So for anyone who doesn’t see international television, my glorious nation, Pakistan is going through a ‘long march’, semi-sit in. I say semi because most of the people go home at night and sleep since, well, they can.
Basically there was election rigging and they want the current prime minister to resign which by the way is NEVER happening. So we’re most likely getting martial law in the next 48 hours.
Amusingly enough this won’t bother most of us since we live through martial law every ten years. Literally everyone I know with a brain has given up on the notion of democracy in Pakistan since all our political party leaders are corrupt (eg. our previous president was in jail for 11 years on corruption charged and STILL got elected.)
But here’s the bizarre part. There has been almost no violent police response to the protests. In fact, the current chief of police in Islamabad, our capital where the protests are occurring was removed from his post because he refused to follow orders from the government telling him to use force to put an end to the sit in. And his current replacement is refusing until he’s given written orders because he knows the government won’t issue any such orders since it’ll get them in deep shit with the Supreme Court.
And then there’s Ferguson across the globe. Did the world go topsy-turvy while I was asleep? Wtf?
In short, while I loathe the political parties staging the sit-ins because they’re idiots and corrupt in themselves if not in their leaders, feeling just a little bit proud of Pakistan just now.