By Syed M. Aslam
What passes for law here in our part of the world is meticulously designed by most unscrupulous ruling elites anywhere not to deliver justice but to serve and protect these designers from crimes of omission and commission no matter how brutal or heinous they may be. Irish satirist and essayist Jonathan Swift seems to talk about an elitist society like ours when he says, “Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.” Swift is talking about ‘wasps and hornet’ but what we have here are far more monstrous- crocodiles, cannibals, and lions. The brutal killing of 12-year-old Hamid by a car which was a part of disgraced immediate-past prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s flight-home convoy is enough to prove that laws here are made by the ruling elites who have nothing but contempt for them. Being helpless and powerless that I am should not stop me from throwing a curse: May the sons and daughters of all those callous people involved in crushing Hamid under the wheels of their vehicle and all those who supported and abetted them in any which way may meet a far more tragic and painful end. The police has been politicized and criminalized long ago simply because of it being patronized by the ruling elites across all sides of the political divide to do their dirty work. The only thing that people ever get from police is insults, due or undue thorough thrashing, and all degrees of torture including the horrific third-degree torture. Like elsewhere police in our part of the world also serve and protect but unlike elsewhere it serves and protect only the rich and the powerful because all others are insects not human beings. American political commentator Bill Maher seems to be talking more about us when he quips, “In this country you’re guilty until proven wealthy.” This in a nutshell is the rule of the law and the system of the justice here where courts are kept so busy with frivolous, absurd, senseless, meaningless, and downright gibberish constitutional petitions, billion rupee suits, and all types of miscellaneous cases of the ruling elites that they just not left with any time to settle the cases of ordinary men who are made to run from pillar to post to get justice all their lives without ever getting it delivered. The emergence of Gucci political dynasties with princes and princesses of their own have also resulted in the emergence of Gucci lawyers who specialize in what else but ‘the law of the jungle’ as English author and cartoonist Ashleigh Brilliant puts brilliantly. The unholy nexus of unscrupulous Gucci political dynasties, their selective Gucci lawyers, and the police has turned the entire law enforcement mechanism a huge den of criminals the ultimate price of which is paid by the ordinary Tom, Dick, and Harry in every which way possible- be it political, social, economic, cultural, financial, or else. This unholy nexus between the rich and powerful has turned us into animals who expect nothing more than to survive in a society which has turned into a dog-eat-dog jungle. That explains why Gucci lawyers are in such great demand here and why they manage to demand and receive huge fees that could make their counterparts even in the developed world green with envy. Access to justice still remains a far off dream for the ordinary people in our part of the world. Having developed the habit of fooling the voters by not-meant-to-honor election time promises the ruling elites have been fooling the people to ‘deliver justice at their door step’. When the unscrupulous ruling elites talk about access to justice what they really mean is that justice is accessible to all like a five-star hotel is accessible to everyone. That in a nutshell what ruling elites means when they bamboozle the people that justice would be made accessible to everyone. The five-member august bench of the Supreme Court has rendered a corrupt career politician unemployed here. What we really need is more unemployed politicians. This has become utmost necessary and crucial to instill fear of people into the unscrupulous ruling elites here. Obstructing justice is a punishable crime under our laws and yet the flagrant commissioning of the crime by the plainclothesman harassing the paternal uncle of murdered Hamid to register the no-teeth FIR exposes the inhumane system that passes itself of as democracy. To hell with such democracy and to hell with such protectors of law. There are tons of laws but not a gram of justice here. Despite presence of plethora of proofs enough to convict the murderer-driver of the jeep which was a part of illegal convoy at taxpayers’ expense the laws here are mere cobwebs designed by the unscrupulous ruling elites to may catch only the small flies instead of sharks, piranhas, and crocodiles. There is no dearth of those singing mindlessly mantra of unmatched progress that humans have made in our times. The only thing that these nincompoops intentionally fail to mention that whatever progress they talk about has come at the misery of the vast majority of the people everywhere. In fact, humanity has never dipped to such moral abyss ever before. There is an anonymous saying: “Legal used to mean lawful [but] now it means some kind of loophole.” And here in our part of the world ‘loopholes’ have become the laws, rules, and regulations to ‘serve and protect’ the ruling elites who have turned this country into living hell for the masses. The rule here is: Cruelty, dishonesty, incompetency, fraud, trickery, bamboozling, cheating, corruption, embezzlement, robbery, thievery, looting, etc., etc. pay here. The world has become so full of inhumanity, immorality, and vice that it seems that divine retribution is just around the corner.
The emergence of Gucci political dynasties with princes and princesses of their own have also resulted in the emergence of Gucci lawyers who specialize in what else but ‘the law of the jungle’ as English author and cartoonist Ashleigh Brilliant puts brilliantly. The unholy nexus of unscrupulous Gucci political dynasties, their selective Gucci lawyers, and the police has turned the entire law enforcement mechanism a huge den of criminals the ultimate price of which is paid by the ordinary Tom, Dick, and Harry in every which way possible- be it political, social, economic, cultural, financial, or else.