Now that the nation is going through an economic crisis, people are talking about how the country can be saved from financial collapse. Unfortunately, even those who compere TV programs don’t know that we ourselves are responsible for our predicament. we have been spending more than our incomes. Even the peon in my office has two airconditioners in his house (bought from money borrowed from banks). I know people who buy new cars every year, just because they want their neighbours to think that they’re still wealthy. Someone should calculate how much Musharraf spent on his many visits to foreign countries when he was running the country. The present leaders, too, should refrain from going on foreign junkets (with hundreds of their sycophants) every now and then.
And then there is the colossal waste of fuel and electricity everywhere. The Tableeghi Jamaat holds a congregation every year (this year there were two). Two and a half million people attend this useless ceremony (useless, because in 61 years, the country has gone from bad to worse, despite all their prayers). It doesn’t require a nuclear scientist to calculate how much fuel and food the country can save if these “ijtemaahs” are not held. If you consider that at least a thousand rupees are spent on going to Raiwind and coming back, as well as eating food for three days and nights, the amount of money that is wasted is colossal. In fact, if all that money is given to Edhi, he can build a medium-sized hospital every year. But I doubt if the people who organize the annual event at Raiwind are even aware that hospitals are needed in the country. Their priorities are totally different from those who have the welfare of the country in mind.