Readers’ Thoughts

September 2023

It’s Time for Elections

This is with reference to the cover story titled ‘General Elections 2023: To be or not to be’ in the August-2023 issue. In my opinion, it is in the broader interest of Pakistan at this time that the general elections are held, and the foundation of a stable government is laid for five years, while the popularity and confidence will be restored as time goes by. We should remember that a caretaker government can neither bring economic stability to the country nor a good name to anyone. Of course, the environment of the government in the coming five years should be made favorable, but the security and economic stability of Pakistan is directly related to the general elections.

Taha Bilal,
Lahore, Pakistan.

What a Shame!

At this crucial time, when PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s ambitions are coming out one by one, the eyes of those who were proud to call Khan an ideological leader must have lowered. Along with the decision to take Imran Khan to court, the process of widening the scope of investigation regarding his involvement in the May 9 incident has started. Venom continues to be spewed against its military leadership. Tehreek-e-Insaf has created a new history of anti-nationalism by attacking the Pakistan High Commission in London and damaging the building. These enemies of the country are proud of insulting Pakistan, the army chief, and state institutions as if an Indian feels comfortable abusing Pakistan. Despite this, Imran Khan is calling the judicial proceedings oppression. What a shame!
Ishaque Abro,
Sukkur, Pakistan.

In Search of Ideology

The history of Pakistan is replete with peaceful struggles of political and ideological figures. Despite the extreme atrocities committed by the dictatorial and civil rulers of the time to conquer or dissuade them from their ideals, they did not harm their land or the country. These figures were taller than Nelson Mandela of their era; they accepted to bear the hardships of prisons but did not leave the path of peaceful struggle. Who knows what ideology Imran Khan is following?

Iftikhar Rauf,
Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Double Standards

Throughout the civilized world, society at large has set its own limits on freedom of expression. Thus, there is no other opinion in this matter that freedom of expression is the most valuable asset of the modern world. This is the main point, the biggest and most effective tool of Europe’s “anti-Islamic campaign”. Especially Europe claims that it has achieved this freedom after centuries of hard work and sacrifices. For many European states, freedom of expression cannot be challenged in any way. If this stands right in these nations, why does no one dare talk about or even mention the Holocaust in a negative sense?

Rizwana Anjum,
Lucknow, India.

Freedom of Expression

Attacking Islamic rites, committing blasphemy, insulting the Holy Qur’an from time to time, knowingly and openly, and insulting the dress of Muslims are carried out under the guise of freedom of expression. When there is a peaceful protest against these movements worldwide, Europe shrugs its shoulders and says there is no restriction on the expression of opinion. The question is, is this right given without limits and conditions? Does only one class have rights? Under the guise of freedom of expression, can the sentiments of millions of people be hurt? Can peace be put in danger by using this right? Can hatred and social division be tolerated?

Tabussam Ara,
Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Well Done, CM Punjab!

Mohsin Naqvi, the Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab, has performed very well in a short period of time. It refers to the fact that this caretaker period has provided an excellent administration to Punjab. Even after the general elections, the experience and skills of hardworking and honest people like Mohsin Naqvi will significantly benefit the province. In the future, any vital responsibility can be assigned to Mohsin Naqvi. Likewise, Commerce Minister Gohar Ijaz can prepare a roadmap for the elected government from his experience. But understanding the delicacy of the situation at that time would be the greatest understanding, and today it is a myth that only general elections can bring Pakistan out of the quagmire of problems. If any decision-maker is slow to understand this undeniable reality, remember that we will hold general elections after six or eight months. Still, by then, the economy will enter a dead-end street. Caveat emptor!

Chowdhury Ghulam Sarwar,
Sargodha, Pakistan.

Political Instability and Economic Growth

Oolitical instability has profoundly impacted Pakistan’s economic growth over the years. Frequent changes in leadership, civil unrest, and a volatile security situation have created an environment of uncertainty that discourages foreign investment and hampers domestic economic activities. The country’s political landscape, characterized by power struggles and corruption allegations, often leads to policy inconsistency and delayed decision-making, further impacting investor confidence. This instability also diverts government attention and resources from implementing long-term economic reforms, hindering efforts to address poverty, unemployment, and infrastructure development.

Moreover, the security challenges associated with political instability have detrimental effects on trade and commerce. Frequent protests, strikes, and demonstrations disrupt daily business operations, causing supply chain disruptions and increasing business costs. The prevalence of terrorism and internal conflicts deters foreign investors and tourists and requires significant government spending on security measures, diverting funds from essential sectors like education and healthcare. The lack of political stability also negatively influences credit ratings, making it difficult for Pakistan to access international markets and secure favorable borrowing terms.

Rakhshi Aftab,

Bangladesh Model

The echo of the Bangladesh model has been heard in Pakistan’s political circles for a long time. These rumors, which started during the era of General Pervez Musharraf, gained momentum with the political instability. The news that the “Bangladesh model” is considered inside the power corridor is yet again in the air. Now after the dissolution of the National Assembly, the desire and demand for the “Bangladesh model” becomes uncontrollable. The reasoning is the same. Political and economic stability should be brought before the elections. Electoral reforms should be introduced, the economy’s direction should be corrected, and constitutional requirements should not be neglected to achieve this goal.

Dr. Kaleem Usmani,
Melbourne, Australia.