Deepening calamitous crisis
Pakistan today is in the middle of an economic and political crisis which is why people witness and experience failed administrations, political instability, destroyed economy, moral bankruptcy in public institutions, the rotten bureaucracy; overdependence on revenue from utility bills and taxes, public office allure – which has attracted more thieves and charlatans to politics; the ceaseless plunder of the national treasury, lack of public accountability, religious and ethnic bigotry.
Our ruling class, both political and bureaucratic desires power not so much to serve the people but to access the privileges of public office demonstrating the moral bankruptcy that exists in our leadership. The ineptitude of the present PTI-led coalition government to provide their citizens basic and essential services such as public safety, control corruption and criminality, mitigate violation of human rights and bridge the ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots is due to an inherent moral bankruptcy. The moral bankruptcy fuels our so-called leaders and authority persons to plunder and pillage state and organization for personal gains. In reality, nothing else is on the rise in ‘ Naya Pakistan” of Prime Imran Khan, but Food inflation, unemployment, criminality, ethnicity and polarization. How and why should common citizens believe in this narrative of the present rulers that there is economic growth, renaissance and transformation when they experience the worst type of inflation, the structural corruption, the crushing debts and the fatal addiction of the rulers to the IMF aid and loans?
Not only the monster of corruption, but also population explosion, hyperinflation, unemployment, lawlessness are a few biggest threats to our society and the state. Even in “Naya Corruption” , like “Purana Pakistan” corruption continues, We just see a little bit of change in the ways and means of corrupt practices. Even in “Naya Pakistan: corrupt individuals with political power enjoy a lavish life, millions of Pakistani are deprived of their basic needs like food, health, education, housing, access to clean water and sanitation
Like “ Purana Pakistan” Sexual deviance and gender disparity continue in the society. The scandals that surround politician and authority persons are numerous and of varying severity. However even female members of the Parliament are not immune to the atrocities of unchecked sexual assault or gender bias. The alarming rate of sexual violence in “ Naya Pakistan “shows that representation of women alone will not have an impact without structural change.
Disdain for the law is evident in the public sector organizations and society. Authority persons display complete moral bankruptcy in the execution of their responsibilities in upholding the laws of the land. People only from a particular province and ethnic background are placed in authority positions. Sindh and Balochistan provinces are being ignored as done in the past. A classic example is of public sector varsities, training institutes and academies, regulatory bodies, among others. All promises of the Prime Minister Imran Khan are in jeopardy.
The solution lies in visionary and ethical leadership, strong and enforceable laws against corruption, and severe sanctions for corruption crimes underpinned by a national culture of promoting ethics from family to national level.
It is only ethical and just leadership, not ethnic and prejudiced, which can transform the potential of this vibrant and valiant nation into a success story. Why and how long my country the most beloved should, be groping in the dark? A mammoth PDM anti-government rally in Gujranwala reflects that the present government has lost its moral legitimacy and new polls are needed in the country to take the country out of deepening crisis during the winter of discontent. General elections are needed to secure a fresh mandate based on acceptable values and on integrity. Otherwise, this country and the countrymen will suffer the most, not the present rulers because the emerging moral and political crisis is almost as calamitous as the economic one. Above all, to avoid disaster in various public sector organizations, we need extremely capable and non-corrupt management, as well as the political stability to facilitate that management. How long this nation will tolerate morally and fiscally corrupt persons who promote lying, perjury, smoking and other moral ills and evils n our public sector organizations, in particular, training institutes and academies?