The other day I saw the movie ‘Invictus’. The movie was about Nelson Mandela. It showed how despite being imprisoned by the whites in his own country for 27 years, he emerged as the first black president bringing an end to apartheid. After being elected the president, Nelson Mandela set an example for all blacks by tolerating whites in the government institutions and actually making it possible for the South African football team (supported only by the whites as it had only one black player)to win the world cup. It was truly inspirational. There was a scene where a South African newspaper poses a question to the leadership of Nelson Mandela. The news paper said, “He can win the elections but can he run a country?” Mandela was accompanied by a body guard when he saw the paper, the black body guard unsurprisingly criticized the article while Mandela justified it by saying, “It is a legitimate question”. After this scene, throughout the movie, I only thought about one thing. Our Leaders. The leaders of Pakistan.
Let’s turn our attention to the leaders of our country. Can any of us imagine what would our country’s leader’s response to this question have been? Let’s take Zardari as an example. What would he say? A leader needs to have a vision, be able to take risks, make decisions, motivate others, and communicate effectively. He needs to inspire people by setting an example. How many of these qualities would you think our leaders have. Hardly any! In my opinion Pakistan right now does not have a political figure that deserves to be called a ‘leader’. If anyone stands out, it would be Imran Khan. Imran Khan is probably the only politician to have given more to Pakistan than taken away from it. Creating the Shaukat Khanum was only one of his many contributions. Recently, he has started to build an education city. What have other’s done? They have looted our country everytime they have come to power. How long can we keep watching our country being robbed by its own leaders? The Prophet (sallallahu aleihi wa sallam) said:
“Allah does not punish the individuals for the sins of the community until they see the evil spreading among themselves, and while they have the power to stop it, do not do so.”
We should not let this evil spread any further and put a stop to it by standing up for what is right. Let’s encourage good people to come forward and contest elections.