Solving our problems: Pakistan-ization

Published: August 8, 2010

The magnitude of the floods has not yet been registered - but it is time for Pakistani's to rise up and change

Going through testing times is not new for Pakistan. The world wants to categorise us as a failed state, or a potential terrorist country heading for a total disaster. Along with some countries (including our neighbours on both sides) nature has shown its anger towards Pakistan in such a way that all four provinces are effected almost equally.

Pakistan has made it through worse times in the past. But the floods are the worst we have seen in a while,  as the final death toll and magnitude of destruction is yet to be realized. Nevertheless, this resilient nation has all it needs to spring back in no time. It has been done in the past, and it is possible in the future. In spite of the theft of resources, corruption from top to bottom and policies that restrict us from tapping our own resources Pakistan is still surviving.

A lesson to learn from all of the above: for every individual of this country is to start speaking the truth and nothing but the truth.

We need to mend our ways by and not blame others for our own mistakes and home-grown problems. We need to learn tolerance and patience. When there is a difference of opinion and we must allow everyone the right to express their ideology, whether it is political or religious, remaining within the limits of the Holy Quran and the Constitution. Lastly, we need to identify the enemy within. Only then will we unite as a federation. We need faith in our future and national discipline to run this extraordinarily rich country.

It is easy to criticise Pakistan on social networks and the media but it is mostly pseudo intellectuals who indulge in these activities. I am sure if they go through what a patriot goes through every day, they will think twice about saying negative things about the country and its people.

First, we need to identify friend from foe, because they are among us. The ones who convince you to hate others or feel superior to someone who is not like you. You will have to stop forcing your beliefs on others, and keep them in your own house. Every one of us is responsible for our own deeds, you don’t get a bonus point if you have influenced a conversion by force.

My Pakistan-ization solution

Separate religion from state

Bring uniformity to the education system

Revamp and revolutionise the health sector

Transparent judiciary

Accountability  with honest work by citizens

I guarantee that in no time Pakistan will be the next strategically located trading power of the world if we follow this plan. None of us can do it alone, we must be bring together all pro-Pakistan forces against all anti-Pakistan forces and those who challenge the law of the land for their selfish gains.


Syed Ali Raza Abidi

A businessman who writes on politics and civic issues. He completed his masters in business administration from Boston University. He tweets @abidifactor.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • H K

    allow everyone the right to express their ideology, whether it is political or religious, remaining within the limits of the Holy Quran and the Constitution.

    My Pakistan-ization solution
    Separate religion from state

    You want to stay within the limits of the Holy Quran and yet separate religion from State??? That is so against the practice of the Prophet Mohammad (Sallalaho Alaihay Wasalam) and his Companions (May Allah be pleased with them).Recommend

  • S. Ali Raza

    This means –

    Muslims remain within the limits of the Holy Quran, while non-muslims carry on with their faith but within the rules of the Constitution. What is so wrong about that? Recommend

  • Ghausia

    I completely agree with you. The country is in desperate need of secularism. Its not bad being a Muslim country, you’re not a kafir or kharij from Islam’s path to say so. The fact of the matter is that at this point, there are too many political factions manipulating religion for their ends, and there are too many minorities being treated brutally due to the country being a “Muslim” country. Case in point; The Ahmadi massacre and the Gojra incident. We’re all Pakistanis, whatever our personal beliefs may be, emphasis being on the word personal.Recommend

  • Khurram Zahid

    Pakistan was established on the one religious ideology and that is Islam… Practicing Islam is the true solution. Implementing Islam on every aspect of the state will bring us to the prosperity, as we already know Islam has the solution whether it is Economic, Society, State system etc. Therefore, i am not agreed that state system should be separated from religion…Recommend

  • Madiha

    I agree that islam is a complete system but the problem is who’s islam are you going to implement? There are so many factions and all of them are different in some of the most basic ways..Recommend

  • Maliha Sami

    That’s right there are so many factions and the question is who’s islam are you going to follow? But if we give it a thought and let’s just keep this thing a side and look over our islamic history; the time when who’s leadership was successful. Why not just follow those things under who’s leadership the state was running at a better stage.
    Just take an example of Hazrat Umer R.A; a time came when there wasn’t a singal person left who could be given zakat.
    Islam is a religion of liberty, it never says to impose your teachings on one another. If people belong to different factions practice their religion within their community and unite for the betterment of state and see the things optimistically then things can be much better.Recommend

  • Patriot

    “Separate religion from state”….
    Mr. Abidi this will never happen because it goes completely against the notion of Pakistan. If we separate religion from the state then what is the difference between India and Pakistan!!!
    Pakistan was made for Muslims and Islam is the foundation of Pakistan, without Islam Pakistan is nothing. Recommend

  • Mohammed Abbasi

    simply means keeping the cursed mullahs out of politics and making pakistan focused on the future. Recommend

  • Ghausia

    I’d like to point out that if you look at our history, real history not the sugarcoated lies the government fills your textbooks with, you’ll find that Jinnah used the religious ideology mainly as a tool to gain Pakistan. He wanted a secular country, as was hinted by his speeches. Hell, the guy drank and married a non-Muslim, I doubt he was religious enough to care what religion the country followed.Recommend

  • shy

    I agree with the writers thought.Religion should separate,because mullah,s exploit peoples in the name of Islam.Recommend

  • Mohammad Shoaib

    Sir, i agree that religion should be kept separate from the state or induce it completely because right now we are using the name of religion but our acts are not according to the divine instructions. so it is better to keep it aside, cause it also gives freedom and liberty to the minorities. we have to mend with the era, thats what our religion also says.

    I wanted to add one more thing in your solution.

    Law n order ….. shouldn’t the Police and Security Forces act under the City Govt. ????Recommend

  • http://Tribune [email protected]

    After migeration to Madnia the Holy Prophet prepared Madina Pact which in history is known as Meesaq e Madina .This is a glorious document which shows how tolerant ,kind ,and compassionate muslims should be whose political govt offers safety for all creeds including Jews and christians .This is a brilliant example of rule of law in which religion doesnt come as we think today and we practice today.Unfortunately the total concept of Islamic govt has been blurred by politicisation through history .Im sure this is what is meant by the author when he says religion should be separated from politics .Pls correct me, Ali Raza ,if i interpretted your idea wrongly .Sabiha AkhlaqRecommend

  • Haroon Riaz

    A Secular Constitution, Education and Brave Leadership. Will solve many social problems. The goal must be Economic Freedom. One of the most meaningful posts that I have read on this site for a long time. Recommend

  • Omer Farooq

    Great post Bro
    Totally agreed.Recommend

  • S. Ali Raza
  • umer

    we solve pakistan problems in the form of teamwork and not for politicanRecommend