MIAN UMAR FAROOQ
SS 100 WRITING AND COMMUNICATION
17th March, 2014
“Pakistan is better off being ruled by a dictator than by a democratically elected government” – Persuasive essay
Many countries today, have democracy in the process of electing their rulers. Most of the people like freedom and hence democracy to express their rights while electing their rulers. This is the reason that dictatorship is found rarely all over the world as it is mostly criticized by the people within that country. For instance, in the case of Syria, this issue became very much debatable all over the world and still, even after three years it is being criticized by the super powers of the ...view middle of the document...
Many officials in the Civil Service sector of Pakistan were investigated and those found guilty of corruption, transgression and rebellious activities were taken care of. Law and order is further improved in martial law because of the strictness in the army training. The implementation of martial law targeted, black marketing, smuggling, and hoarding in the country. In addition to this, the unsurpassed aspect of martial law reign is the rigging-free elections, which is the primary factor in the formation of a government. This is because elections are carried out in the presence of army officials who are neutral than the presiding officers appointed by a democratic government. Also, during Zia’s Regime, to establish a stable and strong society, the economy of Pakistan was shaped according to the Islamic teachings to ensure the equal distribution of wealth and money. To summarize, military dictated tenures ensured better law and order situation.
Furthermore, military dictated tenures had immense developmental reforms to boost the economy. During the dictatorship period in Pakistan, some of the significant reforms are; nine international level engineering universities were established which took about Rs 96.5 billion, adding glory to Pakistan. The mega industrial complexes were setup during regime of a dictator, Musharaf which are M3 industrial, Sundar industrial estate, Chakri industrial, etc., five dams were built namely “Gomalzam, Khurram, Mirani, Subakzai, and Tangi” (Habib 1). As per statement issued by IMF, Pakistan was 3rd largest profit making country in the world. A statistical chart issued by IMF clearly showed that Pakistan was at third position in profit making while India was on 36th position on the same chart and china was standing at 40th position. One more favourable thing about Pakistan\s dictatorship period is that huge foreign investment were made to promote economy of country. In 1999-2000 there were 31 Public Universities but in 2005-2006 there were 49 Public Universities. This shows how fast developments were made during dictatorial rule. Few of the great universities established by Musharaf in 2002 are “Air University, Institute of Space Technology, IST, University of Science & Technology, Bannu, University of Hazara, University of Gujrat, Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore, etc” (Abidi 1). Due to this much effort in educational sector, the literacy rate in Pakistan had jumped from 45% (in 2002) to 53% (in 2005) within small period of time.
Furthermore, unemployment, sky-rocketing prices of daily commodities, load-shedding, corruption, deteriorating law and order situation, target-killing, bomb blasts, terrorism, inflation (Kathy 7) were part of democratic system. The dictatorship period that followed this particular democratic rule of Pakistan brought out green revolution as in case of General Ayub Khan, proved to be highly beneficial to the existence of Pakistan. Just before the regime of General Ayub Khan, Pakistan...