The Buzdar phobia

Hassan Siddique 06:28 PM | 4 Feb, 2019
The Buzdar phobia
Pity the critics who denounce attire, not the character, who deplore accent, not the attitude and the ones who lament administrative strength not the burglars of state. Notwithstanding the fact that attire, language, and administrative capability are significant traits, especially when you have to run the affairs of the biggest federating unit of the country, but may I ask you a simple question?

What has been the principal cause of our demise during last seven decades, isn’t it the moral and monetary corruption, can we overlook the failures of state institutions in the hands of the “good governors”, how can we forget the rise of militant outfits and the thugs with unique identities, the land mafias, Namaloom Afraads, choto gangs & tanker mafias.

Can’t disagree with the argument that humility and humble background shouldn’t be the only criteria to judge the ruler, but remember the linchpin of previous Punjab government is one of the most notorious characters of our political history. The GT road focus promoted a sense of deprivation.

Known for “Shahbaz Speed”, he increased the gap between the haves and have not rather than bridging the gap, the results of Northern and South Punjab in the last general elections are evident enough to support the argument. Similarly, the claimers of Bhutto’s legacy had to bite the dust in the financial capital of the country due to ignorance of the problems of Karachiites.

It appears that a specific segment of our opinion makers is suffering from a memory loss or imprisoned in an elitist mindset. Sadly, they are the ones who preach the teachings of Faiz Ahmad Faiz but fail to comprehend the gist of his thoughts. Ask them to interpret what “ ab raaj karay gi Khalq-e-Khuda” means, doesn’t it mean that a common man should be at the helm of state’s affairs?

The PTI founder was wary of the consequences of appointing a “lowly” from the deprived portion of Punjab. No one thought that Khan would make such a move, especially calling Buzdar Wasim Akram plus stunned everyone. So behold, there is something in the mind of the most successful politician of this era. Let the time decide… But yes, without an iota of doubt Punjab could have done much better during the first five months, the DPO Pakpattan and Sahiwal fiasco has badly dented the repute of Buzdar and his team.

PTI’s economic vision was demonstrated through its mini-budget and foreign policy gains are unprecedented in recent history, which shows that PTI leadership is not devoid of vision. The logic behind the selection of Punjab’s Kaptaan is basically a liability-free individual who won’t be pressurized by the mafias I have mentioned earlier. Hopefully, the Buzdar brand will let the institutions work not the oligarchs of the past, the fundamental reason for his appointment. First, two-three years of the last tenure of KP government are not worth mentioning, but the product was shaped during the final year, which resulted in a resounding success in 2018 elections.

Interestingly, there is hardly any MPA from PTI who is not happy with the CM, the previous ruler of Punjab used to meet public reps once in a blue moon.

Now let the time decide, not the 48 news screens. Criticism is part of democracy but the basis of criticism should make sense, not for the sake of criticism. Because criticism merely on the basis of your area, looks or dressing does not sound good!

Remember, we have given decades after decades to the conventional wisdom, which pushed us to the dreadful results, now please give some time to the unconventional one.

Hassan Siddique
Hassan Siddique

Hassan Siddique is pursuing his PhD degree in media studies from Punjab University


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 03, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 272.25 273.25
Euro EUR 297.32 297.65
UK Pound Sterling GBP 333.31 333.61
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 212,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs182,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420


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