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Where’s My Share Brother!!

Keeping in mind the political culture of Pakistan, corruption is more
of a house hold name. Though often termed as the termite which eats
away the basic foundation of the society, in Pakistan its entirely the
opposite. Blaming it on system, nearly every one on every level gets
involved in this in one way or the other.
       Having said this, the current regime has always come under red light
for its dealings both internationally and domestically. Just a few
months back a report emerged from a reputable international
organization, which termed corruption in Pakistan 400% higher than the
previous regime. The same report highlighted that ANP in KPK was
leading this overall race.
       This reputation became a serious hindrance during the ongoing floods
faced by Pakistan. Two words which dominated the headlines in the
previous two weeks are

a)      destruction b) trust deficit

Ofcourse the 1st attribute was directly related to the magnitude by
which this flood struck Pakistan, but trust deficit has every thing to
do with the way PPP lead coalation has ruled Pakistan in the last 3
years. Time and time it was contested that somehow we have failed to
mobilize each other as a nation in this time of need, the way we saw
in 2005 earth quake. On the other hand it took donors a long while
just to start the flow of cash into Pakistan, of course fearing its
unfair usage and distribution. The meeting between PM Gillani and Mr
Sharif was seen as a turning point. Their joint declaration of setting
up a trust worthy and transparent tribunal to look after the flow of
flood rehabilitation fund was a very positive move. Having said this,
it was clear from day 1 that the government, both federal and the
provincial have no insight into handling a disaster like this and
above all they have no desire to undo this technical barrier.

       Anyhow PM Gillani U-Turn from this earlier stance raised many eye
brows from every segment of the society. Leader of the opposition Ch
Nisar was heard saying “ after all it’s the turn of PM and his cabinet
to follow the presidency’s footstep”. PM like always tried to portray
his “gentlemen” image by shifting all the blame to the provinces,
arguing that they were not willing to adopt this change/ mechanism. I
remember when he was asked regarding the President visit to Europe
while his own people were drowning. The PM answered instantly that as
parliament is supreme here its actually him who is required rather
than the President. Just a week later he failed to clarify that in
addition to the said provinces (as PPP enjoys coalation setup with
them) what compelled him to take a U- Turn on the issue of
transparency and fair distribution.
       Anyhow, on the other hand the govt has placed an additional authority
over the already controversial NDMA just to monitor its activities.
That’s the same organization which the govt was cursing after the
famous trip of Pm Gillani to the fake medical camp at Mianwali.
Secondly, NDMA and the idea behind it has nothing wrong in it. In
reality, the problem is with its legal status that makes it an
illegitimate organization to handle such a critical issue. 3rdly, PM
decision to bow down infront of provincial pressure is highly
unjustified as it is crystal clear that ANP failed to reach the masses
even after 2 weeks in KPK, Sindh coalition is highly controversial
regarding the way most landlords under its protection intentionally
made the locals drown along with their villages while in
Balouchisatn……their wasn’t anyone to even asses the damage. Even the
so called highly efficient administration of CM Shahbaz was criticized
for its slow response in some parts of the province.
       Any how, the govt was seen taking pride in mentioning that the damage
will only be assessed by the consultants and experts of World Bank and
ADB as if this is the most prized jewel in their cap. Learning nothing
from history, they forgot that 2005 earth quake funds were swallowed
by consultants, experts and pundits of these sectors even before a
single brick of reconstruction was laid, and I am afraid that they are
going for the same mistake or rather the suicide again. On the other
hand I feel that if we as a nation have failed even the task of
assessing the damages, its time to close down the prestigious
institutions like NUST, UET, LUMS etc as until now they haven’t
produced the brain which fulfills the merit criteria of our present
       Anyhow, as a nation we must be thankful to the international
community for raising up to the occasion. Saudi Kingdom has really
gone an extra mile with its effort for the flood victims of Pakistan.
On the other hand UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon visit was highly
commendable as it projected the entire episode in front of the
international community. In addition to this we must be thankful to
every state which came to our help in this time of need but the way
our political forces have behaved so far, they must be thinking twice
before lending a hand to us again.
May Allah keep Pakistan away from all the perils.


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