MCP and Proud of it!

18 Jul

I’m an MCP – Middle Class Pakistani. Until last week, I was pretty proud of my middle class roots and had written about the subject before here. Turns out, I shouldnt have been because it’s the MCPs (middle class Pakistanis) who are actually destroying this country.

WARNING: The rest of this article is an angry rant! I will write a more “balanced” response once I get the ranting out of my system! Don’t read if you don’t like one-sided angry rants!

For two years at policy school, I was taught through historical examples and empirical economic evidence, that the middle class in every country is the key to development and growth – both social and economic. And as eureka lightbulbs flashed in my tiny head, I thought two years of graduate school and all that toiling over economic textbooks (which was quite painful) had paid off. Political revolutions, economic revolutions, industrial revolutions, across the globe, had their roots tied to the educated middle class who due to their education, were able to innovate and challenge the status quo of society. Fueled by a hunger for change, driven by a desire to rise to the top and armed with the knowledge of the arts and sciences, middle class individuals across time and space have been catalysts for change. They seemed pretty cool. So, in my optimistic naiveté, I was thinking that the solution to Pakistan’s problems is to encourage the growth of the middle class.

But then I read “an article by Mosharraf Zaidi, titled, “Owning up to Our Fake Degrees”  and “Politicians Their Own Worst Enemies” by Ayaz Amir and realized how wrong I was. Here I was thinking that the root causes of Pakistan’s problems were illiteracy, a poor economy, corruption and nepotism. How wrong I was! It turns out the trouble with Pakistan is its middle class. Those people with their laptops and their blogs – like me – were the bane of Pakistan’s existence.  (did I mention Mosharraf Zaidi and Ayaz Amir both have laptops? And MZ also has a blog). I was a little hurt by that assertion, not to mention, a little confused as  these two gentlemen had just undone two years of rather rigorous graduate schooling. I thought, I was doing something good by being focused on my studies and going to school abroad to access the best education I could manage. Turns out, I was turning into a Pakistan-Destroying-Laptop-Wielding-Chatterer – and these people – according to Ayaz Amir and Mosharraf Zaidi are the worst of the lot in Pakistan. Someone should have alerted me to this earlier. I could have saved myself and my parents much-needed money that they could then have invested in a Shaadi fund for me rather than a college fund. And then by sitting at home instead of going to school, being silent as all good nation building Pakistani women are supposed to be, I could have made chappatis and children for my husband and country. This would have been much better than wielding a destructive laptop and blog.

 

Yes, You! You MCPs are Toxic Waste!

Sorry, these gentlemen’s arguments blow my mind – I get a little worked up!

So why does Pakistan’s middle class suck so much? Why are they the toxic sludge that’s eating away at the foundation’s of this country? Here are the arguments that these two articles made and my naive (probably destructive) MCP views on them.

1. Why care about fake degrees? Everyone (especially the MCPs) is guilty of some fraud or fakeness so what right do these fraudsters have to pick on other fraudsters? 

Fraud does no harm to society. It doesn’t erode our morals, or take away from merit. It doesn’t prevent good and deserving people from rising to the top. It doesn’t prevent good decisions from being made. Since fraud is such a wonderful and commonplace thing, lets all turn a blind eye to it and go about our fraudulent ways. That’s clearly a recipe for good governance and sustainable economic growth.

In case you didnt guess, I was being sarcastic! 🙂

 So all the MCPs skimp on taxes, run red lights and ask friends and relatives to help their children get admitted to schools and colleges or get jobs. But have these columnists paused to think, why MCPs do this? Becuase, the power structures are fundamentally flawed and corrupt and therefore force people to mold themselves into the corrupt framework of the state in order to function within it. This is not desirable and not sustainable. And the way to deal with this is not to ask for less accountability but to ask for more.

But why ask for accountability only from politicians? Because if you punish some small bureaucrat or some clerk – it makes no difference and sends no message. But if you punish a man or woman at the top, it sends a message to all of society that no one is above the law. MCPs and all other classes of Pakistanis break the law because they know that those who make it and those who are supposed to be the vanguards of it do it without any qualms. So unless we can hold legislators accountable we have no right to hold others accountable.

Oh! And there is also the small matter of the constitution. The average MCP has not taken an oath to not lie, cheat or steal, but parliamentarians (implicit in what makes them eligible for election to the August house) have! So they are in violation of the constitution. And that to my MCP mind, is a problem.

