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A New Era, with New Leadership

September 21, 2023 at 1:38 pm | Economic Affairs

In the near future, Pakistan may benefit from a harmonious alignment of government, Senate, judiciary, and the military—a formidable force that aims to combat entrenched mafias and steer the nation toward justice and prosperity.

By Qamar Bashir

These are undoubtedly extraordinary times in Pakistan, marked by an unprecedented alignment of leadership in all three branches of the state, all of which are now being led by individuals from Balochistan. This represents a significant shift in the landscape of governance and the vision for the nation.

Muhammad Sadiq Sanjarani, who has served as the Chairman of the Senate since his inauguration on March 12, 2018, is known for his amiable and straightforward demeanor. He excels in building bridges and is often the go-to mediator for resolving political disputes. During his tenure, which has coincided with challenging times, he has maintained a non-controversial approach, effectively managing the crucial and sensitive role of Senate Chairman while keeping senators from both sides in good spirits.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar ul Haq Kakar, the Prime Minister, has garnered the nation’s attention with his clear-cut objectives. He is unwavering in his commitment to upholding the constitution and the rule of law under all circumstances.

Anwar ul Haq Kakar, the Prime Minister, has garnered the nation’s attention with his clear-cut objectives. He is unwavering in his commitment to upholding the constitution and the rule of law under all circumstances. He prioritizes establishing the government’s authority and the state’s sovereignty at any cost, all while advocating for the people’s interests and seeking justice for the unfortunate events of May 9th.

He is a staunch advocate for honesty, eschewing false promises and providing the public with an unvarnished view of the nation’s economic and political landscape, even when it may appear unsettling. Anwar ul Haq Kakar is determined not to interfere with the mandates of constitutional bodies and aims to build upon the positive policies of previous governments.

He also seeks to maintain equitable relationships with neighboring countries and international powers while safeguarding Pakistan’s dignity and sovereignty. His leadership is marked by a willingness to make tough and unpopular decisions, exemplified by his crackdown on various mafias and his unwavering commitment to national interests.

Qazi Faez Esa, another distinguished figure from Balochistan, hails from Pishin, located in the vicinity of Quetta, and has emerged as a dynamic Chief Justice. He has boldly challenged stereotypes by inviting his wife to stand beside him during his swearing-in ceremony, sending a powerful message of gender equality and the equal status of women in society. Chief Justice Qazi Faez Esa’s commitment to simplicity and avoidance of unnecessary pomp is evident in his refusal to use a bulletproof car, close roads, or receive a guard of honor.

In his first address to his staff, Chief Justice Qazi Faez Esa set a profound tone by emphasizing that litigants and the general public do not approach the Supreme Court with pleasure. He directed the entire Supreme Court staff to treat litigants and the public with respect and dignity, akin to how a good host treats guests.

Chief Justice Qazi Faez Esa made history by convening a full court session with 15 judges, sending a reassuring message to Pakistan’s 240 million citizens that the judiciary, once perceived as divided, would now function in unison. He relinquished his power to take suo moto notice of public matters and mandated consultation with two other senior judges, transforming the process into an objective exercise rooted in consultation, deliberation, and consensus-building. This move has reduced objections from affected parties who previously perceived it as subjective and aggressive.

Chief Justice Qazi Faez Esa achieved another significant milestone by allowing the live telecast of court proceedings. This decision unequivocally communicates the judiciary’s commitment to deciding cases solely on merit and in strict adherence to constitutional provisions.

In his first address to his staff, Chief Justice Qazi Faez Esa set a profound tone by emphasizing that litigants and the general public do not approach the Supreme Court with pleasure.

These developments have cast a shadow over the expectations of political players and establishments, as favorable decisions that were elusive under previous chief justices are now less likely to be influenced.

Crucially, the ambiguities in legislation that were intentionally created to circumvent the law and the constitution are poised to be addressed, potentially eliminated to reestablish the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law.

The question arises: why can Mr. Kakar take bold decisions despite being a politician? Why can he crack down on unscrupulous elements stealing electricity, burdening those who pay bills on time, and depriving the national exchequer of revenue? Why did previous governments not act against electricity thieves despite having the capability to do so?

Why were illegal exchange companies, Hundi, and Hawala dealers allowed to siphon off precious foreign exchange, devaluing the Rupee? The Rupee, at times, even lost value against the Afghan Afghani, not due to economic weakness, but because of the smuggling of Pakistan’s foreign exchange to Afghanistan, facilitated by elements within our own security and regulatory agencies.

Why could Mr. Kakar crackdown on sugar, flour, petrol, and manure mafias that deprived our people of essential goods while smuggling them to Afghanistan and Central Asia, causing hardship and even death to many Pakistanis?

Why can Sadiq Sanjrani effectively lead the Senate, and why could Qazi Faez Essa unite a previously divided Supreme Court and allow live telecasts without hesitation?

The answers to these questions lie in the core values of individuals, families, and tribes that prioritize truthfulness, loyalty, dignity, and honor, even at great personal sacrifice. They remain steadfastly sincere to themselves, their families, tribes, and the nation, always ready to defend their honor and dignity. They extend helping hands to the needy without expecting rewards or appreciation, and they possess an innate ability to sacrifice personal wealth and even life for the greater good of their family, tribe, and nation.

Why can Sadiq Sanjrani effectively lead the Senate, and why could Qazi Faez Essa unite a previously divided Supreme Court and allow live telecasts without hesitation?

Another answer lies in the fact that these prominent Balochistan figures who rose to power lack vested interests in large businesses or industrial conglomerates. They don’t own sprawling business empires, sugar mills, flour mills, or vast agricultural lands. Their desires are modest, their greed is limited, their needs are humble, and they find contentment and immense satisfaction in what they have.

Furthermore, these traits align seamlessly with the philosophy and approach of the current Army Chief. With his support, the crackdown on deeply entrenched mafias becomes more feasible. During their tenure in power, these leaders are likely to challenge and restrain these mafias, forcing them into dormancy or compelling them to find alternative ways to resurface.

In the near future, Pakistan may benefit from a harmonious alignment of government, Senate, judiciary, and the military—a formidable force that aims to combat entrenched mafias and steer the nation toward justice and prosperity. This alignment promises a new era for Pakistan, characterized by transparency, accountability, and the pursuit of the greater good.

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