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People of Pakistan Share Their Pains With the People of Myanmar

Pakistan Weekly wants to show solidarity with 50 million people of Myanmar in their struggle for constitution, rule of law and democracy. Pakistan Weekly wants to show this solidarity, because the pains of people of Myanmar are not different than the pains of people of Pakistan.

 

Pakistan came into existence in 1947 whereas Myanmar became independent in 1948. The people of Myanmar have lived almost their entire independent life under military rule. In 1990, National League for Democracy – led by NLD leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, won landslide victory in multi party general elections, but junta refused to transfer power to the elected representatives of the people of Myanmar.  Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi was put under house arrest from 1989 to 1995 and imprisoned from 2000 to 2003. Later, under international pressure, she was again put under house arrest and since then she is almost living incommunicado.

 

Like general Ayub Khan, General Ne Win took over Myanmar in 1962. First he ruled Myanmar as military dictator till 1988 and then he appointed himself President like General Ayub and General Musharraf. Later General Than Shwe took over Myanmar in 1992. Since then, like general Musharraf, general Than Shwe appointed many prime ministers to run the government. Lately, he has appointed General Thein Sein as acting prime minister.

 

Like people of Pakistan, the people of Myanmar, tired of military rule, have come out on streets to get rid of military rule. Military junta is killing as many people possible to maintain their control over state of Myanmar, but people are coming out in hundreds of thousands of numbers to country military junta.

 

Like Pakistan, Myanmar is a country rich with natural resources, but the people are poor and downtrodden. In natural resources, Myanmar has plenty of petroleum, timber, tin, antimony, zinc, copper, tungsten, lead, coal, some marble, limestone, precious stones, natural gas and hydropower.  

 

General Musharraf visited few countries immediately after taking over Pakistan. Other than Egypt, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar was one of his destinations. Then general Musharraf was looking for characteristics in the dictatorial systems of these states to construct his system of government.  

 

While people of Pakistan are trying to break the shackles of Musharraf junta through political, judicial and public activism, the people of Myanmar are taking it to the streets to defeat their generals.

 

International community is little less concerned about general Musharraf’s satanic set-up, but hundreds of thousands of protesting monks in the streets of Myanmar are really catching international community’s attention. Even US President George Bush has spoken against Myanmar’s military junta. He issued a warning to the Myanmar’s military junta to respect peoples’ rights.

 

Regardless international community’s reaction, the winds of democracy are blowing across the globe. Right now, the people of Pakistan and Myanmar are fighting back their armies to attain their political freedom. Very soon the people of many other countries with totalitarian systems will follow the people of Pakistan and Myanmar and get rid of their dictators.

 

The people of Myanmar are not alone in their struggle. The peoples of Pakistan share their pains, injuries and grieves with the peoples of Myanmar while marching on the road to political freedom

 

 

  

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