A typical civil society meeting...40 people, 20 speakers and 120 groups
“More civilized civil society” (MCCS) of Pakistan had won a battle when the CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry was restored by street and general’s powers. The electronic media had sponsored many unknown personalities and a majority of simply civilized people of Pakistan had to bear their speeches and critique of democratic government and political leadership of PPP. The right wing electronic media posed those English speaking “more civilized civil society” actors as an alternate leadership in Pakistan. At that moment people of Pakistan including myself were optimistically hoping that educated civil society actors would be able to resist any type of injustice even in future.
However, Salman Taseer’s brutal killing tarnished the bold image made up in my mind of our civil society. The more civilized civil society (MCCS) were more than comfortable visiting CJ’s house every day probably because the roads leading to his house in posh Islamabad locality were clean and civilized too.
MCCS should have visited Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy before Salman Taseer’s visit but it is unfair to demand this because roads and streets leading to her house were unclean and uncivilized. Another issue is of distance; Asia Bibi’s house was too away from civilized habitation of MCCS’ actors. There is distance between uncivilized and MCCS of Pakistan but there is no distance between “uncivilized” people of Pakistan and PPP’s leadership. That’s why it was easy for Salman Taseer to visit Asia Bibi and that was difficult for MCCS to digest.
During CJ’s restoration movement, I had spared much time and heard many MCCS’s actors on TV shows for example I had heard people many time crying and lamenting PPP’s leadership. There are many others who are missing from attractive talk shows now a day. I believe they are not afraid of Mullas but they are allies of Mullas. Bilwal Bhutto Zardari is determined to indulge himself in politics of Pakistan and in his young age he has challenged Mulla terrorists and he definitely has put himself in the line of martyrs for sake of peaceful democratic Pakistan.
Safar-ul-Muzafar is about to end and the MCCS have just a few days before the advent of Rabi-ul-Awal. During this time period they have lot of time to criticize PPP government because the Prime Minister of Pakistan had announced not to amend the Blasphemy Bill. MCCS has legitimate right to criticize the government but they must bear in mind that it is not the MCCS wallas but the PPP workers and leaders along with the ANP workers and leaders who have sacrificed their lives in Pakistan’s war against religious extremism.
While scavenging on Salman Taseer’s blood to blame his own party and leadership, will the old Surkhas and modern MCCS’s leadership confront bigots like Hamid Mir? May I suggest that at MCCS’s personalities should openly defy the Blasphemy Law up to 12 Rabi-ul-Awal or up to Chehlum of Shaheed Salman Taseer in Hamid Mir’s or Mehar Bukhari’s talk shows.
PPP has sacrificed a lot and now it is a golden chance for of old age liberals and MCCS actors to demonstrate to the world that “unlike Rehman Malik, Yusuf Raza Gilani and Asif Zardari”, they are not cowards, and that they can daringly call a spade a spade in the footsteps of Salman Taseer. Or the Surkhas and MCCS should surrender themselves to young Bilawal to learn how to live like Bilawal.
Can the Surkhas and/or MCCS boldly declare the blasphemy law as black law in TV talk shows or/and press conferences? Based on their own logic, that will be a fitting and daring tribute to shaheed Taseer. Yes, we know Zardari is corrupt and coward and so is Gilani; both of them have compromised with the mullahs and the establishment. But the Surkhas and the MCCS personalities are neither corrupt nor coward.
That is why the Zardari-Gillani duo have such great support from the media and which is why Surkhas and MCCS are never allowed to criticize the PPP on our free media.
We look forward to them in not only condemning the blasphemy laws but addressing the larger issues which cowards Zardari and Gillani cannot. For example, issues like:
1. Get beloved CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry to censuring ex-CJ LHC Khwaja Sharif for abuse of office by inciting hatred and violence against Hindu Pakistanis.
2. Get beloved CJ to disbarring all lawyers that showered petals on killer Qadri
3. Get beloved CJ to take Suo Moto against all those who are responsible for Shaheed Taseer’s murder (media owners, media persons, mullahs, Law Minister of the Punjab, Punjab Police etc)
4. File petitions to challenge all discriminatory laws that are inserted by dictators including the shifting of the Objectives Resolution from preamble to part of constitution.
5. Use their special comradarie from the Lawyer’s Movement to get PML A-Z to introduce bills to challenge the blasphemy law as well as the 2nd Amendment and Objectives Resolution.
6. Call out all jihadi groups that are affiliated with the Taliban and all those who are supporting these Jihadi groups including the military establishment.
7. Call out their friends from the media to stop giving any air time to religious groups spreading hatred which includes Jamaat-e-Islami.
We all know how bravely Surkhas and the MCCS personalities opposed these Jihadi groups like Jamaat-e-Islami and Sipah-e-Sahaba during the so called Lawyer’s Movement against coward dictator Zardari and we await their Marxist Revolution that has been stalled since coward Z.A. Bhutto launched the PPP in 1967!
Update: The above post has been slightly edited in view of some suggestions. The aim is not to terrorize the Old Surkhas and the MCCS wallas, the aim is to demonstrate to them that it is the PPP leaders and workers, not urban chatterers, who have given their blood to build a tolerant and democratic Pakistan.