2. Real constituents, who vote, don’t care about fake degrees. They elect the same people again. So can these MCPs stop thinking that their education makes them smarter and enables them to speak on behalf of the people who elected these fake degree holders into office?

First of all, I’m an MCP and I vote.

But its true that turnout numbers reflect dismal rates of participation in urban areas where MCPs reside. MCPs don’t vote. maybe people in rural areas would also not vote if they didn’t have someone holding a gun to their head or bussing them to the polling stations or if their livelihood and safety didnt depend on it. But we will never know.

AA and MZ both suggest that these elected representatives embody the wishes and aspirations of the people of the area. And if this is what the people want then who are these MCPs to intervene. AA and MZ seem to think that Jamshed Dasti is the best that Muzzaffargarh has to offer and that is why he won the election. He won the election because he was backed by the PPP and had the money to win the election. His winning the election speaks more to our unfair electoral system than to the true wishes and aspirations of the people. It’s not like people shunned a saint to choose Dasti. They shunned another equally dubious leader who switched party allegiances each year for dasti. And until people’s choices remain so limited, I don’t think we can believe that Jamshed Dasti is the “true” representative of the people. Muzzaffargarh and the rest of Pakistan have better people to offer. They just don’t have the resources to get elected to office.

But anyway, why are MCPs screaming on behalf of people they have never even met? I don’t know about the others but I wasnt screaming on behalf of the people I have never met. I was screaming on behald of the constitution and morality and other such self-righteous notions. Someone has to speak up for them or have we become so jaded that we can’t even muster the courage to challenge what we feel is unequivocally wrong and unjust? My education does not give me the right to speak on behalf of people I do not know – but my education does give me the advantage of having access to public forums and to a little bit of history and comparative analysis. So it is on behalf of those things that I speak and on behalf of a better future for my country.

3. MCPs are a tiny fraction. They are politically irrelevant. And just noisy. They hurt my ears and take up space in newspapers. Why don’t they just keep quiet?

Strange that you would use up space in a newspaper to rant about this tiny inconsequential fraction of people. And even stranger is that you rant in newspapers because according to you – it does no good! So why are you, oh wise people, doing what we diabolical MCPs are up to? Could it be that you do it because people actually read and listen?

I rant in newspapers and on blogs because I feel that this is my contribution to Pakistani society (other than being a teacher, holding a job, paying taxes, etc). And as Pakistan increasingly gets more connected to the world-wide web, and as more Pakistanis get access to the internet, more people will be able to read and learn from a greater variety of views and voices. Such exchange of ideas is critical to reform in any society. And while my writing or my ideas might not be good or great, there are others out there who do have good ideas and good writing and they have fantastic research, actually steeped in empirical evidence to prove their ideas and to guide future policies and innovations – most of these people are hard-working middle class Pakistanis.

4. Oh stop being so pompous and self-righteous and go do something worthwhile like engaging in actual politics.

Unfortunately, my skills are not as great as Ayaz Amir’s and I do not have the charm, charisma or constituency that he has. So I would suck at politics. But is politics, the only way to prove one’s worth to the country? The unfortunate reality of Pakistan, as my good friend Nadine Murtaza says is that “everyone wants to be a leader and no one wants to be a good professional.” My service to Pakistan as an MCP is not to engage in politics, but it is to do to the best of my abilities whatever it was that my MCP education allows me to do. And in the past, this has worked out well for most countries, as their middle class populations have fueled growth by being good at their professional duties and by instilling in their children the ethos of hard work and just rewards. But I do hope that one day, MCPs do join politics and I am sure there will be talented and charismatic ones who do. Only good could come of it. But it is not the duty of the majority of MCPs to become politically active. That is not how they will best serve the country. They will best serve the country by educating themselves, by learning the value of logic and reason and the value of hard work and inspiring and instilling it in others. It is the spread of the middle class ethos that leads to the transformation of nations and it is our duty as MCPs to spread this ethos in any way we can. To see a detailed discussion of this please see the paper by Banerjee and Duflo here.

So I’m off to serve my country by doing what I was trained to do – analyzing public policy. And I’m going to do it on my blog and I might even do it in the Newspaper in the hopes that it will spark debate and dialogue that will one day lead to positive change. One can hope? Or is that also a stupid MCP notion?

