Call it a day!


Pakistan receives an unlikely financial bounty from the UAE amidst encouraging US-Taliban parleys organised on its behest in Doha. Things look to be easing up as frayed tempers are coming under control. There appears to be likely rational scheme behind the badly-mingled scenario that may soon produce beneficial results. It is a reality that Pakistan’s internal situation and external relations overlap each other blurring their proper context. It is always difficult to detach one from the other for arriving at meaningful analysis.

Whatever the final shape of emerging scenario one thing is certain that Pakistan cannot exist in isolation, however, splendid it is presented to be. It is one of the rare lands in the region where the well-entrenched matrix is unraveling democratically where people are gradually finding their voice. The entitled forces did try to muddy waters with deliberately created self-righteous demons but they could not last due to increased pressures exerted by rationally moderated elements that have created a place for themselves in all societal echelons.

It is satisfying to note that political elements are willingly facing consequences of their misplaced notions of governance opening doors for similar accountability of the entire state and social structure. It should be borne in mind that one skeleton thrown out of the closet creates a widespread demonstration effect that is always hard to contain. The current situation reveals that the tried-and-tested method of pinning blame of social ills on any one segment of the social structure is not acceptable an explanation in an altered perception.

The psycho-somatic changes in Pakistani society also indicate that the pickets raised at far-ends to secure the gradually constricting special space further egg-on reaction against exclusivity claimed and demanded on whatever pretext. In a judicious national arena exclusivity is the first victim and rightfully so because all factors are deemed to be equal and valuable. The proponents of exclusivity fail to understand that exclusivity in the longer run is a self-defeating formula making it the exclusive target in the end.

The changes witnessed in polity were bound to happen. They reflect the maturity of rational balancing forces that exist in every society but take time to emerge as decisive factor for streamlining the national ethos. The connectivity factor has played a large role in developing a rational discourse and in hindsight it appears to have decisively affected the outcome. The well-entrenched elements encouraged connectivity without realising that it works both ways. The result is the strong but belated attempts to curb this factor but it may not be possible to reverse the trend.

Pakistanis have a right to exist in peace and amity and should not always be vulnerable to the whims of the entitled class. Every Pakistani is a complete unit and requires nurturing and developing to contribute its best to the national well-being. The country is owned by its every citizen and time and again the citizenry has proved that it possesses a distinct voice that is often in conflict with the narratives proffered by specific segments of the polity. The citizen needs to be heard and provided with every chance to live a decent and rewarding life.

It is a welcome sign to observe external factors putting their weight behind the people of Pakistan instead of treating them as the responsibility of the clients they had been entertaining in the past who proclaimed themselves as arbiters of their aspirations. The increasing realisation on part of external factors that Pakistani people need a break is not wrongly placed because most of the developed world achieved freedom and prosperity due to singularly cogent participation of its people. Pakistani representative segments have brought to fore the ability to garner public support if they are encouraged to maintain a sustained presence.

Pakistan is slowly but surely moving towards achieving breakthrough in internal and external spheres by balancing the intricacies such tasks demand. The public representatives have created an awareness that was not present just a decade before and the public opinion is asserting itself massively. It is apparent that Pakistani public opinion cannot be muzzled for long and national policies will ultimately be prioritised accordingly. The attempts to take a contrary course are bound to fail.

Things are shaping-up well and it is earnestly expected that the natural course of affairs will not be disrupted. It may not be premature to convey to the entitled class that it will be futile to further use ploys for deviating national discourse simply because the national consciousness is quite strong to resist such attempts and may finally be able to blunt them. It is time to call it a day.


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