Sunday, March 11, 2012

Elected leaders in Pakistan

No common man is ever elected to parliament in Pakistan in recent history. All elected people are either big landlords, factory owners or tycoons. Those rich people who don’t directly run the election, fund the rich candidates. How can we, the middle class, expect elected representatives to protect our causes when we don’t elect people like us.
The only political party which gives tickets to middle class candidates is the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Despite its bad image, the MQM is the only party in Pakistan which has democracy within the party ranks and nominates ordinary party workers to run the elections.
We need to discourage elected leaders who roam in their expensive vehicles surrounded by dozens of protocol vehicles and an equal number of gun-totting body guards.

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