Sym­bol of a Failed State

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

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,

Karachi, Pak­istan.

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