In any society or country religion or faith has nothing to do with morality or basic values, which are common. Moral degeneration occurs when good men choose to remain silent, and tolerate the presence of criminals amongst ruling elite and self-proclaimed proponents of human rights and civil society. The brutal murder of a young boy, Shahzeb Khan in Karachi, by scions of rich parents and hesitation of police, provincial government and our bureaucracy to take any action, reflects the gravity of cancer that has devoured this society and denuded it of basic values to differentiate between right and wrong.

Facilitation of safe exit to a declared criminal Tauqir Sadiq accused of Rs 82 billion massive corruption should give us an insight into the gravity of the cancer that afflicts our law enforcement agencies, immigration and passport issuing agencies. In Lahore a gentlemen’s club located on Upper Mall has just elected as chairman a convicted retired bureaucrat who was placed on ECL by none other than Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Even basic medicines for cough are contaminated because of failure of corrupt bureaucracy and equally immoral ruling elite to enforce strict regulatory controls. The Taliban, who proclaim to be torch bearers of Shariah, have brutally slaughtered 21 innocent members of Levies, who were in their custody, yet there are many who are their sympathizers. No system of governance can resolve such problems, unless universally accepted morals and ethics are followed and criminals declared as outcasts by society and punished by the state.

ABRAR KHOSA,

Faisalabad, January 2.