اتحادی سیاست – خرابی کہاں‌ ہے

سیاسی قضیے: 7 اگست، 2018

اصول یہ ہے کہ حکومت شفاف طریقے سے چلنی چاہیے۔

اصول یہ بھی ہے کہ حکومت شفاف طریقے سے بننی چاہیے۔

پارلیمانی نظام میں انتخابات کے بعد حکومت کی تشکیل کے لیے بالعموم جیتنے والی سیاسی جماعتوں اور دوسرے گروہوں کے ساتھ اتحاد بنانا اور آزاد ارکان کا کسی جماعت میں شمولیت اختیار کرنا یا ان کی حمایت کرنا، معمول کی بات ہے۔ بہت کم ایسا ہوتا ہے کہ کسی سیاسی جماعت کو اتنی تعداد میں نشستیں دستیاب ہو جائیں کہ حکومت بنانے کے لیے اسے کسی دوسرے فریق کی ضرورت نہ پڑے۔

یہی کچھ …

Continue Reading →

!میں‌ خود سے شرمندہ ہوں

سیاسی قضیے: یکم جولائی، 2018

میں ایک ایسے گھرانے میں پیدا ہوا، جو سراسر بے مایہ تھا۔

تربیت، دیانت داری کے چلن پر ہوئی۔ کسی کو برا نہیں کہنا۔ کسی کو دھوکہ نہیں دینا۔ کسی کو نقصان نہیں پہنچانا۔

یہ اخلاقی باتیں اچھی بھی لگیں۔ کوشش کی زندگی ان کے مطابق گزاروں۔

وہ دنیا ایک عجیب دنیا تھی، بھَری پُری۔ دلچسپیاں ہی دلچسپیاں، اطمینان ہی اطمینان۔ کوئی محرومی نہیں۔

پھر شعور نے آنکھ کھولی۔ اپنی چھوٹی سی دنیا سے باہر نکلا۔ بہت کچھ دیکھا اور سمجھا۔

پہلا فکری سانچہ، جس کی تعلیم ان دنوں میسر تھی اور جو مجھے بھی …

Continue Reading →

نیا پاکستان ۔ ایک اور عظیم دھوکہ

سیاسی قضیے: 27 جولائی، 2018

نوٹ: یہ تحریر 26 دسمبر، 2011 کو لکھی گئی تھی۔ بعدازاں، اسی کی توضیح و تعبیر ایک کتاب، ’’سیاسی پارٹیاں یا سیاسی بندوبست: پاکستانی سیاست کے پیچ و خم کا فلسفیانہ محاکمہ‘‘ بن گئی، اور جولائی 2012 میں شائع ہوئی۔ اس تحریر کا محرک، 30 اکتوبر، 2011 کو لاہور میں منعقد ہونے والا جلسہ تھا، جہاں سے تحریکِ انصاف کے عروج کا آغاز ہوا۔

تحریکِ انصاف کے مظہر کے بارے میں میری رائے آج بھی وہی ہے، جو اس وقت تھی۔

واضح رہے کہ کسی بھی سیاسی جماعت سے میری کوئی دشمنی نہیں؛ اور دوستی …

Continue Reading →

پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کو انتخابات کا بائیکاٹ کرنا ہو گا

سیاسی قضیے: یکم جولائی، 2018

پاکستان مسلم لیگ ن کیا کرنا چاہ رہی ہے، غالبا اسے بھی خبر نہیں۔ یہ کس سمت میں جانا چاہ رہی ہے، کچھ واضح نہیں۔

ہاں، اتنا تو صاف ہے کہ یہ انتخابات میں حصہ لے رہی ہے۔ اور اس کا سبب یہ ہے کہ اسے یہ گمان ہے کہ یہ انتخابات جیت جائے گی، کم از کم پنجاب میں سو سے زیادہ نشستیں حاصل کر لے گی۔

