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PTI’s economic scheme

Published Sep 14, 2012 02:58am


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MUHAMMAD Jalal Awan has mentioned in his letter (Sept 6) the example of Malaysian growth after Mahatir Mohamad’s reforms. I want to point out that all developed or rapidly growing nations, including Malaysia, did not face militancy in their cities during the development and so the example of Asian Tigers is not relevant.

I don’t agree with Asad Umar’s idea that economic development can be achieved in the presence of militancy.

Until 1977 Pakistan was among the fastest developing economies of the world. Institutions like PIA and the BCCI bank were among the world’s top - ranking organisations, and human development index was rapidly growing changing the economic conditions of citizens.

After the start of the Afghan war in 1979, Pakistan gave refuge to over four million Afghans who brought weapons, drugs and militant ideology with them and destroyed the social fabric of the peaceful and tolerant Pakistani society.

By the 1990s the country was gripped by sectarian violence and hundreds of doctors, teachers and other innocent citizens were killed by Islamic militants across the country.

After the 9/11 attacks in New York, Taliban militants fled Afghanistan and brought the war into Pakistani cities.

According to the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies, since 2007 Taliban militants have been blasting on average more than one bomb every day somewhere in Pakistan. Various government and military officials have presented the figure of 30,000 innocent civilians killed by the Islamic extremists during last 10 years.

As a result, Pakistan’s economy has critically suffered because of the deteriorating law and order situation. Textile Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin mentioned in January this year that 40 per cent of the textile industry and over 200,000 power looms have been moved to Bangladesh.

In my opinion the PTI’s economic policy could be a very nice document; but its implementation will be difficult in the war-waged country.

IRFAN HUSSAIN                      London


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Faheem Sep 14, 2012 11:34am
I don?t agree with Mr. Irfan's point of view. Root cause of bad economy and law and order is not Afghan War. It is corruption of politicians and generals which bring the country in this state. Afghan war may have a partial impact but the total destruction done by Politicians. I agree with ASAD UMAR that if PTI will be able to reduce the corruption, they can change the country by implementing their economic agenda.
Genius Sep 14, 2012 10:43am
No, I don't agree with the writer. Once PTI get hold of all the institution and get power it would revolutionalized the world. I could only say "Time will Tell"..."wait & see"..... PTI is the only hope for Pakistani people and PTI should nipped in the bud the cruel, dishonest & self centered people from the party. There are only two possibilities either PTI got power Or Millitary would take over..
Sohaib YAHIA Sep 14, 2012 03:57am
Absolutely true; bringing economy back on track without fixing the root cause of severely deteriorated economy; i.e. firm stronghold of militancy in this war zone, would be living in fool's paradise.
Umair Sep 14, 2012 08:52am
In addition the facts cannot be denied. The refugees for a long time are and continue to be one of the major cause of law & order in Karachi.
Saad Sep 14, 2012 10:21am
Imran will let the country out of the american war first then he will look at other things. Fighting the American war has torn the already fragile fabric of our society and has led to the growth of extremism in all walks of life. We have no doubt that PTI will achive whatever it says, because it is being led by an honest and upright man, Imran Khan
Bela Hussain Sep 14, 2012 09:35pm
I agree with the writer that the main problem started in 1979 with the arrival of Afghan refugees - the worst thing they brought to Pakistan was the intolerant ideology. This ideology has caused us disasters for last over 20 years costing thousands of lives and dilapidated economy.
Ajilala Sep 14, 2012 07:41pm
And who's denying that Mr Yahya?Do u all critiques think that PTI consists of foolish people?They do need your positive suggestions for further improvement in a productive manner and unlike the way The writer has tried to exploit the Subject.V sitting in the USA r well-wishers of that poor Country,y on earth the inhabitants have Give-up the Hope.please avoid demoralizing the readers.
Umair Sep 14, 2012 08:44am
I completely agree with you?the only problem is that the people in Pakistan are in a dilemma that Imran Khan is a magician, whose presence will vanquish all the militancy.
G.A. Sep 14, 2012 06:10pm
Imran Khan is but just one person who can only lead the way. Mobilising the people and bringing them together towards a common goal is what leadership is about. In the end, If people honestly want change then they will have to stick with him and ensure his and subsequently Pakistan's success.
abbas Sep 15, 2012 01:41am
i couldnt agree more and not expecting this type of idea from a person like Asad Umer, who is an entrepreneur himself. So pitty thinking, but i smell some kind of vested interest behind such thinking that he is planning to grow under the weapons. Looks like another lollipop of IK to the people.
Ahmed Jumma Sep 14, 2012 06:54am
Dear Mr. Irfan Hussain, if there is a Will, goals can be achieved. As every citizen is very well known that our Army is actually the Establishment of Pakistan who can do everything it wants. Beyond its prescribed duties it has powers to reprimand all the stakeholders i.e. politicians, bureaucrates and army officials as well to avoid any bribe for the sake of Pakistan and also it stands behind the courts I think the dirt will be purged in weeks. Nobody is afraid of Allah Almighty, but they are sure afraid of police and army. If corruption is eradicated from the society by an iron hand the society can be normalized for peaceful atmosphere. If there is no corruption then we can take may immediate measures for eradication of militancy which is prevailing only due to corruption.
Agha Ata Sep 14, 2012 12:32pm
My friends, implementation of any policy in Pakistan would not be easy under the given circumstances.
TKhan Sep 15, 2012 02:52am
I am surprised that Mr. Irfan Hussain quoted BCCI as an example of prosperity & economic development. The Bank whose employees were over zealously taking plane loads of bad money to increase their profits and they had the blessing of their superiors. Bad Example. PIA was the beneficiary of the SBP's restrictions on certain travelers to use the national airlines. However, in spite of nepotism and corruption it was still profitable. I trust the main reason was the exports of Pakistani cotton and other products due the favorable policies of Europe and America. I say let PTI try it out as all else has failed.
nh Sep 14, 2012 05:13pm
I totally agree with the writer.
observer Sep 15, 2012 02:13am
Do you think you are a genius?
observer Sep 15, 2012 02:14am
The meaning of your name and nature of comments you have typed in are totally opposite.