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The 63rd Independence Day of Pakistan

August 15th, 2010

2010 Flood Aerial View - Pakistan

Pakistan started from a scratch 63 years ago. Thorns were used in offices of the government instead of paper pins. Today, on our 63rd independence day, I would say that Pakistan indeed has come a long, in fact, a very long way and if we had not had the handicaps of bad governance, corruption, nepotism, cronyism and a few other social ills Pakistan may well have been part of the G20 i.e. the Group of 20 most advanced countries in the world.

I say this on the basis that South Korea, which is a country that is so much less blessed than Pakistan, embarked on its road to progress after adopting Pakistan’s First Five Year Plan and then implementing it and, thereafter, following it up with improved plans periodically. If South Korea is today the 14th largest economy in the world Pakistan could surely have done better but only if we had found our feet in the field of political leadership.

If Pakistan has not done well enough the responsibility for this failure must be attributed to none but the ruling political elite of Pakistan which is essentially feudal and is completely inefficient when it comes to governance. The feudal is traditionally corrupt and has always considered politics as a platform to improve upon his/her wealth and property. Pakistan and the poor people that the feudal lords rule have never been their priority. Oppression is the only rule that they are well conversant with as in that lies their political survival. » More: The 63rd Independence Day of Pakistan