Arthur Conan Doyle was decorated with the prestigious title of “Sir” for creating a fictitious mystery solving character viz. Sherlock Holmes and both of them have become legend. We in Pakistan, have no such title for detectives or mystery solving professionals. However, highly qualified journalists like Dr. Shahid Masood, advocate Naeem Bokhari and Ansar Abbasi who have the guts, courage and will to keep on informing people, though media , about the misdeeds of some very honorablea as well powerful judges and Chief justices and likes of them. The nation has acknowledged their endeavors with great applause and admiration.
Latest is the case of Farah Hameed Dogar daughter of none other than the CJ of Pakistan Supreme Court Abdul Hameed Dogar. The only sin of the ambitious poor baby was to appeal for and get just 21 plus marks to enabling her to become a future human serving Pakistani lady Doctor or a specialist in a vast field of this sacred profession. She adopted the normal procedure realizing the fact that being the daughter of a sitting CJ there will be no obstacle in achieving her innocent ambition, as such there are already hundreds of thousand such student who got extra marks enabling them to get admission in different universities, either due the courtesy of their parents holding elite position in government institutions or parliament or having bags full of bucks.
Unfortunately she was ignorant that Mr. Ansar Abbasi was around who smelled the golden opportunity to make a big news out of it, knowing the fact that similar allegations were made by advocate Bokhari against the son of CJ Chaudary. While the advocate was humiliated by his own community, the CJ lost his job and made a hero by lawyers.
There is no denying in appreciating the good work done by Ansar Abbasi, but in his zealot to expose the CJ Dogar of having undue advantage of his position, he forgot to look into the other side of the script. People would like him to expose all those institutions where degrees and grace marks are sold to the bidders. Isn’t it a crime to be mute over countless similar cases? Why to select Farah Dogar? What is the big deal? Are we heading toward turmoil like that of CJ Chaudary? This has not happened something afresh.
In 1993 I met a guy in Karachi who possessed a Master’s Degree and Gold Meddle in Economics from a university without attending a single class and by virtue of that he jumped from the status of a clerk to the seventeen grade officer in a prestigious financial institution. Similarly LLB and other degrees are available in Karachi at affordable price. These institutions and their highly educated personals are responsible for selling degrees and enhancing marks thus producing undeserving professionals of future. Mr. Ansar Abbasi may visit any examination hall during exams and, being an honest outspoken journalist, apprise of the nation of the actual scenario taking place there. Before commencing the exam, papers are out for sale to the sons of elites. In some places you will see examinees placing arms no their desks to frighten and scare invigilators in order to use unfair means of copying from books or material imported from outside the examination hall.
We need to expose the people involved in this gruesome business of destroying our talent and providing opportunities to the undeserving students to capture very highly responsible portfolios in future, which has placed us in the present predicament in all segments of life. Without their eradication every endeavor to streamline the working of all the institutions will be a frivolous exercise. We have to change the entire system if we want to put our nation on the track of progress and prosperity. To expose the mischief of Farah Dogar may prove to be the first drop of rain, but at the moment it is not a big deal, we have to catch all dirty fishes and throw them out of the pond to clean it up once for ever.