Mafias obstructing rule of law

By: Asem Mustafa Awan

Prime Minister Imran Khan has finally spoken his heart out pointing at the mafias that are undermining the rule of law. The Prime Minister made it clear that the rule of law should stay supreme as the constitution of Pakistan guarantees equal rights for all citizens. What PM describes in so many words is that there are individuals who owing to their financial clout act in total disregard of the law.

Pointing at the political parties and their selection of electable forming the parliament both National Assembly and Senate, the Prime Minister categorically stated that most of them in the two houses are in no way connected with the masses. It is the money that speaks and these individuals make their way in the parliament where they form a nexus in which money and only money reigns supreme. He warns traders and business people in unequivocal terms that those who have made the artificial price hike in the country in collaboration with industrialists would be brought to book eventually. These traders in cohorts have no remorse over their actions as to how the public suffers. Enforcing the law results in protests and using force results in innocent getting affected.

The PM who has taken a lot of criticism from the public owing to price hikes has rightly pointed out that those who speak for the poor in the parliament always act as above the law. It is time that merit and rule of law should take their course and those who try to be above the law must be taken to task. Pakistan at this juncture of time in the international community should not be mocked as the index representing the administration of justice in Pakistan has a number that exceeds 100. The most recent example that is now the talk of the town is the fake certification of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif about Corona vaccination in Lahore. Nawaz Sharif is abroad on the pretext of medical treatment and has not returned from London while the certificates state otherwise.

Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid who valiantly fought cancer and is back in office caught the discrepancy and the details are now on media. The government is striving for protecting the nation against the deadly disease while corrupt practices from the elite are aimed at grinding their own ax in any case. It is alarming that without any punishment and penalties the corrupt practices have made the entire system cancerous, which if unchecked will shatter the entire fabric of the society.

The writer is Special Correspondent at The Dayspring