“Mard Ke Bachhey!”

Pervez Musharaf, MQM and PMLN: Mard Ke Bachhey | PakistanTribe“Pervez Musharaf should become a man, and shun the acting now” disgracefully required by Khawaja Saad Rafique, the PML-N`s leader and Federal Railway Minister.

He further sarcastically made fun of Musharaf`s illness saying that he kept his one hand on his heart and the other on the hospital bed.

What Khawaja Saad Rafique said about the former Chief of Army Staff was not merely a response to his request to delete his name from the Exit Control List, rather it was truly representing the anger on the Army takeover in October, 1999. Without discussing whether only Pervez Musharaf should be trialed under Article 6 or not and from 12th October 99 or November,2007, it is fact that Pakistan has truly lacked the true “men” or “Mard Ke Bacchey” who could speak truth in time and take bold steps without any fear.

When 16 December comes, our politicians, columnists and intellectuals, confess that we did injustice to the Bengali Muslims. They expose now that who was involved in the ethnically-motivated oppressions against the people of East Pakistan. It was the result of the same discrimination and the criminal silence over it, the united Pakistan had to face the Fall of Dhaka. But, none of these people behaved like a ”Mard Ka Bachha” to resist against the racist rulers so as to save the country. Similarly, the General Zia-ul-Haq not only imposed Martial law by sacking a democratic government, but also hanged an elected Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Although, today, many of the senior lawyers and judges admit that it was a judicial murder, unfortunately, in the hour of need, they became blind, dumb and deaf.

In the same way, everybody remained silent over the involvement of our military establishment in the super powers` cold war in Afghanistan. No religious scholars could show enough courage to make it clear to General Zia-ul-Haq that sending our people in the outsiders` war for money was not “Jihad” at all.  Had there been any brave politician or religious leader standing against the policy of renting out Pakistani “Jihandis”, would we have any extremists groups like Taliban now?

In 2007, during the movement of restoration of democracy, it was unanimously claimed by the lawyers, political parties and even the judges that the judiciary had been enslaved during the last 60 years. The entire world was surprised over such a unique slavery of judiciary for so many decades especially in an independent Islamic Republic. Just like the judges, the media-men too themselves confessed to have been kept under-control in the past. If all that was really true, then these on-air self-confessions clearly indicate that there was no “Mard Ka Bachha” in these people who could dare not only to resist against being the rulers` “Rubber Stamp” as well as “All Is Well” propagators”, but also to bring to light the facts to the nation.

Very surprisingly, the hero of the judiciary`s independence was the deposed CJP Iftekhar Choudhry who took oath under PCO with the military dictator two times, once in 1999 and second time in 2005 to be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. On top of it, it was the same CJP Iftekhar Choduhry himself who facilitated a military dictator (Pervez Musharaf) to become the president of Pakistan under his oath. All that kept taking place in the presence of Khawaja Saad Rafique. But he, not a single time, advised the former CJP to show courage for being a brave man against Musharaf.

It is also a part of the Pakistan`s history that, like many other political and religious leaders, PML-N`s president and now the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif too started his political “career” under the patronage of a dictator Gen. Zia-ul-Haq. He was appointed, not elected, as the Chief Minister Punjab during the Martial Law rule. Although that time too Article 6 was a part of the Constitution, yet instead of announcing to trial Zia-ul-Haq for high treason act, Nawaz Sharif prayed for God`s blessings for him reciting “Rehmat-ullah-Aley”. But, Khawaja Saad Rafique neither advised Nawaz Sharif in the past to be a courageous man against the dictator, nor does he now require him to shun the acting of being a democracy-loving politician.

In addition to all these, during the PPP`s government in 2008, these were the PML-N`s parliamentarians who took oath from the same Army dictator (President Musharaf) to be the Federal Ministers.

Of course, Khawaja Saad Rafique was also included in them. The question is, if the Pervez Musharaf was really a dictator and constitutionally an illegal president, then why did the PML-N`s parliamentarians take oath from him? Leaving others a side, should Saad Rafique not have refused to take oath from him to prove himself as a true “man” (Mard Ka Bachha)? When he himself could not show the required courage, does he deserve to point his fingers to others?

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Akbar Hussain

Akbar Hussain is a Political Activist and Blogger, he writes on Political and Current affairs with interest in Social Trends of life

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