VIP cul­ture

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

AISHA ZA­MAN

The fac­tor of VIP in Pak­istan is wide-spread. It wipes out the idea of equal­ity and cre­ates an un­bal­anced at­mos­phere among cit­i­zens. A very small group of so­ci­ety en­joys spe­cial priv­i­leges and pro­to­cols as they are es­corted by po­lice gun­men and body­guards. VIP cul­ture should be no more flour­ished in Pak­istan as it gen­er­ates a sta­tus dif­fer­ence among the cit­i­zens. VIP trends in Is­lamic repub­lic of Pak­istan have been a mat­ter of con­cern for the com­mon peo­ple. So called gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, politi­cians and their fam­i­lies en­joy pro­to­cols and many more perks of a lav­ish and lux­u­ri­ous life.

The uni­ver­sal fact of VIP cul­ture that ev­ery­one has to face is the road blocks and long traf­fic jams till that per­son reaches at his des­ti­na­tion safe and sound. The long wait is very tor­tur­ous for many peo­ple. Am­bu­lances are also stuck in this traf­fic and pa­tients have to face hur­dles while reach­ing the hos­pi­tals, other peo­ple rush­ing to their places of work and many stu­dents have their ex­ams are also get­ting into this trou­ble. The prom­i­nent rea­son for all such mea­sures is the safety pre­cau­tions of these elite class peo­ple. No mat­ter how many hours peo­ple have to wait in or­der to get the green sig­nal from the po­lice.

This trend in Pak­istan has to change now. A com­mon man wants the pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to go through the process when they have to wait in long hour traf­fic jams. Now the time has come when all the cit­i­zens of Pak­istan are treated equally in terms of law. We as a na­tion have to work as a co­he­sive force to bring some vi­tal changes in this coun­try’s gov­er­nance. VIP cul­ture should be rolled down, which is not more than a curse for us, if we still don’t move and take out step against this cul­ture. — Via email

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