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The Season for Revolutions in Pakistan



By Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

04 July, 2014

The leader of Pakistan Awami Tehreek has announced that the revolution was a few weeks away and that the Awami Inquilab Council had been set up. His voice was full of sound and fury. He got carried away and even called the police and officers of other departments ‘dogs’. No doubt, the members of his party have been killed and an apparently administrative matter was treated in a violent manner. After that the leadership of Awami Tahreek is outraged and its leader wants to turn this anger into a revolution.

On the other hand, Imran Khan has also given a call for a rally in Islamabad for revolution. Though Allama Tahirul Qadri has ruled out any support from Imran Khan’s Tsunami for the revolution, his statement is in fact an assertion of his dissociation with Imran Khan’s revolution. On the other hand, Imran Khan has also ruled out the possibility of any co-operation with Allama Qadri’s revolution. Definitely, Allama Qadri and Imran Khan are accustomed to their own styles of politics and Imran Khan has achieved considerable success in Pakistan’s parliamentary politics. His party is in power in a state while his party has a considerable presence in the National Assembly. Tahirul Qadri does not wield any political power as his party does not have any representation in the elected Parliament. A general opinion is that Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan have tacit support of the traditional decisive force of Pakistan, the army, and it has been merely watching as to which of the two can create a trouble for the present government. Imran Khan has announced his Tsunami rally on 14 August in Islamabad while Tahirul Qadri has given the good tidings of the revolution in a few weeks.

Islamabad Is known as the capital of the country. It also plays an important role in the making and breaking of governments. In Islamabad, the rumour is doing the rounds that Nawaz Sharif government is going to be beleaguered by a grave trouble because at least two of its hard-line opposition parties Tehreek-e-Insaf and Awami Tahreek are hell bent on toppling this government. The news is also doing the rounds that the party in power is disintegrating from inside and the Federal Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan is about to resign from his post. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharief who is very close to him visits him in Islamabad almost every day to persuade him to stay on but has not been successful as yet. Many speculations are being made about his unhappiness but any solid information has not come out yet as to why despite being on the most important post he is unhappy with his political leadership. The analysts agree on the point that Chaudhary Nisar Ali had some reservation about the operation in North Waziristan but he was not given an audience. Earlier, he was also unhappy with some of the members of the committee holding dialogue with Taliban but Nawaz Sharif did not give much importance to his reservations. The tension grew and finally Chaudhary Nisar Ahmad became inactive. Whether Chaudhary Nisar Ahmad resumes his official work cannot be said for sure at the moment. But definitely anti-government forces are deriving strength from this tug of war.

On the other hand, a particular revolution has been brought about by the former Director General of ISPR (Retd) Athar Abbas and Chaudhary Nisar is running pillar to post to calm it. General Athar Abbas has made a Drone attack on his own former Chief. Social Media and other sources are being used to make the story narrated by Athar Abbas more spicy and many startling revelations are being made. The former Army Chief is accused of being in a state of confusion on the issue of army operation in North Waziristan. Therefore, he had decided that he will refrain from any such operation during his tenure. Athar Abbas claims that if the army chief had not expressed his hesitation and if the army that was ready to face such a situation would have been sent to North Waziristan, the situation that came up later could have been avoided. He is of the view that the losses and damage the Pakistan state and the security forces have incurred during the last three years could have been avoided but for one person.

This is a serious allegation and the person making this allegation is not an ordinary person but has been on a very important position. Some self styled cautious people are angry at the allegation. They are of the view that the former general has acted irresponsibly and he has made the allegations at a time when the Pak forces are engaged in a war with the terrorists. Such allegations may lower their morale. It has to be seen how the allegation of a former general about a former officer can affect the morale of the army though the statement has nothing to do with the current operation. In fact, we are accustomed to cover up the era of the formers completely and do not want to bring those mistakes to light that decide the future course of action so that such mistakes can be avoided in future.

This is a peculiar prescription that we prepare with much effort so that no one gets unhappy because if someone gets unhappy, it will create national problems. For example, Athar Abbas is no ordinary man; he has been in a responsible position in the Pak army. Of course, we can disagree with Athar Abbas but if he says something we should pay attention to it as to why he was compelled to say so. Former Army Chief Perwez Kayani might have made mistakes and the views of Athar Abbas can also prove wrong. But we should know about the opposite views so that the real situation can be ascertained. In my view, Athar Abbas has only pointed to the delay in the operation in North Waziristan and so no conspiracy is behind his statement, nor can the statement affect the morale of our security forces.

The author of nine books including the recent "Punjabi Taliban", Mujahid Hussain writes a regular weekly column for New Age Islam. He is also Chief of New Age Islam Brussels Bureau. He has been contributing to leading papers as an investigative journalist for about two decades. His writings cover a vast panorama of topics concerning political and societal existence of Pakistan, a nation passing through difficult straits since a short time after its birth. With terrorism and security issues at local, regional, and global levels as his special area of study in recent years, Mujahid Hussain has earned a sizable readership in serious circles in Pakistan and abroad. Follower of an independent, non-partisan, and objective way of thinking, the author offers honest analysis of the challenges threatening communities, nations, and humanity at large.