We are living in a very different situation compared to the past. Now, we are neither leftist nor rightist. We are just confused and we don’t know what to do. We are just trying to figure out who we are and we are in search of our own identity.
Art flourishes in a suppressed environment in a different way. I won’t say that art and literature flourishes only in a suppressed environment. All over the world, you can see resistance literature, whether it is Russia, France, Latin American countries or other suppressed nations, because now we live in a global village where censorship and iron curtain exist no more.
Over the weekend Oxford University’s Pakistan Society hosted the yearly Pakistan Future Leaders Conference. It is evident that new thinking is required to tackle the challenges facing Pakistan, which makes it all the more disappointing when rehashed thinking is presented to tackle the problems facing Pakistan. It is quite evident that Pakistan needs to invest in developing its vast youth resource, just as it is evident that Pakistan’s military holds too much power, and its policies have damaged the country. These quite vague and generalised statements don’t illuminate the problem or how to treat the problem. Simply saying we need civilian government does not articulate how this will solve Pakistan’s problems.
Much hope is being placed in Imran Khan’s party, PTI, and a number of prominent politicians have come over to his party from all major parties in Pakistan. This is quite a significant development, and Imran Khan could be a real political player in Pakistan’s next elections. The problem however is that the people of Pakistan will soon again be disappointed because Imran Khan’s party manifests the same thinking, which culminated in the global financial crisis. This is not original thinking.
Vice.com, the controversial online magazine has produced a short documentary on fashion week in Pakistan. The reality of life for most of the Pakistani elite is far removed from the death and destruction that has afflicted Pakistan for the past ten years. The documentary explores a world that is not often seen by the outside world. It is a world far removed from the political intrigues surrounding the country’s military and intelligence agency ISI who are accused of playing a double game with the West according to a two part documentary by the BBC. The disconnection between the Pakistani elite and the rest of society does not bode well, and the struggle within Pakistan is potentially going to reach a tipping point, just as we have seen with the Arab uprisings.
In Pakistan, when we hear Obama’s rhetoric on Libya, we can only laugh. If he was worried about the pointless massacre of innocent civilians, there would be an easy first step for him: stop doing it yourself, in my country.