A Rodeo of Political Chaos

Tie-down Roping or Calf Roping is a timed rodeo event, particularly famous with American cowboys, which features a calf and a rider mounted on a horse. The goal of this sport is for the rider to lasso the calf, dismount from the horse, run to the calf, and control it by tying three legs together. All of these activities have to be executed in as short a time as possible.

Source: amac.us

Source: amac.us

Now let’s apply this analogy of Calf Roping to current scenario in political arena of Pakistan. The incumbent government of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) is a show-off rider galloping the horse and swinging the rope. Geo-ISI-ARY fiasco, civil-military relations over operation in North Waziristan, protests of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and revolutionary mission of Dr Tahirul Qadri, these are the calves lined up in a row to give a tough time to the rider. How does the rider (PMLN) react when calves are released from the chute? He misses the aim, lassos his own horse and falls down.

It has been a scorching summer so far in Pakistan and political situation in the country looks more sweltering with each new development. Last week the Pakistan Army launched an eagerly awaited military offensive against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in North Waziristan. So far nearly 300 militants have been killed, hundreds captured and their safe havens and explosives depots taken out as part of the on-going operation – as per the military sources. The operation involving airstrikes, tanks and heavy artillery has forced the exodus of more than 350,000 people, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) out of the affected areas.

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In my view we are standing at a critical moment of our history, the moment which needs a political ceasefire and unity among all the political parties. We need to support our soldiers at the war frontier and help in relief activities for IDPs in every way possible. But Zarb e Azb has fallen to backdrop, thanks to clash of lunatics: ‘Self-proclaimed revolutionary messiah’, Dr Qadri and government of PMLN.

This is not the first time Dr Qadri has entered the arena with a revolutionary agenda. In January 2013, he held Islamabad hostage for several days while making a series of demands that had to be met within a span of just fifteen minutes by the government ‘or else’. It was a four-day-long rodeo event. We witnessed the supporters and workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) camping at D-Chowk through cold temperatures, rain and hunger. But in the course of just few hours, Dr Qadri had developed a resuscitated endearment for all stakeholders of political set-up, including those whom he had banished as robbers. He demanded arrest of the sitting prime minister of that time, however, on forth day thanked and signed the Islamabad Long March Declaration with the same person.

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The previous coalition government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Muslim League Qauide-e-Azam (PMLQ) acted as a maestro rider. They skilfully swung the rope, tightened it across the neck of the calf, restrained it and peacefully took it out of the arena. Situation has been completely opposite over the past few days. The calf named Dr Qadri has been riding over the nerves of PMLN.

This saga of Dr Qadri could have been written differently and sensibly. The model town fiasco and aeroplane drama could have been averted easily. Except for the most ingenious, few people would buy the nonsense about the necessity of having to remove the barriers around Dr Qadri’s house. Those barriers were in place for the last four to five years with the sanction of the order of Honourable High Court. Why did the need arise just a few days before Dr Qadri was to arrive in Pakistan and launch his so-called ‘revolution’?

Source: The News

Source: The News

Now comes the day of arrival of Dr Qadri. If the workers of PAT were to be stopped, they could have been blocked a long distance away from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport. Why did they let them reach airport and then baton charge them? There was absolutely no need to divert the aeroplane from Islamabad to Lahore, where we witnessed an unfathomable drama of Dr Qadri not leaving the plane.

Source: Dawn

Source: Dawn

Democracy warranties freedom of expression and freedom of protest regardless of whether you agree with it or not. This ‘Canadian made Business Class’ revolution didn’t last four days in its last outing and it could not have lasted now in this hellish summer. With little sense the government could have averted this debacle. A couple of months back ex-President Asif Ali Zardari called on Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif and assured full support in case of any threats to derail current government. May be PM could have asked the ex-president for some advice how to handle ‘the revolution’.

I wonder who are advising the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Punjab on this issue. The mishandling of the Dr Qadri episode shows bad judgment about the implications. It is shameful that a country, where the most important military operation of its history is underway and where over 350,000 IDPs need help, is focused on an unavoidable circus of Gullu Butt and Dr Qadri.

 

Souce: Geo News

Souce: Geo News


 

This article was published on Pak Tea House.

