Why Raymonds will continue to happen

Published: March 21, 2011
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The writer is a health, safety and environment consultant at an organisation called Quality Concerns

The writer is a health, safety and environment consultant at an organisation called Quality Concerns

Pakistan’s ‘ghairat’ came calling once again on the afternoon of March 16, 2011. The chartered aeroplane carrying Raymond Davis had grossly violated the ‘honour space’ of Pakistan. Public sentiments were invoked to avenge the fractured ‘national honour’. Few were willing to admit that our state, inundated with loans and lackeys, happily discovered the shortest ‘sharai’ path that links Kot Lakhpat with Lahore airport. A dynastic ruling elite with a penchant for lawlessness and a total lack of concern for its citizens could not possibly have chosen any other course. It may be interesting to examine five other apparently isolated events that happened around the same time and which can explain why Raymonds will continue to happen in Pakistan.

While Raymond was on board a flight out of Pakistan, so was the chief minister of Punjab, making a brotherly get-well visit to London. The head of the PML-N had opted to have a stent inserted into his artery at the elite Central London Hospital. Instead of improving local hospitals, the ruling elite prefer to fly out to exotic locations, often utilising funds siphoned from the taxpayers’ account. Can the interests of poverty-stricken Pakistanis be defended by a ruling elite that has its vital interests deeply embedded in foreign lands? Till this situation is reversed, Raymonds will continue to happen in Pakistan.

Another event that took place around the same time as Raymond’s departure was the shocking revelation by the National Database and Registration Authority that out of the 80.2 million votes that chose our ‘honourable’ parliamentarians in 2008, 36 million were bogus. That means that approximately 45 per cent of the members sitting in parliament have entered through questionable corridors. Add to this another 57 confirmed by the Higher Education Commission as fraudulent degree-holders and 298 who refuse to submit their degrees for verification and you have an exceptional composition of delinquents who would be happy to partake in every conceivable crime.

Why should a foreign country respect a Pakistani court, when the Pakistani government itself refrains from doing so? Only four days before Raymond’s expeditious release, the ruling party called for a province-wide strike to protest against the Supreme Court verdict of annulling the appointment of the NAB chairman. A lawless state machinery, at war not just with its people but also with its own institutions, is hardly expected to produce results any different from what it did in the Davis case. Around the same time as Davis was sipping coffee on his flight out of Pakistan, the prime minister was signing documents to extend the services of the top man in the ISI. It is irrational for us to recycle the same dynastic politicians, bureaucrats, judges and generals and then also feel stunned at getting the same disappointing results. A cartel of fossilised ruling elite dedicated to extending its own life cycle cannot be expected to defend the interests of its people. Raymonds will continue to happen as long as we continue to tolerate a ruling class that lives beyond its means as well as its warranty period. The fifth and perhaps the most important event was an act of omission, hugely  underplayed and least protested. Davis was projected as if he was the only foul fish that we had in the country. What about the 500 or so other CIA security contractors who are engaged in similar dirty tricks? Why did we not demand a collective exodus of these criminals?

While we brood over the fast track dispensation given to a foreigner, we do not seem perturbed about the quality of justice delivered to our own citizens. We have a judicial system that can conduct a trial and release a multiple killer in two hours but do nothing about the 8,000 prisoners still languishing in jails for having been sentenced to death over the past 20 years. We are upset at the indecent haste shown for Raymond, but we have no programme to improve our dilapidated judicial processes. Raymonds will continue to happen in Pakistan for as long as we do not address the causes that create them. Neither the state nor the society seem ready to take on this challenge.

 

Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Humanity
    Mar 22, 2011 - 12:10AM

    Great analysis of why Raymond keeps happening to Pakistan over and over and over again!Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Mar 22, 2011 - 1:01AM

    Sir,

    This is excellent. A wonderful article.

    However, I don’t think it was a coffee Mr Davis was sipping.

    It was a celebratory cold Bud Light — given his girth. Taking it easy on the calories, you see.

    I think the timing of NS having stents (sp?) put in his shabdegh-clogged arteries is just hilarious.

    It is good to find humor in what goes on in the land.

