Pakistan is country of contradictions, with new problems cropping up every day. Our condition can be summed up in Charles Dickens’s sentences from ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ in which he gives the situation of England and France, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

In a country were politicians have nothing to show except money, to win elections what can you expect? That they would adequately represent the poverty-stricken, down-trodden and bereft masses of the country? Is this a fairy tale and am I to believe it? We need to grow up and become a mature nation. What we need is strong leadership which can balance modernity with our religion and make Pakistan a progressive nation. We need a leader who has the desire and the vision to make this a prosperous and self-sufficient country.

NASIR-UD-DIN SOOMRO,

Hyderabad, May 29.