Sunday, February 24, 2008

Noble Words - Uttered by a Nation Builder, A Visionary!

"We will build a society in which the old values of greed and advancement will be replaced by common concerns for the welfare of the whole community." - Quid-e-Awam, Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto.

These are noble words, uttered not to long ago by a man who had a vision - Shaheed Zulifiqar Ali Bhutto was one such man who had a vision for Pakistan. Sadly, our nation hasn't produced many such visionaries. Men, and Women who had the wherewithal to go the whole 9-yards, risking life and reputation, all for the greater good of the Nation- the welfare of the People of Pakistan.

Pakistan is a state at a cross-road. With a Military turned Civilian dictator at the helm, recent, relatively free and successful elections, all the while, the gap between the haves and have not's has widened. Such circumstances calls for strong leaders, who have the ability to look far beyond themselves, setting the long term vision for the nation, charting out the nations future.

Who will that man, or woman be? It is apparent, from the results of the last elections, the Pakistan People Party (PPP) will get their candidate in the Prime Minister's office - without a doubt in mind that position falls to Makhdum Amin Fahim, Vice Chairperson PPP. Mr. Fahim is a capable, uncontroversial individual - he may be capable to lead the nation, a politically and socially fragmented nation I might add. However, the question remains, does he have the vision to chart out the nations future growth and development? Can the nation rely on his leadership to bring about sustainable economic prosperity, social justice, progress, and peace to this multi-ethnic land?

Copyright C. Abdulrahman Rafiq

1 comment:

aruna said...

If we are looking for a visionary, Makhdoom Amin Fahim does not fit the bill. True, he may be one of the oldest stalwarts of the Party and a long-time loyalist, but he is at best mediocre. As Prime Minister one cannot expect anything significant from him.
But as you rightly point out, that is the dilemma - what other choices are there?