Majority of people of Pakistan do not have a say in their future or that of the nation. The state has existed as a centralized entity since it was established in 1947. The leadership shifts from military to civilian and back again without any substantial change in the life of the common man. The present political system is beneficiary to a handful of kingmakers this includes the military generals, sugar barons, cement barons, drug barons, IPP barons and other powerful cartels. State bureaucracy who is meant to serve the interest of the people serves these kingmakers.

The problem with this system is that it makes our society extremely fragile and erodes the sense of togetherness as well as this system has weakened Pakistan. It is the kingmakers who have caused the weakening of the state. How does one begin to talk about a state where the elite do not prefer to invest their capital in their own country and are taking the money out of the country causing an economic deficit?

It is imperative to change the electoral system, most of our political parties are at best personalized institutions, and mainstream political parties have been converted into family dynasties where the mantle is passed from one generation to the next. Even if internal elections are held in political parties they are nothing but a farce as the top leadership remains the same. No party member dares to challenge the word of the leader, no internal debates are encouraged and no one has any active think tanks to try and find solutions to the problems, like sustainable growth, social development, housing, health and education. The MNAs and MPA once elected are conspicuous by their absence from their constituencies.

Most constituencies are family fiefdom with members of the same family elected at the Tehsil, district, provincial and federal level year after year. They resist any fundamental change that may threaten their power base. The present judicial system has failed to dispense quick justice. The process of delivering justice is very slow. It is imperative to change the judges’ appointment procedure. The current state of lower courts the incapability of the civil judges to decide cases, the conditions in which they are forced to work, the lack of staff and furniture paint a dismal picture. Almost half of the adult population in Pakistan is illiterate and 8 million children are not attending school.

It is imperative to establish a uniform standard of education and quality education which can be achieved only by focusing on Teachers Training. We expect that the present political government will change the present frame work of political, legal administrative and economic fiscal policies and improve accountability, without changing the present status quo than we are lying to ourselves as they will never do it. But if they don’t Pakistan will not be able to catch up with the rest of the world.

ENGR S.T.HUSSAIN,

Lahore, January 7.