“The most important step that Pakistan can take is to pass meaningful reforms that can expand its tax base,” Clinton said while talking to reporters in Brussels after the meeting. “I know how difficult it is, but it is absolutely unacceptable for those with means in Pakistan not to be doing their fair share to help their own people.”
The original news article can be read here (http://tribune.com.pk/story/62480/pakistan-must-boost-taxes-on-the-wealthy/). I couldn’t agree less with what Clinton has said. Accountability is needed across the board from all rich politicians more for the nation’s well being and even more so for a country like Pakistan whose track record is questionable in proper and authentic utilization of funds. Hillary Clinton has unveiled the dirty faces of our rulers, which we already know about, the politicians who boast about how much they love the country and how hard they are trying to serve the people but in reality are just trying to lock as much of treasure as they can in their piggy banks while they are clutching the government in to their hypocritical policies. This is a really pathetic and worrying situation, particularly at the time when country has been struck with another big disaster, and it’s going to take uncountable years to build again. But on the other side we have an uncountable number of ministers who are fully enjoying and are absolutely content on robbing the wealth of poor nation. The ministers who used to live in down class ‘mohalas’ before coming in the government have now moved to bungalows in high class posh areas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P2BsiheBVs). And when they’re not bagging any money, which is very less likely to happen, they’re usually busy doing what they are best at, making vile attacks on one and another of ‘this’ and ‘that’. I’m sure I don’t need to elaborate the ‘this’ and ‘that’ more, as we’re all aware of the state our political system is in.
On the other hand, the book ‘Obama’s war’ (http://www.kalam.tv/ur/video/47356/index.html) has also revealed many, rather hilarious for them and worrying for us, facts about Pakistani government and politicians. To rub it even more in, the Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has also tried to show us the mirror (http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data%2Feditorial%2F2010%2FOctober%2Feditorial_October17.xml§ion=editorial&col). This is a very shameful impact that our present and past governments have made on the world. Not just on the world, but also on the Pakistani nation. The corrupted political system, the slow and manipulated judiciary system, the poverty, the lack of education, lack of moral and ethics, stigmatised integrity have pushed the Pakistani nation into an abyss of despair and disappointment. We think what this country needs is a clean and transparent government, which is never going to be possible. We think we need the money to sort the problems out that we are facing these days, what we don’t realise is that the money is going to play only a small iota of difference in making this country a better place to live in.
I ask you a question, if, which is not going to turn in to a reality but let’s just dream about it, that the rich decide to pay the taxes according to the law, and the ministers cut down their expenses and all this money goes for charity and relief work, how much would this help the Pakistani society? Will it decrease the increasing rate of poverty? And is it really the poverty that we have to fight to bring this country into a stable position? If so, what poverty do we need to fight first, the financial poverty, or the mental poverty?
Yes, I have just classified poverty into two forms, and I personally believe that we are suffering more from the mental poverty and less from financial poverty. Words like peace, justice, harmony, ethics, integrity and above all humanity have become alien to this society. We are living in a shell of our own, and believing in and supporting only what’s in our personal benefit. The Mushraf supporters are ready to hand this country over to him again, to the man who had N.I.N.E years to realise and then rectify his mistakes but didn’t bother as he was too intoxicated with greed and drunk with power. We handed over our country to the man whose track record was of a ‘robber’. We came out on roads to bring the Chief Justice of Pakistan back on his position, and now that he’s back, we are not utilizing our efforts made for him. We’re not demanding justice from him for this society which has been poisoned by the human like animals, the animals that murdered humanity in Sialkot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76M42nh6nJ0&feature=related), the animals that dragged and played about with a dead human and then shaabash’ed the police officer that allowed the animals to play ‘hit and drag’ game with the dead human body (http://www.kalam.tv/ur/video/47032/index.html). We allowed the corruption to instil a dead conscious in us, we allowed the authorities to mingle with our daily lives, and we’re allowing the so-called molvis to pollute our approach towards people from different sectors and religions. In short, we’re allowing every Tom, Dick, and Harry to play with our emotions, and our beloved country.
This mental poverty is corrupting us to such an extreme that we have forgotten, or have chosen to ignore what’s right for this country as a whole, and only chose to side with what’s right for our personal requirements. We are busy making our lives comfortable for ourselves and harder for others. We, as Pakistanis, are sick with mental poverty. The virus is spreading fast, and very less is being done to eradicate the deep rooted poverty in our conscious.