Debunking some Pakistani Myths

.. by Mashhood Alam

If you have been to any gathering in Pakistan you can’t help but notice statements like ‘God has bestowed Pakistan with immense talent, more than any other nation in the world’, ‘Pakistan has a huge asset in its 220 million people, 65% of which are youth’, ‘Allah has special favor on Pakistan and Pakistan can never be undone’, ‘Pakistan’s current situation is due to a global conspiracy led by India, America, and, Israel’, and ‘Pakistan must play a leading role in reviving Islam globally’.

Here is a perspective that hopefully will quell these myths and help us see reality as it is.

Myth # 1: God has bestowed Pakistan with immense talent, more than any other nation.

First of all, the importance of talent is overblown. Environment, access, ecosystem, training, and mindset are more relevant than talent. Secondly, God has bestowed talent around the world equally to all nations. Those nations which focus on human development and creating an environment where everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of their unique talents and skills, rise up and become strong. Finally, talent gets wasted when the system doesn’t enable access.

So we must focus on systemic changes and human development rather than hoping for mythical talent to emerge.

Myth # 2: Pakistan has a huge asset in its 220 million people, 65% of which are youth.

In today’s age, the size of the population doesn’t matter as much as the productivity of the population. Look at Israel, which is a powerhouse of research and technology with a population of less than 10 million. Look at Singapore which has just over 5 million people, yet is considered one of the most advanced countries based on its focus on education and trade.

In fact, a large population is considered a burden if it isn’t productive, which is the case with Pakistan.  With a literacy rate below 50%, and a large portion of children malnourished, these large numbers of people are essentially a liability. Bangladesh, at the time of its independence, had a bigger population than Pakistan. Now, their population is 20% less than Pakistan. One of the key factors for their relative success is their ability to control their population growth.

So let’s take some prudent measures in building a productive populace rather than just touting this horn.

Myth # 3: Allah has special favor on Pakistan and Pakistan can never be undone.

This claim is so absurd that it isn’t even worth commenting on. Anyone with just a minimal knowledge of history wouldn’t make such a ridiculous claim. The graveyard of history is full of empires and dynasties of the past. Romans, Persians, Greek, Moguls, Ottomans, and Mayan are just a few examples that collapsed under the weight of their massive debts and injustices that plagued their dominions.

Even if the boundaries of Pakistan remain intact for some while, the living standards could continue to slide and global relevance drastically reduced in the coming years if the status quo continues. There are many countries in the world today that are in such a state, an example of such a country could be found in our neighbor to the West of our borders.

We must do everything in our power to bring about the revolution expeditiously, lest we’ll soon join those nations of the past in the graveyard of history.

Myth # 4: Pakistan’s current situation is due to a global conspiracy led by India, America, and Israel

The sole responsibility for Pakistan’s current situation lies on Pakistanis themselves.

  • As individuals, the majority of Pakistanis do not let any opportunity for corruption slip for short-term gains.
  • A large majority in both rural as well as urban households subjugate female members in our families.
  • Pakistanis do not hold our leadership accountable at the local, provincial, or national level.
  • Pakistanis find the most narrow interpretation of religion and use it to discriminate against brethren of other sects and religions.
  • We do not stand up for justice.
  • Our justice system is a glowing example of corruption.
  • As a nation, we failed to abolish feudalism, nor kept military power in check.

The result of all these, and many other factors is that we are one of the poorest, most corrupt, and non-productive countries.

No other nation could be blamed for our own failings.

