Abbottabad raid commission, and other wastes of time

Published: June 6, 2011
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What is the need of having a commission when you have already know what happened and how it happened?

While the country is going through one of the most turbulent times in its history, our politicians believe that this is the perfect time to play politics.

This time, the politics is of commissions.

The raid to kill Osama Bin Laden was embarrassing while totally against the sovereignty of this country. This is something many firmly believe. I am not saying whether it was wrong or right;  just that it made us look bad.

Now, the smart thing to do would be to launch an investigation in to the incident, to understand what happened and how we ended up in this position. The intention behind the inquiry should not be to change what happened, but to actually learn from it. But, this seems to be the last thing on the mind of our government, who did enjoy the joint session of parliament, as it gave them a chance for political point scoring, but then it took them about 25 days to set up a commission to investigate the incident of May 2.

And now that the commission has been established, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has issues with it and has decided to reject it outright.

As a common citizen, this leads me to ask five questions:

1. What is the need of having a commission?

We already know what happened and how it happened. Why should we spend public money on a commission which may or may not come out with a report after months and months, by which time the report would be irrelevant to the ongoing situation of Pakistan?

2. Who decides who is ‘independent’ in order to form an ‘independent commission?’

I am just curious because I would love to know how the government and the opposition decide who is independent and who is not. The correct term they should be looking for is ‘Bipartisan,’ not ‘independent,’ because the latter is very hard to judge and find. Bipartisan on the other hand would show maturity from our politicians whereby all political parties nominate a person to the commission. That is if we even need one to begin with.

3. What is up with PML-N?

Sitting in the Opposition does not mean that you have to oppose everything; if you wanted a say in the makeup of the commission, you should have asked for a bipartisan one. Instead when it was being discussed in the parliament, you stayed quiet and allowed it to be independent. Now that you have made a mistake, just suck it up and please let this country move on to presenting an 18 per cent deficit budget that will break the backs of the poor.

4. Why doesn’t the government just make one super commission?

I suggest a bipartisan commission to investigate exactly what the hell has been going on in Pakistan since April 2011. So far, if you go through the news, the government has announced over 8 different commissions to investigate various things. This basically means, we are paying tax money for eight different groups of people to conduct 8 investigations. I know realise the events were different, but let’s just make one commission and stick to it, so that every time something happens, we do not waste time playing politics.

5. Whatever happened to working together for democracy of the country?

This was the slogan for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), PML-N, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and pretty much all other parties as well. So, apparently when the country is going through a terror raid, working together is not a good idea and instead everyone has diverted their focus to point scoring.

I cannot ask politicians to stop being politicians, but what I can ask them is to try and have some sense and think about this country once in a while too. I know it may be hard for them at first, to care for something other than themselves, but it is possible to love the country they are exploiting.

Adnan.rasool

Adnan Khalid Rasool

Currently the Deputy Executive Director Center for Enterprise, Trade and Development, Adnan is also a political analyst working mainly on electoral politics and political campaign management. He tweets at @adnanrasool

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Fahad Raza

    We have had fair share of commissions over things ranging from lost cricket matches to surrender of Dhaka. What have they given us …Nothing. Good point shared. Its only politics which is a hindrance in any fact finding mission. Recommend

  • parvez

    The point you have so effectively made is understood by everyone including the politicians.
    These commissions are a monumental waste of time and money.
    The quality of our political leadership is so third rate that they have neither the wisdom nor the will to understand the importance of accountability. Or, maybe they understand it all too well and as such all organs of the state participate in this charade, of ‘ you take care of me and I will take care of you ‘. In Pakistan the concept of ‘ the buck stops here ‘ just does not exist, as it has never been established.Recommend

  • Sherif

    It was not a surrender of Dhaka. East Pakistan was taken away from us using dirty tricks and politics by India,Isreal etc. Our supposed to be alley US did not move a finger to stop it. True the army suffered a lot from that.Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/author/202/adnan-rasool/ Adnan Rasool

    See my contention with all of this is why do we need so many commissions? Given that we are already suffering economic woes.. do we actually enjoy throwing away money? We have institutions that are supposed to be overseeing and protecting all sorts of interests, why don’t we just let them handle it? Recommend

  • parvez

    @Adnan Rasool:
    The answer to the technical side of your anguished questions lies in two simple words incompetence and mediocraty. The sinister more complex side is answered by another two words immoral and corrupt.
    Please don’t ask me to elaborate, it really will not help improve things.
    Always read your stuff because I thing you’r relevant and pretty down to earth.Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/author/202/adnan-rasool/ Adnan Rasool

    @parvez:
    Really Appreciate your comments… Its just that for some reason there is a habit to overlook the most obvious questions and focus on everything on the periphery. Its like we enjoy living in denial…. like if we do not acknowledge it.. it does not exist… but truth is we are getting slaughtered due to that logic now.. Recommend

  • parvez

    @Adnan Rasool: I commented on your last reply but its gone I don’t know where. Let me try again.
    You ask as to why do we live in denial. The only way I can answer that is through a rather crude reference and that is : when you know you are ———– and there is nothing, nothing you can do about it. Then lay back and enjoy yourself.
    I fell the people have been deliberately brought to this stage by a failed system.Recommend