A dysfunctional government

Published: July 3, 2015

LAHORE: I am a senior citizen and would like to request the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo-motu notice of the government violating clauses 25A, 37 and 38 of the Constitution. There are 20 million children not attending school, the government is not providing jobs to the educated youth and has failed to promote social justice and economic protection to the majority of citizens. Its economic policy is making the rich richer and the poor poorer. It has miserably failed in good governance and there is no concept of collective cabinet responsibility, which is a hallmark of the parliamentary system. Civilian institutions are dysfunctional and do not respond to the problems faced by the common man. The government is increasing its reliance on the armed forces by the day, to tackle the various issues faced by the country. The civil bureaucracy, instead of serving the people and the state, is working as personal servants to our elected leaders. The police force has been used for personal safety of the rulers and not to protect the lives and properties of citizens. Recently, over 1,000 Pakistanis died in Karachi due to a deadly heatwave. Neither the federal government nor the provincial government is taking any responsibility for these deaths.

The people of Pakistan are being told that democracy is the best revenge against dictatorship even with political leaders acting like the worst dictators.

Engr S T Hussain

Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd,  2015.

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