Karachi Factory Fire Incident

While media is busy in covering our political guru’s and Quaid’s visits to fire burnt factories and meetings with their families in Karachi, this 6 year old kid asked me a very simple question, why all these big-guns visit these places only after an incident? why don’t they visit such places proactively to prevent losses. After every incident, they assure investigations will be taken place, justice will be done, yet another incident happens. Are they making us fools?

He’s a small kid, his mind keeps on wondering and he can come up with these silly questions. For, he doesn’t know anything about democracy and how it works. A minister or a political leader is a busy person, our legislators and office bearers have a busy schedule and have lots of important matters to take care of so they cannot waste their precious time in visiting these small factories or meet these small people when they are alive. See how many efforts our leaders, office bearers and legislators are putting in after recent floods, terrorism and other claimities. Then there’s a priority list. Anyone could easily tell whats more important in responding to american call or saving life of a person being burnt alive. Obviously it’s the call, for the reason, governments are being fed by Americans and these poor people merely are voters and nothing else. Everyday sets a new record for incompetence, corruption and misery for Pakistanis.
We’ve been hearing this since 4 years now that ‘steps being taken to stabilize and strengthen democracy’, and while doing so, they neglect everything and everyone else. Regardless of everything, all they focus is to generate leads that benefit them, their family and friends, all in all the elite class. All we hear is ‘appropriate action will be taken’ or ‘we’ll make sure nothing will happen again’ yet no improvement witnessed. All crocodiles busy in collecting their share of the profit and crafting policies and laws that eventually protects them or their interests in government, nothing for a common man! Hardly any of the office bearers know a little about the portfolio he/she is looking after. They don’t understand the business and its requirements, so they don’t bother bringing in any innovation, advancement and thus all our industries and ministries are stuck in past, working on procedures defined in 1950’s that unable to cope with challenges of the day.
Basic thing is how we take-up an issue and go about it, and we lack that. Whatever the issue maybe, media creates such a hype that officials instead of paying attention to the matter, put more focus on media and interviews etc. As soon as the news came out of factory fire, there came statement that this is an act of extortionists and how they have been pressurizing for protection money etc and reportedly the owner flew of the country while everyone else was busy in building their stories. New factory will be built, material loss will be compensated but those who lost their lives will never come back, hundreds of families are finished, and have no reason to live anymore. Although it seems normal to have that many deaths in a country where half the men are born just to be the victims of such incidents.
Either we don’t have laws that protect all the stake holders for common good, or there’s no implementation, check and balance. If there’s any check, it is bypassed either by corruption or influences in government. So, issues like this arise. Pity that we don’t have backup plans or systems to support/manage/resolve such issues. Had there been a proactive approach and a proper check & balance, there would have been much less losses. We have hundreds and thousands of such factories in Pakistan that are a continuous threat to many human lives. Apart from factory issue, same goes with PIA. Our aviation industry has been on verge of collapsing with 2-3 private planes crashed and every 2nd week a PIA flight emergency landing or anything of the sort, all due to negligence, incompetence and corruption.
This negligence, incompetence and corruption have claimed more lives than that of terrorism. Our biggest problem is this, if we don’t act proactively, that day isn’t very far when these so-called leaders and Quaids fall victim to it. I don’t know any of the victims personally or remotely, but they touched my heart. It seems as if I was among them, I can feel their pain, it wasn’t the factory that burnt, it was my heart. And I fear if I don’t do anything about it now, I would become the next victim.


President Zardari, Veena Malik and Pakistan

Today I woke up with a new energy, vision and passion. Woke up with no burden on my head, not any pending national issues, peace all around, everything under control and weather just being super nice, to my amusement when I turned on the heater the flame was as low as it could (due to smooth supply of gas), same happened while taking bath, but who cares if you take bath with chilling water in this freezing weather when you’ve got your “beloved” president back in the country.  Switched the television on to find out its ‘load-shedding hour’ but absolutely felt nothing bad about it and why should I? President’s back! That’s hell of an achievement for whole nation and load shedding is of no importance in comparison to the president.

Moving along with the day, found CNG load shedding and petrol shortage at a nearby petrol pump, but I can understand petrol must have been consumed searching Veena Malik. So I hired a cab to my further amusement the fare was almost double the cost of petrol might have been consumed taking a round trip of whole city. But now that we have democracy prevailing in the country you cannot challenge or question anyone. Reached the destination, while on way we passed 3 check posts, it felt like moving in a war zone. Had to visit a friend’s family member admitted in a government hospital. Ward was “astonishing” you can bet anything if you find hygiene there. But again that’s perfectly alright when our high-ups have to undergo treatment in American hospitals outside the country why should we waste our time and energy in renovating or cleaning up government hospitals.

Anyhow, as the day passed I continued focusing on the fact that there’s no unsolved problem in this country anymore. Everyone seems so contended with the recent developments. President’s back, Veena Malik found, memogate case almost wrapped up, democracy back into business with PM Gillani questioning armed forces. That is just perfect. Quaid-e-Azam, ZAB and BB would be so happy in their graves!

But life doesn’t end here, media/news channels have nothing to talk about, talk shows would become so boring, there would be no interesting trends on twitter and no “cross commenting” on Facebook. And life goes on,  by the way I forgot to mention, husband of our maid passed away due to expired medicines, a friend’s car stolen, fake pir-baba’s continued looting innocents and it goes on, but none of these is of least important when we have solved the most critical issue of all!

Woh leader hai, dharna de ga, jalsa kre ga

Ghareeb phir lutay ga, pitay ga aur maray ga

Respected politicians, media people/reporters/anchors, pls have a look at Pakistan’s poor class who are dying out of hunger, poverty, diseases. May Allah guide us to the right direction.


Originally published on 18th Dec 2011 at http://abrarkureshy.blogspot.com/2011/12/president-zardari-veena-malik-and.html