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‘From Canada’


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THIS is apropos of Ayeza Aizar Qureshi’s letter ‘From Canada’ (Aug 20). The writer has discussed the progress Pakistan has made since independence.

While assessing the progress of a country one has to do comparative study with other contemporary nations to arrive at valid conclusions.

In 1947 Pakistan was well ahead in achievements than the countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Korea.

For example, Malaysia did not have any university, medical or engineering college, nor did it have any other advanced institutions while Pakistan had world-class universities and academic and technical institutions.

Its economic indices like per capita income and exports were much higher. It enjoyed distinctive position in the world and the green passport was respected.

Now it is left behind and is going down the hill day by day. Countries like China, Japan, Koreas, the Philippines, Vietnam, were devastated by wars but now have made a phenomenal progress and are in the forefront of progressive nations.

Other war-ravaged countries like Japan, Germany and Europe have done equally well. In the subcontinent the Indian Punjab province, which Ayeza Qureshi migrated, was far behind the Pakistani Punjab in every respect.

Indian Punjab did not possess any university or advanced academic institutions and it had a much lower agricultural yield per acre, compared to the Pakistani Punjab. Now the situation has reversed.

Indian Punjab got a 20 per cent share of Indus basin water and is generating over 15,000 MW of electricity out of this, while Pakistani Punjab is producing less than 5,000 MW of electricity out of its eighty per cent share of water.

This is so because Pakistan has not developed mega dams. Without energy, no progress is possible. In the earlier days we did not incur national debts while we have now accumulated huge debts.

Our national institutions are falling one by one. The Pakistan Railways is one example.

There is a massive brain-drain. People do not come to Pakistan even for sports. Nevertheless, there is a hope.

If we get a leader like Dr Mahatir Mohamad, we can put the country on the right path.


Comments (7) Closed

sal Sep 19, 2012 09:43am
Indeed its highly odd that a person who praises Pakistan, lives in Canada. With free health care, safe roads, true protection from Police and minimal corruption. Her letter has no weight. Show me a letter from someone in Pakistan (those that don't want to get out) and that will be the fact. The facts are that the Pakistani culture and a lack of a dominant leadership with a realistic vision has meant that Pakistan is mired more-or-less where it started.
farrukh Sep 19, 2012 08:47am
who will reform lawyers who shower killer with roses
observer Sep 19, 2012 03:43am
I agree with all the letter from the worthy Professor but not the last sentence. To get a good leader and to progress, we have to be a good society. We got too many strong individuals as our leaders but each fell victim to controversy and lost life or effectiveness. What we need to do is to collectively get back to principles of good society, work hard, stop waiting for one good leader (but look for a hierarchy of power and leadership or let us say improve our political parties by constant pressure from media and civil society), separate religion and state, stick to constitution of Pakistan, create provincial harmony by fairly dividing resources, check our national security and defense mentality, reduce budget and current account deficits, improving health of Pakistanis, etc. I hope I am clear.
lagharibloch Sep 20, 2012 03:55am
Absolutely agreed with Mr/Ms. Observer.
Arshad Patel,Ohio,USA Sep 19, 2012 05:56pm
UNITY, FAITH, DISCIPLINE ! All gone, All gone. Thanks to all who got rid of these. Now we are crowd not a nation.
jalaluddin S. Hussain Sep 19, 2012 03:42pm
I agree with you 100 percent. Collectively, as a Pakistani nation we should believe in, SIMPLE LIVING AND HIGH THINKING. We need to be patient.
kamaljit Singh Sep 19, 2012 07:09am
In case of Indian Punjab it was the vision of Jawahar Lal Nehru and the then chief minister of Indian Punjab, Partap Singh Kairon (educated in California) to build dams and engineering colleges. Though he ignored defense and the result was 62 debacle. Anyway his vision is bearing fruits now. True to Dr. Akhtar 's view my grandfather used to long for canal system and agricultural university left in Pakistan. He would say that Pakistan got 17 districts which can feed the whole world,such fertile and irrigated land that area has.There is no substitute for technology and incentive.Indira Gandhi also showed her mettle by enforcing the land ceiling act. She left no more big land lords or absentee farmers. It is never late .Pakistan can catch up provided there is a will do so.