اس کا مطلب ہے کہ یہ ایک دائرے کے اندر رہ کر لڑے گی، اس سے باہر نکل کرنہیں۔

لیکن جوں جوں انتخابات قریب آ رہے ہیں، …

Continue Reading →

سیاسی جماعتوں کی ’’بے بسی‘‘ کا حل

سیاسی قضیے:  27جون، 2018

آج کل سیاسی جماعتیں انتخابات کے لیے اپنے اپنے امیدوار نامزد کر رہی ہیں اور یہ عمل مکمل ہونے کے قریب ہے۔ ان کے فیصلوں پر مختلف سمتوں سے مختلف ردِ عمل سامنے آ رہے ہیں۔ جن امیدواروں کی نامزدگی نہیں ہوتی، وہ بھی سیخ پا ہیں۔ جو کارکن دیکھ رہے ہیں کہ ان کی جماعت میں یک دم نازل ہونے والوں کی نامزدگی ہو رہی ہے، اور یوں دوسروں کی حق تلفی کی جا رہی ہے، وہ بھی سراپا احتجاج ہیں۔

بالخصوص تحریکِ انصاف نے اپنے کارکنوں کی جو تربیت کی تھی، کارکن اب اس …

Continue Reading →

اشرافیہ کی سیاست اور ’’پشتون تحفظ موومینٹ‘‘ کی سیاست

سیاسی قضیے: 15اپریل، 2018

اشرافیہ کی سیاست، بخشنے، عطا کرنے،  دینے اور دان کرنے سے عبارت ہے۔

جیسے روٹی، کپڑا اور مکان دینے کا نعرہ۔

یا پھر بلا تعطل بجلی کی فراہمی۔ یا جیسے کہ سڑکیں، پبلک ٹرانسپورٹ، وغیرہ۔

اور ایسی ہی دوسری چیزیں، جو وقت اور موقعے کی مناسبت سے اشرافی سیاسی جماعتوں کے انتخابی منشور کا حصہ بنتی ہیں۔

سوال یہ ہے کہ کیا سیاسی جماعتیں اور ان کے سربراہ یہ چیزیں لوگوں کو اپنے پیسے سے مہیا کرتے ہیں۔

اس کا صاف جواب ہے: قطعاً نہیں۔

خواہ یہ روٹی، کپڑا اور مکان ہو، یا بجلی، یا کوئی …

Continue Reading →

Conflicts, Intra-Elite or Civil-Military: A Tract in the Politics of Deception

Note: I completed this paper in August 2017 and last revised it in October. Throughout this period, I tried to get it published somewhere but as usual and as always failed. After analyzing why the Theories of Intra-Elite and Civil-Military Conflicts are unviable, I have formulated a Theory of Constitutional Responsibility that prospectively shows a way forward out of the chronic political crisis that the state of Pakistan is mired in. 

Download the paper in PDF

Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.
Charles Addams (Cartoonist, horror-novelist 1912-88)

On June 17 (2017), …

Continue Reading →

Cynicism and the politics in Pakistan

Here is the 1st part of this article: Cynicism in Pakistan

Cynicism and the politics in Pakistan

Among other things, political cynicism destroys whatever little chance may exist for dialogue in a deteriorating situation. This I learned from our own company of friends. Frankly, that learning came at the cost of that company’s dissolution.
Actually we were three to five friends who used to gather in a restaurant for chatting after a week or so, regularly. One friend was too adamant to sustain a dialogue. It was really next to impossible to converse with him. You say one thing and

Continue Reading →

Depoliticization and its causes

Here is the first part of this article: A depoliticized Pakistan on the rampage

The 2nd and the final part: Depoliticization and its causes

What’s a depoliticized Pakistan; how is it different from a politically apathetic Pakistan; how is it damaging both for the society and its state; who does now represent it, such questions were discussed in A depoliticized Pakistan on the rampage. In the present piece, some other questions will be dwelt on such as: why doesn’t a depoliticized India or Bangladesh exist in India or Bangladesh, for example?  Why that’s so only with Pakistan? Why is

Continue Reading →

Why taxes are not a political issue in Pakistan?

Note: I sent this piece of writing to all the newspapers one by one; none bothered to see it or use it, that I am justified to conclude!
Why taxes are not a political issue in Pakistan?
All the politics is about collecting and spending taxes; but unfortunately that reality does not translate into political issues in Pakistan.
What it translates into is power-politics pure and simple! See the arrogant issueless politics of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf; see the pseudo-development politics of Pakistan Muslim League (N); see the outdated Roti-Kapra-Makaan politics of Pakistan Peoples Party (P); see the identity-less politics of Awami

Continue Reading →

What’s the game, politically speaking?

