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KARACHI: This is with reference to your editorial “Nobody at fault, again” published in The Express Tribune on February 23. It seems that the only people to blame for our follies are our long-dead ancestors who chose to migrate to this country, or did not leave it when they could see the writing on the wall. Has anyone ever been held accountable in Pakistan? Smugglers, land grabbers, tax evaders and other such worthy citizens are in fact regarded with great respect. Budding senators can give millions to assembly members to get elected, but no one cares. I don’t think it is possible for our people to change their mindset. We all seem resigned to the fact that nothing can be done and it is our destiny to be ruled by criminals.
Shakir Lakhani
Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th,  2015.

The judges here 





Sir: In any civilised country, a judge who refuses to grant bail to an accused person in a bailable offence case would be suspected of discrimination against the accused. He would immediately be suspended, an enquiry would be held and, after being found culpable, he would be dismissed from service (and perhaps sentenced to a jail term as well). In Pakistan, such a man is simply transferred, leaving him and others like him free to indulge in further misconduct. Perhaps this is where reform is most urgently needed. But, of course, it will take a very long time before we find leaders willing to do what needs to be done.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in Daily Times, February 23, 2015





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