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Published Jul 11, 2012 05:34pm


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The Peoples Party have elected a person whose back is bent under the burden of incompetence, and unqualified talent; and is holding a foul smelling basket of corruption charges on his head. His election is a tight slap on the face of a nation that is burning like a piece of wood in the hell of load shedding.

Coalition partners also added force to this slap by placing the crown of the PM on a simpleton and, yet again incompetent leader drenched in corruption charges, to protect their vested interest. The election of Raja Pervez Ashraf didn’t kick the fountains of revolutions in our hearts, but at least the people should not have felt that revenge was taken on them.

Only one man is running this government and he elected Raja Pervez to be a sacrificial lamb to protect himself from the cases born out of the womb of NRO.  Only 211 votes are ruling this country under the name of democracy. What is the difference between the dictatorship of Pervez Musharraf and Pervez Ashraf?

One man is deciding the fate of the Pakistani nation who had dreams in their eyes for 65 years to lead the ummah to the scientific and futuristic age of time travel back to the 6th century.  The sole Muslim nuclear power is being led by leader who is not even an Atchisonian! How can a man of his caliber from Gujjar Khan sit on the chair that was once occupied by great leaders and statesman like Bhutto, Benazir and Mian Nawaz Sharif.

What kind of democracy is this where donkeys and horses being treated equally? Democracy is the counting of heads, not what is in them.

How can a madrassah-going pious, learned person be equal to a western-educated ignorant person? Can a lawyer be considered equal to a journalist, SHO, magistrate or motorway warden?

The great philosopher Socrates criticised the democracy of Athens that led to their defeat by Spartans in the Peloponnesian War. After defeating the USSR, we are now on the verge of defeating United State and the Ghazwa-e-Hind is about to start from Grassland Tracks. Do we need the bickering of politicians in parliament or a leadership that can take us to the lost glory of the 11th century of Mehmud Ghaznavi. According to our national poet,

Throw them out in the alley The new civilizations eggs are rotten Election, membership, council, presidency The nooses of independence are very strange

As Mard-e-momin, Mard-e-Haq, Zia-ulHaq had said that Democracy is a western conspiracy that does not suit the hot climate, specially the dessert of Nejd. That is why he formed Majlis-e-Mulligatawny soup instead of a parliament. A conspiracy is being hatched to infiltrate this majlis with immoral, white chicken (imported) under the fancy name of dual nationality. The identity of hunter beef is being replaced with begger’s beef.

The only working democratic institution of government servants is being paralysed in the name of the supremacy of parliament. Again according to our national poet,

Both Mahmud and Ayaz  in the same row stood, None as the slave and none as the master stood

Now, the time is ripe that Mehmud and Ayaz can stand together in battle formations and storm the temple of Democracy to break the idols of Taghut.

The author left architecture for painting but ended up as a cartoonist and now writes Hijjo. He is the jack of all trades.

