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Commoner’s manifesto

Published Mar 20, 2017 07:05am


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IN the 1950s and ’60s, despite many negative factors (poor infrastructure, lack of industries, inadequate resources and restricted political activity), Pakistan was a much better place to live in. Since the revival of political activity — interspersed with martial laws — the situation has gone from bad to worse on almost all counts. The stress has been on mega projects (motorways, Orange trains, metros, etc.) instead of human development (population control, education, health, jobs, security, poverty alleviation). The rich are getting richer while everybody else is becoming poorer.

The common man’s priorities are different. First on the list is security of life and property. Next is respect of all citizens by the government and its minions (equality as citizens vis-a-vis speedy justice, freedom from undue harassment by government functionaries, the elimination of corruption by improving laws and doing away with discretionary powers).

The common citizen also demands good health facilities, affordable medicines, clean drinking water, unadulterated food and a uniform educational curriculum at school level, preferably at state expense. The VIP culture should be curbed with minimum protocol and security for VVIPs. No private residence should be declared an official residence.

There is a need for dedication and the will to improve the lot of the common man if Pakistan is to prosper.

Babar Masood


Published in Dawn, March 20th, 2017


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Alba Mar 21, 2017 03:36am

American Patrick Henry invented due process of law. There was No Due Process of Law in England!!! Just the opposite. King George III saw men and boys executing with little or no evidence against them, and men who spent life in prison without trial. The Bill of Rights was written because of English abuses. What Patrick Henry wrote was America's Bill of Rights. The correct nomenclature is Not speedy justice. Rather the right to a speedy trial. _ THE US SIXTH AMENDMENT _

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.