March 23rd, a day when Resolution of Pakistan was passed. 75 years later, many of us are questioning about what is wrong with the country. While many of us ask that, its imperative that we also go into the reasons for errs and understand them.
Pakistan at its creation became an orphan. With the death of Mr Jinnah, Mr Liaquat Ali Khan and other visionary leaders, the country was left hopeless. Little to no infrastructure, massive unemployment and illiteracy on extensive levels became a hurdle in fulfilling the very first requirement i.e, good economy and governance. It resulted in hostile environment between different ethnic groups. That and the game of hide and seek between democratic and military rules gave birth to people like Yahya, Mujib and Bhutto. History is very cruel because in its rear-view mirror, their quarrelsome behavior paired with Indian invasion of Pakistani soil became the reasons for independence of Bangladesh.
Another reason for crisis in the country was sectarian divide which was fueled by proxy wars waged by Saudi Arabia and Iran. Since all governments failed to address this troublesome issue, it got out of hand, to perplexed and perturbed levels. The biggest catalyst that precipitated the problem were the Mullahs with their lethal and pernicious Khwarij allies. Their deleterious and homicidal approach brought shame to both Pakistan (in general) and Islam (in particular). Illiteracy and oblivion on the part of masses also played a role in adding fuel to the fire.
Pakistan even witnessed failures on political level. Different parties using popular slogans like Roti, Kapra, Makan (Food, clothing, shelter), empowerment of Middle Class and Roshan Pakistan (Brightened Pakistan) to gain political mileage. In reality, they were mafias fighting to gain control of land using manifestos and voters. The balloters were obligated, coerced, repressed and intimidated in the name of democracy. As a result, a culture of fear prevailed in the society where deviance and aberration of truth became a norm.
The deceits of our political elite didn’t see an end. Disinformation and distortion of everything from historical facts to economy produced a hatred for the country, and its rulers. Pakistan started witnessing a debut of generation that lost connection with its forefathers, its culture, yesteryears and most importantly, its National Language, Urdu. English and Hindi movies got silently promoted which destroyed the Pakistani Identity.
Although Print and Electronic Media enjoys respect and fame in the country, their role cannot be denied in the perversion of facts. I blame them for their failure to curb the threat Pakistan was facing. It even failed in naming the “force” that crippled the security situation in the country. Airing the lies of politicians who claim to bring people together raise questions on their credibility. They are equally responsible for the crisis Pakistan is facing. Breaking News Syndrome and continuous looping of images after a tragic event have made Pakistanis a depressed nation. Moreover, media did little to nothing to promote the National Language, resulting in (almost, if not complete) obliteration of Urdu vocabulary.
The solutions to the above described problems are difficult but not impossible. Reviving the vision of Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said “Unity, Faith, Discipline”. Looking at the words of Quaid, I can see that he is referring to Madinat Al Nabi (ص) where Prophet Muhammad ص established Unity between Mohajireen (people who left Makkah) and Ansar (locals of Madinah). To ensure economic equality, He told the Ansar to help the Mohajireen in every way possible as the former were well off compared to the latter. Faith in The God of Abraham ع made their brotherhood even more stronger. Here, its important to note that history briefly gives them a distinction (Mohajireen and Ansar) and after that becomes (permanently) silent on the sobriquets. The Madinah Pact (Meesak e Madina) is the best illustration of Discipline, which I consider an excellent example of interfaith harmony, tranquility and tolerance.
Using the constitution of Pakistan, we need people who are honest, virtuous and forthright in their conduct. In the population of 180 million, they are not hard to find. Begin with technocrats with exemplary service to the country and those who also understand the dynamics of our religion, culture and society in the context of modern times. To improve the economy, noble people like Nabi Yusuf (PBUH) should be brought on board. Academic institutions, colleges and universities need to be contacted. Hire teachers and professors who have dedicated their lives in their field of study. Input from students would be needed to bring new ideas on the table. Religious institutions must play their part in promoting tolerance and congruity. Extensive studies of The Madinah Pact (Meesak e Madinah) as well as The Last Sermon (Khutbah Hijatul Wada’a) and other historical events should be done using modernistic approach.
Collaboration with the minorities should also be on our list of priorities. As much as Pakistan is ours, its equally theirs. Lets reach out, connect and cooperate with them. Make them a part of our society and engage them in making Pakistan better than before. Together, lets give a message of Quaid e Azam to the world that “There is no force that can undo Pakistan”.
Long Live Pakistan.
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