RANDOM THOUGHTS: As You Sow, So Shall You Reap - BY: Dr. A.Q. Khan

As You Sow, So Shall You Reap
Dr. A.Q. Khan


There is an old saying: “As you sow, so shall you reap.” It can be applied to many instances, but basically it means that you will have to bear the consequences of your actions. In other words, if you plant a pear seed, you can’t expect an apple tree to grow. Similarly, if you do something wrong, you cannot expect any good to come of it in the long term. In numerous places in the Holy Quran it has been stated that wrongdoers, sinners, criminals, etc. will face severe punishment. This brief introduction highlights the pitiable state of affairs that the Sharif Brothers now find themselves in. They had, in the past, been shown great favours by the Almighty – the positions they held, the wealth they earned, etc. Unfortunately, it is this same position and wealth that has been their downfall. They surrounded themselves with some cronies more loyal than the king, rather than by people of ability. It was sometimes bordering on disgusting to see how Nawaz Sharif’s daughter and his cronies insulted and made fun of the honourable judges by passing outright stupid comments against them. Meanwhile the public was expected to swallow all this lock, stock and barrel. The honourable judges know the law, they know their jobs and they are fully aware that, in such high profile cases, the legal wizards of the world weigh up their words and judgements. We were “treated” to one long continuous theatrical performance by Danial Aziz, Talal Chaudhry, Dr. Kirmani, Pervaiz Rashid, Maryam Nawaz, Maryam Aurungzeb, Nihal Hashmi, etc., each one of them trying to outdo the others. On top of that we had to listen to Shahbaz Sharif’s insulting and provoking remarks about Zardari and how he would drag him through the streets and get the money out of his stomach. One had not expected such behaviour from him. In hindsight, it seems almost impossible that the Nawaz Governments and his intelligence chiefs did not know about the fake accounts and money laundering. It seems to have been an agreed agenda – you take Sindh, we take Punjab. Now they are reaping what the sowed.

In another issue, my colleagues and I were deeply shocked and utterly horrified to see Nawaz Sharif taking a fraud to the Minar-e-Pakistan and projecting him as the maker of nuclear weapons. History can sometimes be very harsh. The person in question wasted almost 5 billion Rupees with false promises and meanwhile could not produce a single kilowatt of electricity from the Thar Coal Project. And that while he claimed he could produce 50,000 megawatts for 500 years! The same kind of story we heard about Recko Diq. Why Nawaz Sharif did what he did remains a mystery. He knew very well that we had done the work as he himself later made abundantly clear by bringing the Saudi Defence Minister, Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz and his son, Gen. Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, to Kahuta. They were accompanied by our three Services Chiefs and were shown the nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. Such dubious behaviour might not be apparent to the common man, but the Almighty sees and knows everything. What a sorry state of affairs and a lesson to be learnt. The Almighty does not like boasters and hypocrites and takes them to task when they least expect it.

The present, rather critical state of affairs in the country is causing concern. Businessmen, traders, economists, etc. are all very worried about the economic condition prevalent within the country. Uncertainty prevails because of high inflation, raised interest rates, major increases in the rates of gas and electricity, while petroleum and oil products have seen a nominal decrease in price. Naturally, government servants are presenting a rosy picture and a bright future. Prime Minister Imran Khan has come a long way to reach the position he is in now. Unfortunately, his team, instead of sticking to the work on hand and present positive and constructive programmes, can usually be seen, as is the way of politicians in this country, talking about the past and slinging mud. Let the past be past and the judiciary deal with any wrongdoings. Now is time to concentrate on the present and the future. Positive programmes and achievements speak more loudly than false claims and boastful words. So far, we have not seen much worthwhile. Let us hope and pray that the Prime Minister succeeds in delivering on the promises made to the nation during his many election speeches and claims. Not only has he inherited many problems, but none of his team members have any experience and they seem to lack vision and well thought out objectives. The Honourable Chief Justice and senior journalists have openly criticized them for their lack of performance. The need of the day is for experienced, well-educated people, not those beating their own chests and overly fond of hearing themselves speak (of which there are quite a few!) Track records are what should be looked at – the right person in the right place can make a huge difference and ensure success. How many nameless faces surrounded Musharraf, Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif? Mr. Prime Minister, please take the bull by the horns, not by the tail.

Posted on Jan 10, 19 | 3:35 am