Khan Saheb! Here is your nobler Goal
Let’s spare Ishaq Dar for one undeniable yet unavoidable ‘wrong’ that he did to the economy. He made quick fixes. Today, perhaps than ever before, Pak economy is in dire need of surgical fixes. The last nine months furnish plethora of evidence. Criticism is unpalatable, no doubt. It pinches you only when it is hurled at you. But, hold your horses for the moment, take a deep breath, inhale the patience that is required from the man sitting at the driving seat and think, bro. Yes, think, my dear.
In the fury of your “opposition” mindset, you may not be in the ultimate denial mode. Your oppositional furore may not have blinded you. The spike in your anger may not have disoriented you. We know you are after the corrupts. We know you are chasing the plunderers. You abhor the dishonest. You despise the money launderers. You want to put the culprits behind bars. You want to make a lesson out of them. You want the public money back. Right, this is a noble cause. But, hold on, at what cost? You are chasing the corrupts at the expense of your nobler goal: to bring relief to the poor. The poor is suffering every passing day. Life is getting difficult day by day. Noble is to chase the culprit. Nobler is to save the victim. Which side you choose? The victim is bleeding fast. No one knows if he lives or dies. “To be or not to be” is now the question for him. Odds are in favour of “not to be”. You are running after the ghosts of corruption. They are nowhere to be seen. The victim lies there helpless. Stop! Take a U Turn. Be the leader you are. Don’t be silly! Accept this, now. Or it will be too late. It doesn’t befit you. You are the hope of two hundred millions. Cool down. Open your mind. Give me your ears, fella! Let me give you the lesson you must learn now. You cannot survive without this. You must listen. Here it goes.
Every long term starts from the short term. Long term is the sum of all short terms. Short term has a very clear definition in my mind. Let me share with you. Short term is that which gives results today. Short term is productive instantly. It is like the first aid. The victim is in critical condition. Do not deprive it of first aid. Rush! You must act now. The long term will only be beneficial if the victim is alive. There is no question of long term when life is no more. The poor needs relief today. Are you going to give them relief when they are gone past life? Do not make them your enemies. You need their prayers not curses. No one has ever survived the curses of the poor.
First short term is that you pursue the nobler cause. Forget about the culprit. Look after the victim. The so-called culprit has already wasted your more than enough time. The real culprit is not the one you fiercely run after. The culprit is the system. The system allows misappropriation. Look at the system. Fill the gaps. One plunderer after the other is the progeny of the bad system. It will continue to produce looters and thugs. This culprit or that culprit is not your prime issue. Your issue is either the victim that is in dire of your help or the system that fathers the corrupts. If you ignore your prime cause, the time will ignore you. You do not have ages to set things right. You have limited time and much to do. Prioritize! Of course, running after the culprit must not be your top priority. The top priority is the relief to the public and rectification of the system. IMF is the buzz word these days. Unfortunately, many of IMF decisions lead to retrogressive economy. Whatever conditions they lay down, it prolongs the illness. Nay! They mess up the wound they try to heal. Growth is the pivot of the economy. Let the growth not be compromised. The hike in interest rate would have a negative impact on growth. The devaluation of Pak Rupee would constrain the growth trajectory. The increase in energy bill will derail the growth projections. We must compensate these negatives. The public spending does the magic. While IMF may have be adhered to, we must not compromise the public spending. Have aggressive public spending plans. Public private partnerships must be exploited. Give confidence to the investors. Stop negativity. Spread positivity. Talk about progress and how we can move forward. More than enough was wasted in the hangover. March forward. Growth has its own propelling force. Capital flow from the private sector would help in the period of cash crunch in the public sector. Market confidence is a pre-requisite. Growth in the economy makes many wrongs right. Constraining growth is a fatal mistake. Colossal damages will ensue. History will never forget this.