In the noise of high praises!
A secluded person can imagine what would be the state and extent of noise of praise and congratulations at the houses of victorious national and provincial assembly members. Huge and fragrant garlands, costly gifts and expensive high quality sweets besides high praises, love, affection and assurance of all out cooperation from various quarters and individuals will be the post election scenario. This has been happening for decades. The rule and lust of power is an intoxication, which in most cases becomes worshiping of any person in authority. People, the followers of rising sun, go far away in their appeasing style and they don’t love any individual personality but they love the power, authority and the rule. They love the designations and with the change of authority and designation they change their loyalty. They really worship the rising sun and never look at the sun setting in.
You must have heard the name of Ahmad Dawood. He was the person on whose recommendations and on whose orders Imam Ahmad bin Junmbal (radhiallhu ta`ala `anhu) was subjected to severe torture. He witnessed the reign of three kings one after the other. All three kings enjoyed extra-ordinary rise and their courts were always seen full of courtiers. There were a number of courtiers who never get tired of calling these kings with the highest ranks ‘Zille Ilahi’. The kings used to think about these flatterer courtier what will happen to them once their kingdom comes to an end or they die. How would they live after them. But Ahmad Dawood used to say that the death of all these three kings was a lesson and admonition for the people. What other people could get the lesson from their death while Ahmad Dawood himself did not learn any lesson. Like other courtiers he also used to hook earth with the skies while praising the kings. Ahmad Dawood said he saw the body of Khalifa Al Mamoon. After a few years he saw the body of Al Mo’tasam. And after another few years he saw Al Wasiq dead. On the death of each Caliph, he said, he saw extra-ordinary activities at their palaces. Forgetting the dead ruler, everybody was seen looking at the successor.
Besides general public, our newspapers are also following such precedence. Criticising those who leave the power lobby and praise of those who are coming into power is an old trend of our society. Those who are leaving the power slot are seen with high suspicion and their personality is considered full of corruption while those who are coming into power are paid due respect and considered the most pious people on the earth. Those who are being declared ill-mannered and uneducated today, may appear on the screen of power tomorrow and then they may be considered highly qualified, intelligent and well-mannered people.
It was learnt that when Britishers defeated renowned victorious General, Napoleon Bonaparte and later imprisoned him in an island the pro-French king newspapers carried news reports against him and expressed joy. But later when Napoleon escaped from the captivity and re-organised a big military and attacked France to re-capture it, the newspapers published lead stories stating that a wild beast had escaped from jail. When Napoleon reached near the borders of France then newspapers wrote that the killer was heading towards France. When he crossed the border and entered France then newspapers published news items that Napoleon is in France now. And in the end when Napoleon reached near Paris then newspapers published news reports stating that His Highness the King of France is surfacing in Paris. The summersaults that French journalists took, we have been witnessing since long in our country’s capital, Islamabad. We know a number of columnists who used to term Mian Nawaz Sharif a symbol of courage and a kind-hearted man. They wrote about Nawaz Sharif the king of politics and extra-ordinary intelligent. When Mian Sahib was deposed the same columnists wrote that Nawaz Sharif was a coward, flatterer and shortsighted person.
In the recent past the minister of religious affairs has put his all out efforts to prove General Musharraf as Ameer-ul-Mu'mineen. On some occasions he has also challenged the `Ulama-e-Keram of the country to have an open debate with General Sahib. But the sober `Ulama-e-Keram showed their wisdom and did not react adversely.
After the Election 2002, various political parties and groups are out to manoeuvre to get into the power lobby. Those who had differences with their opponents are not putting their efforts to clarify their position before their ‘so called’ enemies by stating that whatever was their reaction in the past was just a mere joke and if they ever abused that was just for a fun. Under this scenario the traditional opportunists are in great confusion as they are unable how to prove their loyalty with the victorious enemies. Those living in the liberal environment are highly confused. They are unable to digest the victory of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal. A few of them are terming Majlis’s victory as the outcome of agencies’ support. Many of them are confused by thinking that the ruler would be in the hands of those people who would wear the national dress, would have long beards and would have a religious turban on their heads. They will prefer to speak the national language instead of speaking the language of non-Muslims. They would have plain drinking water at their dinning table instead of liquor.
People, highly influenced by the Western culture are confused thinking that the rule will be in the hands of those who would prefer taking a foreign country tour only to the Saudi Arabia and not to the London, America or any other country of the West.
Pro-West people are confused while thinking that their children would be admitted to the Madrasah or religious school instead of sending them to any convent. The religious men would be answerable to Almighty Allah only and not to George Bush or Tony Blair. People are confused that what will happen to the Film Industry. People who think their personality incomplete if they don’t wear T-Shirt or three-piece suit, what will happen if pure Pakistani leadership will take over. What will happen if women folk will not be seen in bazaars, parks and other public places? What will happen to the economy of the country if true religious people will come into power? What will happen if every man will be compelled to wear beard and have national dress?
This imagination sends a wave of concern and trill to the masses who are heavily under the influence of West. And this stage our columnists are tactfully painting the grim picture of that unseen scenario that is the priority of religious people who are about to come into power.
Under the prevailing circumstance, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal will have to be extra cautious. They should not make tall claims that become difficult to prove or they should not make promises that become difficult to be kept.
Next fear is for those elected members of the assemblies who have been voted by the general public because masses want to see a strong and stable economy in the country. People are expecting that these assembly members would promote education, do away with the open society system and eject the foreign forces out of the country. People have given them vote to express their strongest hatred against America and its policies. It is feared that they might forget their motto and slogan in the noise of praises. If this happened then the trust that people have reposed in these assembly members would be damaged and restoration of which would require another 56 years.
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