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  27. Method in the Madness
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  33. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
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  1. Khalid Zahid: Transforming Saudi Art
  2. Now Walk the Talk, Imran
  3. Violence against Minorities
  4. Unsheltered
  5. Lumbering Giant with a Midget’s Mentality
  6. How to Encourage Terrorism
  7. Faisalabad in 2028
  8. Mental Illness & the Progress of a Nation
  9. Child Sexual Abuse
  10. Living amongst the clouds : Aalia Bux
  11. Mental health – What soldiers can teach us
  12. Many Cookies still to Crumble
  13. Steering Through Turbulence
  14. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  15. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  16. Making ADR work for Women
  17. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  18. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  19. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  20. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  21. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  22. Come on Skipper !
  23. GUMM
  24. Annus Horibilis
  25. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  26. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  27. Method in the Madness
  28. Legal System Reforms
  29. Power Over Impulse
  30. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  31. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  32. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  33. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  34. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  35. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  36. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  37. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  38. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  39. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  40. NEWS PICKS
  41. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  42. Fitness with the Mughal
  43. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  44. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  45. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  46. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  47. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  48. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  49. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  50. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  51. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  52. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  53. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  54. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  55. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  56. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  57. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  58. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  59. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  60. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  61. Money for nothing, bits for free
  62. FinTech
  63. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
  64. Crisis of Civilization
  65. Child Sexual Abuse
  66. Education is the only Solution
  67. Fit for Purpose
  68. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
  69. Mini meringue recipe
  70. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
  71. Changing the Perception of Public Transport Motorway Express
  72. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  73. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  74. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  75. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  76. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  77. Five major political events of 2017
  78. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  79. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  80. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  81. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  82. What we can learn from Ghalib
  83. QUINOA SALAD WITH THAI DRESSING

I was sitting at my desk twiddling my thumbs wondering what to write given the utter confusion that has overtaken us with something new happening worldwide at least twice a day, when I heard an odd chattering coming from my roof. I wondered whether it was Nawaz Sharif’s alien beings coming to visit. So I went up to find out and found a parliament of monkeys sitting there chattering away. I hoped that my friend Maverick the Monkey, Commander of the Monkey Brigade of the E-7 jungle was there, for he had not visited for some time to impart his wisdom. I looked hard and there he was.

“Maverick,” I shouted, “where in blazes have you been?” He looked up and replied, “I was on holiday. I’m back now and thought we would all come to your house since parliament has been dissolved and all these former parliamentarians were making a nuisance of themselves. First they would only make a nuisance of themselves in the National Assembly; now they are making a nuisance of themselves in the jungle and destroying its social equilibrium, so I brought them here. But don’t worry; we know how to deal with them. We have clear laws.”

“But how are you old chap?” asked Maverick. “You look worried, confused”

Call it historical forces if you like that you have talked about for long — are making conditions ripe for an intervention by the most powerful force and people will be so fed up and concerned that they would welcome it.

“Worried and confused is right. I look confused because I am worried. I think a suicidal madness has descended upon us. We are caught betwixt a rock and a hard place. Hold elections on the given date for which we don’t seem to be ready and it could lead to chaos. That’s the rock. Delay them and it could lead to anarchy. That’s the hard place. What is going to happen?”

“There is a method in this madness, Humayun. I’m surprised you don’t see it. You should be happy because what you have wanted for years is happening: the self-destruction of the system.”

“Enlighten me, Maverick old friend. What is the method?

“Okay. Listen carefully and you will wonder why something so obvious as this didn’t occur to you.”

 “Yes. There is indeed a method in this madness. Natural societal and political evolution — call it historical forces if you like that you have talked about for long — are making conditions ripe for an intervention by the most powerful force and people will be so fed up and concerned that they would welcome it. So would the international community because: 

1.  “Who wants to deal with the regional fallout caused by chaos in Pakistan with no powerful force at the helm to handle it?

2.  “Pakistan has a pivotal geo-strategic location and chaos will make peace in Afghanistan impossible. A confused America has recently again realized that for successful talks with the Afghan Taliban Pakistan has a vital role to play.

3.  “Pakistan’s massive nuclear arsenal could fall into the hands of some idiots. Even an ‘elected’ government would be a desperate government given that economic failure is round the corner, so it could do something silly, like selling nuclear weapons and/or technology on the quiet, as was tried in the Nineties with Iran and Libya. No way Jose.

4.  “Playing a vital role in Afghan peace would firstly help to buy us a reprieve from our debt servicing so the immediate crisis will be averted for a time and, secondly, it would reduce India’s growing influence on our western border.

 

“Let natural evolution do its bit and things could get so bad that any intervention would be welcomed domestically and internationally. This is just what happened in Thailand and Egypt and nary a squeak about ‘democracy’.”

 “On the face of it, Maverick, your theory makes sense. And by the most powerful force you mean the army?”

“Yes, but not necessarily,” said Maverick confusingly. “There’s another armed force, the extremists. Luckily the extremists are a polyglot, not a monolith. The danger then is that the various terrorist groups could parcel Pakistan out into their own areas of influence, a sort of confederation, but that is not easy in such a huge country. It will add massively to the anarchy. But it could happen if the army continues to contemplate its navel. They are contemplating their navel because they don’t seem to have the stomach to intervene, but their ultimate oath is to save Pakistan, come what may, and the tipping point, when reached, could leave them no option. But if they are not prepared and don’t have a plan about what to do, the confusion could get worse compounded. So waiting for the present system to collapse is all very well, but what comes in its place that has legitimacy is another matter. So we are in a very difficult situation.”

“Maverick, my friend, you have been very helpful but also left me in greater confusion. Do we have to wait for a Black Swan event to get things moving? Another serious conventional skirmish with India perhaps? Will we than have the government to handle the situation? Will we be burdened with another Nawaz Sharif to scurry to Washington to fall at the feet of the U.S. president? I hope not.

“The air is pregnant with all sorts of possibilities and we have no idea what’s in the womb of historical forces. God help us, but God may be getting fed up by now.”

 By Humayun Gauhar

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