The term “good governance” has become catchphrase in the world today. All and sundry from the national, international, local or corporate organisation speaks about this term. When it comes to define the word “governance”, it can be defined as: how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources in order to guarantee the realisation of human rights. In other words it can also be described as the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented).                                                                                                                   

Rationally speaking, it is not a new concept when it comes to the religion of Islam. The glorious holy Quran is replete with several verses to illuminate us about this concept. Moreover, the holy life of the Holy Prophet of Islam and his pious companions can provide us profound guidance in this matter but what is needed is the will and vision to learn and act upon. Eid Milad Un Nabi SAW - the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PUBH), like other parts of the globe, is being celebrated in the country with usual religious fervor and solemnity. On can witness that mosques and other public and private places are being illuminated extravagantly. Naats will be cited through the loudspeakers. Processions will be taken out throughout the country. Indeed, it is reflective of Muslims Ummah’s love and reverence for the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( SAW).

Today’s Pakistan is presenting a picture of extreme bad governance on all national fronts. Today we have forces of disintegration -  stronger than forces of cohesion, we have weak writ of the government, where we have no rule of law, where we have no desired political instability, where we have inter-provincial conflicts, where we have unequal distribution of resources. In order to achieve good governance in the country, government is not only the actor, there are various other actors. In rural areas we have the influential landlords, associations of peasant farmers, cooperatives, NGOs, research institutes, religious leaders, finance institutions political parties, police etc. In the urban areas, in addition to the above actors, we have the media, lobbyists, international donors, mufti-national corporations, etc. I wish and pray, if all above-mentioned actors may learn from the holy life of Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) in the domain of ‘ Rule of law,    functions of the state, securing competition, internalisation of external effects, public good, education, regional integration and global compatibility, among others. Similarly, our incumbent rulers may redirect their priorities, invest in basic human needs; they must ensure equity and social justice and they must provide a major stimulus to economic growth, then, exemplary good governance can be the fate of this country where the rulers and the ruled ones will be men of simplicity, morality, accountability, responsibility and transparency in all dealings will become the way of life.

HASHIM ABRO,

Islsmabad, February4.