'Power of truth'



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    I am rather surprised at Dr. Aasim Sajjad Akhtar's wish of a 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' in Pakistan. And I say this because for such a commission to succeed and serve its purpose, it is absolutely essential that all leaders are honest, truthful and hold the interest of the country and its people to be above their self-interests. Also, they ought to be seriously interested in seeking a reconciliation rather than using the forum just as a point-scoring platform.

    However, it is quite clear that the above factors are simply not there because our major politicians do not seem to be so inclined. They are best known for corruption, nepotism and bad governance. And they have spoiled nearly all important government departments by placing corrupt and inept favourites as heads there, with their main task being to devise ways and means to ensure a steady flow of illicit wealth to them.

    Also, as a country which has difficult relations with both its eastern and western neighbours and is also not looked at favourably by many important countries around the world, Pakistan did not even have a foreign minister for many years. Of course, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif doubled up as a foreign minister, not because he had expertise in the field but because holding the portfolio enabled him to glob-trot in style and at state cost, with his personal and business trips disguised as state visits.

    And the finance minister has been away for months, feigning illness, in order to avoid the ongoing corruptions cases at home. And all this time, the country, which is in dire financial straits, has a novice as a finance minister who considered himself to be entitled and competent to announce a full years budget while his government term ends this month?

    And at a time when US President Donald Trump is throwing punches at us, our government has appointed as an ambassador to the US a young person who has absolutely no experience in diplomacy and is additionally facing a corruption probe at home.

    The writer talks about a popular movement of young Pakhtuns calling for a truth and reconciliation commission in Pakistan, particularly in the war-torn regions of the northwest. Of course, Pakhtuns have suffered as a result of anti-terror war but at the same time, nearly 70,000 Pakistanis have died at the hands of militants and terrorists who were mostly Pakhtuns. And the financial loss suffered by the country as a result of terrorist action is estimated to be about $ 100 bn. Baluchs have also suffered but at the same time, the terrorists in Baluchistan are regularly killing policemen, military personnel and even innocent people from Punjab and others belonging to Hazara community.

    And there was once a separatist movement in Sindh as well which fizzled out.

    So, you see, while there were only two sides in South Africa: whites on one side and blacks and coloured on the other and blacks and coloured had a wise and patient leader like Nelson Mandela. However, in Pakistan, the leaders are mostly corrupt and fiery and there are so many groups having claims and counter claims against each other.

    In these circumstances, while truth and reconciliation commission might sound like a good idea, it is definitely not practical for us.

    I think it would be far better for us all to consider our suffering as a collective penalty for electing, selecting and tolerating the sort of leaders we had in the past. And having done that, we must resolve to be cautious while casting our votes in future. Someone had said once that if Pakistanis do not exercise their choice of vote carefully, they will get the government they deserve. So, in the past, we got what we deserved.

    There is another serious problem. After devastating Iraq, Libya and Syria to their hearts' content, the US and its allies are now after Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. And Pakistan, being the only nuclear power in the Muslim world, and also a close ally of China, is unacceptable to Both the US and India in its present shape.

    We know after costly Iraq invasion, the US and its allies developed and perfected an economy model which they used successfully in Libya and Syria. This involves using existing dissension to set different groups against each other, and adding fuel to the fire by selective backing, financial and otherwise.

    And unprovoked, cross-border firing by Indian troops has become a regular feature and in the latest incident, they killed three children and a woman. We have also lost military personnel in cross-border firing from Afghanistan side. And there sure is foreign-aided insurgency in Baluchistan and elsewhere in Pakistan. What else can one attribute it to except foreign intervention to creae Libya/Syria like situation in Pakistan?

    In these circumstances, would it be wise to start the 'Truth and reconciliation commission' especially when we know that it won't be conclusive and will only aggravate matters since our people specialize in using less of brain and more of emotions which can be easily exploited by clever operators? Just why do our so-called intellectuals seem bent on paving the way for our collective suicide?

