While Pakistan says Farewell to 2007, the question asked by sensible quarters is ‘Is the Silent majority waking up?
The year 2007 created a spark of hope in the form of a vibrant civil society peacefully demonstrating in order to uphold rule of law and to protect the democratic values and rights of the citizens; while at the same time the year also saw forces of darkness, dogmatism and dictatorship cementing the ‘feudal-military-mullah’ nexus, well protected and fostered by the global bastions of capitalist imperialism, and systematically and brutally destroying all fabrics of civility and the institutions of the state, one by one, spreading hatred and terrorism through their cronies and assassinating the hopes and aspirations of the people.
The nexus and their cronies have demonstrated their ability to even silence people larger than life like Gulgee to create sense of insecurity and hopelessness and brutally murdered the dreams of millions by assassinating BB. The battle continues, and has entered 2008. Lets regroup, raise the torch and sustain the spark for hope by supporting the non-violent and peaceful movement of the civil society; lawyers, judges, journalists, labour unions, business associations, student unions, NGOs, rights groups, artists and environmentalists for rule of law, peaceful transition to democracy and a pluralistic society.
There is no other way getting out of this doldrum and to defeat power hungry dictators who are bent to destroy the nation and the very fabrics of a pluralistic society. Violence and violent expressions are no answer to our ills. Dialogue, non-violent struggle and peaceful methods of social and political mobilization will get us there. The youth in Northern Areas and in Hunza-Nagar have the potential to espouse peaceful, green, pro-poor, ‘orange activism’ and become role model for others.