I honestly believe that at the time of partition our leaders had decided that Eastern Pakistan and Western Pakistan would be two autonomous units of a confederation of Pakistan; it would have been a very fruitful and beneficial decision, both politically and economically for the people. Anyway, it is always easier to be wise in hindsight, but history always teaches us lessons to guide us to be able to make the right decisions in the future.

Now after sixty six years Pakistan is a more fragmented than our forefathers could have ever imagined. The schism is so intense that if immediate corrective steps are not taken, God forbid, this country may see even more turbulent times. Writing on the wall is clear for all to read, the decadence of Pakistani society, in every sphere of life, be it political, economical, educational, industrial, agricultural, religious, law and order or any other segment worth naming we have seen only dissipation. Hardly, any day passes without reports of suicides committed by the poor due to the economic hardships.

Maybe we have one last chance to stem the rot, to unite the people and give them a prescription, to rise again and build the nation from ashes. All stakeholders must wake up as the nation is moving towards destruction; our survival is directly linked with the existence of the nation. Hence, for all Pakistanis, failure is NOT an option. In this regard, I would like to suggest that, let us formulate a new social contract (specially designed for the 95 percent have not’s) for the common people of Pakistan, who always pay 100 percent bills and taxes and never default on their bank loans. Let us make a new Pakistan, which is redesigned to practically cater to the needs of the exploited masses.

Changes must be made in the constitution to block corrupt land owners and power hungry charlatans from contesting in the elections. The election system should also be changed, so that the whole country directly votes for a President or a PM. However, before the voting, the candidates of all the political parties for this post, must notify a list of their MPA's, MNA's and Senators, who will be automatically considered elected according to the percentage of votes cast, in favour of the main candidate, for the top post of the country. The decision for Pakistan's charter of development (for building dams and mega projects for the next fifty years, should also be finalised, on which later on, no politics should be allowed. In other words, the entire representatives of the nation should decide now, where they would like to see Pakistan, in each and every field of life, after 50 years.

In order to decentralise and empower maximum number of people, to enjoy the fruits of self rule, we should convert every division of Pakistan into a province. This will also work as a panacea for the eradication of linguistic and any other type of frictions; and doubts about hegemony of people, of certain big areas, over the people of other smaller areas. In fact, it will work wonders, in the speedy development and unity of Pakistan and kill instantly, any secessionist or separatist activities currently prevailing in some parts of the country.

SYED NAYYAR UDDIN AHMAD,

Lahore, March 31.