The nation celebrated its 70th Independence Day yesterday with great fervor. However, there was an element of sadness too because of the recent bombing in Quetta that left nearly 70 people dead and over a hundred injured. After gaining independence in 1947 the country has seen many ups and down, the worse of them was the 1971 debacle. Over the recent years the radicalization of the society and the threat of terrorism have really dented the country’s progress. Despite that there are positives too, democracy looks to be flourishing, at least for now. After all political stability is one of the key prerequisites of development and progress. The political forces of the country must also realize that merely completing ‘term’ of government is not an achievement by any means. Real achievement is delivering; delivering a system that provides justice, that ensures law and order, achievement is putting an end to cancerous ills like corruption and nepotism. Unfortunately roads, infrastructure projects are on the list of every party but not many talk about the actual steps needed to lessen the miseries of the vast majority of population. It is very important to mention here what the founder of this country Muhammad Ali Jinnah had to say during his August 11, 1947’s address to the constituent assembly of Pakistan. ‘One of the biggest curses from which India is suffering – I do not say that other countries are free from it, but, I think our condition is much worse – is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison. We must put that down with an iron hand and I hope that you will take adequate measures as soon as it is possible for this Assembly to do so.’
Jinnah’s in his August 11 speech singled out ‘corruption’ as a major problem that needs to be rooted out.