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Impediments to Pakistan’s Progress

October 28th, 2010


IMPEDIMENTS TO PAKISTAN’S PROGRESS

Talk By Masood Sharif Khan Khattak
Former Director General Intelligence Bureau
To the Rotary Club of Islamabad Cosmopolitan
At Marriott Hotel Islamabad on 28 October 2010

Mr Ahsan ul Haq Khan Chairman Administration Committee of the Rotary Club of Islamabad Cosmopolitan, Dr Shakil Ansari District Governor Rotary Club of Islamabad Cosmopolitan distinguished ladies and gentlemen Assalam alaikum.

It is indeed a matter of immense pleasure for me to be addressing an august and enlightened audience such as the one gathered here. In the short time allocated to me I shall only touch upon some glaringly obvious aspects that have been impediments to Pakistan’s steady progress and growth. I shall thereafter look forward to my interaction with this august house which I am sure will have incisive questions to ask. We must ask questions of ourselves and of those who masquerade as our leaders since more than anyone else it is we, the true common Pakistani people, who are the actual stakeholders in the future of this beautiful and wonderful land of ours. There is not one true Pakistani who can today go to sleep without being worried immensely about the future of Pakistan.

Before I chalk out the aspects I intend to cover in my brief talk let me quote what my son, an engineer by profession, had to say to me. He said “Baba, it is time for your generation to give way in a smooth but faster than usual transition to the younger and upcoming generation of Pakistan as yours and the past generations have failed to take Pakistan to its rightful status in the comity of nations.” He went on to elaborate to me that Pakistan is Blessed by everything that ALLAH THE ALMIGHTY has created on this planet except just one mountain top – the Mount Everest. What he actually meant was that Pakistan has everything in terms of seasons, climates, terrain, crops, natural resources, animal life, marine life etc because ALLAH THE ALMIGHTY has actually created everything on earth within this spectrum – from K2 to the bottom of the sea. This being the case why does Pakistan only qualify as an aid seeking country with a begging bowl extended up front all the time? Why then has Pakistan not been able to feed its own population and still have spare produce to export? Why then has the industrial base not expanded as it should have when we have all the natural resources one could want? Why then has our economy not stabilized? Being such a blessed country why does Pakistan not get to stand up on its own feet in a respectable and dignified manner? Do the people and those masquerading as their leaders really care? Questions like these should stir the conscience of patriotic Pakistanis.

Having said that, the aspects that I intend to put across to you as Impediments to Pakistan’s Progress are as follows:-

a. LACK OF PURPOSEFUL PLANNING ON A LONG TERM BASIS.

b. MANIPULATIVE SELF SERVING POLITICS AND A POLITICAL
STRUCTURE THAT REQUIRES MASSIVE REFORMS

d. LACK OF NATIONAL INTEGRATION.

e. CORRUPTION AND THE ABSENCE OF THE RULE OF LAW.

LACK OF PURPOSEFUL PLANNING ON A LONG TERM BASIS

    The ideal situation is when a State has a comprehensive and consolidated national policy. Any State that functions without such a comprehensive and consolidated national policy will always, without an exception, gradually slip into a steady decline and with that into the process of degeneration in every single sphere of its national life.

    With a heavy heart and a lot of pain one has to admit that this is what has happened to Pakistan over all the sixty three years of its independence. However, paradoxically, despite the degeneration taking place in every single sphere of our national life we have achieved a lot which includes things like some of the biggest dams in the world, a vast communication network, a good industrial base, becoming the world’s seventh nuclear military power, having an organized military establishment, an organized civil bureaucracy and a sound, though always manipulated, political structure for the State. If the political structure has not functioned as it should have it is because Pakistan’s political landscape has been devoid of the middle class where the actual talent and potential lies. » More: Impediments to Pakistan’s Progress

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