Democrats are no different... By Masood
22 February, 2013
The common people of Sindh should feel proud that now they have also rendered their democratic rights to an elite club, which has been ruling the country in the name of parliamentary democracy. Most of Pakistan's political parties govern us as though they are running a family business wherein leadership is the inherited right of a few.
Therefore, no one should expect any soft corner from these rulers for the poor masses. This is evident from the attitude of these rulers towards any system that can manage cities and towns at the grassroots level. They feel more powerful when cities and towns are managed by commissioners and deputy commissioners who act as though they are not answerable to the common people they are supposed to serve. No one favours martial law and military governments, but how can one deny the fact that military rulers always hold municipal elections and transfer power at the district, city and town levels? However, whenever these so-called democrats rule the country, they prefer not to hold municipal elections and deprive the city and town municipal committees and corporations of any administrative and revenue generation powers.
February 21, 2013 shall be remembered as a historic day on which the PPP proved in Sindh that it is no different from its counterparts in the other three provinces. On this day, the PPP reinstated the system established by the colonial power — Britain — in the 1800s, to keep a tight grip on the masses through its bureaucratic force.
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