PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER
The actual dilemma of a common man inPakistan is that he finds no one around to take care of his every-day problems. The rulers, the political leaders and the policy makers; no one pays any heed to the agony and trial, a common man has to pass through every moment. In spite of realization of the fact that democracy is the only solution to all social problems, the people ofPakistan are compelled to look towards the army for the solution of their problems. It is because they find no one but the army in every moment of trail and tribulation. Be it the natural calamities like earth-quake or floods or the catastrophically disastrous effects of terrorism, or the declining infrastructure of national institutions like Pakistan Railways, PIA, Wapda and Steel Mills, the political leaders never show any sensible behaviour; it is only the Pakistan army that is always there to tackle with the situation. Imran Khan was very much true in his statement that ‘army is not the solution to all problems’ but what must the army do if the political set up fails in providing care and comfort to the public. Now it is for more than three and a half year, people ofPakistan are ‘enjoying the fruits of democracy’ but at the same time they remember the so-called dictatorial reign of General Musharaf as a golden period of their life. What is the root cause of this dissatisfaction and discontentment; democracy or the indifferent and selfish attitude of the democratic leaders? The fact of the matter is that the fault does not lie with the system but with the hands which run it.
There is a basic difference between the rulers we call the military dictators and those belonging to the democratic or political set up; the difference of approach. The political leaders usually have a very short memory. When they become the rulers, they at once forget the people they belong to; they intentionally ignore the fact that one day they would have to go back to the people who supported them by electing them. But on the other hand, a ‘military dictator’ behaves altogether otherwise. Somewhere in his sub-conscious, he keeps the fact alive that he belongs to the army. He has to be very much conscious and careful regarding the prestige and honour of his parent-institution. Our politicians could prove themselves far better than the military dictators if they adopt the same caring approach like that of the military dictators.Pakistan is no doubt a charismatic land of passions. Pakistan has all that is the best; a very fertile land, a very friendly weather, gracious rivers, wealthy mountains and above all a very hardworking, determined and resolute type of nation. Our passions are unbeatable, our courage and the will to survive is undefeatable. All we need is someone who could lead us to the right direction. We are an army of true patriots but unfortunately we are missing a commander.