No wonder Pakistan has grown in maturity with continuous democratic processes. And we have covered distance of leap years to reach this stage. The maturity can be seen from the new manifestos and new debates on TV rather than old chapters of democracy being run in small stints. Pakistan has entered a new phase with devolution and institutionalization. We can see institutions working, Fata merged to KPK and more autonomy to GB and AJK. No wonder these are fruits of democracy. Institutions are getting into their respective limits. Though parliament has to get its past 5 years’ glory and no wonder the house of Sharif n Imran hasn’t given it, it’s due respect. What is more promising being that tourism has earned 20 billion dollars and corruption is our major national issue? Pakistan has also progressed into women empowerment with daily reports of people reporting harassment. The best part still remains that joblessness has been highlighted and given importance. There are two issues still left that are yet to take center stage one is water crisis and second is food security linked to overpopulation. In Pakistan we are always late into giving attention and possible solution to a particular issue. It can be judged from our inability to bring consensus to water storage process. We always accuse India of building dams and influencing our national debate on water storage but what have we done in terms of water conservation or storage. Nobody takes water issue seriously and neither consider conservation their responsibility. We have lost much of our precious resource and are on a brink of a catastrophe. We might make it an issue by 2023 election but wouldn’t that be just too little too late. Secondly, the agro-economy of the country is suffering due to lack of policies and R& D. All we are producing as a nation is wasted human resource. With all promising factors lies the internal debates of have and have not which leads to frustration ending up with more frequent cases of harassment. With better democracy comes better governance which we want to have. I think we must think about priority issues rather than labeling traitors. The institutions also need to do away with the sort of spokesperson they have. These so-called spokespeople for their own benefits hide behind the institutions and attack on opposing parties. This at end of the day brings the institutions face to face and create anarchy thus serving the purpose of some individuals. Though it is very harmful to the already polarized nation. The institutions should make sure that they speak through their actions and all can collectively serve Pakistan. Similarly, parties or leaders must have their own agenda to drive the nation rather than making the decision on mere headlines or social media posts. Though they must listen to that as well though it would be far better if they can assess the issue and give their own particular policy over the issue. The recent debate on social media regarding water crisis is commendable and social media has played its part with respect to ban on various issue of extreme importance to common man. Though it’s important to show the activities a proper way. That’s what a leader is about and what we have seen in Malaysia. The water crisis is important but making the right strategy is important as well. We do have a lot of water but lack the management part. Furthermore, aquifers are a better option than dams and pretty successful as well. Though what’s important is that it’s time to become the nation or perish away like the ones before us.
Article by: Saad Sheikh (Team PS)