Author: Mir Ahsan
Department of English
University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir
Referring to Hardy’s saying: “most of the things are too hard to be believed, yet nothing is too hard to have happened”. So, conventionally or unanimously there is an equal chance of it as a fraud or a political drama.
As reiterated by political parties against Imran Khan, who regard his fall as his own inability to run the government, failure of policies, concerns of his allies who are not happy with his steps as well as the increase of hatred by the people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan against his ineffective and corrupt cabinet. Henceforth the political parties were left with no choice but to safeguard this nation and boost its economy by removing the ineligible government of Khan.
According to this scenario the event of vote of no confidence is a trivial matter and can be considered as a micky-mouse in the usual ups and downs of democracy of Pakistan which continues from independence till now and has nothing to do with any external interference, but there are a lot of contradictions between the sayings of opposition of that time and the conditions.
Firstly, if the inability of PTI to run the government was a serious concern then how it survived the waves of a pandemic? Second, if their strategies were that poor then why there was an international appraisal of their strategies along with regarding Pakistan as the third best country in the world in Covid handling which was an albatross around the global economy’s neck? Third, if allies of Khan’s government were not having material interests then why they don’t bifurcate in the start? Fourth, if it was public demand of kicking off Khan from the government then why there were mass processions and riots throughout the country?
If one looks at the picture from a wider perspective, then there are strong notions of it being an external interference. If Pakistani’s were well aware of History then it had not been that difficult for them to find out the coup d’ént hidden under the cloak of vote for no confidence of democracy, but these poor people are having a loophole in their own history, so what they could know about the dark pages of Middle East or Arabic countries. This voidness is created by the exemption of history from the curriculum by military dictators like General Ayub Khan who introduced ‘Mutala-e-Pakistan’ instead of it, and then by General Zia-ul-Haq who mandated Pakistan and Kashmir studies at matriculation and intermediate level, this evident from the book The Murder of History by K. K. Aziz.
Those who are familiar with the historical connotations of Arabs and the West have no difficulty sorting it out. Although it is a bitter pill to swallow that it is not just a blame game because Western powers and especially the United States is found to be involved in such overthrow of regimes even in history. More precisely the overthrow of Khan of Pakistan in 2020 is analogous to the overthrow of Mosaddeq of Iran in 1953 for sharing a common game changer, the one and only United States. Undoubtedly, both these political leaders were dealing with the internal affairs of their respective states but they were like a bad penny for someone else. Mossadeq was overthrown for he was trying to nationalize the oil companies which on one hand was an indispensable threat to Britain whose economic gains were at stake for they were receiving more tax from Anglo-Iranian Company more than in royalties to the government of Iran and on the other hand nationalization of oil companies was in U.S perspective a communist idea which was a threat against their capitalistic League of Nations. Khan was found guilty of somehow similar case, he was believed to sign a deal with Russia for cheap import of crude oil and petroleum products but as it was a nightmare for U.S hegemony over East and could have been a slap on Petro-Dollar agreement. So, some loyal and patriotic Pakistani leaders stood up and put forward the vote of no confidence against Khan in order to protect Pakistan from his ill policies in the same way as General Zahedi stood against Mosaddeq by the support of a well wisher of his nation. So, it feels that it was said for Pakistan, “It is a country where the joys are visible but false, and the sorrows are hidden but real”.
Wait and watch whether the U.S. will repeat its history that in spite of showing complicity with the corrupt tyrants, it is still an unreliable patron of its puppets. It is proven from history that U.S do not care what Middle Easterners do with their own nation until they are meeting U.S demands. Bloodbath in the Syrian city of Hama in 1982, the revolt against Saddam in 1991, and the massacres of Algeria in 1992 are those dark pages of history that vociferously delineate the double standards of the United States. The most notable victim of the double standards in the United States is Zahedi who was neither supported nor given asylum when he was between a stone and a hard place. Pakistani people are not ready to accept reality for they are the people, who know the truth, and believe the truth but still support the lies. That’s why Habib Jalib said: “10 crore ye gadhy hyn jin ka nam ha awaam”.