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Zulfiqar Shah
A-political dictionary of Pakistan 06 August, 2014
"Politics is the business of shrewd. Let us talk apolitically," a passer by suggested me while protesting at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. I think he was right, however to certain extent. Therefore, I have decided to write an apolitical series on the Pakistani matters.

I think, let us explore the a-political dictionary about the Pakistan affairs, I told my wife Fatima while sitting under the shadow of Pipal tree. “What an idea, Sir Ji!” my wife giggles and repeats the punch line of an Indian advertisement.

Let us start with the glossy word ‘Revolution’. It is a high commodity these days in the fishy political market of Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Multan. Lucky enough are the Kashmiri (Pakistan held) and Gilgti people that they are out of that noisy hawking street!

Revolution (noun):

Revolution is diverse but highly clear and marketable commodity in Pakistan’s political fishy business, which today means snatching power by either luring garrison city of ‘Rawan-Pindi’ (Ooops! Rawalpindi) or by winning electoral constituencies by any means.

Its meaning vary from leader to leader, party to party and institution to institution. The contemporary word construction is re+valuation = revolution. Today, it is used not only by the politicians but also by the military and its leading ducks and goons.


The ‘revolution’ is a noun in Pakistan. It has never become a verb since the militarization of Pakistan has established one full and final principle – power lies with the Pindi (military headquarters). There are many meanings and uses of Revolution in Pakistan, out of which major are:

  1. Left: Revolution is used for undermining national question in Pakistan by giving verbal therapy of high focus on the class question.

  2. Right: The word here is used for Salafization of majority Hanfiya Muslims, both Sunni and Shiite, which is meant to further control of religious extremists of the state and society of Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan so that Saudian Patro-Riyals, Chinese Yuans, US Dollars, UK Pound Sterling and German Marks could be earned by the right-wing Mullahs and their Punjabi masters in the military.

  3. Centre: The centralist parties like Pakistan People’s Party - PPP (centre left) and Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz - PMLN (centre left) traditionally have been using word revolution either for coming into power or for earlier general elections. These days, they have also started using this word for side lining military from some of the political affairs.

  4. Political Pop-ups: (a) Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf - PTI has been using this word for military supported right-wing government change in Islamabad. (b) Pakistan Awami Tahreek - PAT is using this word as a dominance of Musharaf’s lobby on the state-power in Pakistan. (c) Mutahida Qomi Movement - MQM use this word for usurping unjustly the political and economic benefits of ethnic Sindhis from Sindh, albeit they are flexible enough that they can use this word in symphony with almost all political and establishment groups to further their dominance over one and half districts of Karachi city. They generally are allies of Musharaf’s promoted military cadre in the army.

  5. Ethnic Nationalists: There are two sets of ethnic nationalists in Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhyunkhuwa and Siraiki Southern South Punjab - (i) believers of provincial autonomy and (ii) aspirants of territorial freedom. The earlier use it for maximum benefits of their provinces and ethnic groups and usually do not feel shy of getting engaged with the civil and military establishment for that matter. The later, is abhorrent of everything named Pakistan; however does not know appropriately when and how the revolution will come.

  6. Establishment: Almost all components of Pakistani establishment use the word revolution for same meaning; however they keep on changing the suffix and prefix of the word according to allies. Their commonly agreed meaning for the word is ‘Sustenance of Punjabi hegemony on everything in Pakistan’ with the necessary support of the military and by keeping an open option for the junior partnership to the minority ethnic groups in Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa and Punjab.

This is a precise a-political dictionary for the use of word 'Revolution' in Pakistan, therefore does not contain the explanations, phrases and idioms associated with the word Revolution.

Editorial NOTE: This article is categorized under Opinion Section. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of In case you have a opposing view, please click here to share the same in the comments section.
About The Author
Zulfiqar Shah is a stateless activist, analyst, and researcher. Although he is a refugee, and living a life in exile, he is a born Sindhi and South Asian. Currently he lives in India.
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