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Sheikh Saadi on autocracy

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There are lessons in history for us all but unfortunately the relevance of classical writers in helping us understand them has not only been overlooked and but at times has also been wilfully demeaned as outdated and obsolete. Nothing could be further away from the truth. Take Sheikh Saudi’s writings for example. They could prove to be a blessing for all those who want to learn and reform. About the autocrats and the consequences of their rule he says:

When He wishes to waste a world,

He places the country, in the grasp of a tyrant.

This universal truth is as relevant in today’s world as it was more than 700 years ago. My advice to both the tyrants and the oppressed is, read him.

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Plebeian states

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The people of the world are segregated into Patriarchs and Plebeians, and this distinction is reflected among states as well. They too are classified according to their standing and rank in the hierarchy. Our status can be determined by the way we are dealt with by those who lord it over the world and with what degree of condescension they treat our sovereignty and the rulers here. Yes, the very same rulers who try to portray that the fate of the entire Universe hinges on their precious and eternal presence in the seat of power.

I have sought Sheikh Saudi’s wisdom to help us understand the dichotomy of our sovereignty, a sovereignty which is rigorously and ruthlessly practised by the rulers against the people but meekly and timorously surrendered and relinquished to their overlords.

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A love for liberty – Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

Many political analysts claim that Nawab Sahib was a late convert to the idea of an independent Balochistan; but this is patently incorrect.

NAWAB Khair Bakhsh Marri, born on Feb 29, 1928, was named after his illustrious grandfather who, unwilling to provide Marris as cannon fodder for the First World War, fought the historic battles of Gumbaz and Harab against the British in 1918.

He was also a descendent of Sardar Dodah Khan, under whom the Marris in May 1840, at Sartaaf, decimated the troops led by Lt Walpole Clarke. Again in August 1840, a large force under Major Clibborn sent for relieving Kahan was routed at Nafusk.

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The armed forces are in the barracks

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The General-President said, the armed forces are in the barracks and claims to the contrary are unfortunate, while addressing the Jehlum garrison. For once I feel compelled to agree with him because the armed forces rank and file does live in the barracks; only a fool would disagree. Although the abodes of the Generals, Air Marshals and Admirals, etc., cannot be classified as barracks but for arguments sake we will accept them as such. So it is established that the armed forces do live in the barracks.

This, however, is only half the truth as it quite conveniently overlooks the disproportionate power and influence they wield over the body politic while living in barracks. When the people demand that the armed forces should return to the barracks they do not mean that in the physical sense. They want them to stop meddling in politics because this meddling violates the right of the people to be ruled by a government of their choice.

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COMMENT : Pouring oil over raging fires

Gwadar with deeper Chinese involvement will become the new battleground of Baloch nationalism versus the Pakistani establishment and Chinese interests

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When a person, in his opening lines, terms the May 28, 1998 Chaghai nuclear explosion as historic, it creates misgivings about the purpose of that write up. Mr Usama Nizamani in his article “Gwadar: an emerging paradigm for Pakistan and the region” (Daily Times, March 19, 2013) did just that. Celebrating any nuclear explosion as historic is a downright insult to the memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s victims. It is analogous to celebrating ‘small pox’ and ‘Black Death’ as a blessing for mankind. A nuclear explosion that killed a mountain and adversely affects those living there can only be trumpeted as historic by those bent on destroying the world.

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Serious repercussions

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In these wonderfully free times of the reign of enlightened moderation the procedure to get an exclusive interview with the General-President has been radically streamlined. All a TV channel has to do is to either request the Islamabad police to send its commandos to wreck the studios while the information minister is there or ask the goon run coalition partner of the Sindh government and of course Musharraf’s favorite to send their democracy and liberalism loving goons to bring it under small arm fire for a few hours. And Hey Presto the exclusive interview is granted.

There is no guarantee that pearls of wisdom will be showered or solutions of world problems forwarded but one thing is certain the mindset of the interviewee is duly exposed.

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The Kaisers of today

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I always wonder at the fact that those who get vast opportunities to do good for humanity do the opposite: they oppress and intimidate people with the power they chance upon. Maybe the trappings of power neutralise their senses in such a way that they become obsessed with themselves and what they self-righteously believe in. 

One is constrained to infer that Mount Olympus nurtures the quality of misperception of one’s abilities and refusal to learn from examples. Those afflicted with this malady hardly have a chance of bringing about a change due to their very developed, aggressive and obstinate intransigence. It is eerie!

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Retribution

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Sheikh Saadi in Gulistan says, “When Egypt came under Haroon-ur-Rasheed’s sway, he sent his slave Khaseeb there as the governor. Khaseeb’s ignorance was as legendary as Luqman Hakeem’s wisdom. This ignoramus was deliberately sent by him as a punishment because the Pharaohs had claimed to be Gods. This was as a retribution for their affront to the Unity of Allah.

Once when the cotton crop of the farmers living on the banks of the River Nile was destroyed by unseasonal rain, they came with their grievance to Khaseeb. He replied, ‘Why don’t you sow wool instead of cotton, rain doesn’t spoil it.’” He didn’t even comprehend the difference between plant and animal products.

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Violence in Balochistan

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The specter of violence looms large on the horizon of Balochistan and threatens to once again engulf this historically volatile province. The portents are ominous and gloomy because the opposing sides have adopted intransigent attitudes and do not even seem willing to have serious discussions regarding the contentious issues that continue to widen the rift.

The position and the stance of both the sides have become more inflexible since the failure of half-hearted attempts by half-baked, essentially rustic politicians of the ruling party to promote dialogue between the Baloch and the rulers. The promises and assurances, though doubted from the start, were given a reluctant try by some Baloch, but unfortunately even these were not kosher with the powers that really matter in this equation. This has only helped in creating more misgivings in the minds of the Baloch people, who always have been wary of promises and assurances.

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Those who sow winds, reap whirlwinds

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If after a self-created disaster, instead of remorse, reflection and compunction there is a brazen and unabashed attempt to call it a victory, to score points and look smug and satisfied, the bankruptcy of that system of governance stands categorically exposed. This is exactly what is happening after the Lal Masjid fiasco but then, I suppose, there is nothing to be surprised about because we saw the same response after the May 12th carnage and even after the agonizing ignominy of the loss of Bangladesh. The moral and political bankruptcy of the rulers and system of governance is inexcusable and indefensible.

The Lal Masjid saga has been labelled as a ‘drama’, ‘engineered’, ‘farce’, ‘charade’, etc, but there is much more to it. It was a tragedy with a lot of suffering for the people during its course and is bound to be more tragic in its aftermath. It exposed the gross ineptitude and inefficiency of this and past governments, whose only achievements have been tyranny and bumbling through 60 long years. It signifies the crass incompetence and brutality of the existing system and it was a disaster waiting to happen.

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