Missing Nationalism And Disunity In Pakistan

Missing Nationalism And Disunity In Pakistan

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Everyone is aware of the fact that great nations work on the principle of nationalism. Due to this, they stand in the line of developed nations. The people’s belief in the supremacy, sovereignty of their country and honesty of their leaders are very significant for any nation to prosper. Expectedly, leaders with full commitment and enthusiasm change the destiny of the people. Consequently, the relation between the common person and the leaders strengthens.

Once the efforts, sacrifices, hard work of the leaders manage to reach to an individual of the country, the sense of nationalism arises deep inside their heart. The patriotism and emotional associations with the country help to avert the threat of any nature. let it be –internal or external.

Pakistan in this regard has always been the victim of disunity and missing nationalism. We either couldn’t produce the great leader or even if we did, were died quite early or killed with the help of international dictation. Such as Quaid e Azam and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto respectively.

Below are the following reflections of the discrimination, disunity, and destructive image in Pakistan.

Bangladesh:

The concept of provincialism was very much in the minds of Bengalis since Pakistan came into being. They reflected it by demanding that Bengali must be made a national language. Jinnah insisted that Urdu and Urdu alone would be the national language, Bengali students murmured in protest. The language movement would grow and in 1952 the first martyrs, protesting students, were killed. (Source: Pakistan: Beyond The Crisis State). When new-born political setup did not pay heed to their growing sentiments a sense of isolation arose and what happened next is well known to all of us– the event of 1971.

Contemporary affairs:

Today, we often hear the concerns and reservations of provinces in almost every development that takes place in this part of the world. From China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Council of Common Interest to the Federal budget and Punjab-centered policies of the current government to energy allocation and finally Baloch insurgency.

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: 

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is believed to be a project which would not only bring fruits to the most deprived parts of Pakistan i.e Balochistan and KPK but it’d create diverse waves of fortunes for the entire Pakistan as well. Unfortunately, due to the win-loss mindset of the Punjab-centered government, it went on the controversial note. As it is being called that the greater share of the project has been usurped from the deserving stakeholders. Eventually, India has been given a chance to play its ball on stimulating divisions and uprising within Balochis and Pathans.

The council of common interest:

The council of common interest (CCI) is believed to be a platform where executives from each province come and express their issues concerning allocation of budget, energy, NFC award and strategic policy making. It has to be summoned on after every 90 days but regrettably, one has to flip many pages of the calendar to check when it was last called. Thus, further aggravating the gap between provinces and capital.

Balochistan:

Ending the violent attacks and disaffection in the province is vital for national cohesion, political stability, and economic growth. (Source: Pakistan: Beyond The Crisis State). The scenario of Balochistan is secret known to all of us. Why does a Baloch individual feel so isolated, and not willing to be folded by the arms of the unity and nationhood of Pakistan? Why it seems to be easy for India to get their brains trapped to create political turmoil and chaos overall in Pakistan? The answer is simple because we never listened to them, we never thought of their wellbeing or their social and economic interests. We never even tried to reach to them to fill the vacuum of deprivation and isolation.

Conclusion:

The leaders irrespective of their political affiliations should put the national interest first rather than fulfilling their personal desires. Even if they raise the voice of their people, it must eventually underline the importance of the concept nationalism. The leaders must be sincere and show honesty to their people whom they are ultimately accountable to. Parliament is the platform which must be used for the public issues and highlighting the core problems people confronts with. However, the trend of the unnecessary dharna, verbal storming and unethical selection of words has to be stopped on part of the politicians. Moreover, economic reforms are imperative for the long-term stability and economic development of the people. There is an intense need of agricultural reforms to not only enable the country to become self-sufficient but also to increase the volume of exports. The investment on infrastructure, subsidies to small-scale enterprises to boost economic growth, tax reforms, and competitiveness in the world market attracts the urgent attention of the state of Pakistan.

 

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Qaiser Rizwan Abbasi

The author is the student of bachelors in business administration. He has a keen passion for politics and current affairs and he loves to share his ideas, opinion, and understanding.

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