The country’s parliament is powerless, freedom of expression has been snatched and the dissenting voice of masses is being squeezed by the powerful forces that have made the ‘democratic and civilian rule in this country’ a meaningless word
The nations who established Pakistan are under threat, said speakers at a seminar organized by The Intellectual Forum in Karachi
Sindh Courier Report
Karachi: The speakers at a seminar on “Current Political Scenario of Pakistan: An Overview”, called upon the progressive forces of country to join hands and play their role for bringing about a positive change in the society, where neither the rulers have any agenda of ‘welfare state’ nor the existing system provides remedies to get rid of evils that have engulfed the country.
“The country’s parliament is powerless, freedom of expression has been snatched and the dissenting voice of masses is being squeezed by the powerful forces that have made the ‘democratic and civilian rule in this country’ a meaningless word,” they opined at the seminar organized by The Intellectual Forum (TLF) held in collaboration with Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi.
Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, former Chief Minister of Balochistan and President of National Party, who was the keynote speaker, said in his address: “Pakistan is a multinational country and these nationalities have their own history, rich culture and traditions, and the languages, which we are proud of, but the threats to the very existence of these nationalities have increased.”
Lamented that attempts are being made to roll back the eighteenth amendment of constitution, which had provided provincial autonomy to some extent, Dr. Malik asserted that the Center should retain only the portfolios of Defense, Finance and Foreign Affairs. “All of other administrative and political matters should rest with the provinces,” he said.
Talking about the attempts being made by certain forces to depoliticize the society, he said fake politicians, who have nothing to do with politics, are being created and projected, the elections are rigged and the results of their own choice are declared and when the nationalist and progressive people of forcibly picked up and disappeared. “In fact we still are living in a tribal system, especially in Balochistan, where the people attach importance to the Nawabs and their decisions.”
“We are paying huge price for refusing to accept this system,” he said contending that real democratic system in the country cannot be established unless the army is sent back to the barracks.
Dr. Abdul Malik underlined the need of uniting the intellectuals, nationalists, secular and progressive forces for launching a joint struggle.
Former Advocate General, Sindh and Chairman TIF, Masood Noorani in his address endorsing the views of Dr. Malik, said that the intellectuals should come forward and play practical role for betterment of the society.
The Workers’ Party leader Yousuf Masti Khan deplored that great leaders like G. M. Syed, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Ghaus Bux Bizenjo were dubbed as traitors. He also called for uniting the secular and democratic forces, especially of Sindh and Balochistan. “The alliance between Sindh and Balochistan in such a situation is need of the hour,” Masti Khan said.
Dr. Syed Jaffar Ahmed, President Institute of History & Social Research, linking the prevailing situation to the past, said: ‘We are harvesting today what we sowed in the past.”
“The nations who made this country are being pushed to the wall,” he said.
According to Dr. Jaffar, the partition of subcontinent was decided by the British in a haste within four and half a month that caused mass migration and massacre of one million people. “The Punjabis were in majority in Army when the partition came into force and that Army, we inherited, disturbed the balance of power in Pakistan. They are ruling the country since then.”
Central leader of Sindh United Party Idress Chandio and Professor Aijaz Qureshi also addressed the seminar attended by a number of writers and intellectuals and civil society members.