Pakistan, it clearly seems, is in an advanced state of decline. Yes, Pakistan had never been absolutely perfect, but the state of Pakistan that our founding fathers established and started truly had been a light to the rest of the Muslim World in a lot of ways. Internally, there was a certain moral order in everyday life, which began in the home and spread to the outside community. During the 1950s and 1960s, Pakistan was proudly regarded a country as a role model in rapid industrialization and development. It was a respectable state in the comity of nations. In spite of poverty in God blessed newly born state, everybody looked happy and satisfied. The leaders were committed who worked day and night for rapid development in the country mostly by utilizing internal resources.
Compared to that our present day leadership carrying begging bowl has become addicted of getting more and more debts mainly for personal gains and also making the country fully dependent merely on internal and external loans. Now the total debt liabilities of the country, as of March 2015, stood at Rs.19,299.2 billion; every Pakistani owing debt Rs.80694 in 2012 which was only Rs.37170 in 2008, now owes a debt of Rs.101,338 but there is no audit of such a huge increase in the public debt. Wheel of development has stopped. Due to load shedding, industries have closed down rendering the workers jobless. The institutions like Steel Mills, PIA, Railways, ZTBL, Wapda, and other national corporations have been plundered by the relatives and cronies of the rulers. National assets made with public money are being sold for pennies for personal greed. The poor are getting poorer and rich getting richer. Common man is badly suffering from unprecedented hardships. People are dying of hunger due to unemployment. Morality has come to an end. Pakistan has lost its dignity and is now regarded as a terrorist state. Unfortunately, foundations of the country are badly shaking and our nation is collapsing. This cruel so called leadership has defaced my Pakistan.
The capitalist ruling elite have pushed the country into such a situation where the country is now facing not only economic disaster but has also put the nation in a deep social and political crisis. Although by rigging the elections to a reasonable extent they mould the result in their favor but there is no dearth of the people who, influenced by their false slogans, repeatedly vote for those criminals, looters, deceivers, and cruel to rule the country. This greedy leadership has corrupted the society as a whole. We usually blame rampant corruption and decay on politicians and bureaucrats, but reality is that they are now only part of the story. The truth is that those who are leading us are a reflection of what we have become as a nation. Encouraged by open rampant corruption by the civilian leadership itself, millions of ordinary citizens have become deeply corrupt as well.
Dysfunctional behavior now seems quite normal as people are shot daily in target killing. Pakistan today is like a patient having cancer spread to every area of the body. Our nation is being systematically destroyed in hundreds of ways; the most distressing news emerges with each passing day. It is hard to say what souls of Quaid-e-Azam and his companions would think of the present day political system in Pakistan. But there is no doubt about it that they would be horrified by the today’s abuse of state power and resources, and bloody election campaigns, in which worst of worst criminals are elected or managed to be elected as “Representatives”. Our leaders are bombing the nation in the name of “Democracy”.
More than ever before, most of the people of Pakistan sense that something very wrong is happening in our country. They are concerned about rising social economic inequality, unprecedented corruption, nepotism, an erosion of national identity and purpose, increasing social and political polarization, moral and social decline, absolute lack of merit, and growing contempt for the country around the world. Rarely a day passes that we don’t learn about another series of murders. Nothing is more important to the future of Pakistan than the breadth and effectiveness of education, especially of higher education but the same has been made out of reach of the common man.
The problems that we are experiencing right now are not just confined to the economy alone. The truth is that there are signs of deep decay wherever we look; Pakistan is rotting from the inside out in thousands of different ways. Society as a whole is in sharp decline. Amongst the ills cited by every sensible Pakistani are skyrocketing rates of crime, increasing rate of divorce, teenage sex, child abuse, drug addiction and a general decline in personal morality and religiosity. We are simply not the same country that we used to be. Karachi, once the city of lights, has become city of murders and bloodshed. Our country is literally falling apart all around us, but most Pakistanis are so plugged into apathy that they cannot even be bothered to notice what is happening. They remain silent spectator on our destruction. These instances point to a moral breakdown of our country, especially among young people with misguided priorities. Morals have taken a back seat to things that are thought to be worth more than respect. Most of the people, it seems, will not understand until is too late.
Nothing could be more foolish than to abandon our own traditions, religion, ethic, moral code, family structure and culture. Young generation imitates what it see, and what it see is bad behavior being glorified – on television, in video games and on the internet. The moral collapse is eating away the foundations of our society. What we sow as a nation today, we should expect to reap and the crop these days is not looking very good. We will have to mend our ways. We will have to keep close watch over our leaders and make them accountable for any sort of misdeeds. We will have to start it from today.