Sir: I read and watch the fiery statements of our politicians against Pervaz Musharraf explaining how he damaged the democratic institutions to perpetuate his grip on power. These politicians behave as if they are the real messiahs, who could pull the country out of its never-ending crisis. Had that been the case, Pakistan could have become a successful country. We have applied selective democracy to Pakistan wherein it does not suit the civilian governments to have a local government system.
All the politicians, regardless of their ideological leanings, are united on the continuation of democracy at the national and provincial levels, but look the other way, when it comes to bringing democracy to the city or town level. One wonders what business the parliaments have with the day-to-day administration of the cities and towns; their job is to introduce and improve legislation for the better governance of the country. Obviously our politicians are not interested in the legislative part of democracy. Their main concern is to make projects to sustain the existing and to draw new voters.
Isn’t it sad that only military dictators held municipal and local government (LG) elections? Regardless of the dictators’ real intentions, this served the public at the grassroots level, and at their doorstep, and that is what matters at the end of the day.
Since Musharraf left, every government has been delaying LG elections.
I congratulate Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Sindh governments for scoring a ‘Sixer’ by creating innovative proposals to defer the LG elections. Both governments have demanded Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for LG elections. A country which has never used EVMs, the availability of it with data of millions of electorates, at the city, town and village level, makes it a questionable demand. Are we really looking for democracy or is it just rhetoric?
Sir: I sometimes wonder whether Pakistanis live in a mad house. An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan ...