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This article exposes the deceptive practices of those in power and emphasises the duty they have to prioritize the well-being and rights of the people, utilizing objective forces for positive change.

In the shadows of opulence and progress, the poor endure a torment unseen by many. Their existence is a testament to resilience amidst relentless suffering. Hunger gnaws at their stomachs like a ravenous beast, consuming their strength and dignity. Each day is a battle for survival, scavenging for morsels amidst the refuse of abundance.

Disease festers in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions, claiming lives with cruel indifference. Basic human rights become distant dreams, trampled upon by societal apathy and systemic neglect. Their voices, stifled by the weight of poverty, echo unheard in corridors of power.

Humiliation becomes a constant companion, as they are treated as lesser beings, unworthy of empathy or compassion. They endure the scornful glances and the disdainful remarks, their worth reduced to the pennies they beg for on indifferent streets.

Their lives are a tapestry of pain, woven with threads of despair and deprivation. Yet, amidst the darkness, flickers of resilience endure. For in the heart of the poor lies a flame of hope, burning bright against the relentless tide of adversity, a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human soul.

In the grand theater of politics, where promises are currency and rhetoric reigns supreme, the powerful wield their words with deceptive charm, masking their true intentions behind a facade of benevolence. Theirs is a world of calculated deceit, where the pursuit of power trumps all notions of honesty and integrity.

Politicians, the supposed stewards of the people, often cloak themselves in the guise of saviors, offering tantalizing promises of charity, economic relief, and job creation. Yet, beneath the veneer of generosity lies a web of manipulation and self-interest. Their speeches are crafted with careful precision, designed to appeal to the emotions of the masses while conveniently sidestepping the uncomfortable truths that lie at the heart of social inequality and injustice.

Indifference drips from their words like poison, as they turn a blind eye to the plight of the disenfranchised and marginalized. Basic human rights become mere afterthoughts in their quest for power and control. They speak of economic prosperity and growth, yet fail to address the fundamental rights of the common people – the right to dignity, to justice, and to equality.

Lies flow freely from their lips, woven into the fabric of their political narratives with practiced ease. They promise reduction in prices and economic relief, yet behind closed doors, they cozy up to corporate interests and special interests groups, selling out the very people they claim to represent. Their words are hollow echoes, devoid of sincerity or truth, mere tools to manipulate and deceive.

Shrewd talk becomes their weapon of choice, as they navigate the treacherous waters of political intrigue with cunning and guile. They speak in half-truths and euphemisms, carefully obscuring their true intentions behind a veil of ambiguity. They promise change and reform, yet perpetuate the status quo, preserving the power structures that keep them in control.

Charities and philanthropic gestures are but mere distractions, designed to divert attention away from their own complicity in perpetuating social injustice. They offer crumbs to the hungry masses, while feasting at the table of privilege and excess. Their actions speak louder than their words, revealing a callous disregard for the suffering of those they claim to serve.

In the halls of power, morality becomes a casualty of ambition, and ethics are sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. The common people are mere pawns in their game of power, to be manipulated and exploited for their own gain. Theirs is a world of moral bankruptcy, where principles are discarded in favor of personal gain.

Yet, amidst the sea of dishonesty and indifference, there remains a glimmer of hope. For the power of the people is a force to be reckoned with, and the voice of the oppressed cannot be silenced forever. It is through collective action and solidarity that real change is wrought, challenging the entrenched power structures and holding the powerful to account. Only then can the true promise of democracy be realized – a promise of equality, justice, and dignity for all.

In an era where the tides of progress are shaped by the relentless march of science, technology, globalization, and brainpower development, it’s increasingly evident that these formidable forces are the true champions of the common people. Collectively referred to as the 4F, these entities wield transformative power, promising a future where transparency, accountability, efficiency, and empowerment reign supreme.

At the forefront of this revolution stand technologies like the internet and generative artificial intelligence, alongside a plethora of other advancements. Together, they form the backbone of a new paradigm, one where governance is transparent, corruption is curtailed, and the people are truly empowered. Through the judicious application of these technologies, the judicial system can be transformed into a bastion of people-centric justice, where fairness and equality prevail.

Moreover, these technologies act as vigilant guardians against the scourge of corruption and wastage, ensuring that the hard-earned resources of the working people are utilized judiciously for the collective good. They pave the way for round-the-clock high-tech education and skill development opportunities, democratizing access to knowledge and expertise.

But the impact of the 4F extends far beyond the confines of governance and education. They hold the key to revolutionizing sectors like agriculture and the informal economy, ushering in an era of sustainable growth and prosperity. No longer will the working people be treated as mere cogs in the machinery of labor; instead, they will be recognized as human beings deserving of dignity and respect.

In the realm of business, the 4F catalyze the growth of small enterprises, foster high-tech manufacturing, and drive innovation through research and development. They lay the foundation for an efficient public service delivery system and a vibrant services sector, ensuring that essential amenities like cheap energy, reliable transport, clean air, and water are accessible to all.

Yet, perhaps the most profound impact of the 4F lies in their ability to grant individuals the independence and prosperity they rightfully deserve. By harnessing the full potential of state-of-the-art technologies, particularly generative artificial intelligence, every aspect of economic and social life can be revolutionized.

However, realizing this vision requires concerted effort and unwavering commitment from all stakeholders. Governments must prioritize investment in technology and innovation, fostering an environment conducive to growth and development. Similarly, businesses must embrace the opportunities presented by the 4F, leveraging them to drive inclusive and sustainable growth.

In essence, the 4F represent a beacon of hope in an increasingly complex world. By harnessing their collective power, we can pave the way for a future where independence and prosperity are not just lofty ideals, but tangible realities for all. It’s time to embrace the transformative potential of science, technology, globalization, and brainpower development and chart a course towards a brighter tomorrow.

However, what is the responsibility of political parties and individuals in power who claim to serve the people of Pakistan but instead prioritize their own self-interests in a merciless manner? It is imperative that they take steps to digitize and modernize both the judiciary and the government.

They should ensure that all information generated and produced by government offices is made public and easily accessible to the people, delivered right to their doorstep. Additionally, they should provide free and compulsory high-tech education and skill development opportunities to all children and individuals of working age. Failure to fulfill these obligations will result in a lack of forgiveness from history, and there will be swift accountability for their actions.

It is essential to recognize that people do not require charity from those in power. Offering charity can be seen as a mere mockery and a cruel joke played on the people. Instead, the focus should be on guaranteeing the provision of basic human necessities and upholding fundamental rights. It is the duty of those in power to fulfill their obligations as outlined in the constitution. By doing so, they can ensure that the rights and needs of the people are met in a meaningful and sustainable manner, rather than relying on temporary acts of charity.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

Dr Murtaza Khuhro

The writer is a retired Civil Servant and Advocate at the High Court. [email protected]

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KU Feb 29, 2024 08:01am
Another best article and a very true picture of narcissist leadership and difficult conditions people live under. The opening paragraph is a charge sheet that needs serious thought and accountability.
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Tariq Qurashi Feb 29, 2024 04:46pm
This article brought tears to my eyes. Why are we so cruel and indifferent to our own people? Why are we so selfish and self-serving? Fixing the countries problems is really not rocket science.
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