Dear Pakistanis, Are You Ready For A Naya Pakistan?
Were the polls “Free and fair”? Is there a criterion to establish systematic rigging as alleged by the losing parties? There are innumerable questions challenging the whole electoral process however both the treasury and opposition have chosen to stick with the parliament after all democracy is all about corrective action, isn’t it?
As of today, the Prime Minister in waiting is finally ready to deliver his promise of a Naya Pakistan after taking oath on the 18th of August. The term is symbolic enough to foresee what the premier might be up to in a few months or so. Our next Prime Minister’s vision of a welfare state based on principles of egalitarianism and social justice is yet to be realized.
The Political ends might agree at the end of the day over the notion of a “Naya Pakistan” while on the other hand, the Pakistani populace seems to enjoy the Tabdeeli wave equivocally. The idea itself invigorates patriotism at a whole new level but the fact of the matter is, are we ready to embrace social welfare as a system of governance?
We haven’t seen one since Bhutto was removed from office, still, 106 million of us are hopeful of a Naya Pakistan in the near future. Back in the days when Bhutto presented a vision of a new Pakistan, the slogan couldn’t get much substance as far as the civil society was concerned. The reason being, it would’ve forced the Pakistani elite hailing from Ayub`s era to give up their sumptuous lifestyle and the slogan itself was lost with Bhutto`s demise.
After the recent polls, the moral high ground has been elevated to a whole new level in Pakistani politics. When Imran used to quote western democracies, it was music to years for multiples sections of our society but were they ready to live in one was never clear and still isn’t.
The dream of a Naya Pakistan is far from fulfillment if we as a nation remain ignorant to the corruption we have been entrenched with and unfortunately, we all seem to adore it as well.
Corrupt practices aren’t something to be proud of. As far as the “Majboori Factor” is concerned, neither the Government of Pakistan nor does the establishment asks us to indulge in one. Who does then? It’s the same old privilege and sense of entitlement that our generations have been enjoying time and again.
The question is where does that corrupt sense of entitlement comes from? Whatever the source may be, Naya Pakistan isn’t possible until that source is well intact.
Shouldn’t Naya Pakistan be about doing the right thing?
If we are so skeptical about whether our executive and the legislature is Sadiq and Ameen (Truthful and Honest), for what it’s worth, have we ever applied the same criterion to ourselves? As article 62-1-F States:
A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law.
If national exchequer is something, we are so worried about aligning ourselves with Imran’s anti-corruption narrative, paying our due taxes should be of equal importance, right? Certainly, it wasn’t back in Purana Pakistan.
Our daily routine is filled with examples of the entrenched corruption one would not want in a Naya Pakistan:
- Garbage hills piled up around our streets annoy us, right? Did the same annoyed us when we were about to throw something out of our car? Sadly, “Safai nisf Iman” only applies to our car while the country rots with trash every day.
- While driving through the plains of Punjab, one witnesses brick kens with domesticated labor, looks bad on paper but when the same ten-year-old serves us tea at a local dhabba it is delicious enough to ignore what the poor boy might be going through, isn’t it obvious enough?
- Can we expect people to follow traffic rules with all honesty in the upcoming Naya Pakistan? As a matter of fact, when stopped by a sergeant, what’s next? Well, we all know the answer to that.
If we can vote out the status quo that was ruling Pakistan for the last four decades or so, we can certainly adapt to a dignified lifestyle that demands to be honest with one’s own self.
Naya Pakistan isn’t something to look up too until we have the “Puraana” attitude aspiring for a Naya Pakistan that is demeaning enough for the country.
This Independence Day pledge to live in a Naya Pakistan with all honesty and ask your self whether you’re ready to change if the answer is Negative. Don’t expect Pakistan to change anytime soon.