Pakistan: Psychodrama of Corrupt Politics

America has, in recent years, altered its strategy in Pakistan in the direction of destabilization. In short, Pakistan is an American target. The reason: Pakistan’s growing military and strategic ties to China, America’s primary global strategic rival. In the ‘Great Game’ for global hegemony, any country that impedes America’s world primacy – even one as historically significant to America as Pakistan – may be sacrificed upon the altar of war…. Pakistan will very likely continue to be destabilized and ultimately collapse. What is not mentioned in these assessments, however, is the role of the military and intelligence communities in making this a reality; a veritable self-fulfilling prophecy. ((Andrew Gavin Marshall “Imperial Eye on Pakistan- Pakistan in Pieces, Part 1″ Global Research, 5/30/2011))

American friendship is more dangerous than its publicly defined animosity. Rejecting cynicism but pondering on the US rationale of “war on terrorism”, there are ample similarities of the blueprint what happened in Iraq, the same fate could be waiting for Pakistan.

Pakistani masses appear to be daydreaming about a political future out of the ballot box, not being fully aware of what is happening around and within them. With massive presence of the US led forces on the Pak-Afghan border, daily drone attacks on the civilians killing innocent people, and the bought and bribed Pakistani intelligentsia (news media, ruling PPP party under Zardari and the Generals), all playing their roles as did the three Pakistani cricketers in London (shown in the BBC secret videos) to undermine the integrity and moral and political standing of the Muslim nation. Cricket was an inherited cultural norm of Pakistan, but what disgrace the few egomaniac players brought brought upon morally conscientious Pakistanis. One could not imagine that Pakistani sportsmen would be so mean and intellectually corrupt to accept money to throw a game. How could you blame them when the whole country is operating in a culture of institutionalized corruption, asked the BBC reporter in Pakistan.

When people live in darkness, they lose their sense of direction. Corruption could be synonymous to human activities outcome of ignorance, greed and mismanagement. No so, there is an emerging awareness of the changing realities of the landscape – masses coming out of the slumber and questioning the incompetent and corrupt politicians. But politicians are part of the problems and cannot be part of any rational solutions. Over half of a century of continued military rule has incapacitated the body politics of the nation by dismantling all public institutions. The only institution that works is the corruption and corruption across the board. One wonders, who is not corrupt in that nation? Could the institution of corruption be wiped out by the verdicts of the Supreme Court alone? The people of Pakistan need to and understand the problems as they are without illusions. Pakistan faces manifold problems within and outside for its survival. The immediate one is to disconnect its affiliation with the US led bogus “war on terrorism” and to restore a sense of normalcy by facilitating a new non-partisan government under new leadership.

The US led war has transformed its egoistic urge into a monstrous situation of unwarranted deaths and killings of the civilian population under the bogus guise of terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan. American policy makers follow a double-edged strategy: they classify “Pakistan as the most dangerous state breeding terrorism,” ((Foreign Policy, 01.2011.)) and continue to accelerate the terrorism of war on the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan to create more terrorism as substance for the policy rationale.

At the end of the 2010, the US’s failed strategies and military losses in Afghanistan look for face-lifting measures. The New York Times reported (12/21/2010) that senior American military commanders – meaning Gen. David Petraeus and his colleagues at ISAF – are pushing for raids into Pakistan aimed at capturing Taliban commanders and bringing them back to Afghanistan for interrogation. The intensification of drone attacks inside Pakistan has devastated the civilian lives in the border region. The corrupt Pakistani regime under Zardari has allowed the US forces to invade and kill its own people. One of the major aims of the US policy (as indicated by the NY Times), is to “disrupt the whole enterprise in Pakistan, including the civilian government.” Political opponents of the existing government would be “screaming for blood,” and the military would feel that it had to act against the government. The global news media and the NY Times (07/2007) made it known, “Pakistani Generals are paid to do the job.” These assignments included killings of their own people and destruction of the institutions and infrastructure to seek insane justification that US friends are doing the job in return for cash payments.

One of the major beneficiaries of this cruel scheme of things was General Pervaz Musharaf and some of his military-political comrades working agents of influence to counteract the US-British engineered “Islamic terrorism” in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Former President Bush claimed to have invested $10 billion in General Musharaf to contain the Islamic militancy. If Condoleezza Rice (the former US Secretary of States in Bush administration), is to be believed, General Musharaf provided vital secret information on the Pakistani nuclear arsenals to the US Government. The US needed these preemptive measures to guard their short-long terms political and military interests and enhance the failing economy with new wars. General Musharaf now lives in $1.4 million bungalow in London protected by the British security services.

