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The time is ripe... By Umer

08 January, 2013

Pakistan's system has almost been destroyed and wiped out. Widespread kidnapping for ransom in broad daylight, terrorism, revival of sectarian murders, acute religious intolerance, wholesale duping and swindling of government and public funds/resources, shortage of electricity and gas, corruption and crimes of all sorts in both high and low places have now teamed together to become the accepted 'system' of today's Pakistan. The spirit of servant-leadership is completely missing as a desired feature and quality in elected officials who come to office.

Also lacking is the creative ability of the political elite to take to the path of bold, persistent, wilfully planned experimentation, designed to usher in unity, development and a true democratic system. Yes, in a nutshell, the above skills and qualities are what Pakistan needs most of its leaders in its present dispensation in order for the country to tread upon the path of development.

The constitution presupposes free and fair elections in which 'all qualified' citizens can participate. The best people, by qualification, should be brought in to do the job to turn every citizen into an achiever, where the ordinary citizens are groomed from infancy to adulthood to accomplish extraordinary things. Our country is long overdue and ready for leaders who are prepared to look into the public's eyes and tell them that we have to fearlessly combat the havoc wreaked by terrorism, exterminate corruption, and eliminate organised street crime and religious intolerance among others.

The situation has already reached a point where the concerned authorities must come together with an effective, well-coordinated programme of action to rescue the nation from the hands of dictators, both military and civilian, and bring it back into the hands of the worthy. We have already shown support for the restoration of the Chief Justice (CJ) of Pakistan. As things stand in the country today, an early call for electoral reforms is required to give every Pakistani the basic right to elect their own national representatives.

It was evident from Dr Tahirul Qadri's massive gathering of two million at Minar-e-Pakistan that there is momentum on the side of the people as they continue in their efforts to demolish this corrupt system prevailing in Pakistan.

UMER MUMTAZ
Rawalpindi

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