Travel in style

IT is true that in Pakistan the servants of the people have a taste for the finer things in life, often at the expense of the very citizens they are supposed to serve. Yet it is also a fact that in a democracy, elected officials and other functionaries of the state are answerable to the people, especially when it comes to the use of official funds. Hence the report in this paper yesterday that the federal government wants to purchase six bulletproof sport utility vehicles in their latest models has raised eyebrows. Government officials say the vehicles are being procured for security reasons and for the office of the prime minister, not for any individual.

Security is no doubt important; leading Pakistani politicians have been killed and heads of state and government have been targeted by militants in the past. But security measures also need to be rational. It is fair to ask if there really is a need for six new luxury vehicles when there are already bulletproof automobiles in the prime minister’s fleet that are very well-maintained, have long lives and are subject to rigorous checks by the intelligence apparatus. All of which raises questions about whether security concerns are the sole reason behind the purchase of the SUVs. The pricey vehicles will likely cost over a million dollars. In these times of financial crisis, when the average Pakistani is struggling to secure life’s basic necessities, can the ruling elite justify such extravagant purchases? In any case, with elections due soon the incumbent administration is on its way out. So why go ahead with the deal? Let the next government decide what is and is not required for the prime minister’s security. From the common citizen’s perspective, this appears to be a frivolous purchase.

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Comments (7) Closed

Jan 06, 2013 10:44am
people are quiet because they know well that there is no one who will listen their voices nd know the public is become hubital it,
Jan 07, 2013 01:51am
shame shame ....
Jan 06, 2013 10:33am
people are quiet because stress, depriviation and cruel social conditions have rendered their bodies and minds devoid of any energy.
Jan 07, 2013 01:56am
If these officials were doing something good for the country I think people would have bought them bullet-proof cars themselves. But the current lot is so utterly incompetent that no one would miss them if they were to suddenly vanish.
Jan 06, 2013 07:38am
No domestic gas in this harsh winter, no CNG, petrol shortage, power outages up to 15 hours and our federal government wants SUV's? Don't know why people are quiet.
Jan 06, 2013 11:09pm
They are public servants why are they afraid of going into public. No body kills a servant.
Asif amin
Jan 06, 2013 05:51pm
why do parlimentarians think only about themselves, they can't see the misereis of the people,i think, they have become thinkless and senseless