Sewing the National Fabric

Jawaid IqbalNow that Bilawal Bhutto has become the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, it is hoped that better counsels will prevail and, considering Pakistan’s size as a country of more than 220 million people and wielding a strong army, it will have a better position in the comity of nations. It is unfortunate that at present Pakistan is in the throes of economic pain and is undergoing very hard times. The induction of Bilawal Bhutto in the Foreign Minister’s position is expected to bring back Pakistan into those groups of countries who look towards tomorrow with hope and are willing to tap the resources of youth and fresh thinking with a verve that was never seen before.

It is time that Pakistan came out of its old ways and became a country where young blood looks at realities of the New World Order. Bilawal Bhutto has all the qualifications to deliver on this count. He is Pakistan’s youngest foreign minister at 33 while his grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was 35 when he became foreign minister. Bilawal is wholly assisted by Hina Rabbani Khar as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. It goes to the credit of this woman that while she has previously served as a full-fledged Foreign Minister, this time around, she has accepted being a minister of state. It must be said that Pakistan’s foreign affairs in the hands of Bilawal Bhutto are in good care. He is said to be inexperienced, but so were so many others before him. He will certainly learn the ropes as he goes along. Perhaps this position will also serve to bring an element of maturity in Bilawal’s outlook – a trait that should do him a world of good in his future endeavours as a young Pakistani politician who sews the national fabric together, instead of tearing big holes in it. There is now hope for national reconciliation. In some political circles, the rise of Bilawal Bhutto to the Foreign Ministry as well as the election of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shahbaz as a Chief Minister of Punjab, is being seen as a continuation of dynastic politics. Though this perception is not entirely wrong, one needs to look at ground realities as their nominations to the top positions will positively bring a much-needed political stability and coherence in the country, in place of giving rise to confrontation-based politics once again. For the greater interest of the country, we must set aside our political differences and help out the incumbent government to steer the country out of current challenges.

This is the direction that Pakistan should take and develop a narrative that bring it in line with developing countries that look towards a productive future. The people of Pakistan have suffered on many counts – poverty, isolation, terrorism – to name a few. Come a young foreign minister like Bilawal Bhutto and there are all the chances to move forward to eradicate the evils of exploitation and make headway with policies of global collectivism.

Syed Jawaid Iqbal
President & Editor in Chief