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I Applied For A Job And Discovered The Hollow Claims Made By PTI Government

Prior to the general elections, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) gave us hope that amid the chaos and hubbub, some crucial developments are about to take place in Pakistan. But a year after formation of the new government, it seems the change that we were promised by the PTI was but a myth. The institutional rot that the PTI promised to change remains the same under the party’s government. I say this because I got a chance to experience it all firsthand. I applied for a post in a government institution, the one situated in the heart of Lahore: the Punjab Assembly.

I made the decision to apply for the post after looking at an advertisement on the provincial assembly’s website. I thought to apply for a position in accordance with my qualification. Not having any reference or parchi, I went through the entire procedure and saw a number of apparent irregularities which irked me.

I was unaware of the state of affairs in the provincial assembly. Firstly, when I went to submit my form, I found that the forms that came “ooper se” were given priority and all other applicants were made to wait. Most of the forms which were submitted through postal service were not entertained.

Moreover, the advertisements announcing the position did not have any guidelines on how to submit the form. Although it was an uphill task, I eventually succeeded in submitting my form.

I got shortlisted and received the letter for an interview. Here again, a candidate who appeared out of nowhere – with a parchi in his hand, was sent to the committee room number 3 before me. When I asked a policemen standing near me that what was going on, he replied, “ooper se orders hain” (These are orders from the higher-ups.”).

He further said we are bound to listen to our bosses. For a moment, I realised I am wasting my time and pinning my hopes on something which I cannot get without a ‘parchi’ or strong reference.

I could have asked for more explanation, but I let it go because I was charged and motivated to give my best in interview. On my turn, I entered the room and was welcomed in a cold manner. The interviewers did not bother to ask my name and background. To my surprise, instead of asking relevant questions, they asked questions which had nothing to do with the post.

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“In which jail Rana Sana ullah is locked up?” being one of them. This was for the post which necessitated one to be a good writer with fair typing speed and proficient in MS. I was asked to leave within a minute. I got dejected and upon reaching home, I had to hear the same words from my family. That I shouldn’t waste my time because you need to have a ‘parchi’ to get a job.

I have left opportunities to go abroad and settle there, in KSA for instance where my father used to live and could have helped me gain a good job with handsome financial reward. As I become aware of how things work in Pakistan, I realise that I have made a terrible mistake.

Imran Khan always asked for merit and vowed to implement it in every institution once he gained power, but the practices which I saw negated everything he so vehemently advocated. Parchi system is still operative under PTI government and, that too, in Punjab Assembly. I remember Imran Khan himself once said that he had to use parchi to become part of Pakistani cricket team.

Having no parchi at all, I am sure even after holding two master degrees, a PG diploma and being certified in MS Office, I won’t get a call for an assistant post.

I admire Imran Khan and will keep on doing so at least for his valuable services of winning the cricket World Cup for Pakistan, and making a cancer hospital. SKMH is a symbol of love of a son for his mother and mothers of nation; it is an epitome of better administration in a country where malpractice is the order of the day.

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My aunt got treated and recovered there. Therefore, it would not be justified to not praise the services the doctors and administration of the hospital are rendering. It is a plant which is getting greener and more fruitful. Although there are complaints that some of the patients are not admitted for various reasons ranging from being on the last stage of cancer to the shortage of beds, overall the institution is worth narrating example of.

Keeping Imran Khan’s services aside, on national level things are not at par with his claims. Unemployment is rising. The youth is frustrated due to unemployment and lack of opportunities. Middle class is facing a lot of difficulties.

The middle class that shattered the status quo in Punjab, especially, and preferred to get out of their homes and vote for PTI over PML-N, is asking Imran Khan to ‘DO MORE’ for them. They deserve better.

Price hike of daily-usage products’ has broken their spine. Unemployment is at its peak. Criminal activities are happening like there is rule of the jungle. Without reference, one cannot enter an institution, and if you have reference or ‘parchi’ of an influential person, you can do anything you want. Appointments are not made on merit.

However, despite everything, the hope remains alive. Instead of going after political rivals, the government should take action against the corrupt elements in its own ranks and set example against the ‘parchi’ culture.

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  1. Mohammad Baig February 14, 2020

    Purchi is must dear unless you have had the ruling elites accounted and not given them the protocols of millions and electing them as the honourable leaders for the national assemblies and the senate.
    If we want to have such an ideal systems or the culture or the environment that you have talked dear you must not alone give the votes just standing in a long queues for hours and go home and sleep.
    We the “rubbish” people who have accepted this culture of just giving the votes respectfully be treated more rigorously.
    Don’t mind it because it is the very reality written on the wall. Unless we change the blackboard with an alternative slogans as the rulers had been accounted and hanged for their crimes and not awarded the protocols of millions along with loved facilities on holidays opening of the courts and noticing the government on one day to come and guaranteeing for the life of a convict, wanted and under arrest, how we deserved for an open merit or so called merit.
    The Supreme Court last day showed its concerns and wondered over the decisions of the three members bench of the high court that had let the convicted, wanted and under arrest for going abroad on fake medical drama.
    So, we so called the progressive and the intellectuals are the same part and parcel of the dirty regimes and sometimes the heroes of the drawing rooms where we do change the whole systems just on a cup of tea.
    Thousands of poor and the deprived have been slaughtered by the police, what did the civil society accept one day baby protest, why not to go to the courts of law and fight for.
    Let me quote here the saying of the revolutionary who got changed their societies, one has to live like a commander otherwise he will be the subordinate and follow the order and there is no third choice.
    Also read,
    HORRIBLE IS THE END OF THAT NATION?
    Horrible is the end of that nation that elects or selects their leadership standing very respectfully for hours and long time in queues but without knowing their background they were the looters, the cheaters, the grabbers, the defaulters, the land mafia, the loan written offers and never accountable for any of their crimes but always ready to accounting the poor and the neglect and the unheard and uncounted while making the policies.
    HORRIBLE IS THE END OF THAT NATION WHERE WE FIND:
    SELL THE PAKISTAN GET LOVED WITH AND FLY, SELL THE PAKISTAN BE MNA, SELL THE PAKISTAN BE MPA, SELL THE PAKISTAN BE THE SENATOR,SELL THE PAKISTAN BE THE MINISTER, SELL THE PAKISTAN BE THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION,SELL THE PAKISTAN BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PAC,GET EASY ALL IS UNDER YOUR CONTROL SINCE YOU ARE LOVED WITH THE JUDICIARY.
    IT IS THE NEW PAKISTAN WHERE THE LOOTERS, THE GRABBERS AND THE MUNDI MAFIA ARE GIVEN THE PROTOCOLS OF MILLIONS AND LET GO ABROAD AND DO THEIR BEST TO GUN DOWN THE PTI GOVERNMENT TO COME BACK RESPECTFULLY.
    Horrible is the end of that nation that pays salutes, dances around and give protocols to their leadership worth millions per day that looted the Pakistan worth billions and trillions, put the Pakistan into the Grey Listing, made the people the shudders at home by their corruption, had no hospital, have more than 1krore kids out of school with dropout more than 51% but always elected and reelected or selected for the prime postings, draining the national assets in to their accounts, buying properties worth billions and yelling and roaring on the media as the saints despite they deserved for open hanging.

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