Pakistan’s Fake Civil Society (FCS) including media, NGOs warmed up during last week while they heard warnings about tropical cyclone hitting Pakistan’s coast. Our independent media urgently planned strategies how to criticize the government functionaries and how to extort money from relevant government officials through blackmailing. Our NGOs which posed to be alternative right bearer FSC and only source of relief and rehabilitation were eagerly waiting to welcome the tropical cyclone on Sindh and Balochistan coast.
It is common perception that governments and government bodies in South Asia particularly Pakistan’s democratic government and its functionaries are corrupt but it is difficult to say for our FCS including media and NGOs. Media and NGOs are well linked to defend their mutual causes including criticism for extortion from government departments and misuse of international funds. For example Oxfam international had to invite an accounting firm to investigate “financial irregularities” in charity funds for flood victims by local NGOs.
It was a well known fact that local NGOs were selling funded goods in markets to their enterprising agents in market business. Once there was small and ignorable news in daily Sindhi newspaper that an NGO called BRDS have sold flour and other material to business community affiliated with Ahal Hadis or Jamait-ul-Dawa. So our liberal FCS is well connected with Jihadis even in small townships like Badin. There is no check and scrutiny system to evaluate misappropriation in international charity funds for disaster effected communities in Pakistan. Our government must have vigilance over passage of funds from INGOs to our local NGOs because all other independent institutes in Pakistan such as judiciary and media are allied with NGOs involved in grabbing charity funds for flood effectees.
However, the Arabian Sea Cyclone was a good opportunity for FSC’s seasonal activists to earn and criticize the democratic government’s relief and rehabilitation strategies. Several urgent meetings were called by FCS seasonal or event based activists in the beginning of last week to follow the PMD’s varying statements regarding cyclone and to set new model how to criticize and extort money from government and INGOs.
But last weekend brought bad news and Arabian Sea Cyclone had saddened FCS.