Till then, can you please stop hating the MCPs? We’re not that bad. We pay the bulk of taxes (income and transactional taxes), we man hospitals, schools, shops and corporations and keep this country going.

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17 Responses to “MCP and Proud of it!”

  1. Mackers July 18, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Hell, this is one heck of a tricky issue. For a change, I will have to reluctantly agree with MZ and AA, to a degree. I think most important issue in this whole debate is whether the degree restrictions to candidacy, imposed by Musharraf, were sensible. I have been vacillating back and forth on this, with every new argument I read, and every pro and con I think of.

    Admittedly, the intention behind the restriction was good. It makes sense that our politicians all have at least a bachelors. People that make decisions in this country and represent the populace should be educated, preferably to the university level.

    But then, one has to also think about the ground realities. It is true that only around 50 something percent of Pakistanis are literate, and that less than 4 percent of the population has post-secondary education. And most of these graduates do reside in major cities. The problem then is: where does the majority of the Pakistani population, which resides in small towns and rural areas, get representation? How many people residing in these areas would hold degrees, and also want to give up their businesses or jobs and run for political office?

    In that scenario, the two realities remain that either the candidates will be “bussed” in or that a fake degree will be prepared. It’s not black and white, but I am for representatives having a vested interest in the locales they represent. Also, I can see the trepidation parties might feel about the chances of shipped in, degree-holding, foreign candidates against local ones.

    I am all for holding politicians accountable, and expecting them to be honest in their oaths of office, but I can’t help but agree with AA when they say that maybe we are being “over-pure” with the brouhaha. Is this a fight that needs to be fought? I know it sounds exaggerated when they both argue that this kind of nitpicking of politicians is what military coups are made of. There are many other more legitimate grievances for the not so legitimate military coups, but their hyperboles do stress a good point.

    I think AA made a bad decision by including that tangential paragraph about how we all have our vices and no one is ‘doodh ka dulha wa’. That gave fodder to his detractors to misstate his core and most logical argument. The thrust of his argument was that people find a way around “senseless restrictions” and that I am sympathetic to.

    Politicians that get elected do bus in supporters and coerce many more, but you have to let go of a talking point and admit that the representatives elected do somewhat reflect the electorate. If it was all up to campaign expenditure, coercion, and etc then the ANP wouldn’t have wrested control and of Pakhtunwa and the incumbents in Punjab, PML Qaaf, would have spent, arm-twisted, and bullied their way in to power – they did control the police, and the government organs, and spent big big dinero.

    I think we would do well to take a look at our neighbor to the east, and the fruits of their uninterrupted democracy. Their electorate has the same travails: corrupt, greedy and badly educated politicians, politician-organized crime nexus, voter intimidation, sectarian politics and etc. However, politicians do improve, as a class, and the country progresses. One of the crucial ingredients for that, media oversight, we do now have. Even the judiciary is starting to act independent. Suffice to say, I am optimistic. That optimism is tempered when, as I am sure MZ and AA, we start roughing up our politicians up for reasons that don’t seem justifiable and overly-critical. Criticism for the sake of criticism. I am aware you are only likely to agree with this if you take the premise, as I do, that the degree restrictions were ill thought-out.

    Finally, I like the fact that you are concerned enough to rant, but maybe you overdid it a tad bit. All four arguments are straw-men and I know that you know this, and intended it so. But still, it is excessively distorting both the authors’ criticism to a point where the reader might stop taking you seriously, if they take the time to read the original articles. AA doesn’t suggest in his article that everyone should be engaged in politics and MZ expressly states that most people can’t indulge in politics. Their criticism of the “chattering” class is that the indignation is misplaced and unnecessarily critical.

    P.S. Both the links you provided lead to MZ’s article

  2. Mackers July 18, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    Another fact that makes me wary of the degree restriction is that exceptions were made for those with madrassa certificates. I know that the hinterlands have many more of these ‘graduates’ than those of the conventional sort, and that such graduates already have a good percentage of the rural populace sympathetic to them and in their support base. I shudder to think what would have become of our rural politics if the politicians had done the ‘right’ thing and picked from only the candidates that were eligible .

