Pakistan – National Election and Republic Empowerment

May 15, 2013

By Padmini Arhant

Congratulations! To Pakistan electorate, Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) party for recent victory in the democratic election.

Reportedly PML-N secured around 126 out of 270 seats to National Assembly in 60% voter turnout nationally and 100% in some states displaying citizens participation in the electoral process.

Pakistan deprived of democratic governance since birth due to military coup and direct foreign intervention from United States and Saudi Arabia crossed the hurdle when previous administration under Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was the first to complete full term leading to fresh elections over the weekend.

Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif having served in that position twice earlier although briefly with military disrupting official period has experienced problems related to governance.

Pakistan is confronted with numerous challenges and primary one being violence among other issues such as corruption, inflation, foreign intrusion fomenting sectarianism and sedition alongside border disputes with neighbors currently Afghanistan that needs to be addressed effectively to steer the nation away from continuous chaos and unrest.

People in Pakistan have expressed strong desire for democratic function through mandate and deserve efficient government transcending typical political culture of graft, nepotism and marginalization of rest of the nation preceded by nationwide security as top priority.

Pakistan government focus on maintaining law and order containing incessant bombings, explosions and militant activities in the heart of the nation that has left cities, towns and villages gripped with terror is key to political stability.

Notwithstanding drone strikes and foreign occupation in the form of CIA paramilitary infiltration, private contractors, consulate espionage services and Saudi regime aided radicalism that generated Pakistan Taliban along with Pakistan intelligence ISI and some military personnel sheltering networks operating against national interest arguably demand stringent domestic and foreign policy to protect innocent lives and sovereignty.

In the economic front, the vast majority living in abject poverty has long been neglected with preoccupation on cross border tensions with India, Iran and lately Afghanistan.

Pakistan as well as neighbors resolving these issues amicably through diplomacy would allow them to expend time and resources in improving economic and social conditions for their respective population invariably sharing common plight ranging from lack of clean water supply, electricity to health and education facilities hindering normal existence.

Additionally rural and urban unhealthy environment attributed to industrial pollution and contamination impact entire society.

Pakistan declining deceptive neoliberal economic concept responsible for income disparity, exploitation and national treasury depletion via tax evasions is important to emerge from burgeoning financial crises and overall development deficiency.

Instead adopting growth oriented economic models creating job opportunities not only in specific industry but also across different sectors especially targeting human potential abandoned in search for prominent skills would produce desirable results provided they are reinvested in further advancement of local production and expansion.

Implementing such strategy would optimize progress unlike neoliberal profit transfer trend contracting host nation revenue besides stifling local competition partly contributing to rising inflation.

Strengthening bilateral and multilateral trade ties with moderate approach on controversial matter demonstrating mutual respect and cooperation would be beneficial to all.

Economic and monetary aid received without compromising national assets, human capital and above all independence is critical in the increasingly volatile climate with predator instincts aimed at subjugation of nations for geopolitical dominance.

Accordingly rationality and pragmatism guided prudent choices with departure from relations ascribed to failed state classification in Pakistan’s case would be positive in moving forward as a self-sufficient and reliable economic partner within and outside region.

Pakistan riding on rough seas evidently capable of surviving tidal waves despite threats to democracy throughout political history.

National unity committed to pervasive prospects leaving none behind would promote necessary economic freedom and social equality.

Republic empowerment through education and accessibility to technology for proper awareness on events affecting survival is imperative to deter internal and external anti-democracy forces actively engaged in sabotage of Pakistan sovereignty.

Pakistan represented by educated younger generation could be instrumental in leading the nation towards multidimensional achievements while retaining cherished cultural values and heritage in delineation from fundamentalism misusing religion to impose ideology.

On that optimistic note,

Wishing citizens in Pakistan and newly elected leadership Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as representatives of national institutions long lasting peace and success in all endeavors for collective prosperity.

Peace to Pakistan!

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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