PAKISTAN is one of the two countries that came into existence after the Second World War on the basis of religious ideology in order to provide a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent and at the same time it served the purpose of not leaving behind an undivided subcontinent that could have been greatly influenced by the socialist ideology of two neighboring powers. History later witnessed how Pakistan successfully bridged US-China relations and played a pivotal role in ending the Cold War.

Pakistan has huge untapped potential of both human and natural resources.

With the policies of prioritizing education and vocational training in its annual budget and by implementing its founder Mohamed Ali Jinnah’s vision, it is only a matter of time before Pakistan’s GDP growth rate will no longer be dependent on the agri-economy alone and will be driven by knowledge and innovation.

Pakistan has multi-billion dollars of proven reserves of gold, coal, gas, marble, granite and many other natural resources along with an outstanding geographical location that can reap its economy amazing returns if the country’s strategic location is used for channelizing global trade and energy transit routes. This alone can pay off Pakistan’s debt and take the country to new heights of economic success provided that sincere, honest and capable leaders are chosen who can use these resources for the greater interest of the nation.

A series of duly elected governments will cleanse the system and restore power to civil institutions which can then ensure a true trickle-down effect of power and wealth to the country’s people which will result in Pakistan becoming a welfare state. The independence of the media in the last few years has helped to strengthen the judicial system which as a result has improved the quality and standards of justice. This was clearly reflected in certain unprecedented decisions which were not appreciated by those in power but which were definitely in the interests of the nation and truly followed the maxim: “Not only must justice be done; it must also be seen to be done.”

Currently Pakistan’s civil institutions are in an evolutionary phase and it is this evolution that will prove to be very healthy in striking the right balance of power among them. Pakistan’s next elected government must tackle the law and order situation and the energy crisis, and strengthen the economy by developing a conducive environment for foreign investors, fostering entrepreneurial culture among the youth, promoting SME’s, implementing an efficient and effective tax collection mechanism and building a value added export driven economy.

Pakistan has all the right ingredients to take its place among the league of developed nations in terms of its perfect geographical location, immense potential in human resources, fertile land, massive reserves of natural resources and four seasons in a year. A selfless, visionary and devoted leader with the right team can use these ingredients to build a great country and nation.

Pakistan has played a crucial role in uniting the Muslim Ummah at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) forum in the past and it is the need of the hour that Pakistan take the lead and become the beacon of light in cultivating harmony and tolerance among different faiths, increasing pan-OIC trade, developing joint industrial hubs among developing economies in key strategic locations and creating joint projects that can be beneficial for all 57 OIC member states.

Most of the foreigners who visit Pakistan’s cosmopolitan cities are amazed to see the pace of urbanization, developed infrastructure, fusion of cultures and the warm hospitality of people from all four provinces. There is a need to portray the positive elements of Pakistan to ensure the forces working to alienate the country in international forums and trying their best to declare it a failed state are proven wrong.

Pakistan should embark on the economic policy of self-reliance and sustainability as that will not only revive the economy but will boost multilateral relations with different nations, and above all, it will restore the country’s dignity and honor on critical issues, such as territorial sovereignty which has been in question for the past few years.

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