Voice of the Peo­ple

Opt for ac­tion, not rhetoric

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - HASHIM ABRO

poverty-stricken peo­ple of this coun­try, par­tic­u­larly, those of Sindh were hope­ful that the change of hands in the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment might im­prove their life. Hope was also high among the in­tel­lec­tu­als and writ­ers as PML(N)’s re­puted tech­nocrats with ex­pe­ri­ence of lead­ing ef­fec­tive re­forms, would use their ex­pe­ri­ence to re­vive dif­fer­ent sick and ail­ing, bank­rupt and col­lapsed or­ga­ni­za­tion by in­fus­ing spirit of re­form in them which con­tinue to re­main a hub of in­com­pe­tence dur­ing the re­cent years. Al­most eight months since the present rul­ing elite swore the oath, the gov­ern­ment is yet to be­gin re­dress­ing the escalating prob­lems con­fronting the coun­try. In­stead of solv­ing is­sues, and hence eas­ing the bur­den of the masses, the PML(N) gov­ern­ment is spend­ing its time brain­storm­ing over the prob­lems in­ter­nally. No doubt Op­er­a­tion for peace in Karachi, which is also the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal nerve cen­tre of the na­tion, is in full swing but the de­sired re­sults are yet to be achieved. Since its pop­u­la­tion grows faster than any other city due to a mas­sive in­flux of il­le­gal aliens of all na­tional ori­gin from all over the world, thus, it is nec­es­sary that be­side the on­go­ing op­er­a­tion for peace, a crack­down against il­le­gal aliens through­out the coun­try with spe­cial ref­er­ence to Karachi may be launched to make it trou­ble free. It is also nec­es­sary that the swelling civic and so­cio-eco­nomic prob­lems may be ad­dressed at the ear­li­est. How­ever, Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari and his Pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is re­quested to move rhetoric to ac­tion and make ev­ery pos­si­ble ef­fort to ad­dress chronic prob­lems of the peo­ple in Prov­ince. —Is­lam­abad sexes to a more tinged hub on the so­cial and per­for­ma­tive struc­tures of gen­der and sex­u­al­ity.

Fem­i­nist con­cept now as­pires to ques­tion gen­der in­equal­i­ties and to ef­fect ren­o­va­tion in ar­eas where gen­der and sex­u­al­ity pol­i­tics gen­er­ate power dis­par­i­ties. Log­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual di­a­logue of th­ese in­equal­i­ties al­lows stu­dents to go into the world con­scious of un­fair­ness and to work to­ward shift­ing dam­ag­ing gen­der dy­nam­ics in any pic­ture. —Karachi would ac­cel­er­ate the process of em­pow­er­ment of peo­ple at gross root level or not. Thirdly, there is no deny­ing the fact that the coun­try is pass­ing through an eco­nomic crunch and con­duct­ing the big­gest peace time ex­er­cise twice in a year, may make it more dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to keep the wolf out of doors as in­crease in in­fla­tion is in­evitable as a re­sult of con­sump­tion of a huge junk of na­tional ex­che­quer for yet another elec­tion so soon. Lastly, forth­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion would per­haps be the big­gest ever elec­tions con­ducted by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion in the his­tory of the coun­try, so Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has to be more watch­ful than ever in con­duct­ing the elec­tions hon­estly, justly, fairly, and pub­licly ac­cept­able.

As al­ready said, lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in coun­try should be held as early as pos­si­ble in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate peo­ple at doorsteps but there should not be un­due haste in con­duct­ing th­ese elec­tions. Any ad­ven­tur­ism re­gard­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment polls may re­sult in na­tional tur­moil. —Is­lam­abad

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