By Umer Raza Bhutta
The excitement is high, the emotions are charged up and the general feeling in Pakistan tonight is that of a festivity. This is no less than an EID for Pakistanis where they are going to vote tomorrow and to stamp on making history. Many think that this is a change they are voting for, many think that their leaders who have promised them to change many things within next “less than 5 years”, will be able to do what they promise. Well ! the promises are many and expectations are high. But behold gentlemen and ladies. Tomorrow we are just going to have a single step. And you know “the journey to a thousand miles starts from a single step”, in fact it will be a journey of thousands of miles. These thousands of miles will be covered in many dozens of years, creating hundreds of institutional setups, with millions of people, having billions of wishes doing trillion of transactions, so behold, Pakistan will change but not in a week, not in a month, not in a year and not even in five years.
We will be going through many such elections in the years to come, but all these should have 5 years of difference amongst them. Each government, whosoever, comes in must work for complete 5 years (or whatever and if any change in constitutional term demands). The most difficult 5 years have just passed, the lesser difficult are to come. But we should not forget in the process that during the last 5 years it was indeed difficult not only for the people but also for the government to work and to survive. The government had the most difficult time, it had taken power after a despot ruled for almost a decade. It had to survive with international pressure, with internal threats, with institutional challenges, with neighbor countries having a retreat around, with internal security threats, and with many challenges from the mind-set. The mind-set challenge was the most difficult one and will remain a challenge.
It was the most difficult 5 years for the country but when we are stepping in May 11th i.e. tomorrow it is because of the sacrifices for the 5 years that our people have rendered. So this is one of the opportunities for us to behold and do our duty for tomorrow and then turn back and contribute within our own spheres. The next government will contribute for 5 years, at the same time our contribution will continue, weather we are government servants, business men, teachers, doctors, engineers, local leaders, house wives or a student we have a contribution to make.
Feel the fresh breath of change but behold that journey of thousands of miles will be covered in many dozens of years, creating hundreds of institutional setups, with millions of people, having billions wishes doing trillion of transactions. I am confident that Pakistan will change but not in a week, not in a month, not in a year and not even in five years but in the time of my kids. My kids and their kids will not write such things but they will concentrate on more developed options Inshallah.
Pakistan has won