All our previous governments have fallen on their swords disgracefully because of poor governance, corruption and lack of probity. These factors have had devastating impact on us as they have literally bankrupted the nation, brought misery to people and disgraced their leaders. The country instead of progressing has actually retrogressed in all fields. Still, no one has learnt any lesson and each new incumbent seems to opt for this same path of self-destruction right from the day one. Unscrupulous rulers have become so addicted to power and pelf that their greed for wealth has become insatiable. Novel ways are devised by each new entrant of the ivory towers of power to loot national wealth and get away with it. Devoid of vision and scruples, they go to any extent to enrich their personal coffers. -SAJJAD AHMAD, Rawalpindi, via e-mail, August 21.