6 Mar 2014 1 Comment
Yesterday’s Pakistani newspapers brought another disturbing story. A mother named Bisma in Johar Town, Lahore killed her 2 year old daughter Minahil and 8 month old son Yousuf by pressing their throats after she had been unable to feed them with anything for 2-3 days. This sad incident took place because her husband has been on illegal drugs for a long time and they did not have enough sources to feed their kids. Police have arrested her. She told the media that she had no other option left for her except killing her kids who had been hungry for 3 days.
Today I am thinking that our government has failed in taking care of the basic necessities of their citizens. People are dying because of hunger, but on the other side resourceful corrupt people are just increasing their assets and no one has the right to question them. A few days ago I was watching Geo TV programme “Aik Din Geo Kay Saath” (ایک دن جیو کے ساتھ), in which anchor Sohail Warraich spent a full day with the famous journalist Mr. Hassan Nisar. I was highly surprised to see the lavish farm house of the later near Lahore which occupied many hectares. On Mr. Warraich question about the source of his income so called honest journalist replied that he made money mostly from the royalty of his books. I have been viewing books of people like Mustansar Hussain Tarrar, Ata ul Haq Qasmi, Perveen Shakir, Amjad Islam Amjad, Umera Ahmed and Bushra Rehman in the big bookstores in Lahore that sell very well but none of them could become rich like Mr. Hassan Nisar, any of whose books I could never find on shelves of the prominent bookshops that I have been visiting. However as he is a big fish, no one can dare to ask him about his source of income.
If we read the Islamic history, Omar (RA) has been the best ruler after Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) established the first ever Islamic government. Omar (RA) introduced stipend for the feeding mothers. He also developed a very good system of charity (through the zakat collection) that no one is his government could complain about the hunger. Omar (RA) was the person who used to say that if a dog died because of hunger, he as the ruler would be answerable to Allah on the day of judgement. However our Pakistani leaders are least bothered about their poor people and they are just busy in working on prolonging their power and transferring the same to their next generations; be it Bilawal Zardari, Mariam Nawaz, Hamza Shahbaz or Moonis Elahi.
Pakistanis now really need another Omar from Allah who could bring some comfort for them and at the same time establish a true system of justice where a common man could have right to question the ruler without any fear.