The judiciary has also come a long way in these 64 years. For the first time, the popular public verdict was announced in the case of Sarfarz Shah, the youth shot dead by a Ranger. Awarding of death sentence to the main shooter, Shahid Zafar, and life imprisonment to the other six accomplices, was a gift to the nation by the special Anti-Terrorism Court Session Judge Bashir Ahmad Khosa. For the first time the court did not drag its feet over adjournments and completed the trial within the stipulated timeframe set by the Supreme Court. It is hoped that the verdict in the lynching case of Mughees and Muneeb will not be delayed and justice will be given to the victim’s family.
Today we are like a like a ship without a captain. There is mayhem everywhere. We are holding out the begging bowl in front of the same people our ancestors wanted freedom from. We want international donors to give us aid so that we can rehabilitate our won people displaced by devastating floods and military operations launched to purge areas of so-called “extremists” and “Islamic fundamentalists”. We are a nation of people divided along ethnic and religion lines without a leader. Today in Pakistan we can find Pathans, Sindhis, Punjabis, Baloch, Kashmiris, even Sunnis, Shias and Mohajirs but not a single Pakistani! Since the demise of pre-partition and post-partition leadership not a single leader in Pakistan was able to forge unity along ethnic and religious lines.
In the pre-partition days the independent princely states voted in favour of Pakistan and even acceded to Pakistan. Independent states and administrative units came together to form one Pakistan. Today we are talking of the need to divide the provinces into smaller federating units. The talk of new provinces is not on the basis of improving and simplifying public management and governance. Neither are new provinces going to be carved out of existing provinces to reduce ethnic tensions between communities. New provinces will be craved on linguistic basis, adding one more “nationalism” to the already endless list of nationalisms, which is destructive for our unity and development. New provinces will not only further divide us as a nation, but will also give rise to more Big Brother, Small Brother politics, corruption, nepotism and hamper the economic growth, as many of the linguistic based provinces will not be economically viable.
Pakistan has truly suffered from lack of a true leader and competent leadership. Our leaders, past, present and even future, are just new wine in old bottles. The criterion is that of having a feudal background and family politics to qualify as a leader, so that we can behave in the most dictatorial manner. Pakistan truly faces a gigantic crisis due to lack of true, honest and competent leadership.
Fake degree holder parliamentarians have no interest and have no positive vision. They just join the government to work for their own interest, building their properties, getting their sons and daughters, all distant and close relatives off the hooks of corruption, loan scams, murder, extortion and what not. The disloyalty and corruption of these leaders has besmirched the country’s name. Their callous rape and plunder of the resources has put the country in red. Yet we, the gullible masses, keep on idolising, patronising and playing musical chairs with these pseudo leaders so that they can lead us. We are truly a blind nation!
There is political vacuum at the helm. Since coming into power the government has failed to resolve even a single issue. Despite being faced with major challenges like unemployment, load-shedding, IDPs, and price hike which have broken all previous records, the government appears least bothered about taking stock and controlling the situation. Instead, it is busy locking horns with the Supreme Court on major issues.
Pakistan today is in a state of chaos and meltdown. The recent mayhem in the country has been the most disturbing since 1947, because it totally repudiates the founding principles. Street agitation and public anger have escalated, as the political parties and their allies keep on playing cat and mouse games. As a result, the country bleeds every day. The streets of Karachi are awash with the blood of those killed under the guise of target killing. The streets of North Waziristan are littered with the bodies of innocent children killed by the Americans in drone attacks. There is despair everywhere.
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