By: DR FAROOQ HASSAN

Dr. Hassan has a new essay in The Nation:

Every morning at my Harvard’s library desk I go through press reports on Pakistan. I regret to say that no country in the World has as bad things written about it as Pakistan does. While some of these critiques, ridicules or even sarcasm could be arguably attributed to antagonism that may conceivably exist against an Islamic country which has the nuclear capacity, I am afraid still a lot of what is said about Pakistan is usually true.

I cannot find any parallel in the contemporary history where a country has so little to speak up about itself as Pakistan. Dignity or honour has ceased to have any meaning in Pakistan’s public life. Theoretically none of these notions arguably even exist since in Pakistan almost everything that is publicly noticeable exhibits an alarming lack of even common decency or public morality.

Be it the utterly fake and discernible commitment to rule of law and constitutional supremacy or any other matter, the government is least bothered to take any noticeable action which could be morally correct. I am personally sick of hearing this comment that is often given by the President or the Prime Minister that “this or that matter will be decided by the parliament” when the said institution is seemingly as powerless, moribund and inactive as it was during the heyday of military adventures in this country.

Please read the essay in full.

The writer is a barrister at law (UK), attorney at law (US), senior advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and professor at Harvard University.