Breaking the cycle

Published November 13, 2023

THE country is grappling with such challenging times in which political uncertainty leads to a change in government, which then adds to political uncertainty. We are trapped in a vicious circle where we keep coming back to square one.

This perpetual state of flux has fostered an atmosphere of discontent amongst citizens and has prevented the nation from making progress. It has also led to a lack of policy consistency, thwarting efforts to tackle the more pressing issues that beset our nation, like poverty, joblessness and growing security concerns.

Besides, the insidious nature of corruption ingrained within our political framework has only served to erode public trust in government further. These systemic failings have perpetuated economic stagnation, high levels of inequality and a pervasive sense of disenchantment, particularly among younger people.

Against this backdrop, the upcoming elected government must confront these instabilities head-on and strive to establish a stable and transparent political system.

Obviously, it will not be a mere walk in the park, and sweeping reforms will be needed, including strengthening the democratic institutions and inculcating a culture of accountability. But it is only through such foundational, crtitical changes that Pakistan can hope to achieve long-lasting development, and meet the aspirations of its citizens.

M. Rafaqat
Karachi

Published in Dawn, November 13th, 2023

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