One is fed up with hearing the fairy tales spun by the politicians again and again. These same politicians who were running the government, that has been declared as the most corrupt in Pakistan’s history, talk about eradication of corruption from the society. There is an old saying, “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me,” I think that very few in Pakistan still believe the same old story of these lying and cheating politicians.In a nation motivated by selfish gains what can you expect? Corruption is a malady which increases when it is nursed. The founder of Pakistan in his first presidential address to Constituent Assembly emphasized that the first duty of a government is to maintain law and order so that life, property and religious beliefs of its subject are fully protected by the state, and bribery and corruption are the biggest curse rather a poison, which should be dealt with an iron fist. Alas! Instead, in our country it has flourished, although one has witnessed some cosmetic measures to curb this menace by successive governments, dictatorships, or civilians in garb of democracy, but this disease has affected every limb of all institutions. Nevertheless, Quaid-i-Azam wanted the politicians to concentrate on the wellbeing of people, especially of masses and the poor by working together, forgetting the past, and burying the hatchets. On the contrary, his followers neither buried their hatchets nor forgot their past animosities to eliminate corruption and maintain law and order to ensure protection of life and property of the poor citizens who live in perpetual fear even in their homes.If the government and politicians are sincere and seriously want to save Pakistan from an eminent and present disaster, an indiscriminate accountability of every single person weather politician, bureaucrat (civil and military) industrialist, factory owner, business magnate, stockiest, hoarder, property tycoon, journalist, owner of a media house, a religious zealot, lawyer, or the custodian of justice and rule of law is needed.RAJA SHAFAATULLAH,Islamabad, December 10.