Today we stand embarrassed, insecure and economically dented because of the wrong policies that were framedby men like Zia-ul-Haq and Musharraf. These rulers compromised our national security when they allowed Arabs, Uzbeks, Afghans, Indians etc to enter Pakistan just because they were Muslims and stay here indefinitely because it suited their myopic vision ofnational interest. As a consequence of such policies individual khakis and other opportunists like Zia-ul-Haq, Akhtar Abdur Rehman,Chisthi, Mansoor-ul-Haq, Musharraf etc became billionaires, while Pakistan ended up a country flooded with the menace of illegal weapons, drugs, terrorism, extremism, sectarianand ethnic divide. While these men overnight went from rags to riches, this country was made a safe haven for criminals, and murderers.It is because of criminal negligence of these men, that today this country suffers.Had these so-called Afghan War warriors beenforced to leave this country, Pakistan would not have had to endure the humiliation it suffered on 2 May in Abbotabad. Those who are guilty must be made to pay for their sins and in case they are dead, their ill-gotten billions should be confiscated, if we want to seta precedent that such crimes against the state will never payin the long run. Any compromises on this issue will only encourage others to follow suit. As a nation we have to decide that this country was created to become a welfare state for the people of this country, where they could live as citizens of a free state without any discrimination as to caste,creed, color, faith or sex. Our securityand sovereignty demands that our politicians, civil and khaki bureaucracy submit to rule of law and moral code of ethics laid down not only in the constitution, but are universally followed in other democratic societies. Every institution of the state must confine to the specificrole assigned to them, and there should be zero tolerance for corruption and those holding public office buthave their assets located abroad. MALIK TARIQ ALI, Lahore, May 11.