Posted on the People’s Resistance network by Naeem Sadiq
Is there a relationship between the corruption and mismanagement of rulers and the number of times they perform umrahs and hajj. While a formal research on this subject may yet not be available, the performance of our contemporary leaders provides some very useful insight.
Mr. Jinnah, the first head of the State acknowledged as a scrupulously honest person never indulged in any such exercise. However, each subsequent leader who came after Jinnah, excelled over the previous incumbent in matters of corruption, mismanagement or both – and interestingly their umrahs increased in the same ratio. Every time a leader performs a major act of corruption, mismanagement or damage, he/she must dash towards Saudi Arabia, with a plane load of cronies and apple polishers as if in a hurry to wash off the latest sin. Only two weeks after torpedoing the constitution of Pakistan, President Musharraf and his wife had taken off on a state sponsored umrah. Not to be left behind, the Caretaker Prime Minister, taking good care of his own self was on his way to hajj, within a few days of his becoming a caretaker. Even the apparently uninitiated and imported Prime Ministers like Moin Qureshi and Shoukat Aziz, did not deny themselves of these unethical state sponsored spiritual rides.
How come our leaders perform these blatant violations of state exchequer and get away without being sent to prison or at least being taken to court? These much choreographed umrahs and hajj at the tax payers’ expense are simply illegal and immoral. These holy images are nothing but self propagation and personal marketing at public expense. Can some one explain as to who is paying for the half page coloured advertisements that appear in all national newspapers showing President Musharraf kissing the Black Stone. Are there no concerned citizens in Pakistan, who will approach a court and take up this issue under public interest litigation. Perhaps I forget that it is the winter of 2007 and there is little hope for justice from those who have stealthily arrived in their chambers on the shoulders of the infamous PCO.