Good Governance

A dithering approach to pressing issues and an ill-disciplined and unwieldy cabinet has contributed to the lack of good governance and to the present conditions of unprecedented national disarray in the country.

Nawaz Sharif, the thrice elected PM, has been kicked out for the third time; the finance minister has been declared an “absconder” by an accountability court. Islamabad was under siege by religious parties for twenty two days, during which period there were strikes and sit-ins in many cities, resulting in deaths and injuries to citizens.

Eventually, on the demand of the protestors, the law minister had to resign, while ‘honour killings’ continue. All this indicates that the government has failed to establish good governance.

Fitful and sporadic bouts of meetings have sought to demonstrate that matters of state are being addressed, but this flurry of activity has yielded little beyond sanctimonious declarations of intent.

Repeated rounds have now been witnessed of these much publicised “high-level” parleys that yield no results, action plans that produce no follow-up action and targets that have no aim.

This has produced rule without governance and promoted the image of a government whose actions fall spectacularly short of its claims.

Leadership today is about being able to communicate effectively, especially when such a facility can help instil confidence at a time of uncertainty and stress.

Roti, Kapra and Makan, as promised by PPP, can be realised only by a ruler who is honest and sincere, but so far, Pakistan has been ruled by democrats and dictators with absolute powers, but with no responsibility.

Although accountability is the keynote of Islamic character, yet it is not only omitted in the constitution of Pakistan but also not found even in the character of the rulers.

It is a word unknown to the rulers of Pakistan and unless this is introduced with all the seriousness that it demands, the ills and curses inflicting the country will continue unabated.

The Head of the State should also be accountable for his deeds and misdeeds. The policy of nationalization enunciated by one ruler and the policy of privatization followed by the other goes only to prove that the country has been converted into a serfdom to suit the whims and caprices of the man at the top.

It was through the sheer manipulation of the so-called democratic process that these people first achieve power then use and abuse power and finally lose power.

It has been the curse on Pakistan that the same parties and same politicians with the same objective of greed and self-interest are seen in the print media.

The feudal character which pervades the ruling elite has also sneaked into the democratic character of the political parties. In this way, the presidency of the party is handed down to the son or the daughter of the retiring president. There may be a few exceptions in this practice.

The people of Pakistan have high confidence in the Armed Forces of Pakistan who have been their only hope for survival.

It is now left to army’s leadership to cash in on the sentiments of the nation bleeding due to the tyranny of the politicians coming into power through democracy.

Corruption is the root cause of Pakistan’s downfall right from day one, so much so that they are up on the ladder of corruption. The methodology of the customs, income tax, revenue and police departments are too well known to describe here and waste the time of the readers.

As evident from their opulent life styles, government functionaries and their associates misappropriate as much as 75 percent of the annual development plan and their benami transactions must be checked.

Every democratic government, as a matter of necessity for the existence, have to dish out jobs like minister of state, advisers, chairmen’s of the imaginary cells and special assistants with perks. This must be done away forthwith. Then there are ministries, which are not required, and a section officer could do their job. As such, the cabinet should be reduced to the minimum.

Pakistan’s history records that in a caretaker government there were three ministers in one ministry. What a wasteful expenditure at the cost of the tax payers’ money!

Accountability should be irrespective of personalities and not Ehtesab style, which is meant only for the selected few, to keep them out of politics for the benefit of the few.

There is a lot of material regarding corruption submitted by the erstwhile Federal Anti-Corruption Committee (FACC) which is lying in the office of Chief Ehtesab Commissioner which will give a clue to the corrupt and the methodology applied by them.

The feudal lords, who are the 2 percent of Pakistan’s population, have been holding sway in this country in one form or the other and no government, right from day one has been able to lay their hands on them. The Waderas in Sindh even have their personal jails. This is the democratic society present in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Every government so far has only given lip service to this popular demand and requested the provincial governments to levy farm tax which has not been collected as yet. The federal government takes a convenient plea that this is a provincial subject and they cannot do a thing about it. But when it suits their purpose, the government takes direct control of Sindh by appointing an adviser to the prime minister on Sindh Affairs.

The feudal lords are the root cause of all the economic ills and curses that afflict Pakistan. They enjoy the fruits of Pakistan, but do not pay any tax. The larger the number of people involved in nation building activities, the bigger the increase in our production, hence the fruits of progress and prosperity could be shared by the nation at large.

There is no dearth of efficient and honest people in Pakistan, but there is dearth of sincere, honest and selfless leaders, whose place has been usurped by the greedy politicians. This is the opportunity given by God to pack off such people as the Muslims of India have done during the course of their historic struggle for Pakistan. Let us not wait for another chance from Providence.

The country needs a benevolent despot and not a corrupt and unpatriotic prime minister, who could be a security risk for the country and the nation. Until we find such a leader, we will not be able to establish good governance.


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