CHITRAL: Pakistan was born out of the two nation theory where Muslim leaders of the Indian subcontinent theorized that Hindus and Muslims are two different entities and they cannot live together peacefully, therefore the Muslims should have a separate homeland for themselves.
On 14 August 1947 Pakistan broke away from India and came into being as an independent country based on a religious theorem. Unable to stabilize itself politically the new born state fell into the arms of the army in 1958 when the constitution was abrogated and martial law declared. Meanwhile India continued with it’s democratic system. While Pakistan lay stress on manufacturing of military hardware, India stressed on education and particularly on Information Technology when the later emerged as an important faculty of knowledge. Pakistan kept shuttling between military dictatorship and quasi democratic governments, while India never allowed it’s military to interfere in the formation of governments.
Today after 75 years India is a far more stable country despite having such a large and diverse population and Pakistan is sinking under it’s own weight. Having pushed itself into becoming a ‘security state’, Pakistan is rich in missiles and bombs including the atom bomb, but the government has become bankrupt and cannot repay it’s loans. The value of the Pakistani rupee which was higher than it’s Indian counter part at the time of separation is now only one third worth the Indian rupee. Whereas Indian IT experts are heading worlds biggest tech companies like, Google, Microsoft, Twitter to name a few, Pakistani youth only manage to scrounge their way to menial jobs in the west, thanks to the priorities of our governments.
The intelligentsia of Pakistan has now begun to debate the logic and the outcome of the partition of the subcontinent and the failure of Pakistan to emerge as an example of a stable Muslim country, the purpose for which it came into being. Our armories are rich in weapons of destruction (including nuclear weapons) but our pockets are empty and our begging bowl is in a battered state. Strange and pathetic is the situation of Pakistan, indeed. .. CN report, 13 Feb 2023