ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—The revival process must now be generated in right earnest by those who have, on their shoulders, the political and military responsibility for bringing Pakistan back from the brink.
The process must start today. Tomorrow will be too late. The political and military leaders of today’s Pakistan have to bring about a team that is selflessly and uniquely dedicated to achieve one single objective – the Pakistani Dream.
This ought to be done before they are let down by the self-seeking sycophants they so mistakenly depend upon because the sycophants will, in any case, move on undeterred to the next bandwagon when the present one comes to a grinding halt. Haven’t we witnessed this phenomenon often enough in Pakistan? One cursory look around the political and bureaucratic bigwigs of the present political and bureaucratic hierarchy will show up many such faces which have Musharraf’s signatures deeply engraved on their foreheads.
It is now inevitable to tap the true potential of Pakistan and for that basic political reforms are absolutely inescapable which must entail an end to unbridled discretion at all levels and must aim to draw the talented middle class into the political process. The dynamic Pakistani youth must be provided a quicker break-in into every field of national life if Pakistan has to get out of the quagmire that is dragging it down and out. The dynamic youth must also rise to the occasion and take up the challenges for Pakistan. Talented young Pakistanis must push themselves into every sphere of national life and the political process. Even as we battle the most serious challenge to Pakistan’s integrity since the last one in 1971, which we failed to overcome, the Pakistan that our ancestors dreamt of must be realized so that Pakistan is never confronted by any armed challenge in future. Pakistan must now move on a multi-pronged revival process. Waiting for a military recovery before other steps are taken would be wrong. The “organized chaos” we have lived in for 62 years must be forced to give way to an organized national revival process.