Both PML-N and PTI need to address real issues that confront the ordinary citizens of Pakistan, especially its youth
SUKKUR: The PML-N and the PTI faced humiliating defeats in two of the three by-elections held in Punjab on October 11. Both need to analyse their shortcomings and address real issues that confront the ordinary citizens of Pakistan, especially its youth, who neither have access to education, healthcare, clean drinking water, nor employment or security of life and property. The PTI must be proactive in various parliamentary committees and hold press conferences only to expose financial scams and wrongdoings, instead of continuing to remain hung up on the dhandli obsession and holding sit-ins. The PML-N must wake up because people who are denied employment, schooling, hospitals, clean drinking water, unadulterated food and police services cannot be expected to vote for the party just because of metro buses or the construction of road infrastructure. Traders resorting to hoarding and black-marketing or people involved in heinous crimes of supplying or manufacturing spurious drugs and adulterated food must be prosecuted, not facilitated in tax evasion.
The disconnect between the ruling elite and the ordinary citizen has widened and now, the former don’t even celebrate Eid in Pakistan. Ayaz Sadiq had all the time in the world for foreign tours, but could not spare a few hours to visit his constituency. In a democracy, public officeholders are elected to serve the people, not to become property tycoons and land developers, form sugar cartels, acquire LPG quotas, become tax-evading billionaires. People do not expect public officeholders to behave like emperors and their children to act like princes. The leaderships of both the PML-N and the PPP have had their business empires expand because of good management and the employment of qualified people, but when it comes to state-owned enterprises and regulatory agencies, they are seen appointing cronies and men with a history of financial impropriety having no stakes in this country because their assets and families are located out of Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 16th, 2015.
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