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Give Time To Obama As He Is Bringing Change

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The Americans have brought the real change by electing a black as their president. The success of Barack Obama in the recently-held election was really a miracle as he is the first black person in the history of the world, who becomes the president of the sole super power. The imperialist forces will certainly be not happy with this big change as they have for the first time lost really. Now they will be busy round-the-clock to create problems for the new president. Now they have been creating problems for the Americans and whole world. We must be aware of their ulterior motives. Obama cannot clear the mess in the world in a single day. He must be given the time to fulfil his promises on the restoration of peace. There will be no denying the fact elimination of terrorism and restoration of peace will solve the problems being faced by the world.

The bold statements of Barack Obama about Pakistan have largely been welcomed by the people as they want solution to their problems. The rulers of Pakistan are incapable to solve the some chronic problems. Most of the rulers of Pakistan are feudals--therefore, they are unaware of the problems of the people. 

Hundreds of people are daily falling prey to the endless violence in various parts of Pakistan, but the rulers have been telling the world that everything is okay. The situation in Pakistan is really bad. Terrorism is a real threat to Pakistan. Various parts of the country have been captured by the terrorists, but still the rulers have been claiming that they can solve the problem. The main problem of Pakistan is the corrupt rulers. The rulers have been getting dollars from the US, but still they have been raising objections over the positive role of the United States. But now the media of Pakistan has accepted the positive role of Obama and his team.

In an unusually candid set of comments, President Barack Obama has made it quite clear that his government has no faith in the Pakistani civilian government. The fact that these remarks come just as President Asif Ali Zardari is heading towards the US for his first meeting with President Obama is of course especially significant. By the look of things, he is to be given a tough time. The US administration has however hit on what seems to be a key point. It has said the Pakistan government appears unable to deliver what people need--essentially basic services, welfare and access to justice. This failure, on the part of not just the present government but ones that came before as well, is of course a key factor in the rapid rise of militancy and the success of the extremist groups in recruiting young men who see no other options available to them. In such circumstances, a gun and the sense of power the Taliban offer, are hugely tempting prospects. The US, which has apparently switched tactics by holding the Pakistan military up as an outfit which understands the key issues, needs to realize that the military cannot deliver on these needs. While the army may be able to safeguard nukes, as Obama has asserted, and possibly even change its line on India, it cannot be expected to address the needs of citizens. This is something only elected governments can deliver on.

The Pakistani delegation, as it prepares to set out across the Atlantic, must see how it can persuade Washington to help it achieve this. The issue goes far beyond one of just financial aid. Some kind of assurance needs to be given that it will be used to good effect. There is also the IMF programme which, by cutting subsidies in key areas, works against the government and makes its task of delivering to people all the more difficult. It is in some ways unfortunate though that the identification of Pakistan's key problems had to come from Washington. The fact is that our leaders must take prime responsibility for their country and determine what needs to be done. Tuning in to the wavelength of people is one part of this. Indeed it is a critical part. The government must get its act
together, patch up the schisms within it that make its working more difficult and put together an agenda that can persuade people of its competence, its commitment and its ability to deliver. So far people have no confidence the government is capable of this. The distance that has opened up in fact makes it possible for the US to make attacks of the kind that has come from Obama. The president and his team will then need to persuade the big guns in Washington that they are indeed capable of meeting the needs of their beleaguered country and that what they need to achieve this is support.

But the government must also realize that diminishing faith may mean there will be fewer chances in the future. There must then be no more failures, but only the success we need to move forward and eliminate the militancy that is today the biggest threat to our nation.

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur District, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is (more...)

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