A Beggars Dream: Kerry-Lugar Bill

It’s a common scene in a third world country that you find beggars every now and then while passing through the streets. No matter how much you abuse them, make them realize that they are no more than a pesticide and a burden on the society, in the end they will walk by with all the prayers after you have tossed a 5 rupee coin out of the window. Well of course no different was the perception of US Senate after it passes a negligible package of 1.5 billion $ for Pakistan.

Being here nearly 10,000 miles away I and many like me have no real grudge with the amount, but it’s the conditionality of the bill which has really pinched every soul. For 8 years they have hijacked our national dream, have given us a war that wasn’t our originally, taken our sovereign right of existence and in the end they have repaid us in a manner which shouldn’t be strange to the realist, but of course we have for long turned into an idealist masses, linking false expectations and desires from an outside power.

Just a day has passed when I came across a very interesting discussion on a private channel which also featured Pakistan’s Ambassador to USA Hussain Haqqani. In the end he summed up with two logics, which I could derive. Firstly, he threw every thing into the parliament’s basket by stating clearly that it holds the power to reject in case it is not acceptable. Of course, all we hear from our top establishment is the claim that we have moved into a true democratic era and it’s the parliament that will reign. So one is still optimistic that the opposition will move out from its “friendly” status and the ruling coalition will also take it as a disgrace on our sacrifices for the global peace (although we still have Nizam e Adal episode in our memory). To this extent Mr. Haroon was absolutely right. In the later part he argued that it was a draft by US senate and it’s their exclusive domain to add condition or make recommendations to whatever draft they pass.

Being the ambassador of a country like Pakistan which has served as a front line state in this war, it was and its his duty to project the real demands, efforts and accomplishments of his country and in case this is the result we have no other option but to say that it was no less than a diplomatic and foreign policy failure on behalf of our administration.

Tit for Tat is the name of the game. Just a week back there were reports circulating that Mr. Haqqani personally protested against the rejection of visas to certain US individuals, which were found involved in anti Pakistan activities. May be he should have taken some time out to protest baseless predator attacks inside Pakistan for the last many years, US involvement in the insurgency taking place in NWFP and the perception US high ups carry regarding Pakistan.

On the other hand the bill as one critic called has been drafted it seems by some special lobbies in US rather than the senate itself. From Dr Qadeer to Muridke, intervention into Armed forces to out intelligence networks this has been one pathetic draft in history that has no match. It is high time that once and for all US must be shown the exit door. A start has been taken in case of the raid on “inter risk” for its suspicious activities and it is required that more actions must be taken to put a halt to US involvement inside Pakistan.

23 thoughts on “A Beggars Dream: Kerry-Lugar Bill”

  1. @hend
    who knows u might have just uttered equal to “wilson 14 points”………..
    they report, we are the judge,, and in the end we cannot call it a pendelum that swings in the same motion both ways………one has to find a culprit for every crime

  2. @Shakir:

    “Mir Shakil ur Rehman (of the Dawn and GEO you subscribe to) who reportedly claimed, “I’m the evergreen ruler of Pakistan—I can bring down a government and form a new one!”. He is the real “king maker”.”

    I do not claim to know every nuance of media in Pakistan. I recant the quotation attributed to Mir Shakil ur Rehman, as it might be one-sided and untrue. He might not even be the man projected in the piece of literature at Statesmaster Encyclopaedia. It is not for me to judge or build a case without having him represented adequately, moreover I am sure you have seen many good in the man.

    However, the point that was intended is higher than specific instances or personalities. The so-called “free Media”, a vital institution of a democratic system is typically instrumental in manipulating democracy itself. In any democratic system, the media eventually settles to serve the elite groups, who are able to manipulate and as Noam Chompsky puts it “Manufacture consent”.

    The problem this creates in a democracy is that the leaders or governments, who too are people after all, begin to align themselves and comply with these groups who have the “public consent” and consequently the votes to get them in power to manage the affairs of the system. Thus these elite groups withdraw from the foreground and pull the strings from the behind the scenes. Put it simply, democracy gets hijacked.

    Now the elite groups at the end of the day are people swayed by same lower instincts of greed and manipulative behaviour we all have, after all it is only human. As Hend pointed out in one of the other posts:

    “Humans are all the same, greedy.
    We want what belongs to us.
    We want what belongs to others.
    Given a change, we turn out to be exactly like the one’s we hate.”

    So what motivates the elite groups is usually “commerce” and as James points out, none of us is immune from it. These elite groups are driven by profit and greed. Their policies or inclinations will as such be in that direction. Which direction the common man’s “manufactured consent” heads is anybody’s guess. Without digressing too much, try and get the DVD for The Corporation, you can even watch it online. I would rate this documentary as the best documentary of the 20th century, discussing the biggest problems of our times.

    Values are supposed to be corrective rudder to keep a check on such malice at a macro, as well as an individual level. However what defines values too is fluid and governed by general consent (Now, I know this is going to open-up another interesting debate). Ask anyone old enough as James or Shakir, they will tell you, the values of their parents and grand parents were quite different from our times. This is obvious if you even observe the evolution of the legal system in most Western countries.

    What is missing in these systems is a higher, specific value system, both at a macro level as well at an individual level. This is where religions make a difference. What fills the critical gaps in these systems is a religion that is pervasive and complete in its scope.


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