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Next generations will pay for regime incompetence

Famous English poet and scholar Alfred Edward Housman once said, “The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in.” The delusional mindset likewise is very easy to create but in the long run it eventually only destroys the society and its makers.

It took years of effort for the Pakistani military establishment to launch Imran Khan as the savior of the nation. The controlled press and the turncoat politicians all worked around the clock to make people believe that Khan was the only honest and capable man in the country.

In the process of launching Khan, the minds of an entire generation have been manipulated, and it will take decades to end the narcissist and hatred-based politics in Pakistan.

While the establishment’s experiment of bringing Khan to power has failed, the country is facing the consequences in the form of misgovernance and rising corruption and nepotism. From the sugar and wheat crisis to the mismanagement of Covid-19, Khan has put the country on the verge of a disaster.

Pakistan is facing a surge in the numbers of Covid-19-positive patients and, as usual, the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by Khan is not ready to take responsibility for its failure to protect citizens.

The first two cases of Covid-19 emerged in Pakistan on February 26. After the cases emerged, the only thing required from the government was to close the flight operations and borders of the country and Pakistan would have not seen pandemic spreading so rapidly.

Not only did Khan fail to do that, he also decided against the lockdown of the country. The reason Khan was against the lockdown was his ego, as the idea of the lockdown was first presented by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Any sane leader would have listened. In fact any genuine political leader with a stake in the electoral constituency would never have taken the pandemic so casually and would have listened to the voice of the opposition parties.

Since Khan has no stake in electoral constituency – and without the backing of the establishment his party can never win more than two dozen seats in the National Assembly – he acted like a dictator.

When the world was busy fighting against the pandemic and strict lockdowns were imposed in most countries, the PTI government’s focus was on the “accountability” witch-hunt against its political opponents. The entire cabinet including Prime Minister Khan was busy bashing the opposition through a controlled section of media houses.

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