Azhar Aslam This article is a continuation of the first part of Defining Pakistan. We laid out, in the first part, ‘the dream’ of Pakistan’s emergence as a nation symbolizing the human paradigm. We believe that the most fundamental essential for establishment of such system of state is a well laid out strategy of reforms, which we will extend here in this part.
Afreen Baig The World financial crisis of 2008 –2010, exposed the weaknesses in the several of the first world economies, which were earlier considered to be the paradigm of economic success. Failure of the banking system, collapse of sub~prime mortgage business, ascending debt~to~GDP ratio, unpredictable unemployment and bankruptcies declared by several established businesses, raised serious doubts regarding the foundations of those economies.
Azhar Aslam & Shaista Kazmi Alex Von Tunzelmann’s book, Indian Summer has been described as ‘…. the best book I have ever read on the independence and partition of…’ by no less than William Dalrympole. On page 92 she writes ‘ Some historians go so far as to describe him (Jinnah)as a ‘bad’ Muslim, revealing more about their own ideas of what a Muslim should be than about Jinnah’s faith.’ Describing Jinnah as one of the key figures in the rise of 2oth century Islam she sates ‘… Jinnah was no fundamentalist. His Islam was liberal, moderate and tolerant……. In fact he never pretended to be anything other than a progressive Muslim….here was a Muslim who understood the British sufficiently enough to parley on equal terms, but asserted his Islamic identity strongly enough that he could never been seen to grovel. His refusal of Knighthood was significant; so was his demurral in the face of Muslim attempts to call him ‘Maulana’…..’ Alex generously credits Jinnah with ‘… almost single-handedly reviving Islam as a modern political …
Azhar Aslam & Shaista Kazmi On all the national holidays of Pakistan, different events and programs are held for reflection about these special days. The issue of the nature of the state in Pakistan and the vision of Jinnah about its nature, remains contentious. People on different sides of the ideology divide in Pakistan, have different views about what Jinnah wanted Pakistan to be. The main field for battle is whether he wanted an ‘Islamic’ state (mostly meant in Ziaist terms) or a Secular one.
Afreen Baig [The writer is a Research Consultant at Vision21] Budget 2010-11 has come with many promises to reform the economy. The government has set forth few objectives for it to achieve. The 7th objective is a resolve to make the country ‘fertile for investment’, with whatever limited resources available.
Azhar Aslam Feb 2010 The current situation in Pakistan is chaotic rapidly descending into anarchy. Despite a democratic set up in place, the state institutions are absent. Rule of law is non-existent. Terrorism and unchecked and unabated criminal activity has become the order of the day. Sate is failing to provide even the basics: peace, security of life, food, justice and environment for economic opportunity to earn a dignified living.
Azhar Aslam In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgia’s, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, what did they produce? The cuckoo clock. Orson Welles 2032 This is year 2032. It has been 85 years since Pakistan was created. It has been 17 years since Pakistan Accord was concluded. That was year 2015. It seems to be such a long time ago. Pakistan has come so far since then. Where once it was being labeled a failed State and was termed the most dangerous country in the world, …