In the past five years, the country’s economy has almost shattered beyond any easy fix, while many entrepreneurs and top professionals have already abandoned the country. Due to the sub-standard governance and the administrative paralysis, those involved in looting the public money have been able to sneak out of the country without difficulty and consequently the national exchequer has almost bottomed out. Naturally, all responsible politicians will have to face the music on the election day.
Regardless of the questionable legitimacy of the last democratic regimes (federal and provincial), the five year term of 2008-2013 was the darkest era in the history of Pakistani politics. A coalition government was arranged through the most notorious black law called ‘National Reconciliation Ordinance’ (NRO), whereby the top leadership of various political parties was pardoned of any previous wrong doing pertaining to loan defaults or any other law breaking activity. The leaders of MQM, ANP, Q league and the PPP were among the major beneficiaries. Thus, NRO infected regime didn’t meet the eligibility requirement of “integrity and a strong will to deliver.” Was there a fair ballot or a clear winner? I doubt it.
All know that President of pakistan was focussed on to cementing the ties between multiple partners in the “fragile coalition,” while the “friendly opposition” did much of the trick.
Most probably, the same crooks are again involved in planning “pre-poll rigging” as most of the stolen money is set aside for the dirty purpose. Other headache is that the voter fraud in Karachi stands intact, and it’s almost impossible for the Election Commission to touch the big wigs of major parties.
Since Pakistan is going through a chronic chaos in its socio-economic and political realm, patriotic Pakistanis including the ordinary ones are naturally awaiting for a miraculous positive change. However, they don’t completely appreciate the essence of democracy; hence are unaware of the sensitivity about the diligent choice of candidates based on merit. Thus, there is a major responsibility on the part of everyone when it comes to decide with due care about electing the most deserving candidate.
And, the electors are obligated to stand up in order to fight off any threat as well as repulsing any undue pressures from the powerful corrupt mafia. Bottom line is the public is fed up with the current despotic system.
Apparently, the voters are constitutionally protected to exercise their right of vote the way they want. So it’s perfectly okay to resist “pressure tactics” from the corrupt mafia. This clearly means a green signal to vote freely without fearing any reprisals. But the question is whether this is workable – the answer simply is “no” because of the stupid age old “slavery system” in rural areas where the population is not allowed to utter a word or move an inch without pre-approval of powerful sardar, feudal lord or jagirdar etc.
There is need of imparting knowledge among the villagers about their legal rights so that they don’t feel retarded when it comes to copping with the negative ground reality.
In fact, emotional/physical enslavement of the poor rural population is on account of the parallel system in remote rural areas where the vaderas, sardars or the feudals punish the locals, chain them and imprison them in their private jails and torture cells. Pathetic!
These are a few stinky examples of “a state within state” in the rural areas. No government ever tried to remedy the criminal mindset. Hence, the slavery and oppression goes on without interruption.
Though the party leaders tend to make tall claims about the decency of their future delivery, yet there is no guarantee.
N league talks about bringing an economic revolution including a bullet train from Karachi to Peshawar (7 hours) and their promise of more road connections.
Being the anti status quo party, the PTI has seven points so far to attract the audience. Mr Khan has shown his 'tsunami plus' aimed at crushing the corruption and taking care of power shortage within five years and the best one among his package is elimination of "rich-poor gap." He claims to provide the nation with equality and policy of merit system.
Since the political engineering works not for the politically immature, the country is in need of a genuine coverage from the military and the independent apex judiciary under the constitution of Pakistan for bringing all the loot back to the public exchequer from the foreign banks.
Furthermore, feudal and dynastic politics has no place in the 21st century, so let’s get rid of the nonsense, sooner the better. With improved literacy level, better educational opportunities, a genuine opposition in the parliament and strengthening of national institutions our dream of democracy will come true where all citizens are treated equally with respect.
Since the ballot, not the bullet, is the solution to all Balochistan issues, a positive development is that Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) Chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal has joined the mainstream political race for the upcoming election.
An atmosphere of level playing field is essential for evolving a genuine democracy. In order to bring the country back on the track of prosperity, we have to reject nepotism and bi-standards and protect education and commerce sectors. Pre poll rigging in any form bears consequences, and rejection through elections is the best tool to keep the corrupt and incompetent politicians out of parliament.