On the occasion of Eid people go back home, to their home or village, to spend the days with their family and communities. However, the upper echelons of our political leadership are travelling to the United Kingdom, while some are already there, a symbol that Pakistan, may not be their “home”.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s follow up visit with doctors in London have suggested that his return to the country will have to be postponed as he is still not fit to travel and would need more days to recover fully from the heart surgery. Though we wish him well with his health, the thought in the heart of many Pakistanis is that are there no hospitals or doctors in Pakistan worthy for the PM? And if not, whose fault is that?

Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari along with children will spend Eid in London, while PTI chief Imran Khan will spend Eid in Pakistan but will leave for London on the third day to spend Eid with his sons. Are their families not safe in Pakistan? Whose fault is that?

The Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain has also called over the Karachi leadership Dr Farooq Sattar and Waseem Akhtar to London at the time of Eid.

The Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on the other hand is seen breaking bread with Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) and discussing their issues related to their return and resettlement as he broke his fast at a relief camp in Bannu. Bodies of victims who went missing after being swept away in Chitral flooding are being recovered, raising the death toll to around 35. The Pakistan Army, Chitral Scouts, and local volunteers are carrying out all the rescue operations.

This is the bleak example that the leaders of Pakistan are setting for their people; to abandon in time to joy and sadness and to leave them to their devices.