Author: Vedapratap Vedic
Pakistan’s politics is now hot again. The upheavals are almost as likely as the upheavals we once saw in Pakistan against General Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan and Pervez Musharraf. The nine major parties of Pakistan have united. And coming together, she is not gearing up to remove a military dictator, but has raised the slogan against the Pakistan army itself. These are the parties whose leaders have been the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. At present there is no military dictator in Pakistan, but a leader who won the election is Prime Minister, named Imran Khan. Imran Khan has been accused by opposing parties that the Pakistan Army has won and elected him with his tricks.
In the 2018 general election, Imran’s party ‘Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf’ got one-third of the total votes but with 149 seats won, it became the largest party and formed a coalition government. ‘Pakistan People’s Party’ leader Bilawal Bhutto has launched a jihad against the Imran government. Almost all the major opposition parties of Pakistan have united on Bilawal’s initiative. While giving a speech from London at the joint conference of these parties, no major leader in Pakistan has spoken like the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attacked the army.
Till now, the leaders of Pakistan never criticized the army by naming it. In Pakistan, the army is often referred to by politicians and journalists as ‘establishment’ or ‘establishment’, or even that it is a ‘government within the government’. But Nawaz Sharif created a new idiom in his address. He called it ‘government over government’. Nawaz Sharif also said that the opposition’s fight is not with Imran Khan but with the army which has kept Imran Khan on the throne. The struggle waged against Imran Khan will now mean a direct war against the Pakistani army.
One of its hallmarks came from the incident that the demand for an investigation into the unbelievable assets of Pakistan Commander Qamar Javed Bajwa is being made openly. Anti-military leaders are speaking out fiercely about the military’s business activities and corruption. Imran government ministers are terming such statements of anti-leaders as treason. Why is it considered treason to open tongue against army in Pakistan? The assumption behind this is that if there is an army, it is Pakistan. If the army remains marginalized, as it lives in other countries, Pakistan will disintegrate. Pakistan is the only country in the world, which is built on the basis of religion. This fake base can survive only on the strength of the poles.
The religious base is fake, that is why Bangladesh was separated from Pakistan. Why are Sindhis, Baloch, Pakhtuns and Kashmiris demanding a separate nation even in Pakistan today? In Pakistan, the rule of the army like Ayub, Yahya, Zia and Musharraf remained for a long time, but even when the non-military leader was the Prime Minister, the real power of the country remained in the hands of the army. At the behest of the army, the courts made prime ministers like Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif and Gilani guilty.
Now the declaration of war against the army, will it be able to succeed? Maulana Fazlur Rehman has been appointed as the leader of the Tehrik-Jamhuriyat. He is the head of Jamiat-ulema-Islam and his party’s demonstrations last year plagued the government. Given the tremendous role of religion in Pakistan’s politics, it would be assumed that any movement led by a maulana can be quite popular. Maulana will launch his multi-party movement with Quetta. Government ministers say that this Maulana is a protector of Afghan terrorists and it is helping India by opposing the army.
The Imran government has prepared to crush this movement. He has started knocking on the doors of the British government to bring Nawaz Sharif back from London. The courts have re-implicated former President Asif Zardari in two new cases of corruption. He has already been imprisoned for six months. Nawaz Sharif’s younger brother Shahbaz Sharif, who had been Punjab’s chief minister, has also been put behind bars. Nawaz’s successor, his daughter Maryam, is set to be sent to prison again. No wonder that some Sindhi, Baloch and Pakhtun leaders will also be arrested soon. Over the next few months, Khunreji may be in Pakistan.
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This mass movement against the Imran government and the army is intensifying at that time, while Pakistan is in deepest crisis after its birth. The corona epidemic has plagued him, besides his economic condition is also deteriorating. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have also defrauded him. America has pulled out its hands. The screws of the International Financial Task Force have been tightening on him. How long will China alone hold this staggering economy? If the Imran government will not act with restraint and dance at the behest of the army, then it is not impossible that the parties involved in its coalition will turn away from it. The result can also be that as soon as the Imran government falls in the Parliament, the army behind it comes forward and Pakistan is once again trampled directly under the army’s boots.
Disclaimer: The views expressed above are the author’s own