Is It the Fault of the Masses?

By Muhammad Hasnain Khan

     Pakistan has seen different form of governments and various leaders since inception. Pakistan appeared on the world map in 1947. Since inception, Pakistan has been combating different quandaries. For instance, energy and economy crises, impuissant political institutions, bellicose relationship with neighbours and so on. The leaders responded to these crises with changing forms of government, such as presidential and parliamentary. But to no avail. In addition, military also flexed its muscles and ruled country over 40 years. But nothing could cure malaises that country faces.

As far as political parties of the country are concerned, two major political parties—Awami League led by Sheikh Mujib Rehman and PPP led by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto played pivotal role in political history of the country. In 1971, Shiekh Mujeeb secured 51 percent of National Assembly Seats This as a rule meant Sheikh Mujeeb should get the power. However, West Pakistani politician didn’t seem willing which led to fall of Dhaka.

Later, PML-N and PPP gave birth to dynastic sort of political parties which are ruled their scions. Regrettably, these parties did not work to purge Pakistan of the crises. Thus masses lost hope in Pakistani politicians. Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is, doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results.” Therefore, the masses should not test already fired bullets.

However, a ray of hope was seen in the person of Imran khan who was an hitherto cricket star. He is the only Pakistani captain who made Pakistan as Champion and won the one-day world cup in 1992.

He had a clean past and didn’t belong to any political dynasty. He wanted to end dynastic politics in Pakistan. Masses too saw a change in his person and pinned hopes on him. Finally, he was elected in 2018 as Prime Minister.

Unfortunately, he too has failed to deliver on his promises and has frustrated the masses. According to the corruption index, Pakistan ranks at 120 in corruption while in anterior government it was 117. The GDP also experienced a downward slid. Current GDP growth is 2.3 %.

Pakistan can only change through education as Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most puissant weapon which can transmute the whole world”. It is not the fault of the masses but misplaced priorities of the leaders which doesn’t let country grow.

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