What is wrong with our leaders?


The first and foremost duty of any government is to protect the life and property of each and every citizen of the country irrespective of his cast and creed, but in Pakistan with the passage of time its interpretation has been changed altogether and a new concept has emerged. Now the government duty is changed to tease, maltreat, insult, openly beat, harass, strangulate them, shoot them, kidnap them and institute false cases against them for the offences never committed by them and teach them lesson of their life with all the resources available at their disposal. Look how people are being treated on roads, in any government office, in any utility office, railway stations, air ports, sea ports, bus stops, banks, Nadra offices, custom house, police stations, city courts, you can not name any place where people are treated in little respectful manner.
Let us recall what our Quaid had to say about the role of government servants while addressing them in Peshawar in 1948.” The first thing that I want to tell you is this, that you should not be influenced by any political pressure, by any political party or individual politician. If you want to raise the prestige and greatness of Pakistan, you must not fall a victim to any pressure, but do your duty as servants to the people and the State, fearlessly and honestly. Service is the backbone of the State. Governments are formed, governments are defeated, and Prime Ministers come and go. Ministers come and go, but you stay on, and, therefore, there is a very great responsibility placed on your shoulders. You should have no hand in supporting this political party or that political party, this political leader or that political leader – this is not your business. Whichever government is formed according to the constitution, and whoever happens to be the prime minister or minister coming into power in the ordinary constructional course, your duty is not only to serve that government loyally and faithfully, but, at the same time, fearlessly, maintaining your high reputation, your prestige, your honour and the integrity of your service. If you will start with that determination, you will make a great contribution to the building up of Pakistan, of your conception and our dream – a glorious State and one of the greatest nations in the world.
Let us be very honest. Are we doing anything what our Quaid asked us to do. The simple and straight answer is emphatic NO. We all have forgotten the sayings and principles of our Quaid who gave us complete direction how to run the state and how to treat the pupils. Unfortunately rulers violated the rules for personal benefits and small gains and miserably failed to establish a just society. Our laws are mixture of Anglo sexan and Islamic laws, and these have been amended to suit individual conveniences. These laws help corrupt people to indulge in more corruption and are fully exploited to meet selfish ends. Laws are framed to protect the rights of rich elite and powerful people as a result it is the poor who ultimately suffers. The regulatory authority enjoys full authority to manoeuvre and twist, regulate any law to their own benefit and there is no check by the higher authority. So much so prime Minister orders are disregarded. Government establishes its credibility by being neutral and just and without showing any leaning towards a particular person or group but in Pakistan no one gives any importance.
We always claim and advocate everyone is equal before law but practically it is never plasticised. We daily observe how the merit is crushed and justice denied because there is selective accountability and institutional distinction. We have seen glaring examples in recent past of minister of Human rights and wife of a serving colonel shouting on police breaking the barriers. Unfortunately such flagrant violations are not checked violators are not punished and always get away. It is only law enforcers who suffer at the hands of law breakers and undergo great humiliation and ultimately have to compromise and bend before dirty pressure of rulers. We witness such like cases on daily basis where provisions of constitution are flouted without any fear of law.
The rule says that when you see red light you stop, but in Pakistan no one bothers, right under the nose of traffic police such breaches are so open it appears as if there is no law in this land and everyone is free do anything. The institutions have collapsed, As a remedy in this corrupt culture former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Choudhry started taking suo moto’s ranging from minor offence to major offences involving rape, murders and massive corruption. Now a days it is the coronavirus that is taking toll of people. Social media is full of genuine complaints but no one bothers. People have started hurling abuses to government functionaries including Prime Minister that needs to be checked
Question arises where is the government? Why everyone is agitating on roads be it peasant, daily wagers, labourers, school teacher, doctors, nurses and there is a long list of aggrieved people and even today everybody approaches Chief Justice for justice. The rulers must open their eyes and put their house in order and stop issuing statements and face the realities. If they don’t change the present system of governance sooner or later people are going to demolish it, so let us not wait for that fateful day when everything is turned to naught