disappeared persons in Musharraf’s time, the present government has kept silent on this issue also, after Musharraf’s departure from the presidency. So the Pakistanis who have “disappeared” will seem to remain in that category till they resurface in US custody as Dr Aafia has done. Again, the government of Pakistan seems rather sanguine over a minor Pakistani being in the custody of a hostile Afghan government. But then if our leaders are accommodating to murderers of our own citizens in our own country, why should we expect them to show sensitivity to their citizens’ plight abroad or at the hands of foreign elements. After all, many have been handed over by our own state. Clearly we are spinning in endless circles of darkness.”