Development?!

Elections are coming. Everyone is prepared for unrest, bloodshed and no classes for a few days and in the end, the semester might extend. I know I’m presenting a  gloomy picture but since when have we had the dreams and hopes of bright future with these rotten set of politicians.

Well… I’m here because the other day my uncle said that Busharraf should remain on the presidential post as he’s one of the best army personel. And we’ve never seen development on such vast scale ever but under his reign. And he said something about the foriegn reserves being increased because of him.

I’m not going to claim that I’m a saint or anything but Sorry to say that above mentioned material gains… Do they worth more than human lives?! Are these things a substitute for inner peace?!

Yeah, I was kind of shocked at his statements. One of the reasons would be that the person who has mastered the art of battle-ship(if that’s a word), how can he leave the broders at this crucial time. His first and foremost duty should be to DEFEND the country from OUTSIDE forces! And that be on the ground not in some fancy office where he have all the time in the world to come on T.V. on daily basis, be an army chief and yet run a country! It just AMAZES me!

About the development. Mr. Prime Minister always rants about how the unemployment would be eradicted in so and so year. How the standard of living has increased. HELLO! The petrol prices are rising. Even when the world gets cheaper petrol, we here experience inflation in petrol prices, which results in the price hike of every other commodity. How can we ever forget about the flour prices which just took a flight into the space. PTCL is privatized, and now the forieng country would earn revenue in some 15 yrs and then pay the government in our own currency! What was the purpose behind selling it when the ineffeicency of the system has not yet been eradicated? The telephone lines are not repaired on time and no one pays a heed to your complaints!

This brings me to my favourite topic: KESC! Now that KESC has been sold to SEIMENS, a multi national firm, the Karachiites are suffering more because the electricity is not there and yet they have increased the charges per unit! This is what they call develpoment: drain the people of blood and torture them brutally till their deaths and live in President and Parliament Houses which consume more electricity than half the Karachi! This is DEVELOPMENT!

Yes, the Roads are being contructed, the flyovers being made. But what use are the flyovers which fall after a couple of weeks killing several?! And there are reports that the flyovers that are just contructed, they have faults too and some of them must be demolished and made again before any major loss of lives! It’s just eating up of OUR hard earned money and wasting it as if it doesn’t really matter. This is Development!

Foreign Reserves?! What are foreign reserves if the safety of human lives is not the priority. He himself said in his book that he actually sold people of Pakistan to CIA! The people dying in Waziristan! The Bajaur Agency madressahs being bombed with children inside! The may 12 mayhem!  And the most tragic incident of this year: Lal Masjid Event. Hundreds of girls murdered and Allah knows best what happened with them. And now whatever’s happening around the country! DO FOREIGN RESERVES COUNT?! How can I turn blind eye to all these violations of human rights and look at the money which is not even benefitial to this country?!

And I don’t want to dwell upon the hypocrisy of the “enlightened-moderation”!

And if you’re wondering others are better, NO! they are just the same! or even worse! This brings me back to the question: Should I support Musharraf? OR Benazir? or Nawaz Sharif? The only people who haven’t come in power is the religious party and maybe, according to my uncle, the biggest badmaash! I don’t really care anymore about what he thinks. Decide for your ownselves: Benazir with filthy wealth?(if she comes back, I hope I don’t get executed for writing this post) Nawaz Sharif with palaces in Jeddah and shares in Bin Dawod? Oh LORD! Help me!

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