As Pakistan was hit by the devastating floods of 2010 over four years ago, the country faced havoc and destruction with the floods leaving hundreds dead and thousands of homes destroyed. The same scenes are being repeated again, as heavy rain, has caused yet another flood disaster. With Pakistan’s history of flooding, the people of the nation are pointing their fingers towards the government, raising the question, what has the government done in order to prevent flooding? In pointing out the governments glaring incapability of dealing with natural disasters, PAT leader Dr Qadri appealed to PAT workers and people of Pakistan to come forward and play their role in rescue, relief & rehabilitation efforts for the flood victims. He said that our people are in trouble and it is our individual and collective responsibility to help them in this hour of trial and tribulation.
Public dissent is rapidly growing as the masses raise concerns about the principles that the nation was founded upon, for which their fore fathers gave their lives. People want change and the only beacon of light is Dr Qadri. Protestors demanding revolutionary change have now been at the capital Islamabad for 24 days. Dr Qadri’s talk today was based on why revolutionary change cannot be achieved through the Parliament of Pakistan. Dr Qadri highlighted that people have been deceived time and time again by the members of the assembly. Politicians within the parliament only work for their own gains. Dr Qadri exposed that recently, MNA’s have given themselves a pay rise of 200% whilst wages for a regular service man has hardly increased.
Dr Qadri further disclosed the selfish acts of the rulers of Pakistan by shedding light on medical bills, when Dr Qadri was a MNA, he saw official records of many members of parliament that have claimed expenses from the assembly for their own operations and for members of their family. Dr Qadri also exposed that the miserly leaders even submitted expenses for a headache tablet or cough syrup. Dr Qadri stated that this money is supposed to be for the betterment of the people of Pakistan; however these egotistic rulers are only concerned with increasing their own wealth, at the expense of the citizens of Pakistan.
Furthermore, Dr Qadri stated that the Parliamentary system is manned by interest groups and status quo forces that are out to protect their perks and privileges and also clarified that what passes off as a system in the country is not democracy but a system of oppression & compulsion. He said that rulers suspended 23 police officials over killing of their peacocks but did not take any action on the killing of 14 people. He said that the system of this country breeds and perpetuates corruption in the country. He emphasized that these rulers do not have any mandate as they came to power through fake elections.
Dr Qadri said that we want a new social contract in this country, adding that we reject present social contract which has died its own death as people remain disenfranchised and powerless. In explaining the validity of a mandate to the swarms of peaceful protesters present, Dr Qadri said that a mandate is a reciprocal contract between the voters and the voted in. If the party voted in does not fulfil the duties expected by the voters then the mandate is rescinded. The mandate guarantees the provision of socio-economic equality and parity however the mere fact that the mandate is not delivered interprets the current rule as unconstitutional.
Appealing to the masses to wake up from their slumber, Dr Qadri asked the Pakistani nation to rise and learn to fight oppression. He said how can anyone vote freely if he does not have access to food, clothes, and residence? He expounded that real democracy cannot prevail in Pakistan unless all people are equal before law and have equal access to political participation.
In concluding his historic address, PAT leader Dr Qadri reiterated that the forthcoming revolution will be democratic, peaceful and constitutional. Despite promise after promise made to the people of Pakistan, none of the promises have materialised. The increase in the swarms of peaceful protesters in the revolutionary sit-in can only be translated as an increasing discontent with the incumbent corrupt and exploitative political system. Dr Qadri made it clear that he will go down fighting but would not budge even an inch from his mission of fighting for socio-economic equality for the masses. Undeterred by the fear of death at the slightest, Dr Qadri continues to fight on for restoration justice and prosperity of the masses in the country. The nation has rallied behind Dr Qadri envisaging that a total revolution of the current system will change the future of Pakistan and will grant people their basic constitutional rights in a society starved from socio-economic justice.