KARACHI: Following the decisions made in the second National Energy Conference, I wonder how the government expects the citizens to follow such absurd and meaningless regulations when it does not enjoy their trust, and neither is it working to get it back.
Decisions stipulating the closing down of markets at 8pm, uniform loadshedding across the provinces, five-day working weeks etc., promise to serve no real purpose. Does the government really expect us to believe that such regulations will solve the energy crisis we are facing right now when we have already seen that nothing has come off the smallest of promises that it has made ever since it came into power.
Without food, water, electricity, means of transportation, or any advances in the education sector, there seems to be little hope for our country’s future. With this dismal state of affairs, Pakistanis should not be blamed if they actually buy into the theory of the world ending in 2012.
For the common man on the street, living in present-day Pakistan is much like living in the dark ages.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2012.