Saving of status quo

It is a known fact that when British ruled the subcontinent, they had demarcated India into provinces convenient for their administrative governess. But the Indian subcontinent was a multi-national, multi-cultural and multi-linguistic land that needed to be demarcated into national, cultural and linguistics states. That was left upon the future political governments to come after 1947 because the British were not concerned with the internal politics. When the British ruled provinces were handed over to India and Pakistan, Punjab was the only administrative unit which was divided between the two countries. Pakistan came into being as a multi-national country where Bengalis, Seraikis, Sindhis, Baluchis, Pukhtoons and Punjabis were living on their respective homelands for thousands of years. Negation of re-demarcation of the administrative units gave birth to negation of real federation and colonisation in Pakistan. A country without constitution has today reached a stage where convening of the transparent election has to be conducted by a military chief. The so-called civil governments have nothing to offer to Seraikis, Sindhis, Balochs and Pukhtoons. Regional political parties prevail and function in the hinterland of these communities. With such a background, election of 2008 was declared by most of the parties, other than the Musharraf-sponsored parties, to be fraudulent and rigged. But PPP, PML (N) and ANP saved the status quo by participating in these elections. The nationalist parties of Seraikis, Sindhis, Baluchis and Pushtoons went for boycott under the aegis of APDM and were supported by lawyers and the civil society. Army made use of the anti-Musharraf sentiment through these three parties PPP, PML (N) and ANP. These parties have now become the ruling alliance encircling all groups in the parliament with the single motive of saving the status quo. -ABDUL MAJEED KANJOO, Seraiki National Party, via e-mail, May 1

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