If you want to visit a country which has lost its way, you should visit Pakistan. I was at Lahore and Islamabad a few days ago. Here was a place which had its people behind it to touch any height after constituting a new country in August 1947. Islam gave its ethos and the determination fired it to outpace India with which it had parted company. Today, even after 60 years of its existence, Pakistan does not know what its destination is. It would like to be a democratic country, but all these years it has done little to stay democratic. It has been feudal in deportment and knows-it-all in attitude. The society remains more or less the same. The reason is that those who have ruled the country have stuck to feudal ways. Lack of land reforms is only part of the problem. The birth of Pakistan was inevitable. But after the death of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan became a playing ground for the vested interests. Had the country followed the principles of the two leaders and gone through the sacrifices and sufferings that are linked to independence, people would have today been hardened lot to challenge the vested interests. The latter chose the least line of resistance and handed over the country to the army to buy their positions and peace. And then the military pushed them out and took over the administration. There was no challenge. That has been the case for the past 50 years and the military, overtly or covertly, has been in control. It has ousted liberal elements and squeezed out every bit of dissent. With no institution worth the name and no tall leader - Benazir Bhutto was the last one - left on the scene, the country is run by pigmies. Even these pigmies lack the value system and idealism. They are always at each other's throat, making the job of the military easy. The common man wants peace, even that of grave. The lawyers' movement can be the means but not the end by itself. This is what the participants do not seem to realise. Indeed, the stages through which the lawyers' movement in Pakistan has gone through reminds one of some best moments of Indian independence struggle. Yet the agitation is not the destination, it is only a journey. I felt in Pakistan as if the lawyers' marches were the end by itself. True, the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is important. But it should not be the end. The movement can at least aim at removing feudalism from the country. The participants should get rid of feudalism from their personal life. The movement may begin a struggle for economic revolution. India can learn from that. Unfortunately, the fact is that Pakistan is facing danger from the worst elements from militants. The society has not accepted them. But it has seldom joined issues with it. Challenging the obscurantist elements also has been confined to the few. These elements are being financed from outside. There is no doubt they must be defeated lock, stock and barrel. Washington believes the continuation of President Asif Ali Zardari and Chief of Army Staff General Parvez Kayani can do so. But where it is going wrong is in attributing them as the strength for curbing terrorism. The Barack Obama Administration has opted for the initiative by Pakistan armed forces. The huge amount of money sanctioned by Washington is on the belief that both Zardari and the army can push back the Taliban. Will the two be able to achieve that? The jury is still out. The writer is a former member of the Indian Parliament and senior journalist