Charles De Gaulle said, “Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.” Yes, it indeed is in all the walks of life. As it provides you the way to deal with situation when one can neither accept something nor reject it. Charles De Gaulle once mentioned ten formulas of success in politics and the above statement is one of them. Because of our national habit of checking all the international factors in the local microscope when we consider “Silence and Pakistani Politics” the result is confusing and complex.
Like many other things going around, almost none of them are good, this one is also complex. As our politicians partially follow this rule with complete dedication and on the other hand, the go totally against it, the only thing that creates the difference in both the attitudes is the situation and the issues.
Our politicians yell with all the sound producing system that is installed in their body, and keep bombarding the allegations on each other. Moreover, start to dig the dead chapters by reminding that what happened in a particular era, see what we have done, and if we are doing such things than see those in the previous eras were doing the same or even worse.
That is one face of the picture or one shade of the attitude the other shade is the silence. Silence over the issues that directly relate to the common man, issues that many people want to get resolved for last many years and every new government show them the new ray of hope and then shatter that hope in no time.
That is what quite confusing. If they can scream at each other and start the war of words as soon as the stage and camera with all the other equipments ready, they start to post mortem the past and present of their political rivals than what is the power on earth that stops them to speak with the same energy on the issues of general public. And if they can sit with sealed lips on this side of the picture than why they cannot keep the silence maintained when it is the requirement of the decency.
No idea if this confusion will ever be finished and there will be anything done practically for the betterment of all but one thing is true and proven that “Silence is the ultimate weapon of power”. If it was not the case than we would have never heard the terms like “Qatil league”, and phrases like “Judiciary can never be restored”, “political statement is just a statement not a hadith”, and the most famous one “Load shedding will be ended by 31st December”. All those became famous when our politicians overlook the silence factor and these statements got tagged with the person who made them. Well at this time if an old Indian song by Kishore Kumar comes to your mind than it is totally a co incidence, and I can only justify my stance with SILENCE.