|I’ve spent the last three off days from my office in my home town Mardan. Everything in Mardan was the same as I left there about a fortnight back except the hellfire like hot weather which gave one the feeling of the heat of mid June even though it was the end of April. The scorching hot weather was well supplimented by the authorities of our prestigious WAPDA, who were always there to give a reminder of their presence by breaking up the supply of electricity at quite a regular intervals much to annoyance of the inhabitants of a province mainly responsible for the generation of quite a huge part of Pakistan’s hydro-power electiricity.
All these two years in Islamabad, I never experienced such a regularity of electricity hiccups but then again, one has to believe that in Pakistan smaller provinces are treated with a whole lot bias albeit their fair amount of share in the development of the couuntry. I have been the one who has always criticised the people trying to sell their anti state slogans, collecting the sentiments of the masses, holding the state responsible for all of their deprivation but there are instances where one compells to believe in the truth regarding the mass injustices incured upon the people by the center. The complaints of the government of NWFP regarding the fair share in the profit of hydel electricity aren’t unknown to the common man which are now added by a few more voices demanding a justifiable right in the share of the revenue from the resources of natural gas in the outskirts of Kohat and Karak. The irony is that most of the vialliages in Kohat and Karak are deprived of the supply of natural gas which was explored in their own backyard, rather it is being supplied to parts of the Punjab.
In order to stem the increasing alienation of the smaller provinces from the center, the governement should take immediate steps to fulfill its old promise of treating the smaller provinces with uniformity by giving their masses their due share of development so that they can participate more actively in the overall development of Pakistan.