    What else can we do? Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 1:24AM

    Our honor is only compromised when the perpetrator happens to preferably be American, white and bulky. The millions in poverty, the illiterate, the children working in brick kilns, the bonded labour, never pricks our honor. Recommend

  • Taqi
    Mar 22, 2011 - 1:27AM

    Its ironically funny that in a few hours’ time this article will be flooded by people with their “righteous” comments about our crippling law system and about our over zealous politicians and how all this looks bad for all of us. that’s all we do : we talk . Puh-lease grow a pair and either admit that we all suck or throw out all em raymonds. Oh no wait we aint gonna do neither,that’s right we’re just gonna yap to our heart’s content and continue the political flagellation upon ourselves.Recommend

  • Ali Shekarfroush
    Mar 22, 2011 - 2:21AM

    I just dont understand, when we are talking about Raymond davis, why we have forgot that ‘Unknown’ driver who crushed the motorcyclist on the road. Where is Law? What kind of independent judiciary we are having? Has anyone bothered to ask the name of that “Unknown” CIA driver?Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 7:04AM

    Good article, but now instead of sending their own people, Americans will send in Afghans to do their dirty work to avoid notice. Recommend

  • Safder Lodi
    Mar 22, 2011 - 7:08AM

    Judiciary is Independent but , JUSTICE ; is in Grim-Grip of Mighty GHQ.So Pakistan became a land without Justice .Recommend

  • Punjabi
    Mar 22, 2011 - 9:46AM

    What an excellent analysis… you have definitely addressed the cause & the root. Sadly neither the Government nor shall the nation (rather ill rather call them crowd) has time to understand you.
    Look at their level… Metric failures… Intermediates… barely could pass B.As… & false degree holders are the rulers & followers.
    What do you expect out of them..

    Possibly What!!! ????Recommend

  • Punjabi
    Mar 22, 2011 - 9:49AM

    Wonderful would it be.. if a man like you writes an article… how can we bring change in this country that does’t turn back into the slum apartment we came out from..Recommend

  • Sonia Wahab
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:33AM

    The family of deceased has taken money which is legitimate according to Islmaic laws. Instead of crying on Raymond Davis, it is better to recognise the failure of such laws which fails to provide justice to victims.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:39AM

    It was very funny when Davis was released citing the laws over a 1000 years old originated in the wonderful land of Arabia.

    Unless Pakistan adopts the path of Turkey and rejects Religion, there is no hope.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:42AM

    judicary in Pakistan is not independent,, Justic IFtikhar is just Topi Drama!! neglecting real issues which directly affects the state sovereignty. why there is no suo moto action on drone attacks,?on Raymond Issue?? Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 4:11PM

    News-Media articles have pointed out that Asif Zardari, Yousuf Gilani, Rehman Malik, Babar Awan, Fauzia Wahab, Husain Haqqani, Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Rana Sanaullah, Latif Khosa, Ijaz Chaudhry, Yousaf Aujla, Aneeq Anwar, Ahmad Pasha, Ashfaq Kayani and many other culprits illegally released US CIA spy Raymond Allen Davis – who was accused of several crimes – for American dollars on 16 March 2011 from a jail in Lahore, Pakistan.

    American journalist David Ignatius wrote on 16 March 2011 in The Washington Post: “This [PPP – PML-N corruption] deal [over American CIA spy Raymond Allen Davis] had four principal architects: Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s [defector] to Washington, who shared the ‘blood money’ idea with [US] Senator John Kerry. Kerry then traveled to Pakistan, where he met with Asif Ali Zardari, with the [PML-N] leaders [Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah, etc.] of the Punjab Government that was holding Davis, and with top officials of the [Pakistan Army] ISI. Haqqani also [illegally] visited [US] CIA Director Leon Panetta the evening of February 28 [2011] to share the ‘blood money’ idea with him, according to a US official. The final details were worked out by Panetta and ISI Director-General Ahmed Shuja Pasha.”Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 4:54PM

    Oh,no,you are wrong in your thinking,
    i am absolutely disagree with you on it,
    what should he do in such circumstances
    hell of corruption is burning all around,there is one cup of water in his hand,
    where he throw it,
    it is not enough.

    Moreover,
    as a history is witness,some time a single person become sign of unexpected change
    and the nation will remember him for centuries.Recommend

  • Alsahdiq
    Mar 22, 2011 - 6:18PM

    Was the poet and philosopher Allamah Iqbal an English, French or a German? Was he not one of us? He said so many good things. He said “It is the deeds of the people what make their lives heaven or hell”.
    So what have we earned so far through our deeds? Hell? Nothing but hell.
    The question is that for how many more years have we as a nation planned not to give up our bad habits or deeds that make our lives hellish?
    Now I will, I simply cannot avoid not to go back to 1400 years ago.
    What were the Arabs like? Very weird people. Something we all are heading straight to that standard of weirdness.
    Those same weird people brought a revolution. A Peaceful Revolution. A revolution that caught tribes after tribes, nation after nation like wild fire.
    How could some weird people become so popular? Very simple to understand. They brought a welcome revolution in their habits. They purged all the bad habits to embrace, accept and practice good habits when they embraced a revolutionary concept of life i.e. Islam.
    Being truthful, sincere, compassionate, underatnding, tolerant and above all upholder of a very important function of being a Muslim, i.e. “Justice”, justice with compassion, a person or persons are bound to be most likeable and loveable people on the face of our earth.
    Why on earth as a nation, we all not try to follow into the footsteps of those Arabs who became winners? They won because they learned how to win hearts and minds of the people. Why O’ why do we all not try to do the same as those winners did. Will following into the foot steps of the winners not make us also winners?Recommend

