- Posted October 22, 2013 by
Meet Pakistan's inherited leaders.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari born 21st September 1988 with a silver spoon in his mouth, as he is the Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party one of the oldest and largest national political party of the country and also chairs the party’s Central Executive Committee. To add on he is the only son of former President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister late Benazir Bhutto. So just by inheriting these titles he automatically qualifies to be member of the elite “exclusive” culture of Pakistan.
Now his father who is notoriously (famous) for his shady deals and manipulations , would leave no stone unturned to get his son elected to lead Pakistan, come next federal elections (and perhaps in a lawless country like Pakistan (of today) it won’t be a daunting task) at all. As at the end of the day power and money matters and this family sure possesses both of these assets and that too in bulk.
Over the years this has been a norm in Pakistan that national leaders should be the individuals who stay aloof and don’t mingle (usually) at grass root levels – other than for “Photo” opportunities. Thus seldom having any direct knowledge of the day to day issues and totally disconnected with the real people.
An average rural voter of Pakistan which forms over 70% of the population resides has hardly any say even in their day to day lives, obvious reasons lack of education and the merciless (British imposed) feudal system, which till date has not changed. Like many more social evils this menace has to be addressed but who will bell this cat?
Every national, provincial and local leader in Pakistan knows one thing and that is how to exploit emotional voters in the name of religion (Islam) and the second issues that sells well is that our biggest enemy is the “west”. It is a tossup as whichever political party or leader manages and masters to sell these two topics well to their voters usually wins. But the very same elected members would have emblazed $$$ secretly stored in western banks – but guess that would start a whole new debate.
So bottom line unless and until Pakistani voters seek leadership in day to day folks, change is very unlikely even to begin in this oppressed part of the world.
As an observer the only hope is the youth of Pakistan and that too beyond party lines, which does seem to be having an independent thinking and also seems abreast with the real issues. I pray from the hearts of my hearts that they get organized soon.
Till than there is no shortage of the (so called) big names like Zardaris, Hamzas,Sharifs & Khans. Who all wait in line to take turns to lead the simpletons.
Pakistan Zindabad – Long live Pakistan.
Write-up Akbar Warris