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Wisdom and folly

Hazrat Ali (RA)said, “The richest person is he who has knowledge and wisdom, and the poorest is the ignorant who does not even know that people laugh at him”. Knowledge and wisdom are two different things. A knowledgeable person is not necessarily also wise. Wisdom is a blessing of God. It is a reward for God consciousness or Taqwa as known to the Muslims who care to know.
Wisdom enables people to differentiate between myth and reality, right and wrong, truth and falsehood, selfishness and sacrifice, integrity and corruption, just and unjust and rights and limitations. Wisdom creates good sense and sense of proportion in the wise. Above all it makes one conscious of human limitations and one’s role in making of destiny vis a vis Divine power, justice and intervention. The wise know that the matter is indestructible and what goes around comes around.
Two categories of people in Pakistan are adept at turning all the logic on its head; the Mullahs and the politicians, especially those who came after Ayub.
One of the knowledgeable politicians while censuring the government in strongest possible words demanded, ‘A stress free political system’. That is innocence personified. That is asking for paradise on earth. Life is a stressful business. The government is incapable of removing his stresses. He perhaps meant NAB free political environment. He must know that peace comes with sacrifice, not loot. It results from self-denial, not self-worship. It is essential to kill the ego before wishing for a stress free life.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is a blessing in disguise. With NAB the Divine accountability might be delayed. When it comes from above, there is nowhere to run. It has happened before. Our recent history should serve as an eye opener. Some political families have become history. Where are Bhutto’s real heirs? Bilawal is a pseudo Bhutto. Fatima is a genuine Bhutto though she remains rather recluse. Bilawal is in vain trying to cash on Bhutto’s legacy.
They have lost sons, suffered humiliation and ignominy on various accounts, earned ugly reputation and contacted untimely ailments, but their conscience is in deep slumber and they do not learn their lessons.
One more political stalwart asserts that if anything happened to his leader, Imran Khan would be held responsible. Did IK tell him to commit theft that he is famous for? Remember, what goes around, comes around. It is time to wakeup to the ground realities. Look the way the wind is blowing. The atmosphere is charged with the word accountability. If NAB fails to nab the culprits, Divine accountability would ensue. Who knows it might have already commenced. Who can tell the abrupt sinking count of platelets, the ever-rising sugar level, galloping BP, the angina and even the stone in the kidney and hernia are not the harbinger of the ominous.
Then there are royalists more loyal than the king. They turn and twist the logic to defend their respective godfathers and cannot wait to shift the blame elsewhere, be it the government, NAB, the courts or the Military. They insult the common man’s intelligence and his ability to tell simple right from wrong. In this they also commit a sin against God. He says, ‘And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know (it)’, 2:42. And, ‘We know what they conceal and what they declare’. (36:76)
Her own party man, President Laghari had sacked BB’s government for corruption. The President was convinced that she was patronizing her notorious husband. In addition, he should have asked for investigation and taken her to court.



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