Issue of Democracy in Pakistan:Major(R)Khalid Nasr
People strive to get the things they want the fastest and easiest way possible with little or no concern with the secondary consequences of their behaviors.A democracy can not exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (generous gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy (which is always followed by a dictatorship). Professor Tyler said: “The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: 1. From bondage to spiritual faith; 2. From spiritual faith to great courage; 3. From courage to liberty; 4. From abundance to complacency; 5. From complacency to apathy; 6. From apathy to dependence; 7. From dependence back into bondage. We in Pakistan are under going the process of Democracy, after a long period of dictatorship. Some people consider Musharaf's regime as a period of dictator ship but I would like to include the second tenure of Nawaz Sharif also.Many Pakistanis believe that they can have prosperity without working, wealth without extraordinary dedication, and the highest living standard in the history of man on earth by simply putting in an average day’s work.Some are waiting for Allah to solve their problems.Fortunately, there are some men and woman who continue to push, pull and drive our society forward on the basis of innovation, risk-taking, hard work, courage, determination and persistence. The entire future of Pakistan depends on these people.We just can't afford to let another Chiristina Lamb write on our inactivity. We have to be proactive & positive in our approach.A person of character is one who never asks for or expects to get something for nothing. A person of character is one who does not encourage others to seek for or to enjoy rewards without working, knowing that this is the surest way to personal destruction.How many of our leaders in Pakistan fall in this category? We had been hearing about absentee land lord and abset political leaders but today we are watching absent government,where all key figures are out of Pakistan.2008 is shaping up to be a turning point for the people of Pakistan.We shall have to design our own system of governance based on the teachings of Islam.West is getting bennefited by the teachings of Islam and we are just in a deep slumber!It the time to wake up and face the ground realities.