CHITRAL: Every few years Pakistan has a change of government and people expect better governance but inevitably end up disappointed with those in power and in retaliation vote for the main opposition party in next elections which takes over and the same saga continues over and over again . In 2003 (in KPK) and 2008, people voted for a third option in the form of PTI. PTI ruled for ten years in KPK with 2/3 majority and over three years in the center, but did not prove much different from the governments of the previous parties.
In April 2022 Prime Minister belonging to PTI was voted out by the Assembly and a new government of a band wagon of parties called PDM assumed office. This conglomerate or ‘King’s concoction’ of parties failed to deliver and things went on towards the worse. Now the people are looking towards PTI again in frustration and given a fair election the PTI will win by a large margin against the container of eleven political parties, despite them being blessed by the military establishment.
The people of Pakistan are stuck between a rock and a hard place. The sitting government and it’s parties have been tested time and again and the same muck is expected from them if brought to power again.
The PTI also got it’s more than fair chance of ruling the country. It ruled the KP province with 2/3 majority for ten long years but failed to do anything worthwhile that can be considered while giving weightage to it. In fact corruption flourished unabatedly, local government system was literally mauled, no good example of governance in any form was set in the province. The seriousness of governance of the PTI government can be gauged from the ridiculous projects like ‘Langar Khana’ and ‘Shelter home’ which were eyewash and wastage of money, were pompously launched and died soon after inflicting heavy losses to the exchequer. ‘Riasat madina’ slogan was raised without even understanding the sanctity of such a big slogan, let alone abiding by it.
The people of Pakistan should not be condemned to choose between political parties and politicians who have been well tested and proven their incapabilities, but should have have a third option also, may it well be out of the box. The third option could be sans politics. After all it is not the will of God that we should be beating about elections and democracy without any hope of it improving. A perfectly workable and sensible system is a system of government comprising of capable people formed through competitive exams aka Meritocracy. .. CN report, 6 July 2023