Change is inevitable. Status-quo was never an option nor will it ever be. The days are numbered for status-quo parties such as PML-N, MQM, PPP and people who have sought refuge in other change driven parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Desperation has set-in as the pendulum of change has started to oscillate, where Karachi is the test case where the first encounter is expected between the forces of change and status-quo.

It is widely believed that Karachi is ‘mini’ Pakistan on one hand, and the commercial hub of the country on the other. For decades it was a peace loving city where violence or phadda’ as it is called was avoided at all costs. It has the highest literacy rate mainly because of private initiatives. This city of Quaid was also the first capital of the republic, where the mighty Ayub Khan was scared to enter the metropolis after imposing the first martial law in October 1958. He landed in Malir Cantonment and under the protection of the police force entered the birth place of the father of the nation.

Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, the mother of the nation was the first to organise and challenge the establishment dictatorship. Despite his ‘thana’ controlled democracy, Ayub lost the Presidential elections in 1964 in Karachi. Later, Captain Retd. Gohar Ayub Khan was sent to punish the Mohajir’s and Mumtaz Bhutto tried to establish Sindhi control of the city. In order to contain PPP, Muthida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was created in Karachi and Pakistan Muslim League (N) in Punjab. Political bulls of the establishment were let loose on the people of Pakistan to punish them for supporting democracy and change.

Naya Pakistan and the forces of status-quo stand face to face today. In 1947, it was Quaid’s crusade against status-quo, in 2015 it is the Kaptaan’s. The battle lines are clearly drawn, and the comrades of change are ready to charge. The political bulls and ‘Khota Sikka’ are trying to create confusion in the ranks of the chargers, where before, Quaid was able to contain them. Will the Kaptaan also succeed in controlling them? Only time will tell.

The institutional collapse, that Pakistan faces today, has been caused by the political bulls. Even to prolong status-quo is beyond the reach of these institutions. The recent debacle at Daska is only the tip of the crises. Punjab Police has become an armed wing of the political parties in power, where in retaliation smaller political entities have created their own militant wings. The black coats rely more on their muscle, than mind.

In Punjab Muhammad Abbas Khan was the last Inspector General (IG) to complete his term. Since 2008 till to date, there have been eight IGs in the province reducing their status to that of a chowkidar. Abbas Khan had the distinction of heading Police departments of all the four provinces, where in a press conference he stated that criminals have been recruited in the force both in Punjab and Sindh and it is no longer a law enforcement agency.

It is time to get rid of the parties and people of status-quo no matter, under which banner they have sought refuge. The party-less election of 1985 was a turning point, when ideology was replaced with interests. There is no time for accountability, massive disqualifications are required. The bulls of status-quo have to be dislodged from the arena for the nation to move forward. Status-quo is totally obsolete and disastrous for the country. Quaid created an ‘Asli Pakistan’ where will the Kaptaan be able to create ‘Naya Pakistan’ from the ashes of status-quo? The eyes of the nation are focused on him and his party.

For the people of Pakistan it has been a bad ‘joke’ mainly because of the status-quo elements that engulf us. I could feel the sadness in the eyes of the founding fathers at the state of affairs in the country that they built with their own sweat and blood. For freedom they sacrificed their roots, but in the end died unhappy and disillusioned.

Quaid’s Pakistan was built on the foundations of change. It was the first Islamic democracy of the world. The country was created through political struggle not the barrel of the gun. The journey was difficult yet the founders had a vision to create a miracle of the 20th century. Institutions had to be built; a new born free generation had to be educated and trained to take over. The colonial structure had to be reformed or even dismantled to cater to the needs of the nation. All his life my father worked 18 hours day even in his later years he worked 12 to 14 hours and he was not alone in this pursuit of sustainable freedom. Then the ‘Toadies’, got together with the colonial institutions (Khakis, Qazis and Baboos) and decided to derail the crusade for consolidation of freedom. Now the journey for ‘Naya Pakistan’ has to be started afresh, from where the founding fathers had left it.