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Pakistan is still in turmoil

The restoration of Mr Iftikhar Chaudhry (H K Dua’s front-page editorial “There is no change in the basics in Pakistan”, March 18) is certainly, a big step forward for the independence of the judiciary. Mr Asif Zardari has taken a step in the right direction, though belatedly, making the institution of democracy stronger. The people of Pakistan deserve accolades for this.

The Army Chief, General Ashfaq Kiyani, has worked with great restraint. The US has been keenly watching the situation. A major constitutional crisis has been averted. In Pakistan, three A’s — Allah, army and America — have always been at play. But now that the crisis has been defused, we hope that all the parties will work for stability and peace will prevail in Pakistan.


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The US-brokered peace that has returned to Pakistan following Mr Asif Zardari’s climbdown is not likely to last long. It is the lull before another storm. President Zardari’s accession to the presidential chair was purely accidental. He has proved himself to be a poor leader, incapable of keeping his flock together.

A revolt is simmering in the PPP. Mr Zardari’s political opponent, Mr Nawaz Sharif, is an ambitious person. The Taliban, mainly the Pushtuns, appear unstoppable. The Sindhis and the Balochs are also hopelessly estranged. A large section of the Punjabis, besides being divided on sectarian lines, are opposed to the US having a free run and dictating terms to Pakistan. The economy is in poor shape. A storm is waiting to blow up any time, signalling a prolonged period of turmoil and instability.



I agree that there is no change in the basic fundamental politics in Pakistan. Although the restoration of the Chief Justice is a victory of the civil society, Pakistan still has a long way ahead to become a democracy in true spirit. The sun of democracy cannot really rise in Pakistan as long as it continues to face internal interference from the army and external interference from the US.


Ragging death

It is shocking to learn about the death of medical student Aman Kachroo. The incident shows that ragging continues to plague our campuses despite strict warnings by the Supreme Court.

The apex court’s warning to the ragging hoodlums that they would be booked by the police, expelled from the college, and denied future admission seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Freshers continue to suffer from unlawful coercion and are subjected to criminal intimidation, assault, sexual abuse, rape, murder, etc.

Surprise checks by the management can curb the menace. Even ‘light’ ragging should be dealt with firmly as it eventually leads to serious ragging. Besides cutting-off financial aid to the educational institutions that fail to curb the barbaric practice of ragging, the affiliation given to such institutions too should be cancelled.


Infuse discipline

We are living in the age of materialism. Moral values of people have deteriorated. This has a very bad effect on the mind of the youth. They have lost the spirit of discipline.

In order to inculcate discipline among the young people, moral education should be started in educational institutions. Teachers and parents should act as role models. Young boys and girls are in the habit of imitating their parents, elders and teachers. The parents and elders themselves should lead a highly disciplined life.

They should stop pampering their wards which makes them careless and irresponsible. All cases of indiscipline among youth should be dealt with severely. They should not be allowed to take matters of discipline lightly.


Parties ignore corruption

The two hot claimants to the Delhi throne, the Congress and the BJP, are indulging in populist electioneering. While the Congress has promised to provide 25 kg wheat at Rs 3 per kg, the BJP is reported to have gone a step further to provide rice at Rs 2 per kg to families below the poverty line.

Even today, India is home to millions of hungry and the malnourished. Both the Congress and the BJP-led governments have been responsible for this sorry state of affairs. The political parties are just devising ways to grab power. They have come to realise that the road to Parliament lies through the poor who should be promised the moon during elections. National food security lies in the development of agriculture by increasing land productivity with low-cost technologies. It cannot be achieved by providing freebies.

No political party has promised eradication of corruption, the biggest hurdle in a nation’s development. No welfare or economic programme can succeed unless corruption is eradicated. If elections are to be fought on the merits or popularity of the would-be prime minister, then it is better to amend the Constitution so that the people can directly vote for the candidate contending for the top post.

JASPAL RAI, Panchkula



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