While East Pakistan changed her nomenclature to Bangladesh, the West Wing came to be known as Pakistan. It was a cataclysmic event that happened in contemporary history when a state was dismembered barely 24 years after its birth and independence from the colonial rule.
Pakistani society is infested with myriad chronic problems that range from poor social and utility services to unstable or dysfunctional institutions and sway of reactionary cutthroat religious militants. The competent, efficacious, egalitarian and public welfare oriented governance has ever remained elusive.
The motives and agendas of successive leaders have been to capture power and milk the national exchequer. Despite army’s continuous crackdown against outlaws for the past two years, there doesn’t seem to be an end to the crime and lawlessness.
1.There might not be immediate and forthcoming results but a direction and course would be set in motion and the first momentous steps could gradually change the whole dismal scenario into the resplendent one with hope and a will to move forward.
3.For devolution of powers, rapid and optimum progress, Pakistan needs to have more provinces. The existing administrative divisions should be changed into province. Besides creating more provinces out of existing four provinces, the FATA, Kashmir and Northern Regions should also be designated as provinces with maximum autonomy, permissible under the constitution.
4.The constitution should be re-written with necessary additions and subtractions. All those caveats should be expunged that bar Pakistan from being a true federation, a genuine democracy and modern polity. The present government has introduced a few meaningful amendments in the constitution but more are needed such as abolition of feudalism and separating religion and state.
5.While the Feudalism, Sardari and clannish over-lordship in all shades must at once be abolished, the taken-over lands by mafia should be effectively and veritably distributed among landless peasants. People should be freed and liberated from the centuries old vestiges of land-based fiefdoms and indigenous colonialism by taking away the privileged positions and royal status of super land lords against their tillers and bonded labor.
The divisions and discrimination of being high and low between citizens should be replaced with equality for all. This is what our religion warrants and this is what a modern civil society demands.
6.Religious and sectarian bands of all hues and cries should be contained and checked from spreading poisonous, biased and intolerance-based agenda. All religious denominations should be allowed to practice their faith. In case of conflict in interpretation of religious laws, a productive and positive dialogue should be followed than killing and bombing the rivals’ worshiping places as witnessed between the Sunnis and Shias. This can also be enforced by the government.
7.It would be in order that the state image should be secular and of non-interference in religious pursuits. The mosques should be built by the government and the existing countless mosques and religious seminaries should be integrated with the national education system. Saudi Arabian government the birth place of Islam controls the mosques and religious madrasas.
8.The pivotal role of judiciary must be ensured and strengthened at all costs by creating an independent judicial system consisting of intrepid, clean, conscientious and upright individuals who cannot be influenced by any trickery of bribe, pressure, political influence or similar other questionable and dirty means. All court fees should be abolished. The Accountability courts should form part of the judicial system. Pakistan can take a cue from other modern societies for establishing a strong and transparent judiciary.
9.Quality of life needs to be improved without loss of further time. The entire civic and municipal system should be completely revamped .The civic problems are directly related to the people’s lives in creating mental and social awareness. People are desperate to have their pressing and local irritants such as orderly traffic, trash collection, encroachment and cattle free footpaths, streets and roads to be addressed effectively and regularly. For these fundamental reforms the “City and County” system of local governance should be adopted whose blueprints can be borrowed from the United States or any western society.