We acknowledge the fact that we are in the age of mass disinformation and deception. What is self-evident is the power of the media – to change the direction of history. The information that was presented by the politicians and the media to the public during the Brexit referendum campaign turned out to be a bunch of lies. This has exposed two realities; the corrupt media does not tell the whole truth, and the public has very short memories. Thus, the public was duped during the Brexit and again during the Covid saga.
Ironically, one can see the Brexit script currently being applied in Pakistan. The media (as usual) is telling half-truths to their audience, once again. Yes, it is a fact that the current parliamentary system in Pakistan is rotten to the core – rife in corruption. No one disagrees that a change is necessary. The problem I see is that the media is failing to mention the most crucial part of the information. What the media is omitting is perhaps more important than what the media is bringing to our attention.
What the Pakistani social media is promoting in Pakistan is a presidential rule, a so-called ‘Sidarti Nizam’ as an alternative to the parliamentary system. The president will have much more power to make decisions. We can understand why they think such a system would be beneficial for Pakistan. A one-party dictatorship in China brought a huge development. Thus, the assumption is that having a development dictatorship may benefit the Pakistanis. At least this is the idea that is being sold to the gullible audience. The important question is, has such a dictatorship ever worked successfully everywhere? The answer is no it has not, North Korea is a good example.
It is a fact that globally the world is moving towards neo-feudalism. And Pakistan is no exception. The truth is prime minister Imran Khan is a puppet of the global neo feudalistic system. His three and half years in power are proof that he is a puppet. The economy is virtually in the hands of bankers and multinationals. They are the decision-makers. Recent disagreements between the Prime Minister and the defence minister Pervez Khattak shed more light on who is running the show in Pakistan.
It is the technocrats who are running the government in Pakistan. Technocrats are individuals who work for multinationals. Former Prime Minister Shoukat Aziz was a Director for Citibank when he was sent to Pakistan to manage the economy, during the Pervez Musharraf years, as a finance minister. He was a technocrat. Technocrats’ loyalty is never with any nation but with the multinationals who send them. The same is true for the more than a dozen technocrats currently working in the Pakistani government. The proposed ‘Sidarti Nizam’ will be run entirely by the technocrats. I mean the multinationals and for the benefits of the multinationals. This is neo-feudalism. There never was a genuine democracy in Pakistan, now they are thinking to end the façade.
If Prime Minister Imran Khan succeeds in changing the system to presidential rule, then, it is my prediction, that he will be removed from power soon afterwards. These leaders are brought in for certain tasks or purposes and are removed as soon as they fulfil their duties. Tony Blair was removed after the Iraq war, David Cameron was removed after the referendum, Boris Johnson will likely be removed after the Covid is over. Imran Khan will be removed when the technocrats have full control of the country. They are all puppets of neo-feudalistic lords, i.e., multinational corporations.
We have very short memories, we have failed to learn any lessons from Brexit. Those who do not learn their lessons from history are destined to repeat the mistakes. Will Pakistan be sold off to multinationals? What do you think?