Justice Markandey Katju-
” Something is rotten in the State of Denmark ” said Shakespeare in Hamlet, and similarly it can be said ” Something is rotten in the State of Pakistan “.
Just consider, every one of the political players in Pakistan is a fraud, the army ( the real power, who are only looters ), Imran Khan, the Prime Minister, who in his quest for power abandoned all his professed principles, both main opposition parties, the PPP and the PMLN, who looted the country for decades, and religious bigots like Maulana Fazlur Rahman, the Chairman of the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam (F). This, coupled with the fact that the Pakistan economy is tanking, public debt mounting, prices of essential commodities rising, and people’s distress growing, is a recipe for a total collapse of everything and a prolonged period of chaos in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his election campaign last year, had promised accountability, transparency and the moon to the people of Pakistan, (just as that other fraud Modi had promised ‘vikas’ and ‘achche din’ to the people of India ), and the stupid people of Pakistan, like children following the Pied Piper of Hamelin, were taken in by his promise of ‘Madina ki Riyasat’. ‘Naya Pakistan’, and all that kind of jazz, just as the stupid people of India were. But he had no qualms about taking the help in his election campaign of religious extremists like those hounds and lumpens calling themselves Tehreeke Labaik, giving PTI tickets to dubious ‘electables’ and rascals like Amir Liaquat, whose TV show resulted in brutal murders of several Ahmadis, and sacking the internationally renowned economist Atif Mian from the Pakistan Economic Advisory Council only because he was an Ahmadi.
Now the fraud Imran Khan is being opposed by another fraud, Maulana Fazlur Rahman, Chairman of Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam (F), a perusal of whose past record shows he is a thug and rank opportunist, who can sink to any low level in his quest to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan ( it is reported that in 2007 he even pleaded to the then US Ambassador to Pakistan to help him in this quest ).
This fraud and gangster has announced his plan to march from Karachi on 27th October to Islamabad which he intends to reach on 31st where in a huge rally he will demand the resignation of that other fraud, the Prime Minister. Set a thief to catch a thief.
And the interesting thing is that the two main opposition parties, the PPP and the PNLN, who looted the country for decades ( they have been called ‘chor’ and ‘daaku’ in Parliament by Imran Khan’s Sancho Panza, Fawad Chaudhry ), have announced they will join in the march.
Will the real power in Pakistan, the army, which has its fingers in almost every sector of the economy (see my article ‘ The truth about the Pakistan military ‘ online), and whose senior officers end up as millionaires (a few even billionaires ), remain bystanders during this farcical drama, or are they supporting it behind the scene like a hidden puppeteer ? It is widely believed the army ‘selected’ Imran Khan, but are they dissatisfied with his performance for some reason ? Little is known.
But what can be said for certain is this : the march on Islamabad will at most result in removal of Imran Khan, but he will only be replaced by another fraud, with no change in the lives of the people, with massive poverty, unemployment, malnourishment, etc.
At most Maulana Fazlur Rahman will be acting like Father Gapon (who was later exposed as a police agent) in Russia on Bloody Sunday in January 1905 leading the people to slaughter.
Pakistanis, you created an Islamic state, now eat your Islam, just as your Indian counterparts are eating their Hindutva, Ram Mandir and cow protection. Neither of you will get food to eat.
And in the meantime those who divided you 72 years ago are still laughing at you, laughing at how easily you can be befooled, and how easily you can be kept in your state of asinine fatuity and blockheadedness.
[Justice Markandey Katju is former Judge, Supreme Court of India, and former Chairman, Press Council of India. The views expressed are his own.]