    As it is, there are fundamentalist elements in our society, with a lot of sway, I, for one, don’t want more in power just because of a badly thought-out policy. As bad as you might consider the current lot, they are eons better than madrassa graduates with paranoia and superstition to put Zaid Hamid to shame.

  3. Girish Tarwani July 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi, why on earth in Pakistan we find so much fuss about education and degrees of politicians? India is a functioning democracy since it got independence from British rule and our Indian constitution does not require any educational qualifications to hold even the top post of President of the Republic of India! If the degrees were the criteria, none of descedents of Nehru would have been able to get elected as even Parliament members, as none of them except their current generation (Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra and Rahul Gandhi) held any graduate degree. One of our illusturious president, late Giani Zail Singh did not know even elementry English and so did another stalward, late Devi Lal, who became Dy.Prime Minister. As recently as barely two years ago, we had a minister in a State finding it difficult to even read oath in Hindi, her mothe tongue! So, my suggestion to so called MCP or whatever they call themselves is to give up their obsession with non-issues and make the admininstration of your country engage itself in serving your people. Remember, after partition, Pakistan got a good share of fertile lands and a well-trained administration, in addition to army. But, as of today, Pakistan has yet to produce a single Reliance Industries, a single Birla grouop, a single Tata, not to speak of Infosys and of course Wipro. Also, you have yet to create your first institution excellence that can compete with an Indian Institue of Technology (to my mind, there are at least ten IITs and more are in the process of being set-up) or Indian Institute of Management. If Pakistanis can make nuclear bombs, surely average Pakis are not that duds who do not understand the importance of governance. Journalists will always express their opinions and they are paid good sums of money to write their columns. I do not know about Pakistan, but in India, many people by the newspapers because their favourite columnists write in these papers. Indians have high regards for Paki cricketers, singers and musicians. The need for the current generation of Pakistan is to channelise its energies in nation building rather than focussing on issues of identy and India bashing.

    regards,
    girish

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  5. abdul Majid July 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    Very sensible rant, need more people to rant sensibly.AA &MZ papers were quite senseless.

  6. sehartariq July 21, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    @ Mackers: Thanks for your much more sensible comments! I agree with you that in a country with a literacy rate like ours the degree restriction did not make sense. And I am by no means arguing here that we should revert to it.

    I dont think that this anger and indignation is misplaced. We’ve let leaders at the top get away with murder and more – why cant we hold them accountable for once? This is something that has caught the imagination of the public and people are watching as we send out messages to the masses that its ok to cheat and lie – especially if you are in power. I am sick and tired of Pakistan holding small fry accountable to make it seem like they are “doing” something. Like I said holding the small man or woman accountable does nothing. Why should our leaders never be held accountable?

    Did you read the NY times piece on how they all evade taxes? Well, lets hold them accountable for that!

    If we cannot bring any integrity and sincerity to politics – how do we ever expect any kind of reform?

    I dont understand why asking leaders to be accountable is not a good idea? And all I wanted to say was its time to hold these people accountable and I dont care who asks for accountability and how as long as people are demanding it there is hope for the future.

    • Sibtain July 21, 2010 at 4:24 am #

      Hold them accountable yes they should be but for a law which has already been struck of the books? The 18th amendment did away with the requirement for a degree so for the court and media to pick this one issue seems quite foolish. There are enough laws on the books if you really want to clean up the system rather than just create a hue and cry over which in the end will not change anything on the ground cause most of them will be allowed to stand for reelection or their son’s or daughter or nephews will at least. And all this law did was well discriminate against the 90% of the citizens or more who have no degree.

      “Muzzaffargarh and the rest of Pakistan have better people to offer. They just don’t have the resources to get elected to office.” Did you know the spending limit on an MNA election is I believe 1.5 million rupees you really think any one of these politicians spent anywhere close to that amount? (I wouldn’t mind if they stole the 1.5 million from the treasury once they are elected instead of having to steal hundreds of millions or even billions just to fight the next election!!!)Hold them accountable for that and if they were how many of your MCP do you think would/could actually consider going into politics?

      You mentioned busing in people again illegal a candidate is not allowed to transport anyone but his family members.

      There are so many laws on the books which will bring about change in the kind of Politician that’s elected that when you compare it with the degree issue which will not bring about absolutely any change at all it does seem like everyone is just screaming about a total non issue just to be feel good about themselves.