Note: I completed this article on December 9, 2014, and wrote: “(Government) ought not to be afraid of martial law the prospects of which are zero presently, rather minus.” Now merely 9 months later the prospects of martial law have grown formidably positive; so what’s the game, politically speaking, let’s try to see:
What’s the game, politically speaking?
In democracy, only a majority party is allowed to rule, and it may turn out to be a tyranny; no smaller party alone can lay a claim to that privilege. That’s the advantage of democracy one can cite while arguing with its

Continue Reading →

Pak polity – racing backwards

So to say, in about 70 years, the political gains Pakistan’s polity has been able to make are dismal! Pessimistically, it’s NOTHING! Optimistically, it’s merely the Constitution that itself came to be agreed upon about 25 years after the country’s emergence on the map of the world. That casts a heavy doubt on the credence of Pakistan’s polity. Politically speaking, things stand in the same mould now they stood on the first day. The final verdict on the quality of the Pak polity may thus be worded: The citizens still live at …

Continue Reading →

A depoliticized Pakistan on the rampage

The pivot of politics is always seeking power, so that a political party is able, so to say, to implement its program on the basis of which it wins voters’ mandate. That’s an ideal statement of an ideal polity! In reality it doesn’t happen like that. There are betrayals, treacheries, and opportunism on the part of political parties. There is perennial interference, for instance in the case of Pakistan, by the players who are external to the political realm but are always intent upon unleashing political instability and uncertainty in the country. …

Continue Reading →

The Political Kingdom of Pakistan

The Government of India Act 1935 declared “Pakistan” only as an independent dominion. Then in the constitution of 1956, the state was named as the “Islamic Republic of Pakistan.” However, when the constitution of 1962 was promulgated, the state of Pakistan found a new name, “Republic of Pakistan” with the prefix “Islamic” dropped. The same was restored to its original position in 1963. Down the road, the constitution of 1973 retained this nomenclature for the state of Pakistan; so the name resonates to this day.
But one question has perennially been raising

Continue Reading →

Islamabad sit-ins – who is the culprit

In the matters of running the state of Pakistan, penetration of politics, politicians and political considerations have marred the capability of the state to think clearly, act accordingly and punish promptly; which has weakened it to such an extent that in most of the cases the state is conspicuous by its absence, resulting in increasing anarchy in the country. It was back in 1953 that Justice Munir Inquiry Report concluded thus: “And it is our deep conviction that if the Ahrar had been treated as a pure question of law and order, …

Continue Reading →

ISPR’s political semantics – I

Nothing can be understood in isolation. So is the case with three recent press releases of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), which acts as the voice of Pakistan Army. However, any attempt to understand them without putting them in their proper context is misleading. Actually, words and sentences are packets of explosives or envelopes of goodwill. It is the situation in which words and sentences are expressed which determines the nature of their destructive or constructive character.
So let’s indulge in a bit of political semantics: Here is the text of

Continue Reading →

Charter of Democracy’s half truth

As the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek launched this August 14 their “Azadi March” and “Inqilab March” respectively, and then undertook the Sit-Ins (Dharnas) in Islamabad; day by day it was increasingly perceived as a deadly threat to political constitutional set-up prevailing in the country. With worsening law and order situation in the capital including the fears of occupation of state buildings by the marchers, the fear of military intervention loomed large on the political horizon. However, in the face of it something very surprising took place: All the political parties …

Continue Reading →

The politics of PTI / PAT: an aesthetical analysis

Everything has an aesthetic aspect. Politics is one of them. The political aesthetics appears, among other things, in two forms: Mannerism; and, Language. The others may be: the beauty of political ideas; the way a politician connects his/her ideas; the reality of political ideas in contrast to wishful political slogans; the beauty of a political vision; the beauty of words and terms chosen by a politician; consistency in the ideas of a politician, etc. The second list is controversial; it’s useless to discuss it here. The first one is sort of methodical, …

Continue Reading →

Mr. Khan! Let’s have a candid talk

Mr. Khan now be serious! Somehow the circumstances have made you a political leader. Now you lead a political party, which has a considerable following; no matter which class or classes it consists of. The followers of your party, they are all Pakistanis, and enjoy the same political choices as the followers of other political parties do.
It was just non-serious and out of sync when recently you spoke in Islamabad, and said, ‘I was boring; New Pakistan was not anywhere on the scene coming into being. Then I thought something had to be done.’ Regarding this, you need to

Continue Reading →