Human history has witnessed transformation of many political paradigms, among those, the paradigm shift of monarchy to democracy has always been considered unequaled. It resulted in the birth of constitutional democracy which unleashed tremendous human energy, ensured a standard of living, and guaranteed freedom and liberty, but in Pakistan, this blessing is losing its popularity and people are becoming hopeless.

A recent survey, conducted by British Council, reveals that majority of Pakistani youth view democracy with despair and it found dictatorship relatively better. Such pessimism in the young voters is something alarming and calls for a serious check. It badly exposes the fragility of the democracy to which youth is accustomed. It reminds me of Hillary Clinton’s words “The worst thing that can happen in a democracy is when people become cynical about the future and loose hope.” Unfortunately, Pakistan is becoming this worst case.

The reasons for mistrust and hopelessness are many. There is a mismatch between true democracy and the democracy being practiced in Pakistan. Democracy in Pakistan is an apology for the real democracy that requires that the will of common people should be reflected in governance. Democracy delivers to the masses and parliament exercise delegated authority, in accordance to the constitution. The opportunities are created and distributed equally. Merit is followed and justice is provided.

In Pakistan, the case is opposite. Democracy is not a reality here but a deception. The government has remained unable to deliver efficiently on economic, political and diplomatic fronts. People see their future as bleak and are suffering in many ways. Let it be loadshedding, illiteracy, corruption, poverty, Inflation or terrorism, these all are ailing people. Many international organizations are continuously rating Pakistan among the most dangerous and difficult countries to live in. There is an atmosphere of uncertainty which makes it difficult for people to think about democracy.

Despite weakened democracy In Pakistan, one should at least give it the benefit of doubt and wait for it to mature. Democracy here is not as old as in successful democracies. The transfer of power from one democracy to another has hardly happened before, but it is happening now. It should be provided due time, because all the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.

AHMAD ZIA TULLA,

Sargodha, April 7.