And the Mian affair
The PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) government has succumbed to forces of obscurantism and bigotry even before it could start resisting them. It changed into a pleasant surprise to notice that the government had protected the call of an internationally renowned economist Atif Mian inside the newly formed monetary advisory council.
The best snag become that Mian based totally within the US belonged to the Ahmadi religion. dealing with a barrage of criticism from the powerful religious lobby on his appointment, the government spokesman Fawad Chaudhry truly brushed it aside, announcing: so what if Mian become an Ahmadi, we are not appointing him as a member of the Islamic Ideology Council.
further pooh poohing critics, the facts minister alluding to Jinnah’s Pakistan said, “Pakistan belonged to minorities as equally as it belongs to the hundreds.” Little did he know that his boss famous for his ‘U-turns’ kowtowing to the zealots could quickly reverse his decision.
What made Khan exchange his mind? in the end, at the same time as inside the competition he had chosen the extraordinarily qualified US based economist as part of his dream team. on the time there has been a backlash from the bigots inside his personal fold who mentioned that he was an Ahmadi.
Khan fast apologized feigning lack of awareness about Mian’s religion, promptly except for him. but this time round even as heading the authorities he once more buckled below pressure.
curiously Atif Mian dwelling inside the US is a primary time Ahmadi convert by using choice. His late father who rose to the rank of a brigadier became serving as a physician inside the navy.
subsequently Khan knowing his own boundaries need to have now not made the same mistake two times by means of appointing Mian at the advisory committee. but once appointed he need to have shown the moral courage to face by means of his choice, however improper taken into consideration via critics.
Atif Mian who is a professor of economics at Princeton college and director of public finance at Woodrow Wilson school has very lucid and clear insight approximately Pakistan’s gift monetary woes. He spells them out in a paper posted on Pakistan’s independence day. He states: “Independence Day 2018 why is the u . s . a . still far from economic independence? (looking for its largest bail out ever this yr).”
Little did he understand that his boss famous for his ‘U-turns’ kowtowing to the zealots might quickly reverse his decision.
He is going on to mention that the ‘Dutch ailment’ of borrowing continuously at whatever cost is genuinely now not sustainable. He singles out the preceding government for its opaque and flawed economic regulations of accumulating extra debt with out growing the capability to payback as being unsustainable.
in the paper he is incredibly critical of the opaque phrases of CPEC (China Pakistan monetary corridor) claiming that it’s far a debt multiplier for Pakistan. Presciently he states, “ask a question (approximately CPEC) and you are right away accused of treason.”
by way of itself it infrequently topics if some other Ahmadi falls on his sword. in the end, so many belonging to major’s faith living in Pakistan are persecuted and discriminated towards nearly on every day basis with the kingdom hardly ever batting an eyelid.
however this approximately-face by means of the PTI dashes any hopes harboured with the aid of some humans that the ‘new Pakistan’ can be one-of-a-kind from the vintage. In his second tweet taking a complete somersault the hapless Chaudhry taking a cue from his boss said, that the suitable state in step with the high minister is of Medina and that the top of the line and his ministers holds Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in high esteem.
while often reiterating his clear up to make Pakistan like ‘Riyasat e Medina’ Khan additionally often refers to the Quaid’s Pakistan. Jinnah while addressing the constituent meeting on 11 August 1947 had categorically declared, “you can belong to any faith cast or creed that has not anything to do with the commercial enterprise of the kingdom.”
Ideologues belonging to the PTI as opposed to simply paying lip carrier to the Quaid ought to additionally be seen to observe his edicts. regrettably the Islamic Republic these days is a miles cry from Jinnah’s Pakistan where officially encouraged and backed bigotry, intolerance and spiritual extremism has come to be the order of the day.
sarcastically the hydra headed twin monsters of non secular extremism and bigotry have been created inside the call of mainstreaming them. What had started out at the dharna (sit down-in) in Islamabad via TLP (Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan) less than a yr in the past has come complete circle. Now way to the mainstreamers it’s far a full-fledged political birthday party that participated inside the current general elections and as predicted deeply reduce into the PML-N vote financial institution.
Ideologues belonging to the PTI as opposed to merely paying lip carrier to the Quaid should additionally be visible to follow his edicts.
but at what value? simply as the MQM created through past due preferred Zia ul Haq and the Taliban for the duration of the primary PPP regime later, the TLP now seeks veto electricity over how the nation must function.
The PTI government seems satisfied to oblige. Are we inexorably headed toward becoming a theocratic state in which certain factors will have virtual veto electricity over topics of the nation and could determine how the citizens should conduct their day by day lives?
One might have predicted from the new PTI government to strengthen the 1973 constitution in preference to filing to those who do not forget themselves above the charter. the present trend will handiest enhance extremism and intolerance.
On martyrs’ day the Khan made a very good speech in the presence of the military chief at the GHQ affirming that Pakistan could no longer combat all people else’s war. both stakeholders are properly conscious how the 20-factor country wide motion Plan (to fight terrorism and extremism) largely remains unimplemented.
It is ideal to rightly claim credit score for rooting out terrorism and that the terrorists are on the run. Contrarily no person talks approximately converting the narrative that has grow to be increasingly more retrogressive and illiberal.
movements usually speak louder than words. however unfortunately neither the politicians nor the deep country seem to be inclined to walk the communicate.
Even a large swath of the media fans intolerance and bigotry. it’s far best a minuscule minority that espouses at its own peril values that had been so dear to the founding father of the country.