Conspiracy theories are a part of every culture. These theories are more prevalent in cultures where the thought and behavior of the people are guided by the political or religious dogmas. In such circumstances these theories act as a bridge between the dogma and the reality. People can cling to the dogmatic worldview by hatching up a theory of their own in the face of the reality. These theories are fanciful and they are self-serving.
Pakistani conspiracy theories
The Pakistani politics is no different. The people of Pakistan are also exposed to the several fanciful, bizarre and diverse theories. There are so many Pakistani conspiracy theories and they make the political discussion very interesting and irritating at the same time. Here are some of the Pakistani conspiracy theories that are pretty common.
1. Taliban And US working together
The theory about Taliban secretly working for the US is a very common one. It is a very interesting theory because most of the people who defend this theory also consider the Taliban flag bearers of Islam when they carry out any successful attack on the US. This theory is widely believed despite the dichotomy present in it. It seems a very far-fetched theory to an intelligent mind.
2. Role of US in terrorism in Pakistan
Another theory is that the US has a very big hand in the terror attacks that are carried out in Pakistan. This is among the Pakistani conspiracy theories which have been around for a long time. It has been around even before the CIA agent Raymond Davis got arrested. But this incident gave this theory a lot of boosts. They had an evidence for their theory and they took the best advantage of that. This theory is unique in a sense that it annoys the terrorists in Pakistan. They try to take credit for their attacks while the conspirators plan on giving away that credit to the US.
3. Influence of Jew in Media
Another theory that has prevailed over the years is that the media is controlled by the Jews. There is negative propaganda about Pakistan especially in the foreign media because they Jews are in control of it. This theory is not easy to challenge although you can mention that many prominent people working and running that media are not Jews but that does not really help.
4. Bin Laden and al-Qaeda products of CIA
Another interesting theory is that bin Laden and al-Qaeda are the creation of CIA. This is very common. The CIA did play a role in supporting the mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union. But there were other countries like the UK and Saudi Arabia. There has been no evidence to support the theory but the believers are very adamant.
5. 9/11 and Mossad
There are so many people who believe that the 9/11 attacks were not the work of Taliban but of Mossad. The confessions of the real perpetrators have done nothing to discourage the believers of that theory. This theory was hatched very quickly. Right after the incident and it has not faded over the time. There is so much evidence against this theory. There are confession tapes in which bin Laden boasts about the success of the attack.
6. War in Afghanistan
There is a strong belief that the war in Afghanistan was all because of a pipeline. It is a ridiculous theory because it is very hard to believe that the international community will spend billions of dollars and suffer the loss of thousands of lives just to stop a pipeline which does not have any special significance. This pipeline is not vital for the states here but it is a theory which still prevails despite the ridiculousness.
7. Death of Zia ul Haq
The shocking death of military dictator Zia-ul-Haq in a plane crash still raises a lot of questions. There was separate investigation carried out by Pakistani and the US Air Force officials. Both came to different conclusions which have given way to several conspiracy theories. The conspiracies are fueled as the mystery of his death has not been solved.
8. Polio vaccine conspiracy
Several people have been murdered because of the staunch belief in the polio vaccine conspiracy. People who tried to administer the polio vaccine for its eradication have been threatened, injured and killed for their efforts. It is believed that this vaccine is, in fact, a chemical device and used as a weapon by the west to sterilize Muslims.
9. Malala Yousafzai
There is a very staunch theory about Malala Yousafzai. After the recognition she got the theory hatched that she was an undercover CIA agent.
10. The Bengal separation
Pakistanis have a difficulties in coming to terms with the real events of separation of Bangladesh. They feel better to declare the whole thing as a big conspiracy. But who conspired against who, when was the conspiracy hatched are the questions that remain unanswered.
These are some of the prevailing Pakistani conspiracy theories of our society.