Pakistan is a nation of which I am told to be afraid. Pakistan is a nation from where I am told the cesspit of terror awakes. Pakistan is a nation that awaits a reckoning US invasion, such I am told. The three preceding proclamations are each a part of a larger whole. This whole is not an elusive truth or a higher meaning or an epitome of human competence. This whole is a trinity of facts, misconceptions and zealous assertion which have deemed a nation beyond contempt or the fathomed plight of blissful ignorance. Pakistan is no longer seen by the enlightened west as another nation with a “stan” at its end, whose significance lies solely on the facades of an acquisitive globe. Pakistan has been eloped from the zenith of a state of apathy to the epitome of international concern. Yet, I still unearth this atrociousness of enmity to be just a part of a larger whole. There is a Pakistan that the world loves to detest, and a Pakistan that the world fails to consider. This is a Pakistan full of optimal ambitions, historical prominence and untapped endeavors that yearn for a sought after degree of modernization of the physical and the mental. In order to segregate the desired from the undesired, here are a few stepping stones for the people of Pakistan which hold no political or social motivation other than to prevent the depletion of common humane intellect.
(These are numbered in no particular order)
1) Divide states linguistically: It’s easier to reach a consensus when all people speak the same language, and consequently bound by the same culture which holds a prominent place in the pandemonium of any life.
2) End impetuous paranoia of all things: Not every individual around the world is sinisterly involved in clandestine operations to bring down the nation of Pakistan.
3) Need for a strong, open, liberal indigenous mouthpiece: Pakistan has thus far has lacked in the realms of outspoken ideologues who strive not for the remunerations of their particular political or social affiliations, but instead for the masses.
4) Tolerance towards non-theocratic cultures: Not every nation is a one religion nation like Pakistan, even though they have their discrepancies.
5) A limited role of military forces: For too long has the army administered the administrators, they now need significant constitutional constraint and boundaries for their overzealous maneuvers.
6) Establish a concrete constitution: A nation’s constitution is the premier source of governance for its people, not a scrap sheet of pleasantries to be notched between parliamentary gateways.
7) Protection of the Press: The true opposition to every government is its press, but rampant terror outfits have ceased such acts to exist.
8) Spend more on schools and less on bombs: It’s time that Pakistan egresses from its prolonged hyper-sensationalized state of pseudo combat with India, and enter into a fresh breeze of realism. It’s time to focus more on its books than its bangs.
9) Stop Taliban-isation of Women: Behind every self-determined woman there is a rising nation.
10) Stop blaming every internal misdeed on India or the US: Both have been alleged to be behind everything from the earthquakes to the Sri Lankan cricket team attack, and anything in between.
11) Initiate a social revolution on the elbows of public support rather than partisan idols: Many nations have risen or fallen beyond this perplexed limitation, yet Pakistan still remains the same.
12) Trim the ISI: Too Few men reel too much power. Pockets of power are to be far less detrimental than a draconian element.
13) Defend the Sufis and empower the minorities: Citizenship cannot be overseen on the belief to only one religion if others exist, and correspondingly there cannot be discretions made towards the passive choices one makes to a religion of much versatility.