The present crisis facing Pakistan is without any parallel in our 60 years chequered history. The Dismemberment of the ideological state created by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in December 1971 was indeed a blow to the unity of the nation but the State of Pakistan survived it. Today in 2008, the very independence and national security of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is at stake. The internal and external challenges are horrendous. It shall therefore be wasting the readers' time to go into any details about the grave threat to our survival. We all know that the whole nation is facing insurgency in many parts, our Eastern and Western borders, including the Line of Control, are faced with the difficult situation stretching our defence capability to the optimum level. Our economic situation has hardly enough foreign exchange resources to cover six weeks' imports, we need $5billon urgently in cash to keep the government machinery in motion for the next 30 days. However, unfortunately, no friend amongst the brotherhood of the 58 members of the OIC has come forward to help. Other friends in the West as well as in the East have merely given only assurances of assistance but no ready cash to tide over the crisis in hand. Hoping against hope, we are looking towards the Lovers of Pakistan meeting in Dubai to bail us out. In the meantime the man in the street is getting angry and becoming violent. This is a highly dangerous signal of public unrest. If this warning by the masses is not heeded to urgently, the consequence could be beyond anyone's control. The Nazria-i-Pakistan Trust headed by Mr Majid Nizami, a valiant fighter, guarding for ages, the legacy of the Quaid-i-Azam, has thought fit in his wisdom, to turn the present crisis facing Pakistan into an opportunity for the future destiny of our country, by attempting to convert the Founding Fathers unfulfilled dream in to a reality. Instead of indulging in empty rhetoric like many other party leaders any parliamentarian are presently doing, Majid Nizami has convened a two days Nazria-i-Pakistan Conference on October 25-26, 2008 at Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehrik-i-Pakistan to ponder over the ultimate destiny of Pakistan. Mr Nizami has provided the essential working paper for the conference in the shape of defining the ultimate goal of the new born ideological state of Pakistan according to the concept of this state as visualised by the Founding Fathers - Iqbal and the Quaid. This has been clearly defined by the Quaid himself in his statements and speeches including his address to the first Constituent Assembly of Pakistan. The Quaid in his presidential address on August 11, 1947 said: "...the establishment of a modern Islamic democratic and welfare state." To this end the two days conference being held on October 25 and 26 shall devote all its thoughts and deliberations, culminating in a plan of action within a given timeframe. The success of this national conference shall open, to a large extent, on the emergence of a plan of action with a number of building blocks to be implemented as targets in almost all sectors of the civil society and organs of the state. This can only be achieved with national consensus and certainly not in a political environment of the division. Regardless of a thousand and one differences in the manifestos of different political parties, they must all agree with complete unity of understanding with regard to the national goals. This is not only essential but also indispensable. Why? You may ask. Because the national goals simply cannot be achieved without the optimum utilisation of the national power, which nature and geography bestows upon a country with the blessings of Allah Almighty. I have every hope that the Nazria-i-Pakistan Conference during its two-day deliberations and final recommendations shall include not only the present internal and external challenges facing Pakistan but also define in-depth Pakistan's national power and how it can assist in getting the country out of its present nightmare through its own inherent and indigenous strength instead of borrowed weapons and financial resources which involves the selling of Pakistan's soul in complete violation of the concept of an independent and sovereign Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The writer is the president of the Pakistan National Forum E-mail: ikramullah@nation.com.pk