In my column on August 03, while declaring Pakistan's 61st Independence Day as an auspicious occasion to celebrate, I had also struck a note of concern in view of the internal and external challenges that the nation faced today. The political crisis compounded by the impending impeachment of the president was big enough a cause to ring alarm bells even if the economy was sound and stable and other pillars of state were functioning in a normal manner. However, in the present scenario, every sector of the state seems to be not in a healthy frame, to say the least. In short, nothing appears to be going right, be it economy, law and order, food situation, water management etc. Without our nuclear deterrence, we could not cope with the security of our Eastern border with India and Line of Control in IHK. With a state of insurgency in the tribal belt of our Western border coupled with terrorism in certain areas on the increase, the new democratic government since February 18 has been burdened with more than its capacity to handle in view of the internal rifts within the four party ruling alliance and within each major party. The Forward Blocks of sorts and the so-called independent members of parliament seem to be having swell time as they hold the balance of power to swing the impeachment vote, which at the moment has become the focal point of determining the fate of democracy and the future of Pakistan. While listing to the statements of the coalition leadership and also closely watching the general mood of the media, hardly anyone seems to be serious in measuring properly, the national power, the adequacy of which, is the only effective instrument to emerge successfully out of the myriad crisis that Pakistan is currently riddled with. To start with such a study, one needs the correct approach towards measuring national power in the present post-industrial age at the global level. What is wrong with Pakistani leadership measuring national power is that each pillar of state regard itself as the lynch pin or fulcrum around which all other sectors must revolve for smooth functioning of the state. Since the adoption of the 1973 constitution, many important issues have remained unresolved. There have been constant conflicts between the parliament and presidency, judiciary and PM; resulting in the civilian authorities not establishing control over the military, establishing and strengthening martial laws in Pakistan. Measuring the national power of a state, such as Pakistan, is a complex process but as an attempt, it can be defined simply as the capacity of a country to pursue strategic national goals through well planned and purposeful policies made above self or party politics and implemented in an independent and transparent manner. The framework of this national power assessment covers all levels of the civil society from a labourer to the president, excluding no one. Instead of rhetoric in parliament and slogans in public meetings, each citizen and official in every department, whether a civilian or a soldier with whatever rank has to demonstrate his strict adherence to the rule of law. While inviting Pakistan's intellectuals, political leaders, economic experts and the media to ponder over the different building blocks to construct and erect the edifice of Pakistan's national power, this scribe would suggest three dimensions or call them distinct realms of our national power.     Development of Pakistan's national resources which have to be listed in detail cover all sectors if Pakistan is to develop modes of production that enable it to dominate the cycles of innovation in the global economy. These building blocks are usually judged by variables such as population size and geographical location of Pakistan's territory, our economic strength measured in terms of GNP/GDP, and natural resources.     National performance over the past few decades as it seeks to capture the mechanism that unable a country like Pakistan to convert the building blocks identified in first dimension above, which represent latent power into tangible forms of usable power. Introducing this dimension allows the analysts to capture an element that most traditional measure of power do not accommodate. That is, the relationship a country has with its own society and the consequences thereof for national power capability. This helps to assess both the external pressures confronting Pakistan since our birth as well as our awareness of the new resources that must be produce if Pakistan is to develop the capability of innovation and then transform that into effective hegemonic potential.     Geographically located as Pakistan is faced with a difficult security situation on our Eastern and Western borders, given due attention to Pakistan's military capability is in escapable as a sign of our national power as a "nuclear state" capable of an efficient and reliable command and control system. The prevailing mode of the present political leadership may not regard this aspect of national power favourably but in the geo-strategic environment that Pakistan happen to be located National Security would be gravely endangered by any dent in Pakistan's military capability whether in terms of conventional or non-conventional weapons or even marginal loss of confidence of the nation in its armed forces. The writer is a president of the Pakistan National Forum E-mail: ikramullah@nation.com.pk