Sh. Rashid has been playing fast and loose for quite sometime. Given the free rein, he began mouthing insults and abuses against just about everybody including the serving Prime Minister, former Premier Gilani, Husain Haqqani et alia. Still nobody took any notice of him. Then he had his show on the road – blustering and bullying – but it failed to excite the people and flopped miserably at Liaquat Bagh despite hoisting banners and billboards all over the city. Bringing in Imran Khan to lend the ‘luster’ did not help either. Disappointed and dismayed, he issued an unsolicited advice to the highest judicial forum of this country to “kill these bastards“. These were the words of a man who had himself been bastardized by every politician of any consequence. He has been living like a pariah since the ouster of Pervez Musharaf, failed to make his way into the mainstream of the country politics, despite his frantic efforts, and began feeling jittery and then started to jerk by swooping down on leaders left, right and center without pausing to think of the adverse public opinion that will grow against him as a reflex. This was frustration and very obviously so. Besides, he is crestfallen because he is jobless. From the time of Gen Zia he has been in the power corridors ceaselessly, courtesy the sources projecting him. Like every self-important person, he considers himself the man who can steer the country out of the squally situation and place it on the highway to the heaven of progress and prosperity. Pray, tell me if this is not self-delusion, over-estimation of oneself, or an idle boast of a sick-mind after all?
This man is now busy making predictions, giving the countdown to people for the departure of this Government. Little does he realize that, by the time the Government is gone, it will have completed its legitimate tenure. So, the Government will not be making an unceremonious exist any time soon either at the hands of military or judiciary. The poor guy is desperate to get back into the limelight again. It would, therefore, be in order to either give him a job to keep him quiet or shut his big mouth up for good by giving him a fitting reply like reminding him of the way he behaved to let NS and his family down at a time when they were almost down and out. May be someone can step forward from the common people of Rawalpindi to put a tape on his mouth. The media continues to invite him to Talk Shows. Why? To improve the ranking or there are some other motives. Anyway, it is very irritating to see him on the TV every other day. In my opinion, the TV Talk Shows are being sullied by his very appearance. Currently, he is nothing more than a social outcast and, to the best of my knowledge, nobody likes him. He is espousing eccentric political notions and can be safely described as belonging to the lunatic fringe. He has made his fortunes from politics and that should be sufficient to serve him well to live in clover until he reaches his final resting abode. Shakil Awan belongs to the grassroots, his loyalty to the Sharifs is above board and he fully deserves to be where he is now. That he cannot hold his denture in place while talking, does not take away anything from his overzealous efforts to serve his leader by making all kinds of nuisance in the talk shows.
Being a handy man of the agencies, Sh. Rashid is eager to see the return of army or the so-called technocrats not for the good of this country but to make sure that he gets a slot on the administrative set-up that will emerge in such a scenario. He is playing corruption corruption to a fault. Don’t bother to worry your head on corruption and single out Zardari for it. It won’t be wise to dump everything dirty in his backyard. Yes, corruption and crime is soaring in the country but so it has always been as a backlash of our less than adequate political system. Corruption is part of life. The planet earth is not inhabited by angles. Was there no corruption in nearly 3 decades of military rule? Did the cesspools of corruption like MES, CDA and PWD then renounce their evil ways of accepting graft and offered penance for their past guilt? MES stands for Military Engineering Services but because of this very corruption its been nicknamed ‘Money Earning Services’ yet the media did not say a word. A point to ponder here is that Malik Riaz, our country’s business and real-estate tycoon, started off as a clerk in the MES. One can imagine the amount of money a clerk makes is no where near what he made at that time. On the contrary, our media was busy in bringing out supplements/special numbers on the family members of the Generals riding high, especially, Zia ul Haq. Jang Group was always to be found in the forefront. Those who did dare to protest were flogged and reduced to fleeing for life. We are all corrupt and self-righteous one way or the other. Corruption is not likely to end before the onset of the last millennium after the return of Jesus and the outcome of last war between the good and evil at Megido has been determined. It will be an era when man will know no evil. So, let us wait until then when the corruption will be thrown into the bottomless pit and there will be no Asif Zardari roving on our minds. We are earthly people and, as corruption grows with us from the earth, we just cannot avoid to enjoy it for sheer pleasure and to outshine our fellow men in the rat race to gather riches. After all, riches cannot be gathered without sin and evil means. Greed drives man to sin and the penalty of sin is death, yet we all waste no time to sin regardless of the consequences.
Practically, Sh. Rashid has been shooed away by PML(N) to join its ranks again and this has embittered him so much that he is now clearly showing signs of canine madness while aimlessly talking about politics and political leaders. Sometime, when he is talking to media, he is so woefully out of rhythm that it looks as though a blind dog is whining at the wind blowing around him. In my opinion, NS would have been well advised to take Sh. Rashid back in the party because he could have been used to do all the barking against the PML(N)’s unforgiving foes. Rana Sanaullah is not doing just enough. After all, one and one add up to 11 and make a formidable combination to quieten even the bitterest enemies with energy to spare. The backhanded compliment Sh. Rashid paid to Raja Pervfez Ashraf when he called him “mirasi“ should sufficiently expose the symptoms of the rabies he is carrying. Because of his outrageous conduct, perforce, BB had to read the riots act to him only to remind him to mind his language when talking to decent people. He learnt a lot from this and showed improvement for a while. Finding the time congenial, he now appears to have relapsed into his frolics. Old habits die hard. Some people are slow to earn and some do not learn at all.
Being a compulsory mischief-monger, he is using his foul mouth to see some undemocratic turnaround of the political situation in the country which is otherwise normal and not under threat from any side. Notwithstanding the cases against PPP, everybody wants a change through the ballot. No military upheavals are going to serve the cause of this country. Sh. Rashid can keep clowning around as long as he wishes but his political career has reached its end. Psychologically, he has become a split personality where his thoughts and mouth are not consistent with each other. It would be, therefore, advisable for him to quit politics and go to Himalayas to join a band of ascetics or, alternately, join the Trappists in a Cistercian monastry somewhere in Europe – this order of monks imparts a measure of austerity in the form of manual labor that encourages the adherents to live free from reliance on others and complete the tedious journey of life in a self-effacing way. The oracle has spoken against Sh. Rashid and if he fails to listen and continues in his unrewarding quest for a second coming to the politics, he will be in for a shock of his life.
Despite his loud talking – unnecessarily being garrulous – he has always very little to communicate of substance. Twice, he has been rejected by his people. So, why should any party risk to take him under its wings when he has become a proven liability? He blurts out words like the air gushes out of a windbag when depressed under the armpit. The people are not amused because all his pretentious talk evokes nothing but boredom. If he thinks that, by playing a court jester, he can entertain people he will be better of joining a theater of second rate comedians or a bevy of drag queens in Lahore. As for politics, he is no longer needed.
The writer is in his mid 70s and has to his credit a vast experience of working with national and international business executives. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org