The VIPs Khan Won’t Talk About

Frankly, I was thrilled with the recent incident where VIP politicians were booted off a PIA flight for causing a needless delay. But there’s another VIP culture we rarely like to talk about, because it’s far too dangerous and politically complicated to do so. Democracy is a system cherished by people-pleasers, and despised by forces that can’t acquire votes. It is in their interest to sow among the public, the seeds of mistrust towards the democratic politicians; not that the politicians usually make that task difficult! Attacking a politician wins you easy approval. They say top Pakistani politicians are “above the law”; unimpeachable and incapable of being punished for crimes that others readily get fined and jailed for. It’s true to a large extent, although… – Yousuf Raza Gillani did spend about 6 years in jail – and Zardari spent 8 – before his wife was assassinated running a political campaign of her own (her son is booed nowadays for having “too much personal security) – during the era of General Musharaff, who exiled Nawaz Sharif – and got Javed Hashmi sentenced to a staggering 23 years in prison, though he was released early due to Supreme Court’s intervention In fact, there’s an endless list of examples of these “monarchs” being beaten, imprisoned and even publicly flogged – an occupational hazard of operating in a country where the true power lies with….oh, you know. You want to know what immunity looks like? Sue a high-ranking army officer. The army remains extremely well-funded, for a country that can barely afford to keep a light-bulb on for 18 hours straight. They are well-organized, and demand respect. 90% of the times I’ve been stuck at a road block in Rawalpindi, it’s been because of a general’s convoy passing through. We’re saddened by what happened in Model Town, and the fact that the all-powerful police personnel involved never went to tria; never got investigated. By thew way, do you remember what happened to that old Hamid Mir case where he blamed the attempt to assassinate him on you-know-who? Neither do I. Shhh… Now that’s a VIP culture you won’t find the likes of Imran Khan harping about from the roof of his container. Funny.

  1. Reblogged this on 2cent5 and commented:
    I guess our nation has a very short memory.

    • lolz
    • September 21st, 2014

    Where have you been! I was seriously thinking something terrible had happened to you . Glad your back ,like the article keep it up . Dont make us all wait months for the next one!

    • Hanibal
    • September 21st, 2014

    This is true for most countries around the world, the military or deep state, is very powerful and calls the shots from behind the scenes but the only difference between the deep state in Pakistan and elsewhere is that -in most country the politicians/elected governments/media, tow the line of the military establishment and it’s interests and follow their guidelines for foreign policy, but in Pakistan the civilian governments and many journalists do not tow the establishments line because the Pakistani establishment might be powerful but it’s not as powerful as the American establishment and other establishments of our adversaries, so it’s easier to make certain Pakistanis rebel against the deep state in their country but you won’t see that anywhere in the world -not in America or India or Egypt or Israel.

    I’ve rarely heard of Generals being punished anywhere in the world; the only times military officers get punished is when they themselves rebel against the establishment -Musharraf is an asset for the military, he’s good for them and that’s why he’s off the hook.

    A good example of a former General being punished or exiled is Iskandar Mirza, it’s because he was seen as an anti-state element by the establishment.

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