Moral Values of Pakistani Parliamentarians - By: Munir M Hasan, PhD

Recently, the Senate of Pakistan elections have been completed and everybody knows how these have been completed. For a couple of months, large numbers of TV talk shows have been discussing it telling the sale values of the voters and the purchasing power of the candidates. Although this shameful sale-purchase business takes place in every elections, but this time it has broken all the previous records.

This situation is not limited to Senate elections only, but also equally applicable in the general elections. The elections in Pakistan have taken the shape of a business where the great majority of the candidates invest money to get elected, and then they get this money back with profit which is many times the investment. If only a few persons do not do it, being in small minority, they are unable to put any impact on the results. Thus, the resources of Pakistan are being looted openly in the name of democracy. Everybody is aware of it, but no authority seems interested in rectifying this situation. This is a white collar crime, and of course this type of crime is difficult to arrest, but if the intention is fare, it is not impossible to do it.

Anybody can guess that if this type of corruption and many other types of corruptions continue, what will happen to the country. This situation has been described by a poet in his poetic verse:

میرے وطن کی سیاست کا حال مت پوچھو

گھری ہوئ ہے طواءف تماشبینوں میں

In spite of this situation, many intellectuals still give a false hope that this country will prosper and become an economic tiger in the region soon.

The greatness of any country always depends on the good character not only of the parliamentarians, but also of the common people living in that country. That is why all the developed nations give a high importance in building the character of the masses. The best age for this purpose is the early age of a child. Whatever he learns at this age, it becomes his character for the rest of his life. That is why, at the primary levels of the school life the children are not only taught but also practically trained to practice truthfulness, honesty, social justice, civic sense and many other such virtues in addition to the academic knowledge. Even if some of them remain indifferent, the majority of the students when they leave school at the age of 18 years, they prove to be good citizens. The academic knowledge, if deficient, can be gained at any age, but the character can be built at the young age only. In Pakistan this aspect is completely neglected at the government level and the early education is in a complete chaos. Even if some branded schools appear to give good education, the intention of this type of education is to create the ruling class and not to produce good citizens.

Just to quote an example of the character of the students in the civilized countries, I want to give my personal experience. In early 1970s I was in England for my Master Degree. I had to pass 12 courses. During the examinations the teacher, after distributing the papers and starting the examination, used to leave the examination room to perform his other duties, and many times there used to be no person supervising the examination. Still no student ever tried to cheat in the examination. This is the type of character which is required from our leaders, and until this target is achieved, there is no hope of any betterment in the country.

Posted on Mar 10, 18 | 9:49 am