Adil Najam, the founder editor of a leading Pakistani blog has never written a single post to condemn the ongoing Baloch genocide by Pakistan army and its proxies
SHAME: A leading (LEADING) FCS (fake civil society) blog which never posted a single piece condemning Baloch genocide by Pakistan army and its proxies has written an article objecting on the size of Balochistan cabinet
The FCS blog is not worried about scores of dead bodies in Balochistan and the way Army is killing activists, but according to the learned author (a professor at a USA university, all the problems lie with Mr. Raisani, the Chief Minister of Balochistan.
Has the FCS blog noted that President Zardari apologised to the Baloch, announced a package but the Ghairatmand (national honour-obsessed) Army sabotaged all efforts there?
The only concern of the FCS blog on Balochistan, is the size of the Balochistan cabinet. Not Dr Shazia? Not Zarina Marri? Not Baloch youths killed by his masters? Shame all around!
The learned author failed to note that CM Raisani is following politics of compromise in a province which is facing a civil war! Of course Baloch have no rights in the eyes of urban elites #FCS
FCS (read ISI) blog was not worried when MMA was ruling Balochistan and had a huge cabinet. FCS welcomed Musharraf and supported him until 2007
According to sources, the FCS blogger’s father is from Pakistan army. If this is true, this would greatly explain his vague stance on jihadi and sectarian organisations and steering clear of any criticism of the Jihad Enterprise of the security establishment.
1. FCS stands for Fake Civil Society, urban proxies of ISI in Pak media, blogs, Twitter & intelligentsia. Here is a primer on Pakistan’s FCS: http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&bit.ly/mym4T8
2. The above post was inspired by the following tweets:
AdilNajam Adil Najam
The Riasani Theory of Inclusive Governance and Job Creation: 51-Member Cabinet from a 64-Member House. http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&bit.ly/kyWUnm
ATP: The Riasani Theory of Inclusive Governance and Job Creation: 51-Member Cabinet from a 64-Member House. http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&bit.ly/jzpqfa
3. Here is a copy of the FCS article discussed in the present post.
The Raisani Theory of Inclusive Governance and Job Creation: 51-Member Cabinet from a 64-Member House.
by Adil Najam
Posted on May 2, 2011
On May 1, Labour Day 2011, four new jobs were created in Balochistan when Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani expanded his Provincial Cabinet by four: Rubina Irfan, Ali Madad Jatak, Nasir Jamali and George Jaffar. Here is the news which is nearly not even news any more: The Balochistan Provincial Cabinet (Ministers and Advisers) is now 51 – and the size of the Balochistan Assembly is 64!
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani is, of course, a master political strategist. If you have forgotten his famous “Degree, Degree hai. Jali ho ya assli!” line, here is a reminder.
More importantly, this video sheds light on the Raisani Theory of Inclusive Governance and Job Creation. Do please listen to the whole thing. After a recall of the “Degree, Degree hai” line, at around 0.35 minute he starts confronting people who have blocked a road. When told that they are doing so because they do not have jobs, here is his response (at 0.55 minute):
“Jo berozgaar hai woh siyasat meiN hissa lay. Agar uss ka qismat lag gaya tou wazir banay ga, nahiN tou faqir banay ga!”
“Anyone who is without a job should take part in politics. If their luck is good, they will become Ministers. If not, then beggars!”
The Government of Balochistan web-page seems not to have updated their cabinet list just yet, but I can imagine that keeping up with these things is never easy (especially, since even the news reports of these new Ministers did not even say what they would be Ministers of!).
Just how difficult it can be is evidenced from the photograph above – it is about two years old when the original cabinet (of around 38) was being sworn in. As you can see, finding a single table large enough, or even a room wide enough, can be difficult when your cabinet size nears the size of the entire legislature.
In more practical political science terms, I do wonder whether having a Cabinet this large makes the task of governance for Nawab Raisani any easier, or more difficult? And just how does one differentiate between a meeting of the Cabinet and one of the legislature? It does also suggest that the size of the province has little to do with the size of the Cabinet needed to govern it. Does that strengthen or weaken the case for more provinces?
Too many interesting questions here. But let me not worry about them right now. Others can also worry about the implications for cabinet downsizing, austerity, and good governance. My only real question right now is rather more simple: Who are the unlucky 13 who are not in the cabinet yet? And why?