So­cial con­se­quences of

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS - Dr Za­far Altaf Email:dr_altaf@hot­

Pus. We have a rep­u­ta­tion and that will not help us in our en­deav­ours. Those of us who are law abid­ing have mul­ti­ple prob­lems with the state. The elec­tronic me­dia is dev­as­tat­ing our young peo­ple’s minds by con­tro­ver­sial and play­ing false state­ments. The wag­ging tongues, let me tell you, are no one’s friend. It is a sad state of af­fairs. The TV sta­tions are also di­vided be­tween the saints and the devils. Oc­ca­sion­ally the saint be­comes the devil and vice versa.

From the lat­est re­ports the writ of any state in­sti­tu­tion is not im­ple­mentable for the sim­ple rea­son that the ex­ec­u­tive has its own role to play. There seems to be com­plete break­down of law and or­der and what the pow­er­ful want to do can be done while what is good for the com­mu­nity is not to be ad­vanced in the so­cial char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of this coun­try. Why do we have such a sys­tem that does not de­liver? It is to the ad­van­tage of the pow­er­ful and the mafia that do not want to be ac­count­able - some­thing that has emerged from the dhar­nas. Who will check the land mafia. Now a flat of 500sq feet is go­ing to cost beyond Rs 12 lakh, and even much more. Who will get th­ese flats? Who can af­ford the cost of a flat at that cost. What is the per square foot cost of the flat? Work it out it is sim­ple di­vi­sion. The si­phon­ing of the money will be done and this will lead to height­ened con­flict. Are Pak­ista­nis of the poor cat­e­gory able to sur­vive in the sit­u­a­tion that the Pun­jab gov­ern­ments land mafia is putting them in? Pro­pa­ganda aside, will the real sto­ries come out after the change in gov­ern­ment? Will the pros­e­cu­tion of the ill in­formed not be counter-pro­duc­tive AK­ISTAN has been in the throes of so­cial and po­lit­i­cal con­flicts. There are var­i­ous cat­e­gories of th­ese con­flicts. Those that are of lo­cal level are sought to be cleared by the lo­cal coun­cils and those that are of other na­tures the dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion as to whether they are of civil or crim­i­nal na­ture is to be de­ter­mined by the law and other le­gal agen­cies of the state not the gov­ern­ment. This dis­tinc­tion seems to have been lost by all con­cerned in Pak­istan. The aca­demics have also lost out on con­cep­tu­al­iza­tion of the cur­rent so­cial and po­lit­i­cal con­flict. Why and where are the aca­demics that are sup­pos­edly em­i­nent writ­ers? Where are all those an­thropan­throes [an­thro­pol­o­gists] who are sup­posed to be aware of the so­cial con­di­tions and who keep on an­a­lyz­ing? Where are the Mar­garet Meads of Pak­istan or are we go­ing to be copy cats in all things-whether in the in­dus­trial, agri­cul­tural or so­cial sec­tors? No aca­demic work has been done de­spite the dhar­nas of over 100 days. What a pity?

I talked to some of the par­tic­i­pants and found that the at­ti­tudes are so har­dened that I fear for the com­ing Dharna. Is the state sup­posed to bring sta­bil­ity via the use of force or is the state to be God­fa­ther to all and sen­si­tive to the re­quire­ments of all that hap­pen to be cit­i­zens of this coun­try. We are fast ap­proach­ing the zone where the world will not be able to ac­cept or

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