Symbol of a Failed State
This is with reference to last month’s cover story on the current state of politics in Pakistan. A timely writeup, it should have shed some light on the perpetual rift that is found between the ever-flourishing establishment (both military and civil) and the elected public representatives who are mainly considered makeshift legislators compared to the bureaucratic lot of civil servants, or the movers and shakers of the system. More than a clash of the titans, the unending tussle between the bureaucracy and the parliamentarians seems to be an inherited misfortune, plaguing the country since its creation. No matter what its effects have been on the country, the never-to-be-settled differences between the government and the mafialike establishment have brought us nothing but impoverishment, unending poverty and ignorance to live with. Isn’t this the makings of a failed state?
Syeda Bushra Saeed,