Set for Solstice

Today’s Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). How are you taking advantage of the extra hours of light this time of year? Do you like it, or do you already miss earlier sunsets?Daily Prompt by The Daily Post


 

10:48 am

Feeling groggy, staring at the ceiling fan and air conditioner in my bed room… I can sense it… I can sense the bleating in their functioning. It has been one fiery summer so far. I look at the clock … its 10:50 am. FIFA World Cup fever is on and I went to bed at 4:30 am after watching Ecuador’s fine victory over Honduras.

Thirty nine degrees Celsius displays the Yahoo Weather App on my Iphone. Hmmm… well that’s a little relief when it has been averaging over forty-five degrees Celsius for past one month or so in Lahore. I pick the book, which I was reading last night, lying beside me on bed and place it on side table. The book is ‘Five People You Meet in Heaven’ by Mitch Albom. What an irony !! Reading about heaven in this hellish summer.

11:15 am

Just two minutes inside the kitchen and I am perspiring heavily… as if I just emerged out of Arabian Ocean. What to eat? I am thinking while exploring the cabin and refrigerator. Taking hot coffee or tea on such a hot day… not a good idea! Cereals with cold milk… that ll be best !!

12:30 pm

Electricity is playing hide and seek as usual. Will cursing the government be of any help? I don’t think so.

Pepper and Budge, FBI agents, drop Lester Nygaard at his home. I am watching last episode of ‘Fargo’. It’s hailing heavily. The scenes with heavy snowfall in background… making this hot day more unbearable for me.

2:30 pm

I am browsing through news websites of Dawn and The Express Tribune. I had done away watching news TV channels a long time ago. You cannot retain your sanity while watching the channels breaking all the barriers of lunacy in its rating wars.

My mother gives me a glass of chilling mango shake. Mango, the king of the fruits, the best of the summer fruits. It certainly helped in beating the heat.

3:00 pm

It’s getting cloudy outside. I open the Yahoo Weather App. Thirty three degrees Celsius is the temperature. Certainly a relief. The hourly forecast predicts rain in a couple of hours. A rushing sensation of chill flashes through the body.

‘Embrace yourselves, Weather tweets are coming’, I tweet. It will certainly be a good tagline for ‘Game of Weathers’.

5:00 pm

Blog stats are encouraging. My last blog attracted heavy traffic and good feedback from friends. It was a first attempt at memes and satire.

I look outside through window. Still no sign of rain.

7:00 pm

Should I go for jogging or not? Hmmm…  Not jogging today is not going to be a problem anyway. It has been a good week at gym so far. Body is still feeling the effects of cross-fit of yesterday.

7:15 pm

‘Set for Solstice’, it is today’s daily prompt by The Daily Post.

Hmmm… should I attempt it? What would I write? I have nothing to write about. It has been a season of scorching heat, certainly not an enjoyable affair.

7:30 pm

The sun is setting. All of a sudden,  the thunder boomed as loud as a stereo. I can sense the petrichor.

Its raining !!

I am outside. I can see the joy of people. I am loving the sight of kids playing in rain with big smiles on their faces.

8:00 pm

The temperature has dropped below thirty Degrees Celsius for the first time over past one and half month or so. The weather is pleasant and I am not missing the sun at all.

I have clicked ‘Add New Post’. I know I have something to write now.

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Personality of the Year : GULLU BUTT

Ladies and Gentlemen, I welcome you to our annual ‘Personality of the Year’ award show.

Before I introduce you to the Personality of the Year, let’s view a short report on ‘Who are the Butts?’


 

Now Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you ‘Personality of the Year’, the Butt of the Butts, Mr Gullu Butt !

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Who is ‘Gullu Butt’ ?


 

Gullu Butt, The Soldier

Which is the greatest army offensive in the history?

Braveheart

 

Sparta

Yes, it’s the Gullu Butt’s onslaught!!!

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The best War Attack of all times ……………….


 

Gullu Butt, The Hitman

Boom Boom

 

babe

 

But you my friends are no match for this guy!!

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Gullu Butt, The Commander

Who is the greatest warrior?

Richard

Saladin

No way, here is the greatest warrior of all times……

Gullu3


 

Gullu Butt, Childrens’ favourite!

Parents and teachers are worried as children are not concentrating on the studies. What’s the reason?

It’s the brand new video game which is breaking all sorts of record and children absolutely love it.

Street fight

 


 

Stand up Ladies and Gentlemen and give a big round of applause to our ‘Personality of the Year’:

Personality