    Karachi

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1408395

    I am rather surprised at Dr. Aasim Sajjad Akhtar's wish of a 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' in Pakistan. And I say this because for such a commission to succeed and serve its purpose, it is absolutely essential that all leaders are honest, truthful and hold the interest of the country and its people to be above their self-interests. Also, they ought to be seriously interested in seeking a reconciliation rather than using the forum just as a point-scoring platform.

    However, it is quite clear that the above factors are simply not there because our major politicians do not seem to be so inclined. They are best known for corruption, nepotism and bad governance. And they have spoiled nearly all important government departments by placing corrupt and inept favourites as heads there, with their main task being to devise ways and means to ensure a steady flow of illicit wealth to them.

    Also, as a country which has difficult relations with both its eastern and western neighbours and is also not looked at favourably by many important countries around the world, Pakistan did not even have a foreign minister for many years. Of course, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif doubled up as a foreign minister, not because he had expertise in the field but because holding the portfolio enabled him to glob-trot in style and at state cost, with his personal and business trips disguised as state visits.

    And the finance minister has been away for months, feigning illness, in order to avoid the ongoing corruptions cases at home. And all this time, the country, which is in dire financial straits, has a novice as a finance minister who considered himself to be entitled and competent to announce a full years budget while his government term ends this month?

    And at a time when US President Donald Trump is throwing punches at us, our government has appointed as an ambassador to the US a young person who has absolutely no experience in diplomacy and is additionally facing a corruption probe at home.

    The writer talks about a popular movement of young Pakhtuns calling for a truth and reconciliation commission in Pakistan, particularly in the war-torn regions of the northwest. Of course, Pakhtuns have suffered as a result of anti-terror war but at the same time, nearly 70,000 Pakistanis have died at the hands of militants and terrorists who were mostly Pakhtuns. And the financial loss suffered by the country as a result of terrorist action is estimated to be about $ 100 bn. Baluchs have also suffered but at the same time, the terrorists in Baluchistan are regularly killing policemen, military personnel and even innocent people from Punjab and others belonging to Hazara community.

    And there was once a separatist movement in Sindh as well which fizzled out.

    So, you see, while there were only two sides in South Africa: whites on one side and blacks and coloured on the other and blacks and coloured had a wise and patient leader like Nelson Mandela. However, in Pakistan, the leaders are mostly corrupt and fiery and there are so many groups having claims and counter claims against each other.

    In these circumstances, while truth and reconciliation commission might sound like a good idea, it is definitely not practical for us.

    I think it would be far better for us all to consider our suffering as a collective penalty for electing, selecting and tolerating the sort of leaders we had in the past. And having done that, we must resolve to be cautious while casting our votes in future. Someone had said once that if Pakistanis do not exercise their choice of vote carefully, they will get the government they deserve. So, in the past, we got what we deserved.

    There is another serious problem. After devastating Iraq, Libya and Syria to their hearts' content, the US and its allies are now after Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. And Pakistan, being the only nuclear power in the Muslim world, and also a close ally of China, is unacceptable to Both the US and India in its present shape.

    We know after costly Iraq invasion, the US and its allies developed and perfected an economy model which they used successfully in Libya and Syria. This involves using existing dissension to set different groups against each other, and adding fuel to the fire by selective backing, financial and otherwise.

    And unprovoked, cross-border firing by Indian troops has become a regular feature and in the latest incident, they killed three children and a woman. We have also lost military personnel in cross-border firing from Afghanistan side. And there sure is foreign-aided insurgency in Baluchistan and elsewhere in Pakistan. What else can one attribute it to except foreign intervention to creae Libya/Syria like situation in Pakistan?

    In these circumstances, would it be wise to start the 'Truth and reconciliation commission' especially when we know that it won't be conclusive and will only aggravate matters since our people specialize in using less of brain and more of emotions which can be easily exploited by clever operators? Just why do our so-called intellectuals seem bent on paving the way for our collective suicide?

