by Nazir Ahmed, Nawabshah, Sindh
The present regime is celebrating these days first year of President Zardari’s rule, completed on 6th September with great fanfare by publishing large size advertisements and supplementary in the print media and holding special programs in local television channels.
In the hindsight memory of nation only event praising to the skies the “achievements” of ruler was commemorated in 1968 i.e. ‘Centenary Celebration’, but it was no more than after the completion of President Ayub Khan’s ten years dictatorial Rule; which though proved to be his first and last eventful episode of life.
The media this time is publishing articles written by party workers and sitting Ministers, praising President’s passing one year in the office. Although return to democracy after the long night of 10 year’s oppressive rule of Perwaiz Musharaf is enough to be contended of, otherwise one year is to short a phase to judge the performance of an individual holding the office of an all powerful President.
Leaving aside the merit and time of celebration, at this juncture when country is going through the worst socio-political and economical crisis spending millions of taxpayers’ money on lengthy advertisements is not at all appreciable let alone dissipating the predicaments of masses. I hope the President and Prime Minster would direct the party workers to avoid such undue celebrations specially at this time when people are dying in queues only to get a bag of flour or sugar.
The government needs to be more circumspect while allowing such celebrations as it has more pressing problems to solve to get the people out of serious despair.