    • Mackers July 21, 2010 at 7:34 am #

      Sehar,

      I was expecting your response to be more along the lines of ‘What persuasive commentary, I bow down to your opinion. You are right, I unequivocally agree with everything you said. I, a mere mortal, don’t have the mental prowess to debate with you any further’. And no, not in a sarcastic way either.

      I am afraid you might take back that “sensible comments” compliment now. Please don’t !

      Anyways, like I said, let’s hold them accountable. There far too many issues that are more important and more deserving of our moral outrage. Like the election expenditures and the wholesale transportation of voters, that Sibtain mentioned. Like the tax evasion, that you mentioned.

      I have read the NYT article on tax evasion, and seeing as you are Pakistani, I am sure you were aware of this issue before NYT brought it up. Where are the op-eds on this issue? The degree thing has been done to death, however, aside from the tweetosphere, I haven’t really read anyone mention this. Pakistan’s mention on some Fox News item about Porn got more coverage than this. Could it be that any attention paid to tax recovery would inconvenience the media corporates as much as much as it would the politicians?

      The problem with railing repeatedly against one infraction is that it dilutes the persuasiveness of the media. We keep getting outraged at every infraction and sometimes more so at undeserving transgressions than the truly reprehensible. Does it not convey moral equivalence of fake degree registration to say, voting fraud? They are not equally outrageous, and we let interest-groups hijack the issues for their own ends.

      By shouting on about fake degrees, I, also, think that we are thoroughly confusing the electorate. For the middle and lower classes, who take exception to the degree requirements, we risk turning the jalih degree politicians in to some sort of modern day Robin Hoods. The valiant politician who wasn’t cowed down by the nefarious restrictions, imposed by the ‘elites’, and did what he had to – to get elected and serve the poor. Next time a genuine issue is being discussed in the press, and the same politicians condemned, the effect of the outrage won’t be the same. ‘The silly media is at it again’ syndrome

      I can see that the you are sick and tired of the ‘small fry’ being fish curried. The thirst for revenge, against the top brass, is strong within you (Star Wars style), but let’s roast the big machlis when the raison is more justifiable and less vengeful. Attacking them for issues that are more pertinent would be more helpful than taking down half the parliament for this.

      On the point of tax evasion, I read some time ago, and can’t remember, for the life of me, where, that the tax collection by percentage of GDP, for Pakistan, stood at 10%, where as for Sri Lanka and India, it stood at 15% and 20%, respectively. As long as this remains the case, we will keep roaming around, begging-bowl in hand to make up for out revenue shortfalls. Not only does this give room to foreign powers to hold undue influence over our foreign policy, it also somehow incentivises the status quo, for our leaders, where we are given aid as a deterrent for fundamentalism and terrorism. I don’t think that most commentators believe that the MMA rightfully came to power in NWFP, during Musharraf’s reign.

      If only we had enough money in the treasury to not have to ask for loans and favors anytime a highway, power plant, or educational institution has to be built. Also, the NYT article didn’t specifically talk about the politicians, but Pakistani society in general. There aren’t too many businesses that pay their entire tax burden in full, and many don’t even pay anything at all, unless they absolutely have to.

      • sehartariq July 25, 2010 at 2:15 am #

        @Mackers “‘What persuasive commentary, I bow down to your opinion. You are right, I unequivocally agree with everything you said. I, a mere mortal, don’t have the mental prowess to debate with you any further!!”

        OK ….not really!

        I agree with you that there are many things to hold politicians accountable for and we should! Tax evasion is one of my pet peeves and I will definitely write about that too – but my question to you is why not fake degrees? How do we decide which issue is more important than the other?

        Fraud is fraud and the constitution does not discriminate between degrees of fraud for eligibility to parliament.

        Also, I disagree that holding leaders accountable is a cry for millitary intervention. I like to think of it more as getting rid of the rot in Pakistani politics and making room for fresh blood who will eneter the political arena knowing that they will not be spared if they do not abide by the law.

        Down with Law Breakers! 🙂
        @sibtain – the issue is not that its a law that is no longer on the books – the issue is that you have people in parliament who have no qualms about breaking the law and undermining the constitution and oath that they took.

        But all of your points are very valid and I agree with them. After college I worked closely with a group of civil society organizations called the Free and Fair Election Network and did a lot of work on election laws and training the media on how to report violations of these laws – so I am aware of the laws and painfully aware that no one follows them.

