The 14th August which is celebrating by every Pakistani as the Independence Day, has come at a time when Pakistan is facing multiple threats of grave nature, which are not only worrying all the citizens, but also putting the very integration of the state at stake.
It was due to the strong unity among the Muslims under the leadership of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah that Pakistan became a tangible reality. But that unity started declining after passing through various crises.
Unfortunately, it is because of lack of unity among our politicians, leaders and media that foreign opportunists have been manipulating the chaotic situation of Pakistan in order to fulfill their secret agenda by destabilizing the country. In the past few years, nefarious designs of external elements like American CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad can be gauged from a number of anti-Pakistan developments such as their support to insurgency in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, separatism in Balochistan and targeted killings especially in Karachi coupled with subversive acts all over the country.
Besides, American double game with Pakistan, pressuring the latter to do more against the militants by ignoring the internal backlash, intermittent drone strikes, suspension of $800 million in military assistance, accusation of cross border terrorism, perennial propaganda against Pak Army, country’s intelligence agency, ISI etc. clearly show future aims of the US-led India and Israel which want to ‘denuclearise’ Pakistan. In this regard, on August 6, NBC TV channel revealed that the “US has a contingency plan to seize Pakistan’s nuclear weapons…if it fears they are about to fall into the wrong hands.”
For this purpose, the US itself is creating unrest in Pakistan through CIA, RAW and Mossad as these secret agencies have deployed their collective networks throughout Pakistan. These elements are supporting violent acts in our country on daily basis. While, the US seems determined to shift Afghan war to Pakistan after the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. In this connection, Obama administration which has already started its secret war in Pakistan, has planned a covert war which will especially include Karachi and Balochistan, where these foreign secret agencies are assisting the militants and their agents with money and weapons.
It seems that the present deteriorated situation is not being comprehended by the general masses and even the political leaders at large, who abruptly change their opinion without logic. Therefore, they become unintentional victim—benefiting the external plotters who want to weaken Pakistan by creating a rift particularly between the political groups, divided on ethnic and linguistic lines. These foreign enemies also want to create a division between the political leaders and the armed forces of our country.
However, it is regrettable that on the one hand, country’s multiple crises indicate that Pakistan is rapidly advancing towards a ‘failed state’ owing to the sinister designs of the external forces, while on the other, our media, particularly most of the TV channels conduct controversial debate between politicians and commentators, contesting internal politics. Like the foreign enemies, by ignoring the sacrifices of Pakistan’s security forces against terrorism, they malign Pak Army and ISI. In this respect, some of our media anchors and most of politicians or political experts pay no attention to national unity in its true sense. At this critical juncture, while situation demands selfless unity, both our media and some politicians manipulate every terror-incident or negative development against Pakistan. On renowned TV channels, our politicians oppose their rivals for the sake of opposition. Accusation and counteraccusations have become their routine practice. In this context, they opine as to what the people want, but conceal as to what people actually need? Especially, it appears that a majority of Pakistan’s media anchors is on the payroll of external enemies.
Internally, Pakistan’s economic crisis has intensified, bringing about other-related problems like load shedding, unemployment, soaring prices of products and dependence upon the US-led developed world.
Today Pakistan stands at the crossroads of its destiny, facing internal and external threats to the national security of the country. Besides, Pakistan, its security forces and intelligence agencies are coping with suicide attacks, bomb blasts, sectarian violence and target-killings including sporadic battles with the militants in the tribal areas, while violence in Karachi has become the focus of attention.
Nevertheless, the14th August demands true national unity. We can also deduce it from the statement of Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani who, while taking note of the present critical situation on June 9, stressed upon national unity. Kayani especially explained, “Any effort to create divisions between important institutions of the country is not in national interest…the people of Pakistan whose support the army has always considered vital for its operations against terrorists.”
This significant day demands that our political leaders must pledge that they will not exploit their regional and provincial differences at the cost of the national interests so as to grab political power. In this context, a blind dedication to one’s own race, tribe and creed should not be allowed to create hatred in one group against the other.
They must avoid manipulating present thorny issues in order to increase their vote-bank. If any controversy arises between the rival politicians, it can better be settled through mutual dialogue in consonance with the constitution. For this aim, in order to castigate the conspiracy of the external enemies against the integrity of the country, our political leaders must also stop exploiting any crisis against the security forces and ISI whose image are deliberately being tarnished by the external plotters.
True unity against the foreign enemies requires that formation of alliances and counter alliances, based upon the principle of hostility for the sake of hostility should also be abandoned, while our politicians and leaders must create national cohesion among various segments of society.
In producing true unity, Pakistan’s media, especially TV channels can play a key role. First of all, owners these channels should detect some anchors who are working on the payroll of foreign enemies. Then they must terminate their services. Particularly, our media should give a matching response to malicious propaganda of the US-led some western countries including India and Israel which are leaving no stone unturned in distorting the image of Pakistan, its army and ISI. As unlike the printed media, electronic media attract more viewers, so Pakistan’s TV commentators must openly disclose the collective connivance of CIA, RAW and Mossad regarding their support to subversive acts inside our country and against Pak nukes.
No doubt, at this critical hour, Pakistan’s survival lies in selfless true unity. Strong cohesion is essential for our survival as well as Pakistan including the political leaders themselves as at present, even a layman can note that our country is in chaos and it seems as if there is a “war of all against all” in the sense of ‘Hobbesian state of nature’.
The 14th August demands true unity which is not possible unless our elected rulers, the opposition leaders, civil societies and media owners pledge to sign a charter of integration which is very necessary to pull the country out of the ongoing serious crises.
We can conclude that day of 14th August demands sacrifices of individual and collective selfish interests from the citizens and politicians of every province including every religious and political organization for the national integration of Pakistan. There must be a true national unity among the general public, politicians and the security forces in order to cope with the anti-Pakistan conspiracy.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations