PUNJAB’S DIVISION TO HAVE DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES
August 12, 2011
All the while Pakistan is surrounded, submerged, and inundated with massive pile of crisis, which rather keep on compounding, the political conjurers have plenty of further dirty tricks in their bags, to unleash a new tirade of crisis, whenever they feel that it was getting dull for them. Their latest such endeavor is division of Punjab, which unless handed with care could have disastrous consequences. Conducted within constitutional and legal ambits, and based on administrative basis, it would/could/should carry no objections, but anything based on linguistic basis is sure to have disastrous consequences, leading to a major tragedy for Punjab. But if the four existing Provinces are further divided into four newer provinces, strictly on administrative basis that would make things a lot easier for masses.
The second major problem being faced by major cities of Punjab, including Lahore is the factor of massive urbanization, as all the facilities, amenities and luxurious have been maintained by/for larger cities, inhibited by the elite and ruling class. Hence all the major and larger hospitals, industry, educational, and other institutions have been lavished on bigger cities. This has increased the pressure of population on the Cities, making earlier predictions of renowned Urdu literati, poet, Ibn -e-Insha that a time would come when an immensely populated Lahore would be Province housing Punjab! It is ironical that whereas an Urdu literati was able to fathom the oncoming surge, many planners and policy makers slept soundly over it and as a result failed to comprehend the population surge, and realize the fact that unless this was stemmed, cities would become immense jungles of human race.
It is also too ironical that a much non-issue politics had become a fashion among Pakistani politicians, while our ‘political leaders’, civil/military bureaucracy and even judiciary are naïve to the fact that the patience and forbearance of 170 million of masses was running short, as it becomes more difficult for the masses to earn and enjoy two square meals a day, besides problems and hurdles being faced by them in being disbursed justice. The reinstatement of an independent Judiciary seems to have no impact on changing this morbid state of affairs. The most significant example is that while Courts have no qualms over taking Suo motto notices on letters of two Indian women, yet it significantly fails to notice the horrendous plight of billions of helpless, suppressed, suffering masses, and whose letters, pleas and requests pile the garbage cans of higher authorities.
The bureaucracy can be safely held responsible for all the ills and morbidities of the Country, as the oldest ever evolved system of governance, inherited from the repressive British Raj continues to treat hapless masses like a herd of cattle. It is ironic that while politicians are targeted for their massive corruptions, nothing is said (!?) of trillions worth if assets and “financial reserves” siphoned of by bureaucrats. Almost all of them posses dual nationalities, and would hardly like to stay in Pakistan. These factors need to be investigated and these leeches, sipping the National blood (resources) should be investigated and brought to book.
Even the corruption committed by politicians is abetted, directed and supported by these bureaucratic leeches residing behind secure and barbed wire GOR residences, guarded by armed goons, which is fast victimizing otherwise innocent, law abiding and patriotic citizens by ruthless and unscrupulous dacoits and other badmashas of society. They, the bureaucrats are chiefly responsible for being the beacon of corrupt measures and ways to embezzle and plunder National wealth, while managing to eke pout their illegal millions with relative ease and dexterity.
Of course there are good law-abiding and God -fearing bureaucrats, but are a silent, helpless minority. Good and honest elements are quite scarce, be it politics, bureaucracy or journalism. The very few good are badly tarnished, under-nourished and outgunned desperados. According to a recently conducted Gallup survey conducted in Abu Dhabi in 2011, 30% of citizens want to leave the Country. In 2009 this quantity stood at only 6% of citizens. This portrays lack of confidence over Country’s environment and issues. Among other surveys, less than 1/3rd of Pakistanis have any trust over their local police, and issues such as transparent elections. Surveys also reveal an overwhelming 80% trust in the ability and goodwill of Pakistan Army to deliver and straighten out National affairs. Only one out of three trust their ‘elected representatives’, while 81% have simply no trust over elected representatives.
The survey also reveals that 28% persons hold natural disasters as being chiefly responsible for scarcity of food, while 26% hold governmental policies as being responsible, with 9% believing that scarcity of seeds, equipment, and fertilizer, etc were responsible for any such problem; followed by further 9%, holding feudal elements and traders as being responsible for the problem. 51% Pakistanis declared nourishment of their families as their biggest concern, while 29% were concerned over non-availability of food for their family. Masses are quite chagrined over surge in prices, near the advent of Ramadan; while traders have their own grievances of not being able to deliver at the price, otherwise conducive for masses.
Meanwhile pulling the strings from the remote and hidden confines of its offices, bureaucracy fixes the rates, and billions are spent from the coffers of National exchequer on flouting the good deeds of government. The issue stands as of demand and supply, which always gets out of control, thanks to an inept and corrupt bureaucracy. A highly inappropriate and ineffective system of checks and balance has gone haywire, causing many traders to close their businesses and flee the Country; while many are planning to do so.