American friendship is more dangerous than its publicly defined animosity. Rejecting cynicism but pondering on the US rationale of “war of terrorism,” there are ample similarities of the blueprint what happened in Iraq, the same fate could be waiting for Pakistan. Saddam Hussein was a paid FBI agent for over two decades but once he challenged the US policy orientations and interests, a friend became an enemy and the US attacked Iraq under the pretext of possession of WMD, occupied its wealth of natural resources, massacred more than three million civilian Iraqis and destroyed the social and political habitat across Iraq. Isn’t the same blueprint in place working for Pakistan?

Recall, there were 22 Iraqi Generals with families (friends of the US and conspirators of Iraq) that the US occupation forces airlifted from Baghdad airport and gave asylum in the US. Now, under the Obama administration, the US government has intensified its strategy to engulf the Pakistani nation with military and psychological terrorist activities. There is Blackwater Security (now Xe) and other phony NGOs death squads active in many parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to the NY Times (12/21/2010), the policy being pursued by the Obama administration, tends to insulate it from such warnings of potentially disastrous consequences of an aggressive U.S. military role in Pakistan. The administration increased the number of CIA drone strikes in northwest Pakistan over that of the Bush administration – a policy requiring that it discount the political fallout of the drone campaign in Pakistan. The CIA has also set up “fusion centres” with the Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI, aimed at making the Pakistani military more dependent on U.S. intelligence and less likely to be responsive to public opposition to U.S. military activities in Pakistan. The Petraeus proposal as quoted by a “senior American officer” stating, “We’ve never been as close as we are now to getting the go-ahead to go across.”

Andrew Gavin Marshall states that “in December of 2000, the CIA released a report of global trends to the year 2015, which stated that by 2015, “Pakistan will be more fractious, isolated, and dependent on international financial assistance.” ((Andrew Gavin Marshall “Imperial Eye on Pakistan- Pakistan in Pieces, Part 1″ Global Research, 5/30/2011)) Further, it was predicted, Pakistan:

… will not recover easily from decades of political and economic mismanagement, divisive politics, lawlessness, corruption and ethnic friction. Nascent democratic reforms will produce little change in the face of opposition from an entrenched political elite and radical Islamic parties.

Andrew Gavin Marshall puts the emerging realities in context. “The war in Afghanistan is inherently related to the situation in Pakistan… In September of 2008, the editor of Indian Defence Review wrote an article explaining that a stable Pakistan is not in India’s interests: ‘With Pakistan on the brink of collapse due to massive internal as well as international contradictions, it is matter of time before it ceases to exist.’” He explained that Pakistan’s collapse would bring “multiple benefits” to India, including preventing China from gaining a major port in the Indian Ocean, which is in the mutual interest of the United States. The author explained that this would be a “severe jolt” to China’s expansionist aims, and further, “India’s access to Central Asian energy routes will open up.”

Zardari operates in close cooperation with the leader of MQM – Altaf Husain – most Pakistanis would define him as an agent of the Indian Secret police working against Pakistan. No wonder, how Zardari’s PPP and MQM are realigned to stand together in a future political election. The PPP Government comprises of several indicted criminals who continue to hold high offices in the country. General Musharaf even dismissed the Chief Justice of Pakistan to ensure his own power and survival. The common folks of Pakistan were dealt a cruel blow to their hopes for change and a promising future. None of these perverted rulers feel any sense of guilt in their public behavior. In 2009, the international media reported that 12,900 people were killed in Pakistan for the insane satisfaction of the US led warmongering. In 2010, 3,000 innocent civilians are known to have been killed because of the US drone attacks in North-South Waziristan. The real figures could be multiplied as no credible data is maintained by the aggressive parties. The war on terrorism has crippled the nation across the board in social, economic, political and public life. The net beneficiaries are the Generals, Bhuttos, and Zardari while the Pakistani nation is entrapped and being strangulated by the few.