    Karachi

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1408395

    I am rather surprised at Dr. Aasim Sajjad Akhtar's wish of a 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' in Pakistan. And I say this because for such a commission to succeed and serve its purpose, it is absolutely essential that all leaders are honest, truthful and hold the interest of the country and its people to be above their self-interests. Also, they ought to be seriously interested in seeking a reconciliation rather than using the forum just as a point-scoring platform.

    However, it is quite clear that the above factors are simply not there because our major politicians do not seem to be so inclined. They are best known for corruption, nepotism and bad governance. And they have spoiled nearly all important government departments by placing corrupt and inept favourites as heads there, with their main task being to devise ways and means to ensure a steady flow of illicit wealth to them.

    Also, as a country which has difficult relations with both its eastern and western neighbours and is also not looked at favourably by many important countries around the world, Pakistan did not even have a foreign minister for many years. Of course, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif doubled up as a foreign minister, not because he had expertise in the field but because holding the portfolio enabled him to glob-trot in style and at state cost, with his personal and business trips disguised as state visits.

    And the finance minister has been away for months, feigning illness, in order to avoid the ongoing corruptions cases at home. And all this time, the country, which is in dire financial straits, has a novice as a finance minister who considered himself to be entitled and competent to announce a full years budget while his government term ends this month?

    And at a time when US President Donald Trump is throwing punches at us, our government has appointed as an ambassador to the US a young person who has absolutely no experience in diplomacy and is additionally facing a corruption probe at home.

    The writer talks about a popular movement of young Pakhtuns calling for a truth and reconciliation commission in Pakistan, particularly in the war-torn regions of the northwest. Of course, Pakhtuns have suffered as a result of anti-terror war but at the same time, nearly 70,000 Pakistanis have died at the hands of militants and terrorists who were mostly Pakhtuns. And the financial loss suffered by the country as a result of terrorist action is estimated to be about $ 100 bn. Baluchs have also suffered but at the same time, the terrorists in Baluchistan are regularly killing policemen, military personnel and even innocent people from Punjab and others belonging to Hazara community.

    And there was once a separatist movement in Sindh as well which fizzled out.

    So, you see, while there were only two sides in South Africa: whites on one side and blacks and coloured on the other and blacks and coloured had a wise and patient leader like Nelson Mandela. However, in Pakistan, the leaders are mostly corrupt and fiery and there are so many groups having claims and counter claims against each other.

    In these circumstances, while truth and reconciliation commission might sound like a good idea, it is definitely not practical for us.

    I think it would be far better for us all to consider our suffering as a collective penalty for electing, selecting and tolerating the sort of leaders we had in the past. And having done that, we must resolve to be cautious while casting our votes in future. Someone had said once that if Pakistanis do not exercise their choice of vote carefully, they will get the government they deserve. So, in the past, we got what we deserved.

    There is another serious problem. After devastating Iraq, Libya and Syria to their hearts' content, the US and its allies are now after Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. And Pakistan, being the only nuclear power in the Muslim world, and also a close ally of China, is unacceptable to Both the US and India in its present shape.

    We know after costly Iraq invasion, the US and its allies developed and perfected an economy model which they used successfully in Libya and Syria. This involves using existing dissension to set different groups against each other, and adding fuel to the fire by selective backing, financial and otherwise.

    And unprovoked, cross-border firing by Indian troops has become a regular feature and in the latest incident, they killed three children and a woman. We have also lost military personnel in cross-border firing from Afghanistan side. And there sure is foreign-aided insurgency in Baluchistan and elsewhere in Pakistan. What else can one attribute it to except foreign intervention to creae Libya/Syria like situation in Pakistan?

    In these circumstances, would it be wise to start the 'Truth and reconciliation commission' especially when we know that it won't be conclusive and will only aggravate matters since our people specialize in using less of brain and more of emotions which can be easily exploited by clever operators? Just why do our so-called intellectuals seem bent on paving the way for our collective suicide?

