It is time to make Pakistan better... By Rafiq
07 March, 2013
Hopefully, elections will be held soon if there no disrupting incidents occur to postpone them. Since the country is passing through a very critical time, it is the duty of every able man and woman to cast their vote.
Generally, people think that if an individual refrains from casting his/her vote it would not make any difference. This is a false perception for, if everybody thinks this way, there would be a very poor turnout on election day, and unworthy candidates would likely be elected, which would result in further deterioration of the very infrastructure of our beloved country. You, as a citizen of Pakistan, do not want this to happen. You are dreaming of better conditions to prevail in the country, and for that you by now must have decided which candidate or political party to choose. Your dream will only come true if you and other citizens like yourself cast their votes.
The appointment of Justice Fakhruddin Ebrahim to the election commission is a positive step. Let us pray that other election officials and workers also play a fair game, and that there is no rigging — physical, electronic or digital. The coming elections will decide the future of the country, which is presently in turmoil and riddled with multiple domestic problems and a poor international image. There is not a day without an incident of a bomb blast or target killings, bringing sheer devastation and loss of human lives. A vast majority of the people are poverty-ridden, living in unhygienic places, unable to get even the basic necessities of life like clean, uncontaminated water and proper education for their children. Then there is extreme shortage of affordable or free medical facilities, scarcity of electricity and gas, lack of job opportunities for the youth who do not have any link with influential people and soaring prices of everyday commodities. Corruption and bribery prevail everywhere and there is no security for lives and properties.
It is said that the prosperity of a nation is directly proportional to the contentment of the people; and our people are not content. Pakistan needs sincere, conscientious, knowledgeable and incorruptible leaders in the government who understand the plight of the people and are prepared to take radical steps towards the betterment of the nation and the people. It is now up to you, the people, to choose the right candidates without being pressurised by powerful, corrupt people so that the new government is comprised of dedicated persons, working for the bright future of the country.
RAFIQ EBRAHIM VALJEE