The Pakistani nation wants to hold these criminals to accountability in a court of law. The recent Wikileaks documents reveal how some of the Generals and the PPP politicians conspired against the interest of the people of Pakistan. Their mindset and behavior belong to draconian age full of poisonous backdoor conspiracies for continued power sharing governance. The PPP operated democracy does not have roots in Pakistani society; it is a mere foreign illusion to destroy the nation by it sown agents. The political gangsterism has ruined the life of ordinary Pakistanis. These agents of foreign rule have no sense of fear and shame that emboldens them to commit any wicked and cruel crime against the freedom and security of Pakistan.

Andrew Gavin Marshall quotes David Kilcullen, advisor to President Obama, who warned in April of 2009, of a possible collapse of Pakistan within months: “We have to face the fact that if Pakistan collapses it will dwarf anything we have seen so far in whatever we’re calling the war on terror now.” The adviser explained that this would be unlike the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, which each had a population of over 30 million, whereas “Pakistan has [187] million people and 100 nuclear weapons, an army which is bigger than the American army, and the headquarters of al-Qaeda sitting in two-thirds of the country which the Government does not control.”

Conscientious and thinking people of Pakistan must strive to workout freedom from exploitation and death squads operated by these so called democrats. A dire sense of reality would ask for change and reformation of the cancerous political governance. Pakistan desperately needs a new government of non-partisan people to disengage its status-quo of collaborative warmongering and to determine a new policy to end the collaboration with the US War and demand immediate withdrawals of the US-British troops from neighboring Afghanistan and to stop drone attacks and incursions into the Pakistani tribal belts of Waziristan and Baluchistan province. The war engagement is killing the people of Pakistan and eliminating its future as a stable nation. This is a clear conspiracy to dismantle the Muslim nation from within. The rulers have lost the sense of reality and accountability to the people. It is a problem of institutionalized corrupt political governance and betrayal to the principles of Islamic system of life –the foundation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. There are superficial tensions guised under the “war of terrorism” to engage the citizens of Pakistan toward bloodshed and continuous animosity to kill each other. The US drone attacks in Waziristan are linked to this goal of domestic strife and collapse of the nation. If there is a new non-partisan government under new and intelligent leadership dedicated to the service of the people of Pakistan, these problems can be addressed based on the strategic interest of Pakistan and with favorable outcomes.

Plato noted that “thinking is man’s natural instrument for problem solving… any problem could be solved by thought.” The thinking people of new and educated generation must have opportunities to perceive, plan and play a defining role in the rebuilding the future of Pakistan. So far, the young generations have been deprived by the influential feudal lords dominating the political landscape. The bogus set-up of the National Assembly and Senate and federal governance is disconnected joint of Pakistani politics. They reflect a burden on people’s conscience. There is no honorable role for Bhuttos, Zardaris, military Generals and Sharifs to be part of Pakistan’s future. They are all dead entries with no relevance to the prevalent realities of living Islamic Pakistan. Pakistan NEEDS a new government under new and intelligent proactive leadership having confidence of the people and a foreign policy to detach itself from the US warmongering and show publicly a shifting metaphor of freedom from the foreign dictates. Pakistani nation looks for change and new and politically responsible leadership and the answer rests with the vision and honest commitment of the new educated generation to serve the people of Pakistan and safeguard its future.

To make a new future, it is important that General Musharaf, Zardari, Geelani, Sharifs and so many other monsters must face legal justice. They must be held accountable for their crimes against the people of Pakistan. Looking at the current events, the dead politicians are again raising slogans to serve the interests of the people of Pakistan. There are multiple psychodramas on screens these days. Could the dead Bhuttos, Zardaris, Sharifs, and the Generals be a reference point or a changing force for the future of Pakistan? Pakistani politics is synonymous to corruption. None of the political establishments or independent politicians have the credibility to move the masses from a crippled present into a politically sustainable future. The answer rests with the new generation of educated and intelligent people to assume this vital role. A change would facilitate new opportunities, new ideas and engage competent people to THINK and workout rational and realistic remedies for a new future. Pakistan needs to get of the neo-colonial clutches and hegemony of the few corrupt families. The outcome of any near future ballot box under the present circumstances will not change the strategic status-quo but will continue to waste time and resources and defy the logic of time and necessity for a navigational change — that is, a new government under new leadership to arrange a new constitution and a new political system of institutions and governance to be evolved to serve the best interests of the people of Pakistan.

Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja, an academic with special interests in global peace and security and conflict resolution, and comparative civilizations and author of numerous publications in global affairs. His latest book includes: To America and Canada with Reason. Comments are welcome: Read other articles by Mahboob.