Terrorism, the Parliament, and the Superclass

MediaTerrorism, the Parliament, and the Superclass

Monitoring Desk: “If all best become superclass and they rule the rest, then history tells us societies go through drastic changes and nature finds some way to free “rest” from the “best” because, without this natural course, there is nothing to stop those who hold the most power doing what they want and tyrannizing everyone else”.

This was observed by Agha Iqrar Haroon in an article titled “Terrorism, Parliament, and the Superclass” published in Daily Pakistan Today. The writer believes that with a big bang terrorism is back again in Pakistan and the sacrifices of over 80,000 innocent people have gone down the drain and Pakistan is standing where it was in early 2013.

On February 3, 2023, and Apex meeting was held in Peshawar to review the law and order situation in the country after the massacre of over 100 people who were praying in Police Line mosque, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was questioning, who relocate terrorists from Afghanistan to Pakistan?

Parliament was briefed when the PTI-led government invited terrorists back to Pakistan and briefings were given by former COAS and former DG ISI to politicians including Shehbaz Sharif. PMLN is blaming former Prime Minister Imran Khan to reinvent terrorism by rehabilitating terrorists in Pakistan while Imran Khan is naming the former Chief of Pakistan Army and the former DG ISI for this action.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on February 2, 2023, informed parliamentarians that the PTI-led government after the Fall of Kabul sent a message to the then opposition (now the government) that “talks could be held with terrorists”. Khawaja Asif claimed that nevertheless briefings were given by the then COAS and the then DG ISI but meetings had remained “inconclusive” and politicians were only informed about the decisions that had already been taken and parliament never endorsed decisions.

David Rothkopf, an American scholar in his famous book “Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making”, writes that the network of business, government, military and cultural elites are redefining power in the global era. He is of the view that each one of them is over a million and they run our governments, our largest corporations, the powerhouses of international finance, the media, and, from the shadows, the world’s most dangerous criminal and terrorist organizations and they are the global superclass, and they are shaping the history of our time. You can disagree with him but questions he raises in his book need thoughtful introspective behavior to understand that somehow or other, his viewpoint cannot be just thrown away.

He discusses commonalities among partners of the superclass and their common approach to controlling their own countrymen. His more important question is who sets the rules for a group that operates beyond national laws? The answer to his question needs in-depth investigation and this superclass that also controls aids and funds needed for research organizations would never allow working on this in-depth investigation. Meanwhile, the corporate media which is a soft-powered tool of the superclass redirects such questions toward poor, powerless, and orphan democracies. Many of today’s corporate sector-sponsored thinkers and researchers say democracy is responsible for every ill in Pakistan because politicians are corrupt, incompetent, outdated, and work as the second fiddle to the superclass. These allegations are not unfounded because the superclass tailors the system where only hand-picked and chosen one can reach the political institutions that are responsible for decision-making. Remember former Prime Minister Imran Khan who had been selling the dreams of sharing political opportunities with the working class fielded only electable candidates in the 2018 general elections. Now he claims that others were taking decisions for his party as well as his government.

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