October 15, 2010

Bureaucrats- the Silent Scavengers

Filed under: Non-Political — Rana Fahad @ 8:14 pm

“Bureaucrats do not change the course of the ship of state. They merely adjust the compass.”

Initially this statement was taken from a site just to update the facebook status but I just realized that statement is tailor made for our Pakistani bureaucratic structure. In this media warfare one thing should be noticed that we have completely forgotten the bureaucracy which is even more responsible than our fraudulent political structure. Our political elite have a reason for their failure, corruption and incompetency that democracy has not got a appropriate time to prosper but do we have any explanation for corruption in bureaucracy? Out of sixty three years, politicians were on the picture for only 16-17 years but bureaucracy has ruled for sixty three years. These bureaucrats are the most competent people, trained after spending millions of tax-payers money but they are also unable to direct the managerial ship in the right direction, despite of equipped with the necessary tools and capacities. The very obvious reason is  lack of commitment, lust of power and increased corruption. The postings and promotions are not made on the competence and past record and there is a heavy shuffle among departmental heads, soon after change in the governing body of the country and desired officers are installed on key positions, depending upon the political needs not where they are fit or required. This is a fact that no “Minister” can make money without the mutual conspiracy with its departmental secretary or the other top guns of the department.

The question is why only ministers are being stripped on the media and in the discussions among the general public. Media and Chief Justice are shouting on NRO and other corruption cases on the politicians but they never made an outcry for any bureaucrat (yes there are some bureaucrats who were convicted in the past and their names are in NRO as well but here I mean the attention given to those are comparatively very less than their crimes and very few cases were brought to the scene).

They were never depicted as the root cause of the corruption and only few of them were convicted on corruption cases because of political motives. They fled away because of their strong lobby and network. But this put a big question mark on un-biasness and freedom of media and judicial system. For last few years nation has been deceived with the slogan of free media and now with the romantic idea of free judicial system. But in reality judiciary is still biased and media is the biggest mafia of this country which has sole objective of making money. Media will always high light only those controversial issues which will help them in making quick money and increasing the viewership than issue in national interest. It has been used by the establishment and it is still being used by the establishment to fulfill their motives and unfortunately the term establishment is still vague. Bureaucracy could be a part of this term “Establishment”.



  1. Rana you pin pointed the true and the bitter realities, and i must insist that you should also compel the youth and young generation to come forward and play their part as well. Almost everyone knows what happened in past sixty years. Surely, you have a keen observation on current political scenarios. Overall, two thumbs ‘UP ‘ . Keep it up 🙂

    Comment by AB — October 16, 2010 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

    • Thank you AB..Just tried to highlighted what is neglected by the general public…Thank you for your feedback.

      Comment by Rana Fahad — October 16, 2010 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

  2. I am 100% agree with the thoughts,analysis and views of the author specially his views are right on Media.

    Comment by Humayun Sohail — October 16, 2010 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

  3. A lot of people in this state are corrupt. Not just the politicians and the bureaucrats. Never the less, keep up the good work. 🙂

    Comment by Salman Javaid — October 16, 2010 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

  4. nice attempt !

    keep up the good work.

    Comment by waris — October 16, 2010 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

  5. all written awesomely

    Comment by huzaifa — October 16, 2010 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

  6. Whose not corrupt in this country? Politicians, Bureaucrats, Army, Judiciary, Businessman, journalists, mullahs, etc.
    Each and everyone of us not loyal to our mother nation. We should be proud to be worst nation ever.

    Comment by Atta Ullah — October 16, 2010 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  7. bureaucracy, in some way or the other, is affected by politicians, they do have some impact….but yes bureaucrats are corrupt i totaly agree on that,,, and ur thts abouit media,,, i agree 100%… MEDIA is in a most sorry state

    Comment by haseeb khan — October 16, 2010 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

  8. rana fahad i totally agree with you…

    Comment by usman chaudhry — October 16, 2010 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

  9. good one

    Comment by nida — October 16, 2010 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  10. I m agreed with u r rit no 1 is ready 2 audit bureaucrates nither media nor our judiciary becuase all ov thm r bureaucrates thm self.. the base of our system iz corupted just.. a no families around abt 200 they r ruling on us frm 60 years….We need revolution like iran..

    Comment by usman — October 16, 2010 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  11. Good dude … keep it up

    Comment by nabeel — October 16, 2010 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

  12. good attempt jago pakistan !!!

    Comment by Rizwan — October 16, 2010 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

  13. Awesome effort..keep it up!!!!

    Comment by Shafaq Waqar — October 16, 2010 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  14. In reality its the bureaucrats who run the country, politicians come and go.

    Comment by Ahsan — October 16, 2010 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

  15. Absolutely right! Everybody just gives a blind eye to them but they are the actual source of corruption. Without their consent and share politician can’t take out money. They actually serve as an advisory to corrupt people.
    Rana great job. keep up the good work!

    Comment by Abdul Mannan — October 16, 2010 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  16. Postings and promotions on political grounds in Bureaucracy were started in 1990 in Nawaz sharif’s government or even before when he was Cheif minister of Punjab, before that this was not in practice. And as far as corruption is concerned, yes it is there but not more than army or politics and about the last line that ‘Bureaucracy could be a part of this term “Establishment”’ is not true because it is not ‘could be’ ‘it is the part of ESTABLISHMENT and ESTABLISHMENT rules Pakistan.

    Comment by Jawad — October 16, 2010 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

    • We will discuss corruption of Army some other time. For the time being better to discuss Bureaucrats. The bureacrats are part of establishment.

