Israel Palestine Infos
A LETTER FROM PAKISTAN
(Pakistan: a cautionary tale)
Today the General elections are being held in Pakistan for
National Assembly and all the four Provincial Assemblies. These are the largest
elections in the history of
with 85 million registered voters. The voters' turn-out is enormous and
surprising. There are long queues of people, including women, at polling
stations despite the threats from the extremists and Taliban. Pakistani people
have once again rejected the terrorism and all the forms of non-representative
government with their mandate.
Sir, you are absolutely right that parities do not work and it is not possible
at all for two groups (even of the same religion) to live together without full
democratic and civic rights.
We, the unfortunate Pakistanis, have broken half of our country by making such
futile and failed experiments. West Pakistan established parity with
East Pakistan under the constitution of 1956. This scheme was named
One Unit, according to which the entire West Pakistan (current
Pakistan) was declared one province and the
East Pakistan, the other. Both had equal seats in National Assembly.
Actually the population of Bengalis was larger than the entire
But this malevolent scheme did not work and it catalyzed the centrifugal
sentiments in East Pakistan. Moreover, it
caused hatred amongst the provinces of West Pakistan specially Punjab. Pakistan got dismembered while trying to subdue
its majority population with the help of so-called One Unit and parity, despite
the fact that the entire population was Muslim.
The separatist movements still could not be curbed in the remaining
Pakistan, a poisonous outcome of One Unit and
This was the greatest tragedy, defeat and shame, Pakistanis have faced till
I request you to quote the example of Pakistan while defending the
Two-State formula. It is a historical fact and an event of near-past (1971).
The results of One-State model might be quite horrific, incredible and
unexpected for those who are advocating it; as West Pakistan had to face a
humiliating defeat at the hands of those whom it wished to crush with the help
of power and unconstitutional means.
Yours with warm regards,
Sorry, Pakistan and Israel were founded, of course, in 1947/8.