Pakistan is faced with multiple challenges of governance due to its own flawed early perceptions, which have become part of Pakistani psyche. In process Pakistanis have come to live in an unreal world, much devoid of reality.
This crisis of governance has several facets including economic, political and security. Resultant narrow-minded politics is leading to calls for territorial adjustments within the current boundaries of Pakistan. These calls, if not handled dispassionately can spill out of control. Given the history of Pakistan's own creation, based on perceived discrimination, and subsequent separation of Bangladesh, these are very ominous developments.
As the political positions polarize military's role could again be critical in the course Pakistan follows into the future.
While no border is permanent any attempt at there territorial adjustments accompanied by violence is likely to have consequences beyond Pakistan's immediate neighbourhood.
Pakistan needs an honest, credible leadership to set its house in order. And it is in the interest of the neighbouring states and the big powers to understand and address the real issues, help the state of Pakistan re-establish its writ, help restore its economy, get its education system back on track that will possibly gel the people of Pakistan into a nation again.
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Mr. Sajjad Ashraf, Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
- Monday, 05 November 2012
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-4
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road