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Dictatorship Suits Pakistan Better Than Democracy

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A famous quote by Abraham Lincoln is, ‘’ Government by the people, of the people, for the people.’’ Unfortunately in Pakistan the phrase ‘For the people’ is invalid as politicians do no work for the people but they want to gain the maximum power and want to fill their pockets with money. Pakistan was founded on 14th August, 1947. During the past 67 years, Pakistan has experienced both dictatorship and democratic governments. Even though, democracy can be a viable form of government for most of the countries, however for a third world country like Pakistan, dictatorship seems appropriate because it has a low literacy rate which render the masses incapable of making a rational choice, ...view middle of the document...

They have no knowledge of the other candidates hence they are forced to vote for the same people and rely on the same party over and over again and hence power remains with the same person. This is because the Pakistan masses are gullible due to lack of education and can be easily influenced by the emotional appeals of the leaders. For example Pakistan People’s Party’s slogan was ‘Roti, kapra aur makaan’ (Bread, clothing and shelter), but according to Imran khan Justice was more important than ‘Roti, kapra aur makaan’ (Dnaindia.com). For these reasons we cannot expect a voter to make a sophisticated decision when he can’t even read or write. Hence their incapability to differentiate between the right and the wrong make dictators strong contenders to rule Pakistan.

Provincialism is rampant in Pakistan. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, while addressing a huge gathering in Quetta on 5th June 1948, talked about the sinister perils of provincialism. He said: “It naturally pains me to find the curse of provincialism holding sway over any section of Pakistan.Citation:http://weeklypulse.org/details.aspx?contentID=1128&storylist=1
It is evident from the past elections that the government of PMLN has won maximum votes in Punjab, PPP in Sindh and MQM in Karachi which shows that the masses do not prefer the qualities of good leaders but their cultural background and ethnic belonging matters more to them. Even if these parties agree to form a coalition government, each party endeavors to develop their own area. There is always some friction between the parties when there is a talk about allocation of government funds and resources as every party wants more funds allocated to their respective areas. There has always been incertitude regarding distribution of water from River Indus between the provinces of Punjab and Sindh as Punjab feels that it should store more water than Sindh because of its larger area and greater population. However, Sindh believes that it has a right to the same amount of water as Punjab. Consequently, Punjab has always supported The Kalabagh Dam project while Sindh and NWFP on the other hand have always had strong disapprovals and serious objections which has led to the project being unnecessarily delayed. Recently, Thar Desert in Sindh is undergoing a severe famine. Yet, Sindh has rejected Punjab’s offer of help apparently because of the competitive rivalry which is another example of provincialism where the interests of their subjects have been put behind the...

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