I fail to understand the endemic fixation of every successive regime in Pakistan, be it that of Zia, Musharraf, Zardari or Nawaz, to appoint mediocre, un-elected cronies with controversial credentials to senior executive assignments in state-owned corporations. What is most surprising is that these same politicians have a record of running successful business empires within and outside Pakistan where they employ the most qualified professionals after thoroughly scrutinizing them for professional integrity. The issue, therefore, is their apathy to taxpayers' money, which has been continuously squandered over the last few decades. Of late, the situation  has assumed alarming proportions as we find our reserves being emptied and it still takes the elected government over 7 months to appoint an individual to head its Ministry of Finance & Economic Affairs. Mr Shaukat Aziz and his accomplices in the stock exchanges had wrung the country dry squandering even the hard-earned remittances of our expatriates. But he, at least, had an adviser on finance at helm. While I have faith in the capabilities of the new man, Mr Shaukat Tarin, I am quite sceptical about the political will of those in power to provide a long-term solution to the crises we are facing at present. -ANEELA CHANDIO, Sukkur, via e-mail, October 19.