Don’t expose the evil
‘Liberty is the right to do’, said Bertrand Russell. If Pakistani citizenry want to watch Aashir Azeem’s new production ‘Maalik’, they are exercising liberty; but if the movie, immediately after its release, comes to a screeching halt by the Censorship Board, then the liberty of the general populace is being mutated by the issuance of the restraining order by the government. The PML-N government probably forgets that withholding information is the essence of tyranny and the control of flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship. To censor a movie merely on the pretext that it hurts some politicians is not a rational step. Rather, it is Panama revelations about Mayfair flats and offshore accounts that are defaming our demagogues.
We are facing the tribulations of Pakistani democracy in which the excess of hubris and diminution of sagacity enable our so-called democratic rulers to commit such gigantic bloopers. Democracy is the name of free speech. It pooh-poohs censorship. The suppression of truth by means of censorship is the vilest one. By this silliness nothing but chaos emerges and prevails. It is chaos that aptly invites intervention and at end ‘democratic’ camouflage is torn apart by despotism. — Karachi