Myth # 5: Pakistan must play a leading role in reviving Islam globally

Pakistan is a nation-state that was formed as British Raj was coming to an end. The unfortunate reality was that Muslims and Hindus fought side by side against British rule till the struggle in 1857. Britishers, keeping up with their tradition, found religion a potent reason to sow the seeds of division amongst the people of united India. The people who lives peacefully for millennia, were at each others’ throats within a few decades thereafter, which led to the partition of India in 1947. Forget about playing a global role for Muslims, Pakistan couldn’t even stand up for the Muslims in India and closed its borders to Indian Muslims a few years after partition. Even now, more than 180 million Muslims live in India and another 200 million in Bangladesh, which was part of Pakistan till 1971. So, to claim that Pakistan should play a leading role in reviving the Islamic spirit in more than 1.6 billion Muslims globally when it can’t even revive the Islamic spirit within its borders or the Muslims of the subcontinent is no more than a pipe dream.

If a nation must prosper, it must focus on human development and economic progress through secular policies. Let’s just keep religion the concern of an individual for personal peace and spirituality and focus on saving Pakistan first before thinking of Muslims around the globe.

Facing our reality

The best approach would be to focus on human development, strengthening Pakistan’s economy, increasing exports, fostering innovation, establishing justice, abolishing the feudal system, reducing military involvement in politics, and making it safe and easy for anyone around the world to be attracted to Pakistan.

The time for wishful thinking is long gone. We must own up to our problems, rise up and change NOW.   .. Source 

2 thoughts on “Debunking some Pakistani Myths

  1. Let us accept and uphold the Truth. There is no Pakistan at all. It is in the imagination of preople such as is calling oneself a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim or follower of any other religion without proving it through their deeds.
    Similarly there are not enough people proving themselves to be Muslims around, to make this land Pakistan. The evidence, if there were enough Muslims around is that Justice in thoughts, words and practice of majority of people would be seen to be overflowing.
    This tells us that we do NOT see many people in practice of justice either in this part of the world or among the millions upon millions souls living on lands between Indonesia and Morocco and beyond.
    Instead, what we all can see that people are making grave mistake of leaving matters affecting their lives and destiny into thehands of thieves and robbers. Can we all see it happenenig with our own eyes?
    My little understanding is that every Muslim has been Commanded by the Almighty to get involved in matters that affect their lives and destiny by organising Peoples’ Union i.e. Jumeeyah and Shoorah. The Almighty’s Command in this respect are “Wahusaymoo bay hublillahay Jumeeyah “. Muslims have been warned further in words “No soul shall carry the burden of another soul on Yaumulqiyahmuh “.
    This warning is against people’s laxity in leaving their life and destiny in the hands of others thus enduring seeing it in the hands of thieves and robers. The Almighty wants every soul to come out of their homes to work to create Peoples’ Jumeeyah and thus get involved in working collectively for making Vices obsolete and Virtues triumphant.
    If the people around, in large numbers, will ever become Muslims they will see the blessings of the Almighty in obeying Him in the forms of wonderful rewards He has promised to those who obey Him. Those who obey Him enjoy warding off cropping up of Mafiosi.
    Mafiosi as we all can see, the democratic and free people of the USA under slavery of one or the other Mafiosi. Who tells us that the people of the USA are free and democratic? The Mafia that enslaves them.
    Will any nation come under the slavery of any Mafiosi if the people of that nation will bother to organise Peoples’ Mafia or Peoples’ Jumeeyah or Shoorah?
    So we all can see that the Almighty has shown us the right most way. The way to show the Kalimah in our deeds as did those in Mudeenah and show that we are Muslims by upholding Justice at all the times and thus win hearts by our heart warming, heart winning manners. Will we all come to Islaam. The way to bring about justice thus peace?

  2. You said in your article > ‘Allah has special favor on Pakistan and Pakistan can never be undone, <
    Sorry, Pakistan where it is right now consists of Pakhtooistan, Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan. Pakhtoonistan 65%+ and Punjab 70%+ had voted against Pakistan, and Sindh voted 50% +1 vote for Pakistan. This means 50% voted against Pakistan. Balochistan was taken over by Pakistan forcefully. So it was never part of Pakistan.
    ONLY Bengal 55% had voted for Pakistan. They are now free from the Satanic fake capital Islamabad. So where is Pakistan?

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