Ok I am going to keep this short because I’m feeling really lazy right now, but I just have to write this. Can’t delay it any more. It is a follow up of my last blog post Protests Are Banned. Needless to say, the urge of writing on this topic came from the ongoing ‘dharney’ in the country. It’s not about whether these certain protests are right or wrong, but it is the reaction of our politicians and sections of public to the idea of demonstrations in the country.
All our ‘leaders’ claim that Pakistan is a democratic country but these protests are a threat to this system. Now, even those who don’t hold a degree in political science, know that in a democratic society, all citizens have the right to protest. It doesn’t matter if you agree with their point of view or not, as long as they are peaceful, you cannot stop them from registering their protest. If I am facing a problem in the country I live in and the government is not taking notice despite my complaints, I will go out on streets and make my problem public. I don’t have to justify my cause because I it’s my right.
I don’t even have to make sure that I have a lot of people support so I can make a stronger case. As a citizen, I am entitled to all the privileges and rights and the government is bound to make sure they fulfill my demands. So even if I am out protesting alone, it is not a reason for the government to ignore my complaint or ridicule me because I have no support. By protesting, I am not destroying my country’s image. I am merely demanding the government to take notice of the problems I am facing as a citizen. If my demands are unjustified, it is the leaders’ responsibility to make that clear. But telling me to get off just because the protest makes them uncomfortable…not justified. That will only make me more stubborn and I’ll take a more rigid stance.
This is exactly the reason of PTI and PAT’s prolonged sit-ins. Had the government been a bit humane and treated them with a bit more respect, things wouldn’t have been this messy.