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Actual Change is on its Way

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Muhammad Arif : Chairman Centre of Advisory Services for Islamic Banking and Finance (CAIF), Former Head of FSCD SBP, Former Head of Research ArifHabib Investments and Member IFSB Task Force for development of Islamic Money Market, Former Member of Access to Justice Fund Supreme Court of Pakistan

Pakistan is passing through very critical stage, however it is better to say that in it’s more than 70 years of history, every rising day has proved to be against its people. But now in the immense growth of Corona virus and economy gone below zero, the country is in grave crisis. Then why, with confused leadership on government side as well opposition, people are not showing any reaction to the situation in which they are currently gripped.

At this moment killing of Floyd in USA by a white policeman has ignited series of reactions bloody or peaceful in every city of USA, in all parts of the West where color atrocities always existed. The colored people are asking that “Put yourself in the position of a relatively conscious black person in America and then you would get the answer”.

Black people have seen a pandemic disproportionately rip through their communities while the media continually runs live press conferences of a racist president lying about the disease. They have seen layoffs and unemployment ravage their communities while Congress funnels billions of dollars to white-owned businesses. They have seen people absolutely lose their minds, waving guns and Confederate flags. They are gathering in large groups without consequence while they have seen police literally sit on black people for allegedly violating social distancing orders.

The stories of the killings suddenly started. In the past three weeks: Ahmaud Arbery was lynched, on video. Breonna Taylor was killed by police in her own bed, off-screen. And George Floyd was choked out on the street in broad daylight by police while strangers literally begged for his life.

Imagine you’ve been black this whole time and watched all of this happen and you show up to protest and, instead of being met with docile, restrained police that the white Confederates get, you are confronted by police in full riot gear who use tear gas and rubber bullets to control your crowd. And then you see a rock. And then you see an unguarded white-owned business. And then you see a match.

These ongoing incidents point out that this is not a new case, as history contains lot of uprisings bringing changes in the society.

These uprisings were of two kinds, one with leadership like Russian revolution under Lenin, Vietnam Revolution under Ho Chi Minh, Chinese Revolution under Mao tze Tung and Cuban Revolution under Fidel Castro with Iranian Revolution under Ayatollah Khomeini. But other uprisings where no leadership existed changes did come but on immediate terms these uprisings brought anarchy with no results.

In this regard the French Revolution was a period of time in France when the people overthrew the monarchy and took control of the government. The French Revolution lasted 10 years from 1789 to 1799. It began on July 14, 1789 when revolutionaries stormed a prison called the Bastille. But on immediate terms it created anarchy with all its leaders coming under death penalty.

The Haitian Revolution has often been described as the largest and most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere. Slaves initiated the rebellion in 1791 and by 1803 they had succeeded in ending not just slavery but French control over the colony.

Revolutions of 1848 were a series of republican revolts against European monarchies, beginning in Sicily and spreading to France, Germany, Italy, and the Austrian Empire. They all ended in failure and repression and were followed by widespread disillusionment among liberals. These revolutions occurred due to crop failures and Irish potato famine of 1846, which affected most of Europe, led to food supply problems and high prices for food.

Than in 20th Century IST world War and Second World War occurred bringing with them lot of changes and turning the world in to a polarized planet.

In Pakistan we see such public reaction in 1967 that took the form of a mass uprising of students and workers, attracting people from every profession. The uprising took place from early November 1968, to the end of March 1969; around 10 to 15 million people were involved. The movement resulted in the regime of Ayub Khan (President of Pakistan) being brought down.

Before that Fatima Jinnah tried to stop the fragmentation of political system by taking part in the presidential election but she was pushed back by the Ayub Khan through his designed elections.

Thereafter powerful elites in Pakistan very cleverly turned Pakistan in to a state with linguistic and religious divide. In 1971 Pakistan disintegrated in to two due to linguistic divide. Than Bhutto was brought down by religious parties in 1976. Thereafter Ziaul Haq created Taliban with the support of USA. He also created Altaf Hussian to divide politics on linguistic basis in Sind. Musharraf towed this approach by handing over KPK and Swat to religious parties and Karachi to MQM.

Now Imran Khan is in power in the name of accountability and for nipping corruption with no attention towards people’s matters.

This has made the situation highly dangerous with no people’s movement in sight. However if it erupted than it is for sure that whether it gets its targets or not but it would flow the class of elites with it.

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