CHITRAL: The recent protest movement launched in Chitral to attract attention of the government towards routine matters like repair of roads, provision of electricity and water or other such matters is an indicator of the pathetic state of governance in Pakistan. The attention of the government remains unaffected by peaceful demands and reminders, let alone routine responsibilities towards these matters, but it only gets alert when nuisance is created in the form of protests and road blocks etc. In such an eventuality the government takes knee jerk measures and quick fix solutions/promises to diffuse the situation without even bothering to verify the veracity or practicability of the demand. Such has become the normal working system of the government.
A case where the district administration had given a written undertaking to pay for a piece of road extension land to the owner within two years was not honoured was mentioned to the Secretary Good Governance lower Chitral upon which he stared blankly into the air. When he was told that the affectee has approached the court of law about it, he suddenly became alive and said that it is the only way to get the needful done. If such be the condition of governance and those supposed to monitor governance, then the people have no option but to stage demonstrations and approach the courts for even routine matters. God knows for how long will this system continue like this. .. CN report, 04 Oct 2020