State unity must for growth and development

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Mukhtar Ahmed Butt
Mukhtar Ahmed Butt : The writer is a freelance journalist and defence Analyst.

This is a unique country in the world where print and electronic media is free to discuss any case being heard in the Supreme Court, High Courts and NAB courts without any fear of law and accountability. This is again a unique country in which Prime Minister suggests punishments of persons accused of corruption whose cases are under trial. This is a unique country where Chief Minister does not care to go and receive the Prime Minister. This is a unique country where Prime Minister chairs a meeting in provincial capital without its chief executive. This is a unique country where Chief Minister and ministers openly criticizes the federal government. This is a unique country where ministers announce judgements while the cases are under investigations. This is a unique country where every action of government is challenged. This is unique country where opposition parties don’t accept the results of general elections. This is a unique country where corrupt enjoy full official protocol. This is a unique country where premier institutions are ridiculed day and night. This is a unique country where rule of law is not followed except on the poor people. This a unique country where government announces with pride that so much gas, water and electricity is stolen that runs in to billions but unable to take action against them. This is a unique country where accused gets full protocol. This is a unique country where accused is garlanded while appearing and leaving court. This is a unique country where lawyers attack judges. This is a unique country where taxes are collected from poor but facilities are given to elite. This is a unique country where senior citizens are not respected and maltreated. This is unique country where public written complaints are not answered. This is a unique country where officers decide their own salary running in millions when the institution is suffering huge loss. This is a unique country where thousands of employees are regularly paid salaries without doing any work Pakistan Steel is one of them Rs 370 million each month. This is a unique country where there is a huge gap in earning of poor and rich. This is a unique country where there is no money in the kitty but allocations of huge money running in billions are announced as development packages. This is a unique country where criminals, corrupt are awarded national awards, genius and professionals are ignored. This is unique country where qualifications does not matter nepotism is rewarded. This is unique country where controversial individuals are preferred and appointed ministers.
Our people have worked hard day and night along with the rulers irrespective whether it was a civilian rule or dictatorship to ensure that two systems are fully supported one for the poor and other for rich. This is a unique country where retired persons continue to avail facilities like serving officers without any fear. This is a unique country where government property is considered as personal property and grossly misused. This is a unique country where people don’t do their own job but busy in finding faults and criticizing others
This stage has not suddenly erupted or come up but it has come gradually over the years through collective efforts and wisdom of people, rulers and people from different segments of society. This is a unique country where basic facilities are not provided to people but bills are received. This is unique country where there is shortage of hospitals, schools, colleges. We have hospitals without doctors. We have hospitals with no facility of ambulances. We have schools without teachers, without toilet, water and benches. There are schools without electricity. This is a unique country where 24.3 percent live below poverty. This is a unique country where prices are fixed by sellers and government lists are restricted to display only.This is a unique country where prices of medicines are increased without any proportion
Question arises should we be pessimist or optimist? If we become pessimist we cannot bring improvement therefore with all the negative indicators we should be optimist and hope for the best. But at the same time optimism does not solve all the problems, it is hope against hope, but optimism succeeds with the vision of leadership and correct line of direction. In a country which is unique in all respects extraordinary measures are to be adopted. At present adhocism has engulfed the state. Opposition parties are in no mood to cooperate with the government; on the other hand government’s tough stand against opposition is pushing us towards failed state scenario. There is no realization on both sides. Media as usual stands divided and is busy in giving full coverage to all those who have plundered the wealth of country and present them as hero. We have to draw a line till such time they are declared innocent by the courts no coverage should be given to them irrespective of the party they belong, if it is adopted things shall improve overnight failing which we should be mentally prepared for major disaster
The state of Pakistan needs a healing process and for that the entire political spectrum of the country needs to rise above its petty interests to seek national interests and national ends. We cannot progress as a welfare democratic state if there is no internal political harmony. This needs to be ensured for us to gain any foothold in the politics of developed world