Chitral: It is a pity that a country that was created in the name of Islam and whose capital is named ‘Islamabad’ has the highest rate of corruption in the region and one of the highest in the world. It’s sister country India was created on the same day on a secular foundation and despite having diverse geography, ethnicity and grave problems like Kashmir, Khalistan, etc, it is still better than
Pakistan in it’s economic standing. All? of it’s economic indicators are healthier than those of Pakistan. It’s currency is 2.7 times stronger than Pakistan and it’s per capita income and other economic indicators are much better. Even Bangla Desh which was considered a sick and weak part of Pakistan till the time it was a part of this country, is now much healthier economically since their separation.
Why after all has this happened?. Is it because we have been nurturing a narrative of Islam in this ‘Islamic Republic’ which has glaringly been lenient on scruples and financial corruption, rather to the extent of tacitly encouraging financial corruption? Well, this is the only thing different between Pakistan, India and Bangladesh which originated from same stem but are now placed differently on the scale as far as economic health is concerned. .. CN report, 17 Jul 2019