Fixing Pakistan is no rocket science
By Our Staff Reporter | From the Newspaper
(3 hours ago) Today
KARACHI, Aug 13: Secular Pakistan as Jinnah wanted, says one Dawn reader. Complete implementation of Islam; enough of man-made laws, suggests another as an answer to the many problems Pakistan faces today.
A special report entitled Independence Day, distributed with todays Dawn, is styled as a Roundtable Conference. Held on our pages, the moot comprises opinions solicited from leaders from across the national spectrum. Participants were asked the question: What is wrong with Pakistan today and how do we fix it?
Pakistans problem is not extremism, poverty or unemployment but distribution of resources, says Syed Faisal Sabzwari of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, whilst analyst and legislator, Ayaz Amir, wonders why we cannot live and behave like a normal country.
Mushahid Hussain of the PML-Q believes: Fixing Pakistan is no rocket science, and Naimatullah Khan of the JI says: A change of leadership has become inevitable.
Dr Mubashir Hasan, one of the founders of the Pakistan Peoples Party, a former minister and now a peace activist, says that the trust deficit is between the ruling elites of India and Pakistan and not the people of the two countries. Artist and educationist Salima Hashmi assures us that the creative force is alive and in good working order in Pakistan. The rest of the world can see it. But can we? she asks.
While Asma Jahangir argues for reducing the role of religion in politics, Sherry Rehman points to the possible pitfalls of devolution of power to the provinces if the provinces fail to build capacity to exercise those powers or try to undo the consensus reached at the national level by rolling back on issues related to gender biases and minorities.
Senator Raza Rabbani, the head of the parliamentary committee which hammered out the Eighteenth Amendment, defends the move by calling it A Pakistani renaissance.
The Independence Day special report, thus, presents views expressed on the history and future of Pakistan by eminent Pakistanis from across the national spectrum: Baloch leader Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, corporate head Asad Omar, religious scholar Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman, pop singer Shehzad Roy, rights activist Zohra Yusuf, political economist S. Akbar Zaidi, Street Theatre producer Madiha Gohar, and many more movers and shakers actively involved in shaping the national agenda.
Dawn readers, too, were asked the same question as was put to the opinion leaders. They responded overwhelmingly from across Pakistan and the diaspora via a survey run on the newspapers Internet Edition. Independence Day special also showcases some of these views for the benefit of the print edition readers.
The diversity of opinions expressed in the special report is a confirmation of Jinnahs conviction that only a pluralistic society is the way forward.
Details in Independence Day Special
Pakistan Airforce: The largest distributor of Indian airforce parts in Asia
8 F-86Fs of No 19 Squadron led by Squadron Leader Sajjad Haider struck Pathankot airfield. With carefully positioned dives and selecting each individual aircraft in their protected pens for their strafing attacks, the strike elements completed a textbook operation against Pathankot. Wing Commander M G Tawab, flying one of the two Sabres as tied escorts overhead, counted 14 wrecks burning on the airfield. Among the aircraft destroyed on the ground were nearly all of the IAFs Soviet-supplied Mig-21s till then received, none of which were seen again during the War.