    Karachi

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1408395

    I am rather surprised at Dr. Aasim Sajjad Akhtar's wish of a 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' in Pakistan. And I say this because for such a commission to succeed and serve its purpose, it is absolutely essential that all leaders are honest, truthful and hold the interest of the country and its people to be above their self-interests. Also, they ought to be seriously interested in seeking a reconciliation rather than using the forum just as a point-scoring platform.

    However, it is quite clear that the above factors are simply not there because our major politicians do not seem to be so inclined. They are best known for corruption, nepotism and bad governance. And they have spoiled nearly all important government departments by placing corrupt and inept favourites as heads there, with their main task being to devise ways and means to ensure a steady flow of illicit wealth to them.

    Also, as a country which has difficult relations with both its eastern and western neighbours and is also not looked at favourably by many important countries around the world, Pakistan did not even have a foreign minister for many years. Of course, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif doubled up as a foreign minister, not because he had expertise in the field but because holding the portfolio enabled him to glob-trot in style and at state cost, with his personal and business trips disguised as state visits.

    And the finance minister has been away for months, feigning illness, in order to avoid the ongoing corruptions cases at home. And all this time, the country, which is in dire financial straits, has a novice as a finance minister who considered himself to be entitled and competent to announce a full years budget while his government term ends this month?

    And at a time when US President Donald Trump is throwing punches at us, our government has appointed as an ambassador to the US a young person who has absolutely no experience in diplomacy and is additionally facing a corruption probe at home.

    The writer talks about a popular movement of young Pakhtuns calling for a truth and reconciliation commission in Pakistan, particularly in the war-torn regions of the northwest. Of course, Pakhtuns have suffered as a result of anti-terror war but at the same time, nearly 70,000 Pakistanis have died at the hands of militants and terrorists who were mostly Pakhtuns. And the financial loss suffered by the country as a result of terrorist action is estimated to be about $ 100 bn. Baluchs have also suffered but at the same time, the terrorists in Baluchistan are regularly killing policemen, military personnel and even innocent people from Punjab and others belonging to Hazara community.

    And there was once a separatist movement in Sindh as well which fizzled out.

    So, you see, while there were only two sides in South Africa: whites on one side and blacks and coloured on the other and blacks and coloured had a wise and patient leader like Nelson Mandela. However, in Pakistan, the leaders are mostly corrupt and fiery and there are so many groups having claims and counter claims against each other.

    In these circumstances, while truth and reconciliation commission might sound like a good idea, it is definitely not practical for us.

    I think it would be far better for us all to consider our suffering as a collective penalty for electing, selecting and tolerating the sort of leaders we had in the past. And having done that, we must resolve to be cautious while casting our votes in future. Someone had said once that if Pakistanis do not exercise their choice of vote carefully, they will get the government they deserve. So, in the past, we got what we deserved.

    There is another serious problem. After devastating Iraq, Libya and Syria to their hearts' content, the US and its allies are now after Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. And Pakistan, being the only nuclear power in the Muslim world, and also a close ally of China, is unacceptable to Both the US and India in its present shape.

    We know after costly Iraq invasion, the US and its allies developed and perfected an economy model which they used successfully in Libya and Syria. This involves using existing dissension to set different groups against each other, and adding fuel to the fire by selective backing, financial and otherwise.

    And unprovoked, cross-border firing by Indian troops has become a regular feature and in the latest incident, they killed three children and a woman. We have also lost military personnel in cross-border firing from Afghanistan side. And there sure is foreign-aided insurgency in Baluchistan and elsewhere in Pakistan. What else can one attribute it to except foreign intervention to creae Libya/Syria like situation in Pakistan?

    In these circumstances, would it be wise to start the 'Truth and reconciliation commission' especially when we know that it won't be conclusive and will only aggravate matters since our people specialize in using less of brain and more of emotions which can be easily exploited by clever operators? Just why do our so-called intellectuals seem bent on paving the way for our collective suicide?

