Pakistan’s Political Dynasties – Olympus Must Fall

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In Greek mythology, Olympus and its residents had a “discrete” and “clear” advantage over others; they were gods. A status, which was untouchable, unthinkable and unattainable to most of the mortals, except to “the chosen ones”. Stories tell us that most preferred leisure of those gods was fighting and conspiring against each other to determine power status but there was one point on which all of those demi-gods agreed, that by all means they are superior to the ones they rule.

Fast forward to the modern days, one can find distinct traces of resemblances of the notion in various political structures around the world. When it comes to Pakistan, it seems like it is a grand demonstration of the entire concept in form of a 24/7 soap opera. Societies develop mentality over the course of history which largely remain unaffected over the course, therefore in this case, mostly it’s the typical subcontinental culture of submission to the most powerful is to blame. From Ashoka to Mughals to the Brits; system of governance relied on the most significant among all in the power grid. Pakistan’s political structure that gradually converted into a mafia however has a more recent backdrop to it.

In the outset of 2nd world war and weakening of colonial British empire, tides started turning for Pakistan movement under strong leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, during this period forefathers of today’s most “electable” which mainly were from feudal background switched sides from pro-British Raj to Pro Pakistan. This list involves almost every notable name of the era, Makhdooms and peers of south Punjab, Mammdoots and Doltanas of central Punjab, Abbasis and Khwaneens of north Punjab, Khoros and Bhuttos of Sindh and many others. They all gradually became part of Muslim League when they realized creation of Pakistan is now inevitable. The same feudal elite now rule Pakistan, ones who had nothing or very little to do with its foundations, ones; who only followed Quad-e-Azam just because it was the necessity of that time and could serve their interest in a better way.

“Kal Bhi Bhutto Zinda Tha Ajj bhi Bhutto Zinda hay” (literally meaning Bhutto isn’t dead) is the most chant worthy and over sold slogan of Pakistani politics. A political paradigm in which presence of uneducated masses makes sure that personality cult paves the way. No rationale, no performance indicators, just names and rhetoric. Not just PPPP but most political parties were founded in this orotundity of mentioned personality cult. Look around, most political parties such as MQM, ANP, PTI, PMLN and other derivatives of the same background mainly revolve around a single person. Take that one individual out and you got yourself an empty balloon. Theory is recently confirmed by the recent political development in context of Karachi where “Quaid-e-Tehrek” finally was nailed. What has left now of MQM is a dead carcass for scavengers.

PPPP’s case is a bit more interesting, they were part of the first political Olympus of Pakistan which had somewhat a considerable grassroots following in the start but ironically most of their political god and goddesses met unfortunate demises, starting from the mighty Zeus himself i.e. ZA Bhutto, sentenced to death for orchestrating a murder, though trial was a bit shadowy, due legal process was effectively violated and one might conclude that judicial tribunal was under pressure from sitting government but bearing in mind the circumstantial evidence and ZA Bhutto’s relentless approach towards his political opponents, situation begs a question that who else could have ordered the assassination of Nawab Ahmed Qasoori? PPPP and its supporters/voters to this day have based their whole political narrative on this “so-called” political murder and have continued to celebrate the legacy of “martyr Bhutto” but at the same time they never bothered to ponder upon the other side of the coin. Being an Olympian has it benefits; mortals tend to care less of what “gods” kill in their spare time.

It goes same for most of the other political parties of the country. This mentality of serving the political royalties should stop, for establishment of a vibrant political culture people must part ways from these rotten repetitions and to do so social and educational reforms are the key. Informed masses are more equipped to deal with deception; age of Olympians must end, for rise of Pakistan Olympus must fall.

 

Ahsan Malik is an IT professional with a passionate & candid version of his own on national and international issues relating to Pakistan, he tweets @MohdAhsanMalik and can be reached at [email protected]

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