Pakistan In Grip Of Multiple Crises As Today Is Pakistan Day
Today is Pakistan Day, but at the moment the country has been struggling for survival. The power crisis has broken the backbone of Pakistanis. Pakistan has fought a long war against terrorism, but terrorism is still a big problem of the country. According to observers, rulers of Pakistan has ruined the country as they are interested in earning the money. They have no interest in Pakistan.
"The spans of load shedding could not be slashed despite it being the holiday today in connection with Pakistan Day being observed across the country, Geo News reported Tuesday.
The power shortfall is still pegged at 5000 Megawatts.
Despite announcements from Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO), the load shedding went up and every grid is being shut down for 2 to three hours after every hour.
It has turned difficult for the domestic consumers to take a short peaceful nap. Children, youth and the elderly seem vexed and disturbed on the situation.
The power crisis has put also the industrialists on the horns of dilemma.
According to the Pepco officials, the power production stands 9000 MW well behind the consumption of 14000 MW.
The Pepco sources said the situation would improve in next few days; however, they fail to substantiate their expectations."
"The nation is celebrating Pakistan Day today with traditional fervour and zeal to rejoice the emergence of Pakistan that marked the emancipation of an independent Muslim state in the subcontinent from the British-Hindu domination on August 14. 1947.
Over six decades ago, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah had led the independence movement that culminated in the establishment of separate homeland for the Muslims despite resistance by the British rulers and the Hindu Congress.
Allama Iqbal’s dream was thus redeemed as the Quaid responded to his vision with resolve, commitment, sincerity and devotion. He virtually fought single handedly to carve out Pakistan.
It is an auspicious occasion for the Pakistani nation that calls for evaluation of our failings and achievements to seek guidance for the future. Pakistan has endured many ups and downs in the course of its history over the past six decades.
It does have many achievements as well as the failings like any other emerging nation. It has, however, never submitted to trials and tribulations and faced the internal difficulties and external threats with courage and pertinence over all these decades.
It has obviously come a long way to be an international player in the world affairs. Conscious of the security threat posed to its sovereignty by India in the wake of its persistent hostility, itt achieved nuclear capability to make its defence impregnable in the face of bitter opposition from the world powers especially the United States.
Pakistan has vowed to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence to defeat the enemy designs against its security, integrity and sovereignty. Unfortunately, democracy couldn’t sustain in the country due to successive military interventions. Pakistan was made to endure military dictatorships for a decade after about every decade of democratic rule on one pretext or the other.
It’s, however, a matter of satisfaction that the nation has always refused to submit to dictatorship and continued struggle against it with perseverance and determination for the sake of democracy that was the basis its creation. Pakistan may not have achieved glaring success in its socio-economic development, yet none of its people sleep on pavements or is compelled to starve like in its neighbour on its eastern borders.
India has, however, turned out to be the major factor for its predicaments ever since its emergence on the world map. The fact is that India has never spared any opportunity to harm it politically, economically and integrity-wise. It attacked Pakistan thrice and dismembered its eastern limb through military aggression. It occupied Srinagar militarily soon after independence and has since kept the Kashmiri people under subjugation through military strength.
It has persisted with its illegal occupation of Kashmir and has deliberately avoided dialogue to resolve the issue. It also occupied Siachin glacier and imposed war in 1965 unilaterally. India has now embarked on water aggression and has since started building dams on the rivers assigned to Pakistan under the Indus Basin Accord signed by the two countries through the good offices of the World Bank. It has already built at least three major dams to deprive Pakistan of its rightful share of water.
Pakistan is already faced with serious water shortage and construction of dams on rivers Jhelum and Chenab will further squeeze supply of water to it. Pakistan cannot, however, escape responsibility for encouraging India to build the dams since successive governments since the signing of the Indus Water Accord failed to construct reservoirs in accordance with the Water treaty.
It’s a glaring failure on the part of both the military dictators and the politicians. While India is silently engaged in increasing its storage capacity and power generation capabilities, Pakistani leadership promoted its selfish ends. History will not forgive Gen Ziaul Haq, BB, Nawaz Sharif and Musharraf for their criminal neglect on this count. Water, however, a major issue staring in the nation’s face and that needs to be tackled seriously. Tarbela and Mangla are at dead level.
Our politicians have failed to deliver on many counts. They didn’t respect the principles as well as values of democracy and conspired to demolish each other over. The conduct of majority of politicians has unfortunately remained unworthy of the norms of democracy and morality.
The nation painfully witnessed the power musical chair game between PPP and PML(N) with self aggrandizement as the prime objective. The unprecedented loot and plunder of the national wealth at the hands of politicians is also the disgusting aspect of our politics.
The assets declared by politicians over the past two years show unprecedented increase in them. The Supreme Court is struggling to bring billions of dollars stashed in foreign banks by politicians back to the national exchequer. Gen Musharraf committed national crime by absolving over eight thousand politicians and bureaucrats of different crimes especially of looting the national wealth through the NRO.
Pakistan is also confronted with the menace of extremism, terrorism and militancy thanks to India and the United States. While India is sponsoring terrorists with funds and weapons in Balochistan and Tribal Areas, the US invasion of Afghanistan turned out to be a greater problem for Pakistan since its warplanes’ bombardment forced the fighters, pampered and supported during the Soviet occupation of Kabul, to shift to Pakistan’s Tribal belt only to carry out acts of terrorism.
Musharraf’s virtual surrender in response to a telephone call from Washington prior to the US attack on Afghanistan pitted Pakistan against a difficult situation. Pakistan has suffered losses in men and material that no other country in the world has endured. Its armed forces had to launch military operations against militants in Swat and South Waziristan to cleanse the area of terrorists and establish the writ of the government. Normalcy has since returned to both Swat and Waziristan.
Irrespective of the quandary that Pakistan has faced over the years due to internal and external problems, it’s gratifying to note that it has not only successfully countered terrorism, but also sustained democracy and kept the wheel of its socio-economic development moving.
Pakistan is a country of over 170 million people determined to safeguard their freedom, integrity and sovereignty, who shall never give in to the forces of evil. Pakistan is bound to triumph over its predicaments. No one should have any doubt or misperception on this count."