Thursday, July 15, 2010
The Degree that Was'nt
The Pakistani political crisis has taken a new twist. Our beloved former dictator, who now wants to come back and stand in an election made it a compulsory to have a bachelors degree to compete in elections.
The truckload of wanna-be MNAs and MPAs, in thousands, rarely had a genuine degree. So they bought one.
For the first two years, the sea was smooth. The Election Commission, Opposition and media were at peace. But suddenly this wave began and the huge secret pile ( and bile) of fake degrees was discovered. Punjab alone is said to have 350 legislators with forged degrees. Dunya tv website is reporting 49. But the honorable but Nakli Dr. Babar Awan, Mastikhel , even some women parliamentarians came under fire ( some even shed tears in the Assembly).
50% of the Paki population is not educated and this article will prevent them from attaining offices. And of course the dictator had a vested interest, of barring certain groups from elections. Well firstly, none of the working, poor or even middle class can afford a party ticket ( most parties charge you) or an election which costs a few crores ( the Q-league is said to spend billions in 2008). Secondly, the lower classes have their backs broken by the economy.
The law was standing and these people violated it, making them no less then criminals. If not for cheating or lying to the public, then for forging documents which is illegal. But in Pakistan this is a very small kind of corruption. Though it became very muddy- the worst issues in Paki Politics are:
1. Stolen Public money through corruption in foreign accounts(worth billions of US$)including Zardaari,Shaukat Aziz, Altaf Hussein,Shariff Brothers, Manzoor Watto etc.
2. Heinous crimes- Murder( MQM has 4000 FIRs of murder charges),Rape (Irafanulla Khan Marwat is said to be the chief proponent in the Veena Hyat Rape Case)etc.
These two tick me off, personally. Forging a degree is very minute as compared to eating 60 billion dollars of public money.And Pakistani politics is like a Turkish/Roman bath, everyone is nude ( and a B.A fail). For the moment, we might have to forget the degrees.
After toiling for a useless Bachelors for four years, I realize why these people choose the easy way. IF someone meets Babar Awan, please ask him where he bought his degree, me and my folks might benefit...
at 8:45 AM