Do I start off by ranting how the country is going to the dogs? How it is destined to be doomed? How the worshipped politicians are nothing more than blood sucking vampires? Well, I just did, so my question seems irrelevant but the anger behind it isn’t. Born at a time when economic stability was on the horizon, when the country was finally making in-roads to the rest of the world; I open my eyes 27 years later to see a country which has fallen way behind its goals and ideology, ridiculed by the world at large, and left with no identity of its own. I am a citizen of a country which is seemingly being run by the dogs for the dogs.
Flip through the news channels and you only find gloom. It is like the country has a weather forecast of dark clouds with a very bleak chance of sunshine. All day long the newscasters report nothing but depressing pieces. Every news channel needs to have a ‘watch at your own risk’ warning label, because it is nothing sort of a health and emotional risk. But I still find people who think the future is bright; they walk amongst us, they are my friends and I am sure most of you reading this piece – you are one of those people too. I ask you, how do you all do it? How can you all remain so blatantly positive in the face of such extreme murkiness ?
We are a country which has a daily murder count in the double digits. We probably have the most varied death causes in all of Asia; political rifts, mobile-snatching, Karo-Kari, acts of terrorism, drone attacks, poverty, dengue, and God knows how many other means of dying if you live in this country. I remember the shooting incident in Utoya, Norway in 2011 which claimed 84 PRECIOUS lives. Caps-locking precious because that is what they were to the residents of Norway and their leaders. Lives which were meant to be celebrated, their deaths caused extreme pain and depression for the entire nation. Now compare that to our country and you shall understand my conundurum. People die here daily due to controllable circumstances, and yet, we as citizens, as their brethren, feel no remorse, no anger, and to top it all off, we continue to live our lives like we do; most of us sitting behind a desk typing away on a computer.
Nothing probably can save us now. Not the seasonal ‘Azadi‘ marches or crazy clerics who wake up one day abroad to realize that they too have a stake in Pakistani politics. Because the leaders most of us follow and worship are nothing but men waiting for an opportunity to malign the country further. Together, the rulers and the opposition, continue to make a mockery out of us all, making us believe that the country is on route to prosperity while the only ones prospering are them lot. I can not list all the scandals out there that prove my point. The scandals come, the Chief Justice takes suo moto notice, cases open up, and to our disbelief the corrupt still walk away or find ways to stall the verdicts. A vicious cycle of tom-foolery, nothing more. This country is not going to the dogs, sadly, it is already lying there, waiting to be eaten by the nasty beasts, and even they might not like to take a bite out of us.