It seems that President Zardari has finally had enough about the power shortage in the country. He has decided to directly get involved in the struggle to have the crisis of power cuts and loadshedding (load means electric load on the grids and shedding means of course to lessen the burden on the system that provides electricity) under control. The government has tried everything so far, but the demand (for electricity grew faster then anyone could have imagined or expected) has surprised everyone. Now, it is time to really think outside the box and the federal government has decided to tackle this issue once and for all. This was the good news. The bad news is that nothing would yield result any time soon because power (electricity) generating and disHribution is no simple task. It is even harder in Pakistan given Pakistan’s old and unreliable distribution network. Nonetheless, it is good news that the Islamabad has decided to put everything to work to solve the problem of electricity shortage and sooner or later, the country will see the fruits of this intense effort that has been started by Zardari.
But, what I would like to see is that everyone in the country, especially the media play a constructive role in educating people about the actual problem, the efforts that are under way to find a permanent and long term solution and most importantly, the need to be patient while the government is working to come up with answer for this problem. Electronic media especially has to resist the temptation to milk this crisis for ratings because this shortage is hurting everyone and it is a national issue. So far, electronic media has not done anything to honestly and objectively discuss this issue so that people don’t become hostile towards those who are working to help them.
Given Pakistan’s overall situation, anything can trigger a crisis and the country cannot afford to have hysterical mobs on the roads looting, burning and agitating when Islamabad is engaged in a life and death struggle against the Taliban. What Pakistan needs today is stability so that the threat of terrorism can be defeated and this is no time for political point scoring or settling old disputes. Zardari and Gillani are fighting too many fights that they did not start but were forced on them. All segments of society should play their role in stabilizing Pakistan at least for three fours years so that the country is back on track towards stability. Right now, Pakistan is bracketed with other failed states around the globe and if every Pakistani is not committed to doing what is in the best interest of Pakistan, all of us are going to regret our inaction in the future.