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A drone is a drone, be it US drone or a local drone… that is what the master entertainer, former CM Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raeesani would say when asked about death from different type of drones. Being a Nawab, he can be casual about these things and can go abroad and “chill” whenever he feels like it. Sadly, his compatriots don’t have that luxury because whenever they try to save enough money for something important, a drone attack from the ‘government servants’ takes it all away.

Many a people have attained martyrdom in drone attacks in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan where militants from all over the region hide from the law. Not even the change in the province’s name (to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) could bring down the death toll in the province. Every second day, the media announces that a number of people have died as a result of a drone attack, yet we have become so shameless that now we treat it as ‘normal’ news, instead of ‘breaking’ news (a heart breaking one, in fact!).

But there is another kind of drone attack that the people of Pakistan are under assault from these days, and that doesn’t cross any borders at all. These drone attacks take place all over the country and the pilotless planes are controlled from Islamabad, the capital city. These drones have different types – they can either be an increase in electricity rates, in the form of load-shedding, in the shape of World Bank loans or worst of all, devaluing the currency. It is very important to note that none of these decisions seem to affect those in power.

 

One shouldn’t defend those who go against the law but is the law only for the poor in Pakistan?

 

Pakistan remains in the ranks of the few countries in the world where the poor is the one who suffers the brunt of government’s policies and the rich always have their way. It is due to these ‘drone’ attacks that the poor man is made to steal electricity, install faulty meters and, in worst case scenarios, take up arms to fulfil their daily needs. One shouldn’t defend those who go against the law but is the law only for the poor in Pakistan? Was the country the Quaid-e-Azam gave us for the benefit of the rich only? No it wasn’t.

Do we really need a Parliament House that has a Cafeteria that serves quality food at cheap prices to the politicians we elect when the people in their constituency don’t get to eat at all? Do we need a Presidency where the Head of State does absolutely nothing since now he has no powers of his own? Didn’t Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promise that he would not reside in the PM house because it was a waste of taxpayer money? This is Pakistan for you, my fellow countrymen, where the only sincere person is the one who either gets assassinated (Liaqaut Ali Khan) or removed by conspiracy (Hussain Shaheed Suharwardy). The others are here to stay and play musical chairs over the deaths of their compatriots and survive with their ‘come-what-may’ attitude.

It is the government that needs to be blamed here for being careless, short-sighted and, above all, not at all different from its predecessors. They can’t control drone attacks – fair enough – but they can control price hikes, currency devaluation and the energy crisis. It doesn’t take a genius to see that building dams all over the country would solve many of Pakistan’s problems but for that one needs a leader with a will, not with a mission to loot. Here one must commend India on the abolition of jageerdari (landlord) system due to which the country managed to take giant steps towards industrialization and it is because of that decision (along with many others) that foreign companies want to work in India more than anywhere else in the region.

As for Pakistan, it is very sad to write but many Pakistanis are pondering leaving the country for greener pastures (read the Middle East) where their kids can have a better future with 24×7 electricity, safe surroundings, no unusual price hikes and a life one dreams of. Yes, Pakistanis are treated as second-rate citizens in countries like Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, but in their own homeland, they are not treated as humans. Such is the way of life and until things change in the country, people will continue to be hit harder by government’s drones rather than the ones that cross borders to attack.