  • Fact Check
    Mar 22, 2011 - 6:26PM

    Couldn’t agree with you more. Until the people of Pakistan throw out these fossilized ruling elite with their colonial mindset out of power and banisf them to some other land, things are unlikely to change.

    Pkasitan needs young and capable leaders who are dedicated to the country and not to themselves. Until then write all you want, nothing will change.

    One thing that surprises the entire world is that, Pakistan has abundant intellectual power locked up all over the world, why don’t they get together and form a party with the support of people, stand for election and makes changes, I mean real progressive changes.Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 6:45PM

    The head of the PML-N had opted to have a stent inserted into his artery at the elite Central London Hospital. Instead of improving local hospitals, the ruling elite prefer to fly out to exotic locations, often utilising funds siphoned from the taxpayers’ account. Can the interests of poverty-stricken Pakistanis be defended by a ruling elite that has its vital interests deeply embedded in foreign lands? Till this situation is reversed, Raymonds will continue to happen in Pakistan
    Splendid post sir, you have highlighted a true picture of our ruling elite, especially the so called self proclaim most popular leader and Khadim-e-alaRecommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 7:06PM

    A dynastic ruling elite with a penchant for lawlessness and a total lack of concern for its citizens could not possibly have chosen any other course. It may be interesting to examine five other apparently isolated events that happened around the same time and which can explain why Raymonds will continue to happen in Pakistan.
    While Raymond was on board a flight out of Pakistan, so was the chief minister of Punjab, making a brotherly get-well visit to London. The head of the PML-N had opted to have a stent inserted into his artery at the elite Central London Hospital. Instead of improving local hospitals, the ruling elite prefer to fly out to exotic locations, often utilising funds siphoned from the taxpayers’ account
    Why should a foreign country respect a Pakistani court, when the Pakistani government itself refrains from doing so? Only four days before Raymond’s expeditious release, the ruling party called for a province-wide strike to protest against the Supreme Court verdict of annulling the appointment of the NAB chairman
    Why should a foreign country respect a Pakistani court, when the Pakistani government itself refrains from doing so? Only four days before Raymond’s expeditious release, the ruling party called for a province-wide strike to protest against the Supreme Court verdict of annulling the appointment of the NAB chairman. A lawless state machinery, at war not just with its people but also with its own institutions, is hardly expected to produce results any different from what it did in the Davis case. Around the same time as Davis was sipping coffee on his flight out of Pakistan, the prime minister was signing documents to extend the services of the top man in the ISI. It is irrational for us to recycle the same dynastic politicians, bureaucrats, judges and generals and then also feel stunned at getting the same disappointing results. A cartel of fossilised ruling elite dedicated to extending its own life cycle cannot be expected to defend the interests of its people. Raymonds will continue to happen as long as we continue to tolerate a ruling class that lives beyond its means as well as its warranty period. The fifth and perhaps the most important event was an act of omission, hugely underplayed and least protested. Davis was projected as if he was the only foul fish that we had in the country. What about the 500 or so other CIA security contractors who are engaged in similar dirty tricks? Why did we not demand a collective exodus of these criminals?

    While we brood over the fast track dispensation given to a foreigner, we do not seem perturbed about the quality of justice delivered to our own citizens. We have a judicial system that can conduct a trial and release a multiple killer in two hours but do nothing about the 8,000 prisoners still languishing in jails for having been sentenced to death over the past 20 years. We are upset at the indecent haste shown for Raymond, but we have no programme to improve our dilapidated judicial processes. Raymonds will continue to happen in Pakistan for as long as we do not address the causes that create them. Neither the state nor the society seem ready to take on this challengeRecommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 24, 2011 - 6:31PM

    The recent steps taken by the ISI and COAS in release of Raymond Davis was not under any pressure. Rather as reported by print paper of Express Tribune of March 24/ 2011 cannot be
    out of the blues; ” US Agrees To Recall 331 Diplomatic Staffers”? What we need today is the complete reformation of our political system and party reforms. No General of our Army no matter how corrupt he may be will not sell the integrity of the nation. It is time that we pull our heads out of the sand pit.Recommend

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