AS a concerned citizen, I wish to draw the attention of the government, especially the finance minister, to several critical issues that are severely affecting the daily lives of millions of Pakistanis. Despite the taxes paid by the hardworking people of the country, Pakistan continues to lag behind in providing basic facilities and services that are commonly available in most other countries. As such, the lack of essential services, such as gas, electricity, clean water, a reliable road network, and adequate public transportation, is affecting the wellbeing of the people, and is a significant hindrance to the country’s bid to be taken as a developed country.

Moreover, rampant lawlessness marked by targeted killings and street crimes has exacerbated the sense of insecurity among the communities. This situation is further aggravated by the perception that ministers and government employees are enjoying a luxurious life at the expense of the tax-paying public. It is disheartening to see government officials travelling abroad, ostensibly to seek aid, while the people they represent suffer from utter lack of basic amenities.

The prevalence of corruption across the various levels of government further undermines public trust, and hampers efforts towards meaningful progress. The disparity between the living conditions of the people and the ruling elite is stark and deeply troubling.

The government, especially the finance minister, should take immediate and decisive action to address these issues. Moreover, it is imperative for the government to prioritise the provision of essential services and infrastructure, to ensure the safety and security of the people, and to show commitment towards transparency and accountability in all its dealings. The eradication of corruption, and an equitable distribution of resources must be on the top of the government’s list of priorities. The people of Pakistan deserve to have a government that works tirelessly to improve their quality of life, and also restores their faith in public institutions. One hopes that the current government will take all necessary steps to bring about the much-needed change.

Shaikh Salahuddin
Former MNA Karachi

Published in Dawn, June 22nd, 2024

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