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Pakistan: An anti-people state?

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

At school, we were taught that Pakistan was an ‘Islamic welfare state’. But now, grown-up and faced with all the life’s hard realities, it seems they taught us all lies at school. Quaid-e-Azam and his Muslim League might have worked for a welfare state, Pakistan today is anything but welfare of the people.

Look, for example, at the masses queuing up outside state institutions for jobs, for medicines, for anything that the state should be providing to the public.

In Pakistan, you are on your own; the state’s priorities lie elsewhere. While the moneyed can buy better education, healthcare and other amenities, most of the state’s resources are spent on a tiny minority of the political elite.

Wealth distribution in Pakistan is highly uneven. According to Encyclopedia of the Nations, a third of the population of Pakistan lives below the poverty line. While the top 10% of the population are earning 27.6% and the bottom 10% earn only 4.1% of the national income.

In Islamabad, for example, thousands of police, military and paramilitary personnel are deployed every other day to secure the routes when the army or govt top brass is on the move. And the public are held hostage for hours on the road by yelling policemen and Faujis. Nothing terrorizes Pakistanis more than their ‘own’ security forces.

The state doesn’t facilitate. It oppresses the people.