Friday, February 04, 2011

The Unravelling of Pakistan

All eyes seem to be focused on Egypt these days, but there are far more troubling developments in our own neighbourhood. Pakistan is seen by the rulers as a reliable friend in the region, unlike the double-dealing bully of the region, India. We are judged by the company we keep, so it is especially troubling when one hears of reports like this.

How can one arrest a 17 year old schoolboy for scribbling something in an exam paper, when no one is at liberty to disclose what it was that he wrote in the first place?

How did Jinnah's vision "equality of men, justice and fairly play to everybody. We are the inheritors of these glorious traditions and are fully alive to our responsibilities and obligations as framers of the future constitution of Pakistan. In any case Pakistan is not going to be a theocratic State -- to be ruled by priests with a divine mission. We have many non- Muslims -- Hindus, Christians, and Parsis -- but they are all Pakistanis. They will enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other citizens and will play their rightful part in the affairs of Pakistan" be reconciled with what goes on in that benighted land?

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