History of our motherland is not as simple as it is taught in our high schools and universities rather its way too complex. Going through the pages of history, an idea took birth in my mind to figure out few events which changed the course of my country resulting in hindering the progress. Although the history of Pakistan is fraught with myriad blunders I have tried to come up with 3 of the main events.
- Going to US cottage after independence:
It remains a mystery that why Pakistan opted to go to US camp instead of USSR (Russia) which was located more close in proximity. Although US was not interested in this region until 1954 when Sir foster Dalce formulated a policy to start the cold war against USSR. The then PM of Pakistan favored visiting Washington instead of Moscow. Pakistan put all its egg in one basket and by doing so it became heavily dependent on the USA on subjects of military and economy. Further, this step increased the undue importance of the military in our country which is not the case in democratic states. On the other hand, India chose to become the non-align country and by this, they developed their own industries without being dependent on any other country.
- Law of necessity:
The notorious concept of “law of necessity” whose founder would not have even envisaged the havoc it would cause to Pakistan’s political life. Its practical implementation for the first time in the land of the pure was seen when Justice Munir legalized an undemocratic step taken by governor general Ghulam Muhammad. This was not only a judgment rather a license for martial law for the dictators to come. Later on in his book “from Jinnah to Zia,” Justice Munir acknowledged his mistake that how he helped Governor-general to encroach his powers.
- Jihad for America:
The cold war was at its peak during the 1970s and Afghanistan had become an outpost for USSR. In search of warm waters, Russia invaded Afghanistan. Pakistan as an ally of capitalistic America started in fluxing jihadis to fight Russia out of Afghanistan with the financial help pouring from the US and Saudi Arabia. The people of Pakistan got nothing but elite class and people residing in corridors of power kept on gaining weight. At that time General Zia used to be at the helm of affairs, who used “false Islamization” to promote jihad and to keep his undemocratic step shrouded. The repercussion of this was grave such as the clash of culture, drug abuse, arms culture and sectarianism, all these ghosts were unleashed during the 1980s.
There are certainly other events as well which harmed the tranquility of the country such as Army operation in East Pakistan after elections, the Judicial murder of Mr. Bhutto and decision to go for war with white elephant yet again.