Mr Sharif, speaking at a press conference on Saturday after a meeting with US Ambassador Cameron Munter, said the government must shed its "subservience to the Americans even it means annoying the US and a few individuals in Pakistan".
As the parliament has plausibly worked out a roadmap to face up to mounting American aggressiveness and adventurism against us, why is Mian Nawaz Sharif, the head honcho of his own PML faction, hell-bent on making a matinee show of the Abbottabad episode and a Hollywood blockbuster of revenge, vendetta and vindictiveness out of it? When the Americans were struck by the 9/11 terrorist holocaust, they were stunned and shocked. But at once they were one people. They were no Democrats or Republicans; they were no liberals or conservatives; they were no blacks or whites; they were no Hispanics or Asians. They all were just An American, with the chant of “USA: USA” on each and every lip.
The suicide plane-hijackers had trained under the very noses of their intelligence and law-enforcement agencies in their own aviation academies. The attackers had studied in various universities of the European states with whose intelligence agencies America’s CIA had close rapport. And they had plotted their attack in Hamburg, a bustling city of Germany whose state spooks were in intimate ties with the CIA. Yet the Americans were baying for nobody’s head. They were all focused on what went wrong that led up the attackers to strike the world’s sole superpower so easily and how to fix the debility not to let such holocaust visit them again. No heads rolled but with a variety of imaginative administrative, security and intelligence measures they have secured their lives substantially.
The parliament’s roadmap promises to be something akin to that American venture that transformed their abysmal 9/11 intelligence and security collapse into a huge regeneration creativity. In itself, the roadmap is neither a shield to the American drones’ Hellfire missiles; nor is it a dreadful gun to keep the Americans at bay from an adventure. But it could possibly become a potent factor for curbing their brinkmanship against us. Nonetheless, that is possible if the measures and actions contemplated by the roadmap are dressed up into apparels of concrete realities. That calls for not only extraordinary wisdom, care, farsightedness and resourcefulness from the ones put on the job of working out what the roadmap envisages into strategies and action plans; but the unity among our ranks, most of all.
Remember, when the Americans’ war in Vietnam went awry, has their war now in Afghanistan. The UN was then also there. So was its charter. The international conventions and laws against the violation of nations’ sovereignty and territorial sanctity existed then too. Yet the Americans paid no regard to the UN or its charter or those binding international conventions and pulverized both Cambodia and tiny Laos with massive carpet bombing campaigns, holding them responsible for their failing war in Vietnam. They made a scapegoat of those small nations of their Vietnam failures, as have they made of us for their collapses in Afghanistan. And it could only be a delusion of the starry-eyed that this roadmap alone will hold them back from their increasing brinkmanship against us.
We need a rocklike solidarity among ourselves to face them robustly. And this could be obvious to even a halfwit. Then why is this provincial politician Nawaz Sharif, with a laughably bloated pretence of a national icon, second only to the Quaid-e-Azam if not his equal, is out to torpedo that unity the legislators displayed so admirably in the parliament just for his own grouses, grudges and designs? Has he forgotten that the military he now disparages is actually his creator? He took his political birth in its hatcheries. And it is the ISI whose man he originally was. He played its pawn in the IJI contrivance, whose principal character he was. Doesn’t he remember Mehrangate, the abominable scam of taking money from the agency, long pending in the apex court? And has he forgotten that his opponents still claim his heavy mandate in second stint in power was the handiwork of “ghosts”?
And how comes his younger sibling Shahbaz Sharif didn’t attend the parliament’s joint session on his bidding? He was “invited” to no family wedding or celebration. It was an “official call” to him as a public functionary to attend an important meeting on an important issue of the public, whose taxpayer pays up for his upkeep and even his security. So Shahbaz must explain to the citizens why didn’t he turn up in the session on the command of his elder brother who doesn’t pay tax even equal to a superannuating office assistant despite being a billionaire.
And this clone baby of garrison hatcheries, erstwhile man of agencies and the invader of the Supreme Court and the conqueror of the superior judiciary himself must know he stinks, his politics stinks, his pretences stink and his posturing stinks. And the stench is too pungent for the citizens to stand him any more.