Sharukh Jatoi was allowed to go home after an affidavit was presented in the court the signed by the slain Shahzaib Khan’s father that he has forgiven the convicts in the name of Allah and that he no longer wishes to pursue the case.
Subsequently, a powerful wadera was freed even after murdering in cold blood.
It caused immense furore all around and people were livid. Since the day this incident happened, people knew that Sharukh will be a free man one day just because he belonged to that section of our society that control everything in this country, even the life of common and poor people.
This incident reignited the debate of how rich make a mockery of law and forge ways to circumvent it using their immense powers. Some blamed the laws of qisas and diyat while some said that victim’s father hadn’t shown enough heart despite having rigorous public backing.
Everyone was blaming the system and how it has loopholes that are blatantly exploited by rich.
However, an imperative question is that: ‘’Are we all doing what Sharukh Jatoi did?’’
The answer is and acrid YES.
Yes. We all are Sharukh Jatoi in some way or the other.
Let’s just understand what Jatoi did.
He used his power to bend the law in his favor and got ahead of others who aren’t born so privileged.
So what Jatoi did on a grand level, we do it on a day to day miniscule level.
Just start by considering this rife practice.
Outside a shop in our area, there is a queue and people are standing in it. Now, if we know the shopkeeper, we’ll wave him saying ‘Salam bhai’ and he, without considering the queue formed outside will give us the thing first because we both know each other. What we did is that we went out of the way, subdued others’ right to extract an undue benefit.
To get an ID card is an arduous process. You have to stand outside NADRA office in scorching heat in lengthy queues to get a receipt. Now, consider a relative of ours is a government officer and is luckily in NADRA and by the dint of a miracle is posted in the same branch from where we’ve to get the card. What’ll be our conduct? We’ll call him and tell him that we want to get an ID card. He’ll reassure us that we don’t have to stand in queue or wait for anyone. We just have to come to him and he’ll get it all done.
So, the same thing that others are getting done in hours after standing under the sun and sweating, we’re getting the same thing done in minutes just because we have a relative inside.
In banks, there is a class divide which isn’t visible but you’ll only get an idea if you’re privileged. If you’re someone who has a six of seven digit account figure, you’ll be greeted by the manager. But, if you only want to do a transaction of 5000 of 10,000, you’ll have to stand in the line at cash counters.
This practice of getting benefits is being instilled in our nature at a small age.
In schools, colleges as well as universities, maintaining a good relation with teachers is important to survive. Getting good grades by flattery is also a popular practice. So, if you’re writing a very good exam paper, but are at odds with teacher, you’re in trouble. Contrary, if you’re doing nothing in the paper but are maintaining a cordial relation with the teacher, you’re safe.
Unfortunate, but a reality.
We all want good jobs, but, Pakistan isn’t a market big enough to fulfill the need of its university graduates. Whatever limited jobs we have, a major chunk of those jobs are acquired by those who have a reference. So, if you know an individual who’s in hegemony of a particular organization, you can bypass the entire selection process and get the job ahead of many more qualified and deserving candidates.
What did you do there? You took advantage to get something that you can’t get rightfully and took someone’s rightful opportunity.
Not only this, we openly use our father’s job status, position and power to avoid fines for violations.
“Janta hai mera baap kon hai’’ is a shameful reply of the privileged to show that they’re above the law.
A doctor’s kid gets a better treatment at his father’s hospital.
A policeman’s relative will not face the difficulties to register an FIR that others have to face.
A lawyer’s son will get bail more easily.
A shop keeper’s relative will get things at lesser prices because of the ties.
These are very minute favors but, what people don’t realize is the impact it leaves and the environment that thrives due to this.
We’re ordinary citizens thus our benefits are also small. When some of us succeed in life and reach a much higher position; the benefits will also get bigger. So, to achieve those benefits, we’ll use our contacts because this is what we’ve been doing throughout our live.
Then at a small scale, now at a larger level.
People also don’t consider the impact it leaves on their kids. They see from a little age that they are above their peers because their parents or relatives are in power. Naturally, this feeling of pride and privilege will dwell in them. How will they respect the rights of others when they’ll grow up with such a mindset.
What are we teaching our kids? Are we making a murderer like Sharukh Jatoi an Inspiration and a role model for the younger generation?
We want to extract benefits that we won’t get through straight means. Our greed to get more than our right is what gives rise to nepotism, cronyism, corruption and such horrific use of power.
So give it a thought, Jatoi was also told since childhood that he’s better than others, hence he never gave a second thought while murdering someone. He knew that he’ll be favored because he is powerful and well connected.
Everyone is powerful in his own domain, so we’re doing the very same things. Aren’t we?
Yes we might not be callous enough to kill someone and be absolved but we are perpetrators of promoting a culture where we want to extract benefits using our sources.
Not generalizing the entire society, there must be a majority of us who don’t use their powers to bend things to their advantage but over powering this majority are those who want this system of undue favor to thrive so that they can enjoy what isn’t theirs to satisfy their appetite.
Takes me back to the old adage, Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts, absolutely.