The African Change

I am writing this post in light with the recent sudden changes in the thought of the people living in Africa. Last week a group of angry demonstrators demanded a change in the government. They wanted their president ‘Ben Ali’ gone, for he had been in power far too long. From 1987-2011 Ben Ali remained in Power, as there was no proper opposition against him, but as time passes by & people get tired of the old things, they try a new one & this is exactly what the majority of the people did in Tunisia, they demanded a Change in the system, a revolution.

Now that Ben Ali has has left, all seems to be fine in Tunisia, but this has suddenly become an inspiration for the people living in Egypt. Egypt is currently under the rule of an stubborn president, Hosni Mubarak. A former Air Force Officer, is currently serving as the president of Egypt, perhaps, the only well known African nation all around the globe. Egypt is famous for its long history & of course not mention the Pyramids & tombs of the Pharaohs’. Well as I was saying, the change of power in Tunisia lit a fire of hope for the people of Egypt as they too have become tired of Hosni Mubarak’s regime, who has been in Power since 1981-present. After a week’s protests, he has announced that he will not consider himself as a candidate in the upcoming elections, but has insisted on remaining in power till his term lasts in September. All seems to be fine here, but the only question remains is will he really quit? I suppose only time can tell.

Does any of you remember Muntadir Al Zaidi?.. a.k.a ‘The Shoe Thrower’, Mr. Muntadir had welcomed George W.Bush with a flying shoe on his visit to Iraq & this act soon became famous all around the world. People had started to hurl shoes on whoever they deemed to be corrupt. It became a Global Trend or a Political Fashion of expressing disgust & hate. Now the recent changes in African nations has also prompted changes in other countries like Jordan, where King Abdullah has dissolved the government & appointed a Vice President. Apart from this I believe we will also witness a change in Yemen soon, where people are a victim of inflation & poor living conditions, they too might want to witness a change in their own homeland. Funny isn’t it? How the actions of a few can change the fate of millions.

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Justice Should be Served..

A few days ago, an incident took place  in Lahore, Pakistan; where a U.S civilian, ‘Raymond Davis’, an employee of the U.S consulate opened fire on two Pakistani Citizen & claimed to have done so in self-defence. According to his version of the  the story, Raymond was being chased by two motorcyclists who were allegedly armed & had attempted to kill him & in the process Raymond’s car had also overrun an innocent pedestrian, but according to eye witnesses, Raymond’s car sped away after shooting his assailants. It took two traffic police personnel to stop him & later on arrested Raymond.

The initial reaction of  The U.S Government was that they would fully co-operate with the Pakistani Authorities & would respect the legal criminal procedures that are necessary, but now as the story seems to be emerging, the U.S government is pressurizing the Pakistani Authorities & demanding an immediate release of  the suspect under the claim that he was a diplomat & deserves the diplomatic immunity.

I being a Pakistani Citizen personally feel that U.S should stop interfering into the matters that take place inside the Pakistani Borders. As I was following this story, a thought occurred to me that if Raymond was indeed innocent then, why did he not call the police after shooting those two criminals? Instead he decides to go on the run & gets himself arrested.

A Similar Story occurred a few years ago, a Pakistani Citizen, Dr. Afia  Siddiqui, who was a graduate from the MIT institute, considered as one of the best in the world in the field of Medicine, was accused of murdering 2 U.S soldiers & she too claimed to have done it in self-defence, but the result was that she tortured for 5Years in prison & later when her trial was conducted, she was termed guilty by the prejudiced court of America. The evidence that was found on the crime scene clearly told a different tale of the entire crime scene, but yet she was given a life term of 80 years  in Prison.

When the matter was  brought up to the Pakistani Authorities, they pleaded to the U.S Authorities for her immediate release, but all was in vain. Now my question is that why in the world should Pakistani Government listen to the U.S pleas in the matter of Raymond? Being a Diplomat grants him diplomatic immunity but no one is above the law. Henceforth I urge the Pakistani Government to conduct all the necessary proceedings & if necessary punish Raymond accordingly. The ‘Tit for Tat’ rule must be applied & ‘At least For Once Justice be should be SERVED!’

Pakistan’s Trump Card

Pakistan is a country which is full of natural & mineral resources, but I am not going to talk about exploiting these resources as Pakistan is an underdeveloped country (UDC), she lacks the resources, machinery, skills & the technical knowledge to exploit these resources. These Resources may be the Ace’s that we possess in our hand but they certainly cannot, help us to defeat problem of Terrorism. Terrorism is not just the problem of Pakistan, but rather a global issue which is currently irking the Western Powers(USA & Europe) but the problem here seems to be that Pakistan is fighting this war alone, as the lives of innocent people are being jeoperdised by the Government & the Army on the expense of friendly ties with USA & the West.

As we Know that Pakistan is not only suffering from terrorism, being an UDC; Pakistan has to face various problems like unemployment, poverty, corruption, etc. & the international community is also not playing its part well. As Pakistan has taken quite a lot of loans in the past from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank & the International Monetary Fund(IMF), these institutions are further creating hurdles for Pakistan by pressurising on the the issue of repayment of loans by increasing the interest rates. As a result inflation has risen in the country, distracting its leadership from the actual menace of terrorism.

Now lets suppose, what if Pakistan were to apply a ‘Tit for Tat’ attitude against these ‘Western Powers’. Didn’t get what I said?, alright here let me clarify a bit. If Pakistan were to raise this issue of Terrorism in UN Security Council & relate it to the monetary issues, I am sure that we can Waive off at least 40% of our foreign loans. All Pakistan has to do is to conduct a good bargain ‘Terrorists in exchange for relief in foreign loans’. Deal or no Deal its up to the USA & the West to decide that. As a matter of fact I feel that we have an upper hand in this Issue; as Pakistan is a Nuclear Power & the only Muslim country to possess such technology & I am confident the USA & the West are not too naive to attack a Nuclear Islamic Republic Backed by the so called Taliban & vast majority of Civilians who by far also hate the USA (due to its supportive policies towards Israel)

Pakistan is in a situation of Die or Die trying. If we continue to support the US & the West in the War against Terrorism, it will do no good to the country as people are already dieing under the pressure of inflation & unemployment, but if we support the Taliban directly; the UNO Sanctions will murder the country’s Economy & Population. In my opinion, a little jolt in the UN Council will do us no harm on the contrary we might win the war from both ends.

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