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A Far More Refined System For Everyone.

March 10, 2010

By Zainulabedin Ameer | PKKH Editorial Team

Through history, there have been various forms of governance systems. The most liberal of them all is believed to be democracy. With totalitarian rule at one end, democracy is often placed at the opposite end of the proverbial spectrum of governance systems. While dictatorship is often seen as a heavy-handed tyrannical form of rule, democracy is believed to be quite the opposite. In a democratic country, generally speaking, people have the right to free speech and expression along with a myriad of liberties the people feel set them free. In most western countries, and some eastern ones too, democracy appears to suit the people perfectly.

In some countries like Pakistan, experts believe that democracy needs time to grow if the people are to truly benefit from it; its roots need to penetrate deep, and that, repeated military takeover has stunted its growth. However, while the people might not accept dictatorship, they must ask whether or not democracy is really going to benefit them in the long run. In fact, it would be more relevant to ask whether or not democracy is benefiting the people in any way right now. The blatant truth is: while most people eye the lofty promises of their political leaders within our democratic system, others remain disillusioned, frustrated and wary of what has been delivered; few wonder whether or not an alternative system or rule of law should replace the present exploitative one.

An enlightening fact is that the larger segment of the Pakistani people has not had the luxuries that smother and cloud most people’s ability to see through a manipulative form of rule. While the masses may still live in the hopes of their political leaders fulfilling their promises, at the end of the day, people need food on their tables and a roof over their heads. With the cost of living rising immensely in the last couple of years, people have begun to doubt what democracy really holds for them. Earning a living is not the only worry of the impoverished masses; there are other severe issues, which include delayed justice and victimization. Apart from this, the ones that are educated enough now wonder why there isn’t proper scrutiny of candidates who endeavor leading the country.

While our leadership issue seems to be a matter of limited choice, part of our problem is that our masses somehow remain convinced that these so-called democratic players hold great promise for change. However, one must ponder and decide whether it’s really possible for a population of which more than 70% lives in rural areas to have an understanding of political candidature? Can such a population effectively elect a truly committed leader?

Currently, there is no thorough scrutiny of candidates on moral grounds, and the result is that, time and again, the masses have been hoodwinked and deceived. However, it is not the people that are the crux of the problem; it is the system through which they elect their leaders that is fallacious, and it is the current form of governance which continues to make a mockery of the people’s sentiments. Ultimately, there must be an end to all this. Having said that, is there any way out? And, would the common man benefit from any alternative?

Iran can be used as an example. In Iran, we have observed that the people have a panel of educated and scholarly individuals who choose the best candidates based on attributes that include but are not limited to: education, moral correctitude and devoutness [This procedure was practiced during Hazrat Umar’s (R.A.) time]. After scrutinizing and selecting the most apt candidates, the election takes place. The people in this panel are themselves devout and patriotic, and they can’t be bribed. So, no candidate can purchase his or her candidature. Wouldn’t Pakistan do better if such a panel of noble individuals headed the Election Commission? However, to bring in such a change, the people must want it, and they can only demand it if there is more awareness about it. The bright side of the matter is that; little by little, slowly and steadily, they are getting to know about this possible change, from one source or another.

Indeed, while some people might feel that the system used during Hazrat Umar’s [R.A.] time is outdated, one must look into the justice his established system provided the people. Through close inspection, it becomes clear that some of the elements of Khilafat-e-Rashida are even implemented in western society. Some of these include: state-provided healthcare, pension and the dole. Our people desperately need this kind of assistance.

While there are a great many people who pin their hopes on democracy, foolishly believing the tall promises of their party leaders, an increasing number of people seem to be growing weary of the current system, and they want a replacement through which they will not be exploited and denied justice; among other things that the people of Pakistan deserve, they ought to be free of the current draconian banking system, and they deserve to have speedy and free justice. There are also a great many practices that need to be overhauled or eliminated apart from these. Indeed, the Pakistani people can achieve what they deserve if they are aware and decide on setting up a system that is based on the way Hazrat Umar [R.A.] governed.

Indeed, we are fortunate to have enough people around already who understand such a form of governance, and it is the duty of such people to spread the message. One does not need to be highly educated to understand what a system like Khiafat-e-Rashida can do for the common man; it’s only a matter of learning about its track record of past success. While the masses still do remain dazed and confused with the current political drama, there is a steady movement towards a more practical and just system.

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4 comments

  1. Present form of democracy in Pakistan is completely farce,unless drastic changes are made in the election rules.

    1)Article 63 of the constitution should be fully implemented to screen out corrupt people,as is done in Iran.

    2)Elections are either held on proportional representation basis i.e. people should vote for the parties,based on their manifestoes,and seats allotted to parties,based on votes obtained.Then,the parties should send their best people to the Parliament.

    3)Or if the current system is followed,only those getting more than 50% votes should be declared successful.Those getting less than 50%,should go through for the second round,as in France.

    Zaat,brathery,tribal system is fatal for Pakistan.


  2. No man made ideology can ever do justice: one solution = Khilafah !


  3. I DEVISED A VERY SOFISTICATED SYSTEM WHICH SHALL ROOT OUT THE EVIL THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND IN CASE PEOPLE FURTHER DEVELOPE THE SYSTEM OF HUMANISTIC ALTERNATIVE ECONOMICS THEN USA SHAL LEAVE AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ IN NO TIME BECAUSE OF A FEAR THAT USA ITSELF TURNING INTO A COMMUNIST STATE
    http://www.pakistannews.net/story/610665#reply


  4. USA SHALL BE UNNERVED IN CASE MR>ZARDARI DONATES ALL HIS WEALTH TO THE NATION OF PAKISTAN.DOES HE WANT TO HAPPEN SO.OR DOES HE WANT EVEN TEN PERCENT MORE.



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