    Karachi

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1408395

    I am rather surprised at Dr. Aasim Sajjad Akhtar's wish of a 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' in Pakistan. And I say this because for such a commission to succeed and serve its purpose, it is absolutely essential that all leaders are honest, truthful and hold the interest of the country and its people to be above their self-interests. Also, they ought to be seriously interested in seeking a reconciliation rather than using the forum just as a point-scoring platform.

    However, it is quite clear that the above factors are simply not there because our major politicians do not seem to be so inclined. They are best known for corruption, nepotism and bad governance. And they have spoiled nearly all important government departments by placing corrupt and inept favourites as heads there, with their main task being to devise ways and means to ensure a steady flow of illicit wealth to them.

    Also, as a country which has difficult relations with both its eastern and western neighbours and is also not looked at favourably by many important countries around the world, Pakistan did not even have a foreign minister for many years. Of course, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif doubled up as a foreign minister, not because he had expertise in the field but because holding the portfolio enabled him to glob-trot in style and at state cost, with his personal and business trips disguised as state visits.

    And the finance minister has been away for months, feigning illness, in order to avoid the ongoing corruptions cases at home. And all this time, the country, which is in dire financial straits, has a novice as a finance minister who considered himself to be entitled and competent to announce a full years budget while his government term ends this month?

    And at a time when US President Donald Trump is throwing punches at us, our government has appointed as an ambassador to the US a young person who has absolutely no experience in diplomacy and is additionally facing a corruption probe at home.

    The writer talks about a popular movement of young Pakhtuns calling for a truth and reconciliation commission in Pakistan, particularly in the war-torn regions of the northwest. Of course, Pakhtuns have suffered as a result of anti-terror war but at the same time, nearly 70,000 Pakistanis have died at the hands of militants and terrorists who were mostly Pakhtuns. And the financial loss suffered by the country as a result of terrorist action is estimated to be about $ 100 bn. Baluchs have also suffered but at the same time, the terrorists in Baluchistan are regularly killing policemen, military personnel and even innocent people from Punjab and others belonging to Hazara community.

    And there was once a separatist movement in Sindh as well which fizzled out.

    So, you see, while there were only two sides in South Africa: whites on one side and blacks and coloured on the other and blacks and coloured had a wise and patient leader like Nelson Mandela. However, in Pakistan, the leaders are mostly corrupt and fiery and there are so many groups having claims and counter claims against each other.

    In these circumstances, while truth and reconciliation commission might sound like a good idea, it is definitely not practical for us.

    I think it would be far better for us all to consider our suffering as a collective penalty for electing, selecting and tolerating the sort of leaders we had in the past. And having done that, we must resolve to be cautious while casting our votes in future. Someone had said once that if Pakistanis do not exercise their choice of vote carefully, they will get the government they deserve. So, in the past, we got what we deserved.

    There is another serious problem. After devastating Iraq, Libya and Syria to their hearts' content, the US and its allies are now after Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. And Pakistan, being the only nuclear power in the Muslim world, and also a close ally of China, is unacceptable to Both the US and India in its present shape.

    We know after costly Iraq invasion, the US and its allies developed and perfected an economy model which they used successfully in Libya and Syria. This involves using existing dissension to set different groups against each other, and adding fuel to the fire by selective backing, financial and otherwise.

    And unprovoked, cross-border firing by Indian troops has become a regular feature and in the latest incident, they killed three children and a woman. We have also lost military personnel in cross-border firing from Afghanistan side. And there sure is foreign-aided insurgency in Baluchistan and elsewhere in Pakistan. What else can one attribute it to except foreign intervention to creae Libya/Syria like situation in Pakistan?

    In these circumstances, would it be wise to start the 'Truth and reconciliation commission' especially when we know that it won't be conclusive and will only aggravate matters since our people specialize in using less of brain and more of emotions which can be easily exploited by clever operators? Just why do our so-called intellectuals seem bent on paving the way for our collective suicide?