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Azee Jul 11, 2012 01:21pm
Raoul, I think you did a better analysis of Pakistani people than the author.
Pradeep Jul 11, 2012 10:31pm
Maut ka ek din muaiaan hai, need kyun raat bhar nahi aati.
Pradeep Jul 11, 2012 10:29pm
It is the translation of a Urdu Sher. Jamhooriyat, yeh wo shah hai, jismain bandon ko gina karte hain, tola nahi karte. Like you, I have always thought of this as I wonder at the Indian "democracy" with the so called leaders being from the lowest of the low strata on the wisdom scale.
Devendra Jul 11, 2012 04:22pm
The tragedy of Pakistan is (has been) that it never had a leader worth a plugged nickle since Mr. Jinnah who unfortunately did not live long enough to implement his beliefs in secularism, equal rights under the law, minority rights and democracy in his newly created country. Mr. Jinnah is turning in his grave today.
Hasan Jul 12, 2012 03:36am
It is a sorry comment on our national psyche that we cannot recognize - much less appreciate - satire.
Mohsin Jul 11, 2012 10:25am
was this article just for fun or was it some kind of critical analysis of the current situation in currently (well the analysis was ... er ! was that really an analysis? well cartoons were good) it seemed like the author was following OLD is GOLD phenomenon. he nearly praised every leader of past regardless if they were rival or not. even one cant support ZA Bhutto and Z Haq together... we have a tendency of crying out on current situation and cherishing past, regardless of how that past was. this blame game was clearly evident in this article.
Imtiaz Faruqui Jul 11, 2012 01:35pm
No comments, Palay aati thie hala-e-dil pay hasee, Ab kisi bath par nahee aati.
Iqbal Jul 11, 2012 12:55pm
It is true,but we are so frustrated and lost hope in good change in leadership which can materialise the dreams of the nation.Our media also playing blame game,not suggest solutions to our problems.or name and shame the culprits.To me it look all part of the same setup.I hope Allah send some one to help us.
Starr Jul 12, 2012 04:27am
There is no such thing as head without brain. Sun has risen from the west becasue of democracy not becasue of dictatorship. 150 million illitrates are better than 150 wise people. Give to some time to democracy.
FaiselH Jul 11, 2012 01:50pm
Pakistan's Salvation lies with a Presidential form of Government, where the Candidate for the Highest Office stands for a direct election, instead of being elected indirectly by the elected representatives.
wazir Jul 12, 2012 06:59am
great mind. . .good comments
Sohail Ansari Jul 11, 2012 06:10pm
Author seriously lacks political acumen... Cartoons, yes they are kind of cute... may be the author should choose a career in commercial art then doing a political commentary!
Zeeshan Shamsi Jul 11, 2012 12:13pm
Get some mulligatawny, this is satire, and an hilarious one! Keep it up.
im_0316 Jul 11, 2012 02:44pm
Great leaders Benazir and Nawaz Sharif? Mard-e-haq Zia? This is exactly what is wrong with this nation. The amount of corruption on the hands of Benazir and Nawaz alone has crippled this country, and you refer to them as great leaders? What Zia did to the constitution to remain in power is pathetic. And you acknowledge him as maed-e-momin? No wonder our country is going down the drain when people like yourself just choose to close their eyes.
Raoul Ciao Jul 11, 2012 10:04am
i get the feeling that Pakistanis have no stomach for a democracy and are fairly or overly simplistic in their outlook. They want a rose tinted view of an essentially smelly world, where humans rside and have good things but also very many not so great habits , that are prevalent. By and large, many Pakistanis therefore act like simpletons, in my view, and look for the perfct picture in an imperfect world, and THEREFORE believe their faith and it's political form which has some laws as well to ot's name, be the only method to get their diet of purity in public life. How many Pakistanis really meet the high standards they expect of their public servants? How many understand that their will gets implemented over a period of time, much better through a painful democracy, rather than reactionary "next dictator of army please" or "get the religious court and religious leaders as new masters...that will solve everything" quickfix mentality?
Althaf Jul 11, 2012 04:56pm
You are wrong to suggest that President Zardari is "truly" leading Pakistan. You are also wrong to suggest that Bhutto and Sharif were truly "leading" Pakistan either. All of these leaders are forced to operate with limited authority. The problem is that they have no control over the nuclear weapons, no ability to negotiate with Afghanistan or India or USA, or any real control over how the military spends money. Unfortunately, those are the critical issues today. For instance, without a working relationship with USA or India, it is hard to find short term solutions to the power problem or water issues. Instead, your style of criticism simply promotes an unending cycle of cynicism and further damages democracy.
Hasin Ahmed Jul 11, 2012 03:06pm
Terming as glory the era of Mahmood Ghaznavi as "glory" is painful. He marely exploited the name of Islam for his raids to loot and plunder the Somnath mandir. Let us not treat such shameful events as glory as that kind of attitude simply does not allow us to let us get out of delusions. Hasin Ahmed
Iqbal Jul 11, 2012 03:09pm
Our honourable members of parliament should not waste their time on new amendment to the law of protection from corruption and judiciary,instead delete the provision of amnesty to all corrupt people who looted the country's wealth.
Noor Ahmed Jul 11, 2012 08:00am
It has remained the continuous process from 1947 to date except few breakups like Z.A Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif, and Benazir Bhutto and this process will tend to go like before except Imran Khan's break up that is probable.
viju Jul 11, 2012 08:43am
seeing Sabir's world class cartoons with world class analysis to boot, Pakistan,especially Dawn is very fortunate to have these gentlemen. @Dawn How do get these people? pl share your secret.
osman narejo Jul 11, 2012 08:26am the place you took the name of mard e mujahid, i stopped reading further as if i knew what you wanted to say!
dhiraj garg Jul 11, 2012 08:43am
best line - "Democracy is the counting of heads, not what is in them." hilarious and equally painful but true :)) Thanks Sabir.
Ghalib khan Jul 11, 2012 09:30am
Quoting Nawaz Sharif as Good leader the 2nd most corrupted politician, Now I have seen everything,
Umar Shafique Jul 11, 2012 10:21am
excellent piece of writing and brilliance in cartoons as well !
Sman Jul 12, 2012 06:30am
Another example of complete ignorance about history. When we will grow up? we just copy what we hear without exploring the truth. It has become a fashion in our country, in the garb of so called " truth" we are in fact distorting our own history.
Jean Verlander Jul 12, 2012 06:43am
You are right, you are still a relative new country. People in the Arab Countries are dying for the RIGHT TO VOTE, some of then being under Dictatorship for many many years. I watched on TV last week people so proud as they left with blue ink on their finger, having just voted in Egypt.
wazir Jul 12, 2012 07:04am
you have spoiled your article by terming Nawaz Sharif as good leader and hope for paksiatan.
Hunza Jul 12, 2012 07:47am
Oh my God. i am utterly disappointed over this piece of writing. The time of glory ? Nawaz??? Bhuto ?? and most shockingly Zia who cultivated the seed of sectarianism and extremism in this country to please his Master ..America.
Waseem Jul 12, 2012 09:39pm
You people do realize that this was a satire piece right? A 2 year old would have guessed that just by reading the Title. WOW
ghaleezguftar Jul 14, 2012 04:59pm
you'll have to read some more from sabir! satire, please!
ghaleezguftar Jul 14, 2012 05:01pm
whatever my views on this blog but why on earth these people are'nt getting the point??? will the author please write SATIRE for folks?
ana Jul 14, 2012 05:47pm
the author was sarcastic about the leaders....
sja Jul 18, 2012 05:31am
""""The author left architecture for painting but ended up as a cartoonist and now writes Hijjo. He is the jack of all trades."""""------------- this type of satire proves atleast one thing if you cannot marvel in architure then design anything that does not stand on its own but reflects your thoughts of yourself about others ---- this is evident from the cartoons from an ex experienced Architure ----Sabir Nazar we do not need sattire we are already laughed upon us a lot and now it is the time to cry and redesign do you have any better ideas How STRUCTUALLY sound we can make the foundations more strong before falling apart ---- think again and RESTRUCTURE THROUGH YOUR ARCHITECTURE. God help you and save Pakistan from MORE OF YOUR SATTIRE.