My Naya Pakistan

Monday January 14, 2019
Preamble – My Naya Pakistan
The answer is in two parts: Domestic and International. Domestic: New egalitarian social contract in a restructured state that separates religion from state. International: Throw Tea Overboard in Full Spectrum Alliances to deter Full Spectrum Dominance. There are many talented and popular minds in Pakistan and in the world who most eloquently speak to the former. I, Zahir Ebrahim, an ordinary common man, non-expert in all things, commonsensically speak to the latter since it is ignored by virtually everyone among the who's who. The cost to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is severely increased in its pursuit. Whereas, filling the airwaves with all things secular wins many accolades. Maligning Islam, distorting Islam, and pitching Secular Humanism are often the surest shortcut to empire's good graces and cheap popularity. It takes a diwana, like the moth drawn to fire, to write what I have written below in my Open Letter to Imran Khan. The Prime Minister of Pakistan, popularly known to many of his detractors as “Im the Dim” (short for Imran the Dimwit), and to his partisans as “honest engine pulling a decrypt train of used bogeys" (oft repeated phraseology of his railway minister), is now into completing the second trimester of birth-panging his vision of 'naya Pakistan'. In my earlier common man's observation, before Imran Khan became the Prime Minister of Pakistan, I feared that he was a passionate useful idiot of empire, unable to understand the Machiavellian script of which he had become an unwitting part due to his overzealousness, harboring mostly foolhardy ideas of reform akin to putting lipstick on a pig. Imran Khan in power could potentially be as dangerous to Pakistan as only a heaven-seeking idealist with a suicide jacket can ever be – for he was perceived as Mr. Clean. I have always feared that a useful idiot jihadi might do far more damage to the nation than shrewd mercenaries seeking pecuniary gain could, as had been the trend among Pakistan's previous rulers whose interest in self-preservation also preserved Pakistan as the golden goose.
However, upon hearing his first televised public address to the Pakistani nation as its new Prime Minister, I decided to give Imran Khan the benefit of considerable doubts. After all, how much harm could a “dimwit” really do with the establishment really running the country from behind its varied puppetshows, and all his fingers nowhere near any controls that the establishment themselves did not control? And, I imagined, Imran Khan might just surprise the lot of them with the djinns (supernatural forces brought to his team by his newlywed spiritual wife and divine guide) now on his side. So, I wrote Imran Khan a series of Open Letters over the past five months. This was Letter Five, showing the Prime Minister of Pakistan, as just an ordinary common man not entirely bereft of commonsense, what to do now that Pakistan's original birth-pang in the blood of millions of human units is already a seventy year old fait accompli. Now that we are here and cannot undo history, how to steer the ship of state away from its pawn status on the Grand Chessboard in order to alter that very trajectory of history.
For, without extricating Pakistan from the international stormy waters of Grandmaster plays in common man's blood, the ill conceived ship of Pakistan can never reach the safety of its home shores. That is a statement of fact. A slave-state shall remain a slave-state until the chains of servitude are broken. A beggar-state fattened on the largesse of corrupting foreign aid and mercenary handouts can hardly ever be empowered to break those chains --- lip-services aside. Despite the dismal performance since coming to power of the anemic engine trying to pull the heavily loaded decrypt train of nincompoops uphill with nothing but “I think I can I think I can I think I can” (The Little Engine That Could --- children's story), I continue to be Pollyannaish in reposing faith in the honest man at the helm who, unfortunately, also appears to be a lot less prepared to be the captain of state despite two decades of struggling for that position, than he was as captain of its cricket team. I continue to repose faith in Imran Khan that he has some purpose in mind for coming to power other than the nasha (intoxication) of power, and that his utterances in his first speech to the nation is in fact his real purpose for coming to power; that it was not merely a show and tell of what the public wanted to hear with no substance behind it.
I continue to believe, perhaps naively, that any honest human being of immeasurable courage and boldness coming to power, even if he or she does not have all the expertise to run the ship of state, can still acquire the right expertise if he can selflessly inspire those with the requisite skills and determination to join him. Meaning, being a leader of men (and women), is distinct from being competent in the various fields of endeavors of man. I continue to believe that despite many false starts, that Imran Khan's real strength is in ultimately being a leader who can inspire a team. Surely, braver and competent faces with a tad more humility and poise, will come to the fore after the kachra bogies have been weeded out from the existing team; faces who are unafraid of speaking truth to power, and to the people, regardless of the bowl of hemlock waiting in the wings. Faces who know from whence we came, minus all the national myths drummed into us from birth, and who know what needs to be done in order to get to where Pakistan must go domestically in order to be of genuine service to all its sons and daughters of the soil, instead of merely servicing them as it has been doing since its inception. Faces that are not continually begging tyrants and murderers for handouts with outstretched bowls, nor are crooks seeking pecuniary gain, nor stupid simpletons to make useful idiots easily. Faces that surely must exist in every nation, including Pakistan! This is to seek them out. Where art thou?
The fact that Pakistanis continue to survive despite all the servicing we have received over the past seventy years, is both surprising and heartening. I wisely choose to hide my deeper primordial fears at this time that Imran Khan is the Machiavellian intermediate step diabolically brought to power in all his public ineptness only to legitimize bringing back a military-style dictatorship government in 2019 after demonstrating to the world, and to the worn out Pakistanis by then left completely bereft of hope, the spectacular failure of Pakistan's experimentation with “democracy”.




Now That We Are Here What Should Be Done - Zahir Ebrahim's Naya Pakistan