Conspiracy theories have been a part and parcel of our problems, the wildest of all may be the so-called “Yahoodi Sazish”. As a nation we are well acquainted with alternative theories from how come the most wanted man on earth, Osama bin Laden was living 0.8 miles away from Pakistan Military Academy, Abbottabad or how did a 13-year-old girl from Swat attacked by the TTP ended up as a Nobel laureate in Britain.
Lately, the ousted PM Sharif has been criticizing the judiciary for not complying with fundamental principles of Justice in the Panama judgment and terms the whole process as a calculated attempt to subvert democracy in Pakistan. Why are we prone to these theories as a nation? And how come this instant believes ignores to classify or question the very own credentials of it. Perhaps the title of being the only Islamic nuclear power encompasses us to protect and preserve our religion which itself has never been our priority domestically.
The criteria followed by political pundits or the state itself tends to ignore the full picture while presenting an alternative theory. PM Modi visiting Tel Aviv does spark a Hindu Zionist attempt to malign Pakistan and our version of Islam while his visit to Riyadh, a proud Muslim brother for Pakistan`s foreign office is a mere attempt to enhance brotherly nations between India and the Kingdom.
Some arrogance left boasting about our nuclear arsenal resonates in the rich mineral deposits and our geostrategic position in the international arena abstaining from all economic indicators of development which are reported as far below average. Yes, we are an integral part of the one belt one road initiative as CPEC progresses to take its shape and no country can undo our strength as a regional player. However, these tend to remain extraneous assumptions until substantial measures are undertaken by not only the government, in fact, all those political leaders, unions, religious groups and NGO`s who mobilize masses based on non-issues, need to do the same for issues at hand which are far more complex and intricate for the country.
-Shehryar Imran Ejaz,
The author is a sophomore at Lahore University of Management Sciences currently pursuing his undergraduate in Accounting and Finance. He tweets @360_daily