We can shout, but what chance hope ?

“The first observation that I would like to make is this: you will no doubt agree with me that the first duty of a government is to maintain law and order, so that the life, property and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the state” QA, August 11, 1947.
“This ‘first duty’ has never been fulfilled, this country has never been run under either law or order, nor have we had an independent judiciary able to enforce both, nor a junta nor a parliament, nor an administration slightly interested in doing so”

How true these lines still are, written 7 years ago, even with seemingly peace in city now. After reading today’s AC’s letter ordinary Karachiite wonders if that’s the treatment given to an organizations what chance they have. Do they even have a chance to hope?

Teeth Maestro wrote (unrelated to this post) few days back (3rd from top) :
“I have proposed to them (AA) to let us, the ‘younger generation’ shout for our future.”

I know not everyone will agree but, in case if a concerned official is reading (especially journalist), here is the shout from few concerned Karachiites in our capacity against the forced withdrawal (by threats) of the petition filed in court by seemingly only savior NGO of Karachi the SHEHRI. This related only to the forced withdrawal & not the KH issue itself about which he wrote the article as the matter is in court now.

It’s evident that if sensible elite lot like the SHEHRI is unsafe, ordinary man stands no chance. May be there is too much money to resist in this story but is that an excuse? Even a layman, like me, who has witnessed the destruction of civic by builders (ignored/helped by all successive gov. since 1990, still continuing) in his locality, understands few basics regarding development which is not rocket science either.

Our city which has problems of varying nature the problem of improper & unplanned development is among the top. Proper development of a city is the main seed that later decides the distribution of resources, available, which in turn decide the outcome of any mega project/plan. It’s a cycle & the starting point is proper usage of land, abiding laws.

Because lack of development, previously, has put us into a “make it, build it, just do it” mood majority is happy in ignoring the violations. Few are interested in knowing how it’s done which will become the real issue in coming years. May be they know but don’t have a hope, or they fear, or unaware of the effects unplanned development will have on their future. In any case we can for now follow what philosopher Edmund Burke said.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing “
We are shouting, but what chance our hope has, only time holds its answer.

2 Comments so far

  1. Imran (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

    My friend, it takes a LIFETIME to bring real change by a generation, whose ACTIONS speak louder than their WORDS.

    Perhaps that is the reason why our country is a victim of a vicious circle of violence (due to injustice) and extremism (due to intolerence & illetracy).

    If we want real change, we must first change OURSELVES and then educate our young to act impartially and demand a just society.

    For now, we could preach to our young (which we do everyday!), but will they listen? … When they can see & understand that their adults are no different!


  2. F. AHMED (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    nice to know that we are all “good men”nice to know that we are all “good men”



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