Pakistani Parliamentarians & Democracy

“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.” – Theodore Roosevelt, April 19, 1906

I had discussion with my colleague and close friend couple of weeks ago about Pakistani parliamentarians. In my humble opinion, the current parliamentarians do not represent talented, energetic, creative, honest and patriotic Pakistanis. After few minutes of heated argument, he convinced me: the current members of parliamentarian truly reflect; how cultured and educated we are; how we behave as society; how we think; our moral, ethical and religious values. Later in evening, I analysed the discussion and grinned at my unsound judgement.

Indeed, he was adamantly right, and we can not walk away from the fact that’s how the world understand different nations. The dignified and honorable members of the parliament not only represent the mandate of the constituency but also responsible for building up the sound reputation of entire nation on the world’s map. Ideally, different nations of the world should have same opinion about Pakistan as patriotic Pakistanis do have for a country been blessed with highly talented human capital, strategic position, wealth of natural and mineral resources.

Unfortunately, the nations of the world interact with renowned Pakistani mafias, traitors, plunderers, and repeatedly deceived by the virtuous parliamentarian mask worn by them, which momentarily hides their reality until street protest against nepotism, corruption and injustice starts, leading to political deadlock followed by takeover by a military regime; which in fact has proved to be prosperous and beneficial throughout history of the country. This process is recursive since the day of independence and continue to repeat the cycle until parliamentarians are elected as per constitution through free and fair elections.

In my opinion, Pakistanis have to wait for an indefinite period of time to reap the real benefits of democratic system; meanwhile politicians should learn the lessons from the politicians from the developed countries. Democracy in Pakistan is slowly and gradually maturing. #AzadiMarch by Imran Khan and #InqilabMarch by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri is sincere, patriotic and tremendous effort, eventually it is indeed another positive step towards the maturity of the democratic system of governance: to establish rule-of-law; accountability; and devolution of power. Protests, along with revolutions occurred throughout history, resulted in ousting monarchies, kingdoms and democratic governments. Pakistani politicians instead of underestimating power of common man, battling people on the street and building dubious arguments should resign in respect of democracy as it’s the only system in the history of World that provides an equal opportunity to be honored again as parliamentarian.