Once a very famous man said ”Life’s hard, it’s harder if you’re stupid,” as you can guess that famous man was me. While, I may believe religiously that this is the ultimate joke and an absolute example of me being the epitome of wit. That is obviously not the case, it is merely a case of social intelligence and a common citizen like me understands that.
Faisal Vawda, Water Minister and frequent PTI white knight, failed to understand the importance of social intelligence when he decided if he was going to be on TV, he should totally take a chance to launch his career as a comedian. However, his opening act of pulling a boot out of nowhere like a cartoon character was perhaps ‘too aspiring’ to be duly rewarded, because this took place during a talk show live on TV.
Further flaunting his stupidity and insolence, he declared that the PML-N and PPP whose representatives sat next to him in the studio were licking this boot. Vawda mocked the PML-N’s unconditional support for the Army Act amendment bill, saying the party was “lying down to kiss the boot”. If that wasn’t already enough, Mr. Vawda continued to spew out about how he would bring that boot to every talk show he attended to remind how democratic they really are.
It seems Mr. Vawda may have forgotten that he is a minister who is in office and continued to put his ‘theatrics’ on display, all that murmur was devoid of any actual humor or sense. “They (PML-N) lay down to kiss the boot,” he added while also mocking the PML-N slogan “Vote Ko Izzat Do” by saying “Boot Ko Izzat Do”.
The opposition guests realizing how communal this person was, and how he lacked the slightest semblance of social intelligence, walked off the set in disgust. By his theatrics, Mr Vawda not only embarrassed the guests, the host, his party, but politicians, the military and ordinary citizens as well. The only person not affected by this shallow political move, was apparently Mr. Vawda himself.
Pakistan today is faced with one of its most serious existential challenges, water as we know is not an unlimited resource and is expected to run out in a couple of years. Having little faith in Mr. Vawda regarding such a crucial matter, while he makes a debut for his comedy career on late night TV talk shows night after night is justified.
Simi Kamal, one of Pakistan’s leading water experts stated, “Pakistan needs to develop robust ways of collecting real-time data; whereas the existing database needs to be shared with research organizations and academia to advance the knowledge base. The idea is to have the best brains coming up with the solutions and advising the government. But as things stand, currently we have no credible numbers on agriculture’s share in water consumption.”
Mr. Vawda is known for his (for a lack of a better word) absurdities, when not riding expensive bikes or driving around in fancy cars, he spends his valuable time threatening people or promising jobs that don’t exist. His theatrics aren’t even affected by the place or circumstance under which he is there, apparent when he was well dressed in his best leather jacket, flaunting his weapon at the scene of a terror attack. Perhaps he fancies himself as a Bollywood hero, but who is going to save us from our savior super hero minister?
Why would such a man be appointed in the first place? According to Jahangir Tareen, he has done a lot for the party and that justifies his position. The very same thing PTI used to scream bloody murder about happening when previous government didn’t take merit into account while awarding high ranking positions.However, these public spectacles of political crudeness aren’t only limited to him.
Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, slapped a senior journalist, Mabbashir Luqman at a wedding when the argument got heated. Luqman had recently uploaded a prolonged video relating to TikTok star Hareem Shah which prompted Chaudhry to slap him publically. He also slapped Bol TV anchorperson Sami Ibrahim during another wedding ceremony in Faisalabad in June 2019. So we have two PTI ministers, one who shows potential for being a comedian, while the other assumes the role of a drunk stepfather. These are our leaders; these are the men responsible for the development and progress of Pakistan.
Pakistan’s water economy is set to dry up by the year 2025, according to almost every international organization that has looked at it. This scarcity can create conditions that can potentially foster civil war.
Pakistan has one of the most Computer Science graduates that are now working for international clients as freelancers. Instead of harboring that potential, to catapult Pakistan into a better future our ministers are resorting to cheap publicity stunts.
In order to avert this outcome, we need to put the best brains we have on the problem, brains which are currently busy slapping people over a girl or bringing nothing more than a boot to the table. I am perhaps too pessimistic in believing that, we are indeed in great peril under these White knights and James bonds who conveniently don’t care to know the first thing about Law.
This zero-sum attitude displayed by our dear ministers, if allowed to run amok, will wreck havoc upon all prospects of a stable democracy. These cheap and sleazy attempts at popularity are not just the stuff of jokes, they are damaging the political stability in the country.
Now would be the perfect time to ditch these embarrassing rhetoric, lace up these shows of misplaced exuberance and bloated egos and show more responsibility towards their offices. Otherwise, they country would suffer greatly. PTI really needs to get its minister and act together, that is if they wish to fulfill their promises to the nation in the first place.
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17 November, 2019