A collapsed system... By Asghar
19 November, 2012
There is no doubt that the country is in the grip of complete lawlessness. All government entities, including hospitals and educational institutions, are suffering from this malaise. Government school compounds and playgrounds are being used for wedding parties and students are sent away on forced leave. According to media reports, this is happening mostly in Punjab where Shahbaz Sharif's government wants to educate every child. This does not happen in civilised societies. In government-run hospitals, medicine is not available due to budgetary constraints, emergency departments are closed on flimsy grounds, threatening the lives of suffering patients and the doctors — our messiahs — have been on strike for the last 32 days in Quetta. Private schools and hospitals are fleecing the public without any check. Who cares for life in Pakistan? In government offices, for the welfare of the general public, no work is being done. The senior bureaucracy is busy making self-serving policies. During the last couple of years, hundreds of costly plots have been doled out to favourite bureaucrats in Islamabad. Merit is being flouted in the matter of promotions and postings. People have lost faith in the civil service of the country.
There is no respect for the rule of law — verdicts by the higher judiciary are being disregarded by the executive. Secretaries and senior officers do not attend any meetings of the parliamentary committee and public accounts committee to explain their position regarding the utilisation of public funds. Precious lives are being lost in Karachi every day. Law enforcement agencies, including the police, are helpless against these killing sprees and exploits of the extortion mafia. In Islamabad, the most protected and fortified place in the country, police posts are being attacked and officials are being killed. Pakistan Airlines and the railways are financially in a mess. Mismanagement is the name of the game. Is not this the collapse of the system? Altaf Hussain, the leader of the MQM, has urged the people to form committees to protect life and property in Karachi during Muharram. This is a good idea but, remember, when vigilantes come, the people's revolution will not be very far behind.