TEN THINGS PAKISTANIS SHOULD BE PROUD OF OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS
- Devolution of powers and legislative authority given to the Provinces. Re-distribution of finances, NFC award and strengthening of a Federal structure.
- Taking off 58 2B and retuning powers of the Prime Minister from the President
- Completion of five year govt & a smooth and respectful transition to the next civilian government, without any intervention of the armed forces.
- Passage of pro-women legislation (7 laws between 2010 to 2013 after a gap of 50 years). Teaming up of civil society with the Parliament and a clear political active role of women parliamentarians.
- Pakistani nation never voted more than 10% for the religious right.
- Active engagement of Pakistani public in elections in the face of violence and death.
- Willingness and initiation of peace talks with neighbours (India).
- The beginning of a transition from a Military to Civilian Rule
- (eg. military budget-lines discussed in the parliament, court cases on ex ISI head and Chief of Army Staff, no overt interference by military since 2008).
- Strengthening of Election Commission and Council of Common Interests
- Continous progressive and democratic movement with brave people who would sacrifice anything for the country and the wellbeing of their people.
TEN THINGS PAKISTANIS SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT
- Our pattern of self bashing and disrespecting ourselves as a nation.
- Bashing the politicians only- increasing risk of instability and not standing behind our democratically elected governments.
- Lack of joint strategy of all stakeholders on militancy – including citizens themselves
- Lack of recognizing and unintentionally participating in the narrative of pro-militancy that is seeping into every sector. (trying to delegitimize Malala, organizations that work for progressive change shift focus on drones vs Taliban attacks, increasing moral bashing, who is a good Muslim and who is not. giving every debate a colour of religion.
- Continuous isolation in the international scenario which leads to suicidal tendency. very egocentric view of issues. not understanding the vulnerability of our country
- Lack of accountability for bureaucracy
- Lack of joint front of Pakistanis internally and diaspora, with a joint strategy of putting Pakistan-first and influencing the international dynamics.
- People get swayed by ‘selective justice’ which doesn’t always build the institution of justice. Lack of accountability of justice system, especially at the lower and mid level, which should be the backbone of the system
- People have learnt to criticize more and active participation less. Capacity of a country is collective. Lack of teaming up of citizens with the government or within themselves to come up with solutions and lobby for them. We need a shift from complaining to engagement mode.
- People become gullible to little information & propaganda by media or agencies. Transparency of how much money is coming from countries like USA for the military, government budget support, NGOs etc. (‘amriki agent’, or ‘anti islamic’ have become the most common beating sticks for whoever tries to talk sense).