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Mahathir: a role model for Pakistan

Published May 20, 2013 08:37am

ELECTIONS are over now with a historic turnout which, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan, was 60 per cent.

People came out despite security threats and other barriers like hot weather to show their love for Pakistan and democracy. But the role of people ended on May 11.

Now the party which is going to form government has a lot to do for the people and the country. There is a need to own Pakistan. This is a time to think beyond political rivalries and grudges.

We need to transform ourselves in a united nation by all definitions. At this stage, Pakistan needs a visionary leadership with abilities to counter the standing crisis like Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia did. He rightly judged the disease and cured it in a good manner. When he was sworn in as the prime minister, religious extremism was among the big problems of his country. Backwardness was a prominent feature of Malaysian society. Economy was at its lowest ebb. But he successfully overcame all these issues because he was determined and sincere. The controversial internal security act which he implemented to curb extremism and turmoil in the country later proved a wise step.

He initiated first automobile manufacturing industry (Proton) in his country which not only gave affordable cars to Malaysian people, but also made the economy of the country better.

Similarly, Pakistan is facing the menace of terrorism and economic meltdown. The energy crisis has become a challenge. Terrorism is adopting new shapes to harm society. Social structure is getting disturbed.

According to reports of organisations such as the UN and the World Bank, the small industry has been largely affected by energy shortage. It means that thousands of families have lost their means to meet ends. Inflation is touching the double digit.

Now it is time to claim Pakistan rather than claim victory in elections. The mandate is a responsibility and not pride because people have cast their votes for Pakistan.

Now it is an option for political parties either to indulge in inappropriate discussions or to rescue Pakistan. If Mahathir can be the prime minister of Malaysia for five consecutive terms on the basis of his performance, why not anyone in Pakistan?

A consultation process can lead us to the path of glory. It is time we showed tolerance for each other and created harmony. Political affiliation is good but it should be for Pakistan because the one who is not sincere with Pakistan cannot deliver to the people.

At the moment, no one should be reluctant to play his role for Pakistan. It is time we acted upon the saying of the Quaid: “Unity, faith and discipline”. Unity among us, faith in development of Pakistan and discipline to achieve that development because we need Pakistan.

MALIK M. USMAN ALI Sargodha


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Comments (10) (Closed)


HNY2013
May 21, 2013 05:40pm
Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia rightly judged the disease and cured it in a good manner. It is time that the disease of religious bigotry and fanaticism is recognised FIRST in Pak, cure comes later.
Ahmed
May 20, 2013 04:33am
Looking right and left for "role models" rather than using your own common sense and a set of values to guide your actions is the mark of a slavish mind.
shajia
May 20, 2013 04:53am
Very well written. Mahathir can truly be termed as a 'leader' of the Muslim world. The others are merely 'political players'. Except Imran, none of the 'players' in Pakistan politics can bear reflection of this great leader.
Khadim Hussain
May 20, 2013 03:42pm
Riaz Ahmed you said it all. No system can work if one itself is not honest or true to the core. When their is a will , their is a way.. Soon very soon within 100 days we will know which way the wind is blowing.. The policies they pursue so shall they reap..
Guest63
May 20, 2013 05:54pm
Dear Ahmed , nice to hear a self righteous sermon ! If Imran Khan had done exactly what you ( a specialized person in Engineering ) , i.e Not to invest his hard earned millions into the most corrupt set up in our land of Pures , if he had learnt from your sermon , i am quite sure hundreds if not thousands poor people ( down with the cancer ) would have died miserable deaths without even having very basic medicines made available , Most would have eventually died anyway cos of the nature of the sickness , But they could see World top class medical services provided to them Free of Cost .... Had he learnt earlier on from your wisdom , he would not have brought back all his earnings to Pakistan ! I guess issuing sermons is very tempting , but walking the talk is beyond the grasp of hypocrite like you and me ... So enjoy your hard earned specialized millions and keep your sermons to yourself too , we need more of Imrans as a role model to follow and far less of people like you to give us lectures on our corruption and moral bankruptcy
Thingamee
May 20, 2013 08:06am
A better role model for you would be Kemal Pasha of Turkey. The country needs a dose of secularism.
YMMIR
May 20, 2013 09:53pm
raw material are pakistanis leaders they deserve
YMMIR
May 20, 2013 09:54pm
pakistanis people get leaders they deserve
Weirdity
May 21, 2013 01:45am
Looks like people are not looking for A role model but A "Muslim" role model. Best of luck in finding one. And mahatir is no role model. Maybe he is a role model of how to run a country like a dictator.
Riaz Ahmad
May 20, 2013 09:27am
My dear friend, all we need is honesty and transparency to bring about a culture of meritocracy; once we achieve that, rest will fall in to place; we have very many experienced and intelligent people working in many western countries in diverse fields, I am one of them in the field of engineering. Once the environment is right, thousands of people like me will come back. This is precisely what is happening in Turkey and in India. People like me are afraid of investing money in Pakistan, we simply cannot adjust or fit in a corrupt environment in the absence of rule of law as a safeguard.