The most awaited elections in Pakistan’s history are finally close to reality. So-called intelligentsia is crying out loud on almost every TV channel that PML-N is the most favourite party to win the elections.
One of my respected friends informed me that he would vote for PML-N. When I asked him the reason, he informed me that CM Shehbaz Sharif is a great administrative. He said that when it’s impossible to build 5 Marla house is six months, Shehbaz Sharif builds a whole under pass in six months. I was surprised with his answer. My friend is highly educated person. I was not expecting this reply. I thought when a highly educated person thinks on these line, what a common person would think.
I kept thinking that is it really a job of CM to supervise building an underpass or a road? And is it really an achievement for a person on the level of CM? Is he a contractor or a politician? There is no doubt that Shehbaz Sharif has worked hard in these five years. But I will respectively say that he has channelled his energies on roads, underpasses and dengue but he totally ignored the works a political leader should do. He was elected to lead the people of Punjab but unfortunately he has been doing a work of a contractor. He totally ignored the education system of Punjab.
Building new schools for a small proportion of population was not the answer to millions of children who are not going to schools. He ignored the health facilities. He ignored the situation of law and order. There is a very comprehensive but non-functional system of education, health and law and order. We have schools and health centers almost in every city, town and village. Police stations are visible everywhere. Any slight improvement in this area would have benefited the majority population of Punjab. He failed to do anything for these areas that are considered basic rights of a common person. Rather he has been spending his energies on the projects which are benefiting the few hundred thousand.
Population is growing on very high rate and will explode like a bomb. Sanitation system of the province is built for a population half the size of the current population. Power structure is totally crippled. He did not do anything for these sides. He did not give any roadmap or any policy to cure these ills which does not exist even in the poorest countries. He is a clever person and he knows what priorities he should have. He either does not have the solutions for these basic rights of people or does not want to give them their right.
They had a very successful experience in the past that building mega projects have proved a successful political slogan. Building a motorway gave them two third majority. Building a metro bus will give them again a tow third majority. Will the people of Pakistan decide in favor of these shiny projects or give them a message that they know the difference between shiny mega projects and basic human rights.