We, the 99% non-VIP population, are important too

You can tell that he’s very important because he has a nice car that travels at disruptively high speed among a convoy of other large vehicles

It’s very important for us, the ordinary people, to acknowledge that the SHC Judge is an important man who makes important decisions for this country; for which we should all be grateful

My reaction to the menacing approach of a security protocol is the same as countless of my docile countrymen

We sigh, and give way to the baraat (crowd) of armed men as a gesture of reverence that should only be reserved for ambulances and fire brigades

This is Pakistan, we remind ourselves

To drive in Pakistan, is to endure the flashing lights, loud sirens, and abusive security personnel

This is our punishment for not being important! I am not an important man

I’m just a doctor

My medical decisions can afford to wait indefinitely in traffic, whenever a politician, general or judge chooses to grace my usual route with his presence

Quite often, the protocols even have the chutzpah of displaying their party flags and organisation logos, so the public knows exactly who to thank

But what if you’re feeling particularly thankful? What if you have business to attend to? Schools and colleges to get to? Hospitals to visit? Deadlines to worry about? What if you’re simply having a terrible day and don’t quite feel like accommodating the whims of an over speeding Very Important Person (VIP) using the road as his private runway? You may end up being beaten up on the street and getting arrested, like Mohammad Jibran Nasir



com/watch?v=r6Lw5RJFUjs Those who assaulted and arrested Jibran did not know his credentials

They did not know that he is a distinguished candidate with an impressive political record and robust social media presence

The Judge and his security team reportedly began to back-peddle as soon as they discovered the identity of the person they had abused


com/MJibranNasir/status/1013850608414097408 The implication here is that it would’ve been perfectly acceptable for the VIPs to brutalise an ordinary citizen, like you and me

How many Pakistanis have been beaten up in broad daylight by VIP forces, without a camera pointed at them? I don’t believe I have the courage to count


com/MahrukhQureshi/status/1013869487895076864 Jibran was reportedly told that he’s fortunate that he was only slapped, not shot

Imagine living in a country where you’re expected to pay thanks for not being murdered by a VIP’s security team in broad daylight, on your way to the yogurt store – no trial necessary

The fact that these very own VIPs are entrusted with the noble task of establishing law and order, ought to frighten the eyebrows off a citizen’s face

The Judge is a very important person

But we are important too! Governors and ministers, generals and judges, don’t build a nation

It is built by engineers juggling multiple projects of public significance

It is put together by manual labourers en route to the construction site

It is a system kept intact by the diligence of nurses and lawyers, paramedics and paralegals, you and I

VIPs may struggle to convince you otherwise, but this country’s economy is run by its 99% non-VIP population

The protocol culture also speaks volumes about what our oligarchic overlords mean when they use the word ‘security’

That security is never for the masses

A VIP protocol hurtling hazardously along the expressway, interrupting regular traffic, its personnel using the chambers of their guns to signal other drivers to stay away, openly assaulting citizens who disobey – doesn’t seem very “secure” to me

That “security” is exclusively the security of the institutions of power

It’s for the security of those who would sooner run over a not-so-important nine-year-old child in Lalamusa, than risk a threat to the ruling 1%

We are important too

We don’t usually put our importance on public exhibition by inconveniencing people around us

We do not resort to dramatic displays of power

But we are important too

And we deserve respect!

Date:05-Jul-2018 Reference:View Original Link