Who owns Pakistan?

June 18, 2007 at 12:01 pm 7 comments

It is so nice to know that Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto have resolved their differences and have come to an understanding that BB will be PM for 5 years after which NS will take over as PM for the next 5 years. Do the citizens of this country have a say at all in who rules/serves them, or would that be too much to expect?

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  • 1. minos  |  June 21, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Er, that would be too much to expect.

    I’m not sure which is more true – that the blessed daughter of the beast and mian na-baap sharif desrve us, or that we deserve them.

  • 2. Jehan  |  June 22, 2007 at 7:09 am

    We certainly don’t deserve them – of that i am sure. We could do better for ourselves.

  • 3. minos  |  June 22, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    : )

    We certainly could do better. The question was do we deserve better.

  • 4. Jehan  |  June 22, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Of course we do. Many of us are hardworking, honest and intelligent people who deserve a lot better. We have placed faith in one politican after another (well maye not faith but at least we have kept our fingers crossed) in the hope that the next one will be better and will serve the interests of this country and its people – each time we have been let down. We DO deserve better.

  • 5. minos  |  June 23, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    As frustrated about the system as you seem, is there ANY politician whom you would place your faith in for the next (s)elections? (practically speaking).

    I don’t think there is any hope until we rid ourselves (among other things) of our feudal thinking. And I don’t mean that in the traditional sense of referring to the vaderas – but our own acceptance of the superiority of self-proclaimed “leaders” whom we blindly accept as being worthy of ruddying our lily-liveried backsides as and when they please. This includes the aforementioned BB (you may de-acronymise as you please) and Na-avaaz Sharif. Pretty soon we’ll be expected to bow to our Prez and PM’s in the manner of monarchs ancient and modern. (I just simply can’t wait for that glorious day to dawn.)

    Perhaps it’s time that hardworking, honest and intelligent people step up to the plate and attempt to wrest the fate of the nation from the evil scumsucking thieves, dakus and cut-throat murderous brigands who have been running the country all this time.

    Or are we too decent to dip our toes into the cesspool of national politics?

  • 6. Jehan  |  June 24, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    You are right – there is no politician who comes to mind that I would place my faith in. All of them seem to be made from the same mould.

    Feudalism is a curse that we need to rid ourselves of. It is the only way that the majority of our people will have a chance (i mean feudalism in the traditional sense).

    Do we really accept the superiority of self-proclaimed leaders? I don’t think most of us do. It is just that, as you say, decent people don’t want to step into politics and unfortunately over the years we have all become so complacent, that we don’t hold leaders to account. We need to raise our voices against tyranny, corruption, incompetence and inefficiency.

    Why do you think that so little is being spent on education? If people are educated and aware of their rights, they will demand them. If people know what the responsibilities of governments are, they will start expecting government to deliver on those promises.

    I think media and civil society has a crucial role to play in bringing about this awareness. We need to get involved – we need to demand change – we need to demand an eradication of corruption. We have to become less accepting. If I see one more person shrug and say “this is Pakistan” and accept a lower level of service, delay in the beginning of events, or people taking others for a ride, I will scream!

  • 7. kinkminos  |  June 24, 2007 at 5:53 pm


    There, I screamed for you.

    : )


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