        I really think that in Pakistan change needs to happen at the top and I dont care if accountability begins with degrees, or taxes or the size of election posters – I think we should have robust accountability – without that a functional democracy is not possible. And if we give up on this fake degree scandal then we send out the message to future generations that we dont take accountability seriously. For far too long, we have been victims of half hearted attempts at everything. We really need to see what we start through to the end – especially where it pertains to holding those in power accountable.

        So, by all means prosecute them for tax evasion – i’ll be right behind you!!

  7. Jay Shah July 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    I did not know about the degree as a requirement for the election in Pakistan. Lack of corruption or criminal charges would be a better requirement – that is of good moral value (and everywhere not just in Pakistan!)

    I will tell you what MCP can do. Look at what Salman Khan and Radia/Jain team has done. Now that is the useful exercise and turning rants into solutions to create a truly learned person all throughout Pakistan and the world.

    This is a one person “show” but there are many many free Internet classes offered by HP, Stanford, MIT etc. Make them available and your MCP contribution will be invaluable.

    http://www.khanacademy.org/faq.jsp#newshour
    http://www.khanacademy.org/

    Jay Shah

  8. Mackers July 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Sehar,

    Respect for the law and the constitution is well and good, but the law in question was promulgated under a dictatorship and not by democratic means.

    My whole point is that it is a little absurd to rile against a violation where one doesn’t even agree with the law being violated, in the first place. Let’s say a law was introduced, in the Musharraf regime, making it necessary to pay a million dollar submission fee for filing candidacy papers. If somehow half the parliament had got away with not doing so, would you still be calling for blood?

    My analogy is a more bizarre version of the current problem, but the point is taking up the cudgels against fake degrees dilutes the credibility of the complainant, when the cause doesn’t resonate with most of our middle and lower classes, and does little in the way rectifying the problems that plague our democracy.

    Also, you know as well as I do that getting rid of half the Parliament won’t bring in fresh blood. Dasti should be a prime example of this. That is not how our setup is. If the likes of Dasti aren’t re-elected, then their kin will be. No one can change the system with a snap of fingers; what we can do is keep putting pressure on the politicians to perform, shed light on their ill-doings and hold them accountable for legitimate grievances (notably the violation of laws that were brought in somewhat of a democratic fashion, with some oversight – even if it is the media’s)

    If we still don’t see eye to eye, I agree to disagree

    • Mackers July 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

      So, up with the law breaks!!! (in this case :))

      • Mackers July 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

        ^ That really doesn’t work if I spell breakers wrong

  9. Aqil July 27, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    @Sehar

    Good rant, and I very much look forward to your more “balanced” article in response to the columns by Ayaz Amir and Musharraf Zaidi.

    @Mackers:

    The debate over which accountability issue is more important is essentially a distraction. Replace fake degrees by something else that you consider more worth pursuing and we will still see the same columnists criticise the middle class in pretty much the same manner. This should be evident from their previous writings and the whole national debate over accountability.

    Secondly, while the degree requirement is debatable, of all the arguments against it, the one about discriminating against the lower class is the biggest red herring. With or without the degree requirement, it’s only the elite that gets elected, and if you’re not rich, you stand very little chance because the whole system is designed that way. And ironically enough, people like Ayaz Amir who are so venomous against the middle class are always conspicuously absent when it’s time to speak in favour of reforms that would actually enable more participation of the lower class. Elected local govts (and please let’s not go into the “dictator made the local govts to perpetuate his rule” red herring), live debates between candidates on local radio stations, intra-party democracy in awarding party tickets (party workers in the constituency should elect who gets to represent them in the election), implementation of laws restricting campaign spending etc.

    • sehartariq July 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

      down with bad spellers! that would also mean down with me! 😛 SO may be not….

      BUt I think we can agree that we need accountability and we can disagree over which issue should come first. In my opinion as long as there is accountability that is fair and transparent – I am happy!

      But really – this post was to be about what should the role of the middle class Pakistani in these sort of issues. And I think there is nothing wrong with people like me or you asking for accountability…

      Now what comstitutes the middle class in Pakistan is a whole other debate which shall be coming to a blog near you very soon !!!! 🙂

      Stay tuned!

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