The Final Push Towards An ‘Arab Spring’ in Pakistan
Prelude to the Arab Springs
Protesters took to the streets across the Arab world in 2011, pushing their leaders to end decades of oppression.
The Middle East and North Africa was engulfed in an unprecedented outburst of popular protests and demand for reform. It began in Tunisia and spread within weeks to Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Syria.
Long-standing authoritarian leaders were swept from power, including Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Muammar Qazzafi in Libya, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia etc.
Similarities Between the Arab Springs & Present Push for Revolution
|Character/Feature||Arab Spring||Pakistan’s Revolution|
|Cause/Need for Revolution||People fed up with long term rulers due to poverty, injustice, inflation, oppression, dictatorship etc||Similar situation; fed up with status quo|
|Call for Revolt; rise to fame||2011, Arab Springs||2011, Sudden rise of PTI|
|Mode of Revolution||People took to the streets||Same|
|Why street revolution?||No other way change in government was thought possible||Same, feels unable to get elected democratically|
|Means of mobilizing, preparing masses||Social Media: Facebook & Twitter||Same|
|Age Group of Revolutionists||Mostly youth, emotional, immature and politically inexperienced||Same|
|Change in individuals in the society||No significant change||Same|
|Met Criteria laid down by Islamic Scholars for revolt against Muslim Ruler||No, did not meet||No, do not meet.
Criteria mentioned below
|Support by majority of population||No||No|
|Western Influence||Yes, to a large extent||Same|
|Role of Western-Influenced Media||Yes||Yes|
|Western Agenda||Take over oil & gold reserves and other agenda||Take over Pakistan’s resources, disturb CPEC & other agenda|
|General Perception of the Wise Among Society||Intentions right, but barking up the wrong tree, wrong leadership||Same|
|Post-Revolution||Situation worse than before||Similar expected
Fitnah is worse than Killing
??? The wise can guess!!
|Conclusion||Most former rulers were rich tyrants or dictators corrupt and or highly disliked; however many now wished they were back|
Post-Revolution Situation After Arab Springs
“We witnessed a few months of revolutionary euphoria… But this didn’t last long.”
But the reality is more war and violence, and a crackdown on people who dare to speak out for a fairer, more open society.
In Libya and Syria:
- All sides have committed war crimes and serious human rights abuses, including indiscriminate and direct attacks on civilians and their property.
- Armed groups are out of control. The so-called Islamic State (IS) took over certain areas where it has carried out public execution-style killings, sometimes leaving victims’ corpses on public display.
- Civilians bear the brunt of the conflict and violence across the country. Millions of people need humanitarian help including clean water, sanitation and food.
Civil war had also started in Yemen, followed by invasion by Saudi Arabia after its favorite defected.
Free Speech Under Threat
Free speech is also under threat. The authorities have prosecuted critics, especially those vocal about the security forces. Human rights activists, lawyers and journalists are increasingly criticized for speaking out. This is the same in all the Arab Spring countries.
The governments passed draconian counter-terrorism laws which meant people could be detained without charge or access to a lawyer or the outside world – putting them more at risk of being tortured.
Similarly, tens of thousands of Morsi supporters, Muslim Brotherhood members and other government critics have been locked up, many in cramped and harsh conditions. Hundreds have been sentenced to death, including former president Morsi, or face long prison terms after massively unfair trials.
Since 2011, the Bahraini authorities opened cases against a number of officers for fatally shooting protesters. In some cases, investigations were closed without anyone being prosecuted. Several officers were acquitted on the grounds that they acted in “self-defence” and a small number received prison sentences of up to 10 years, reduced on appeal to between six months and three years.
The Bahraini authorities have continued to crack down on dissent, and increasingly target people who take to social media to criticize the government. Protesters are met with tear gas and shotgun pellets, and some are beaten, arrested and jailed, often after unfair trials. People waiting to face trial have been tortured.
Around 1,000 people were killed on 14 August 2013 in protests at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and across Egypt, according to the government. Many believe the death toll is far higher. The authorities have still not done enough to investigate hundreds of deaths caused by the security forces since 2013.
Infrastructure Mostly Ruined
The only reason why Mr. Assad in Syria has not fallen yet is because of Russia.
The Present ‘Revolutionary’ Leadership of Pakistan
For details on all these people, kindly read the following blog:
Support for a Jew:
Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Shaking hands, well known friendship with a global elitist:
Publicly accepted & apologized for handing over Aafia to USA:
And wanted to accept Israel:
Tahir ul Qadri
Pakistan’s Gulen according to PTI spokesperson Mrs. Shireen Mazari:
Salman Ahmad abusing the Holy Quran:
Naeem ul Haq & Imran Ismail
This wrong leadership has been chosen.
PTI Social Media Retweets
One will be amazed:
Retweeted by PTI Social Media Team:
Many many more as well!
Similarly look at these retweets!
More on Paid Teams:
Is this a paid social media team just like ones used for Arab Spring?
A WWF Phenomena to Bring Another Arab Spring-like Civil War?
Criteria For Revolution Against Muslim Ruler
Muslim Scholars have laid down a set of rules for revolt against a Muslim ruler. Kindly read this blog for details:
How many of these criteria are being met by PTI, its leaders or its followers?
Solution of the Problem
Reading this blog, Pakistanis may be faced with a dilemma: damned if we don’t (go for revolt); damned if we do (go for revolt). I would suggest ultimate caution, not to be caught up with the emotions, a read up of my blogs and most importantly look towards the Holy Quran & Hadith & scholars for guidance under such circumstances.
Also refer to this blog:
How to bring change in a society?
Coming up in my next blog in sha Allah…..
But if the masses want the music and dance, then how can we expect a change? :
Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said:
Famous Arab saying:
الناس على دين ملوكهم
i.e people follow the path of their rulers.