There was a time when Pakistani politicians were not greedy. The Quaid-e-Azam, for instance, refused to go abroad for treatment because he thought the country was very poor. When he came back from Quetta, the rickety ambulance which was taking him from the airport to hospital broke down. There were no police mobiles escorting him, nor were there any ministers to receive him at the airport. (Nowadays, at least twenty dignitaries welcome a VVIP at the airport). Later, we had prime ministers who resigned immediately when they felt they had lost their majority in parliament. Mr. I. I. Chundrigar, for instance, had been prime minister for only a month before his supporters defected. The thought of staying on in power didn’t even enter his head. He left Prime Minister’s House immediately.
But today, you have politicians who are so shameless that they think nothing of looting the country. I am referring to the current caretaker prime minister, who is also the chairman of the senate. This genius (Prime Minister Mohammed Mian Soomro) has conferred enormous benefits on all former Chairmen of the Senate, and since he will shortly retire from the office of Chairman (Senate), he and all his family members will be entitled to diplomatic passports, free telephone facility, free travel, free everything. And this is happening in a country where half the people live on just one meal a day, where they have to stand in long queues before they can get flour, and where they have no money to buy medicines for their sick children. So our politicians, who should really be trying to solve the people’s problems, are engaged in looting the country. No wonder the Pakistan is a failed state.