      Comment by Rana Fahad — October 16, 2010 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  17. Its obvious that bureaucracy has played its role in corruption but to criticize judiciary for this matter is not justified. Its the authority of NAB to investigate and put an hold to corruption whether its by bureaucracy or politicians. Judiciary is there to ensure the proper working of all governing bodies of state within law. As for media, i agree, media is biased no doubt abt that.

    Comment by Awais — October 16, 2010 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  18. Rana fahad great job.. keep it up.. we need people like you who think about their country..

    Comment by Salman Zulfiqar — October 16, 2010 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

    • 😀 i am confused. That is a compliment or a taunt??

      Comment by Rana Fahad — October 16, 2010 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  19. Well done Fahad. Good job

    I would like to make some points to the audience here.
    1) The CSA I believe is one of the causes of this whole phenomenon. They train these newly recruited people and transform them into the corrupt bureaucrats that they are.
    2) The way of selection for me is also not befitting people who specialize in a field should be given chance ahead of people who do not belong to the back ground. e.g. in the western countries people who enter into police and judiciary need to study criminology and other related subjects.
    3)Then in the end people entering into the bureaucratic field should consider themselves as public servants rather than public rulers.

    Hope u all would agree. thanks

    Comment by Ajwad — October 16, 2010 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  20. Rana Fahad

    Great job man we need to stand against our politician……and we have to stop this corruption…And somewhere we are responsible for their corruption because we keep quiet.

    I am with you boy.. Allah bless you

    Comment by Salman Mustafa Ahmed — October 16, 2010 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  21. The term Establishment is not vague my friend, its just that we don’t want to find out.

    Comment by Sajawal Kazmi — October 16, 2010 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

    • Unfortunately the term “Establishment” is vague. Thats what i was trying to say..Actually we dont have the exact definition or do we??

      Comment by Rana Fahad — October 16, 2010 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

  22. Nice effort..!! Bureaucracy is no doubt a part of the establishment. It is serving the grounds on which politicians are standing to legitimize their corrupt doings. And in my view, if the nation is determined to eradicate corruption, then they should start from the grass root level, and the bureaucrats lie at that level.

    Comment by Sara — October 16, 2010 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

  23. Nice job Fahad! Keep up the good work 🙂

    Comment by Bilal Arshad — October 16, 2010 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  24. I am really impressed from this article in different ways. Firstly you highlighted corrupt mafia next to our traditional politicians and so-called guardians of democracy. Secondly the main source of my pleasant surprise is now you are much able to write “bald” (of 50s/60s) articles on current issues in too young age with fully haired head. Good Luck

    Comment by Zubair — October 17, 2010 @ 8:00 am | Reply

    • Hahaha…that was the best compliment i have received so far. 😀 by the way “aadha gunja hu gia hun” 😀

      Comment by Rana Fahad — October 17, 2010 @ 11:07 am | Reply

    • 😀

      Comment by Aneel Anwar — October 18, 2010 @ 8:03 am | Reply

  25. Establishment in Pakistan is mainly Military and they use Religious leaders, Politicians and Bureaucrats! :))

    Nice work Fahad! Keep it up 🙂

    Comment by Jaafer Naqvi — October 17, 2010 @ 8:41 am | Reply

  26. Fahad its really a good step its right time to bring change i really appreciate this effort..Keep it up!

    Comment by Zartash Hussain — October 17, 2010 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

  27. i agree with almost all of your arguments. Yes, the media is irresponsible, it seldom gives a complete picture on issues. Media, just like any other business, is there to make money, so one can’t complain if they are more interested in raising controversial issues to increase or retain viewership. And bureaucracy along with army and judiciary are part of establishment.

    Comment by Amir Siddique — October 17, 2010 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

  28. Who ain’t corrupt in this country? Politicians, Bureaucrats, Army, Judiciary, Businessman, journalists, mullahs, everyone of us.. coz v r not taking nay positiv step to bring wht v called INQILAAB

    Comment by Aneel Anwar — October 18, 2010 @ 8:02 am | Reply

  29. The article is awesome. It’s good to see that people are coming out of the mainstream thinking of looking at what is dished out to them by the politicians and the media only. The vast resources of this country are being used not only by the corrupt bureaucrats but also by everyone who can get his hands on something, which includes the judiciary and the media. The media have became a profit maximizing organization which focuses on getting the most it can from whatever is new and spicy in the politics without any regard to what they really should be doing.

    Comment by Anum Akhtar Khan — October 18, 2010 @ 8:09 am | Reply

  30. nicely done yar … but there are some issues apart. there is no leadership to bureaucracy and that is why there is no harm to them. there is no law where they are suppose to answer and even if there is, then it is under their own. they run all their stuff from head to toe.

    but we have example of Shahab. a great true bureaucrats . which is just an example.
    also there should be a separate entity, independent, where they should see each and every action of bureaucrats .

    but … nice job brother 🙂

    Comment by Aziz Hamza — October 18, 2010 @ 11:05 am | Reply

  31. Very well said Fahad…Bureaucracy and politics both played the same role..

    Comment by Ateeq Hussain — October 18, 2010 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  32. Thumbs up.

    Comment by M. Adnan Ali — October 18, 2010 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

  33. Well i believe that you have identified the actual root cause, but i believe that its not only the individuals or the bureaucrats who are at fault, but its the system altogether which needs transformation, i completely agree to the fact that corruption is rampant but the factors leading to it includes the economic compulsions or would be more appropriate to say that the paradox between the salaries and the authoriries, Its does start on with the political leaders who do get involved in the tranfers and postings according to their wishes as mentioned by you to form their power block, so i believe that bureaucracy as a system needs some serious social, economic and judicial reforms.

    Your article is also a positive step towards social activation, well written, keep up the good job:)

    Comment by Aleena A — October 21, 2010 @ 4:52 am | Reply

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