Pakistan is an independent state, established primarily to practise and maintain Islamic injunctions. The biggest challenge for Pakistan has been to enforce the rule of law, without which perception of economic growth, development and ultimate peace remain unrealistic.
Everyone is a stakeholder when it comes to national progress, and everyone should be held accountable regardless of their social status. It is therefore necessary for laws to be clear and precise. An effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices by establishing justice, equal opportunity and peace. The World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index, 2020 ranks Pakistan 120th out of 128 countries in the world, which is a matter of no surprise considering the overall law and order situation coupled with political stability, inflation and injustice.
Today, the biggest challenge for our society is not national security or other external pressures but the lack of law enforcement, which only works to serve the interests of a few. The government should shift its focus towards this, rather than just repeating the same mistakes over and over again. When citizens are aware of their worth, dignity, and rights, nobody can exploit them. It is important that we choose a sincere government that would work for the wellbeing of the state of Pakistan and ensure the rule of law.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2021.