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EDITORIAL: Today, it has been 83 years since a historic resolution was passed for establishment of a separate homeland for the Muslims of British India. On that day, Quaid-i-Azam had said, “The Hindus and Muslims belong to two civilizations which are based on conflicting ideas and conceptions”. This was a powerful assertion bringing to the finale the Two-Nation concept and thus emerged as bedrock for the foundation of Pakistan.

As an independent nation Pakistan emerged as a commanding socio-political polity and its economy surged ahead harvesting a prosperous life of its people.

But that happened only for about two decades and then came the times which failed our forefathers’ dream and Pakistan started losing its political strength and economic vigour.

The present-day Pakistan appears to be a denouement of the century-long struggle precipitating a whole host of its failures on all fronts: politics, economy, and foreign relations.

As the acute form of political polarization tends to undermine our past as a united people who paid great a price in terms of life to be Pakistanis, we seem to have arrived at the precipice of being declared a financial failure and due for default.

It is not the best of time; it surely is the worst of time. While the main money lender, the IMF (International Monetary Fund), is compelling Pakistan to shed its addiction to living beyond its means, our other foreign creditors are seeking to set conditions identical to IMF’s.

Resultantly, the rupee is fast losing ground to the dollar, foreign direct investment is nearly zero and the country’s dependence on imports tends to aggravate inflation.

The essential losers in the game of economic failures are the underprivileged, who are forced to form long queues to receive ‘Eid gift of wheat flour’ while the rich are becoming richer by the day and roads are cluttered with their expensive cars.

And given the extremity of political polarization, the economy is being asked to take the backseat. The country’s political leadership is engaged in a lethal struggle to be on the throne, come what may; the generality must pay for it. Needless to say, these are difficult times for the people of Pakistan. Let this March 23 be the day of national commitment that we are Pakistanis, firstly and lastly.

The challenges that we face are grim threats to our national survival. We have got to win this war as the portents of a defeat are too grim to be imagined and cannot be spelled out. Helen Keller had famously said that “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Sumroo Mar 23, 2023 08:55am
"We are Pakistanis, firstly and lastly!" Indeed, but we Pakistanis are sick and tired of the corrupt elite and compromised generals!
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Dr.Salaria, Aamir Ahmed Mar 23, 2023 10:54am
83 years later, the nation run by hindus is thriving, while that run by muslims per the injunctions of islamic law is deep in debt, begging, and with severe internal strife that threatens to tear the country apart.
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A. Tahir Mar 23, 2023 11:55am
@Sumroo, Compromised corrupt Generals who think they are above law! And do not follow constitution!
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KU Mar 23, 2023 11:58am
Unity is when people have hope for the future. Faith is when people have security and justice. Discipline is when people have financial and economic assurance. Do we have any of these?
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A. Tahir Mar 23, 2023 12:13pm
After 83 years...of passing of the resolution...what a pity...country has been hijacked by crooks, criminals and real estate loving generals...
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Hafeez Mar 23, 2023 04:36pm
@A. Tahir, ..and who openly defy constitution!
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Hafeez Mar 23, 2023 04:49pm
The corrupt rulers and compromised generals want to extend their corrupt rule by openly defying supreme court orders and the constitution!
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bonce richard Mar 23, 2023 05:40pm
@KU, Only generals of Pakistan
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bonce richard Mar 23, 2023 05:42pm
@A. Tahir, The Results of the elections come from GHQ, No need for an election waste of money.
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bonce richard Mar 23, 2023 05:44pm
@Hafeez, No value of the Supreme court of Pakistan. Only GHQ has the final authority.
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TimeToMovveOn Mar 23, 2023 06:45pm
Thank you, Jiinna. Sometimes a doctor has to cut the rot off so that the rest of the body can flourish. No explanation is needed as to what is rot and what is body that is thriving and flourishing.
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Hujjathullah M.H.Babu Sahib Mar 23, 2023 08:41pm
@Dr.Salaria, Aamir Ahmed, Is this meant as a joke ? Pakistan ran "as per the injunction of Islamic law"; what nonsense ! When did this ever happened in Pakistan ?
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bonce Mar 23, 2023 11:53pm
@Hujjathullah M.H.Babu Sahib, There is no Islamic law but Punjabi law.
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bonce Mar 23, 2023 11:53pm
@Hujjathullah M.H.Babu Sahib, No Islamic but Punjabi law.
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Kashif ALI Mar 24, 2023 01:21am
Pakistan first and foremost!!! No political, judicial, military leadership is above the law. Pakistan deserves a nationalist leadership which has no political interest at all. Just like Doctors are immune and indifferent to suffering of death and they focus on saving a life, irrespective of harshest, sour treatment ( which is for betterment of a patient), Pakistan deserves such a leadership and the people who will think about this country. Technocrats are the need of hour. People's well being is not important right now. It will follow automatically once, the country will be strong financially, and also competitive too. A new breed of Pakistanis needs to be grown and nurtured. Current political gangsters of all sorts must be culled and wiped out. Poverty and Illiteracy must be annihilated from the roots of the society.
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Hujjathullah M.H.Babu Sahib Mar 25, 2023 12:31am
@Kashif ALI, Very good comment but only a true Islamic state will save Pakistan. A nationalist state died with the creation of Bangladesh. Short of Islam there will be a Baluchi state Sind state, Punjabi state, Pathan state and perhaps a Saraki state too. Surely nationalism will survive in that form !
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Syed Tanwir Hasan Mar 25, 2023 06:25am
@Dr.Salaria, Aamir Ahmed, Very rightly observed.
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John Mar 25, 2023 09:56am
@Sumroo, Why always Generals act above and beyond law?
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Azaree Mar 25, 2023 10:00am
@Sumroo, So many mir jafars and mir sadiqs...where have all Tipu Sultans gone?
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