    Karachi

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1408395

    I am rather surprised at Dr. Aasim Sajjad Akhtar's wish of a 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' in Pakistan. And I say this because for such a commission to succeed and serve its purpose, it is absolutely essential that all leaders are honest, truthful and hold the interest of the country and its people to be above their self-interests. Also, they ought to be seriously interested in seeking a reconciliation rather than using the forum just as a point-scoring platform.

    However, it is quite clear that the above factors are simply not there because our major politicians do not seem to be so inclined. They are best known for corruption, nepotism and bad governance. And they have spoiled nearly all important government departments by placing corrupt and inept favourites as heads there, with their main task being to devise ways and means to ensure a steady flow of illicit wealth to them.

    Also, as a country which has difficult relations with both its eastern and western neighbours and is also not looked at favourably by many important countries around the world, Pakistan did not even have a foreign minister for many years. Of course, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif doubled up as a foreign minister, not because he had expertise in the field but because holding the portfolio enabled him to glob-trot in style and at state cost, with his personal and business trips disguised as state visits.

    And the finance minister has been away for months, feigning illness, in order to avoid the ongoing corruptions cases at home. And all this time, the country, which is in dire financial straits, has a novice as a finance minister who considered himself to be entitled and competent to announce a full years budget while his government term ends this month?

    And at a time when US President Donald Trump is throwing punches at us, our government has appointed as an ambassador to the US a young person who has absolutely no experience in diplomacy and is additionally facing a corruption probe at home.

    The writer talks about a popular movement of young Pakhtuns calling for a truth and reconciliation commission in Pakistan, particularly in the war-torn regions of the northwest. Of course, Pakhtuns have suffered as a result of anti-terror war but at the same time, nearly 70,000 Pakistanis have died at the hands of militants and terrorists who were mostly Pakhtuns. And the financial loss suffered by the country as a result of terrorist action is estimated to be about $ 100 bn. Baluchs have also suffered but at the same time, the terrorists in Baluchistan are regularly killing policemen, military personnel and even innocent people from Punjab and others belonging to Hazara community.

    And there was once a separatist movement in Sindh as well which fizzled out.

    So, you see, while there were only two sides in South Africa: whites on one side and blacks and coloured on the other and blacks and coloured had a wise and patient leader like Nelson Mandela. However, in Pakistan, the leaders are mostly corrupt and fiery and there are so many groups having claims and counter claims against each other.

    In these circumstances, while truth and reconciliation commission might sound like a good idea, it is definitely not practical for us.

    I think it would be far better for us all to consider our suffering as a collective penalty for electing, selecting and tolerating the sort of leaders we had in the past. And having done that, we must resolve to be cautious while casting our votes in future. Someone had said once that if Pakistanis do not exercise their choice of vote carefully, they will get the government they deserve. So, in the past, we got what we deserved.

    There is another serious problem. After devastating Iraq, Libya and Syria to their hearts' content, the US and its allies are now after Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. And Pakistan, being the only nuclear power in the Muslim world, and also a close ally of China, is unacceptable to Both the US and India in its present shape.

    We know after costly Iraq invasion, the US and its allies developed and perfected an economy model which they used successfully in Libya and Syria. This involves using existing dissension to set different groups against each other, and adding fuel to the fire by selective backing, financial and otherwise.

    And unprovoked, cross-border firing by Indian troops has become a regular feature and in the latest incident, they killed three children and a woman. We have also lost military personnel in cross-border firing from Afghanistan side. And there sure is foreign-aided insurgency in Baluchistan and elsewhere in Pakistan. What else can one attribute it to except foreign intervention to creae Libya/Syria like situation in Pakistan?

    In these circumstances, would it be wise to start the 'Truth and reconciliation commission' especially when we know that it won't be conclusive and will only aggravate matters since our people specialize in using less of brain and more of emotions which can be easily exploited by clever operators? Just why do our so-called intellectuals seem bent on paving the way for our collective suicide?

    Karachi