The Personal Life of Pakistan's Politicians

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For many Pakistani Politicians, what they do in their personal lives often hurts them in their public life. In one hand, they call to save Pakistan. In another, their personal lives are targeted and they become the target of character assassinations. But what good has exposing those people who choose to have a liberal interpretation of a personal life.

The only way Pakistan will succeed is when Pakistanis are tolerant and think about moving forward. Who cares if some politician is drinking a Latte at a cafe or a couple is having a romantic moment. This is the energy of love and companionship. What is wrong is adultery, being married to one person and cheating on them for another. It is okay for a politician to have a cigar, but they must be mindful of those that are around them and they must acknowledge that it is not good for the health of themselves or those around them. However, people should care less about a politician's personal life and should care more about a politician's public policy.

There have been cases where certain elements have exposed a certain woman politician shaking hands, another male politician complementing a woman, and when certain politicians have been seeing other people. There have been criticisms of how much assets each politician owns or desires. But those assets are no different than what many Pakistani businessmen, industrialists and retirees own. It is our own envy of those people with assets that hurt Pakistan. One is free to have the luxuries they desire. It is credible when they are modest. However, when they are not modest, we should not critique it, if we do so, we are passing the judgement on their personal life. We should allow everyone to pursue their happiness. But one's happiness should not be pursued at the expense of someone else's pain.

In the end, only happy politicians make good decisions that lead to an effective government. We should start the process of positive politics. Being judgmental on other's uneasy habits has only drained Pakistan. It has only fueled the politics of revenge and greed. If someone wants to have a love life, let them. They are not interfering with the matters of the state. The only way tolerance will strive is when we accept the people for the inner beauty that they are. If someone from a political family loves someone, let them love, let them live. But don't get in the way of their happiness, as long as it does not cause pain to others.

In Pakistan, when we pursue administrative policies, we will be best effective when the media focuses on the public administrative goals of providing security, building schools and infrastructure and providing the energy that the country needs to development. Personal stuff is only entertainment and we should not turn it in to something more. We should not play the role of God in judging others. But sometimes, our conservative elements are quick to pass judgement. When the public has the freedom to pursue the right of happiness, Pakistan will progress. Let those that wine, dine. Let those that love, live. Let those that spend lavishly, give. As long as it does not interfere with our own happiness, as long as we live in a society we secure, and in a society we help progress with Father Jinnah's vision of tolerance.

Pakistan must not look West, but look East towards Japan. West has the technologies of War. The East has the technologies of Love and Friendship. Japan is the land of the future, and of honor. Japan is the role model for Pakistan. Pakistan has the opportunity, it's clean shaved, suit wearing young leaders must take over Pakistan's Political System.

Munzir Naqvi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Kennesaw State University.

He serves as an advisor to the Pakistan Israel Peace Forum (PIPF) & Pakistan The Next Five Years. Mr. Naqvi has served as President of Student Government at Kennesaw State University in 2004-2005. 

Naqvi is interested in developing countries and economic policies.  He is an advocate of Free Trade in a Free World.  His Motto is Diplomacy before Dialogue.  You can follow him at www.twitter.com/naqvi and Join the Facebook Group: Pakistan The Next Five Years

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