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Naya Pakistan’s Journey to Self-reliance! – Maleeha Hashmey

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The fool didn’t know it was impossible, so he did it. Life is 10% how you make it and 90% how you take it. Pakistan– which happens to be the most happening piece of land, falling in South Asia– has had its fair share of good and bad days since its inception. As much as its people relished the scenic beauty, exuberance in the air and the amazing warmth of the land of pure, there has been an ever-growing enormous challenge that could never really be dealt with over seven long decades, i-e; “an incredibly incompetent and insincere bunch of leaders” positioned in the power corridors since forever, ruthlessly reining the poor child.

I, being an avid patriot, have been observing the socio-economic crests and troughs of my homeland a bit too closely ever since I was able to start making sense of what was happening around me and if there is one thing that I have been consistently hearing every single day, it’s the through and through pessimistic four-word sentence, “Mulk khatray mein hai” (The country is in danger), painting an unbelievably bleak picture of the days to come, making everyone believe that things are always going to be the way they are, that corruption and money embezzlement exhibited by the rich, powerful elite is a norm and that whoever DARES questioning the steering forces of the Kingdom will be “finished” in no time.

Naya Pakistan has made people realize that it’s their right to interrogate the people they vote for and choose as their representatives and that their hard-earned tax money is too sacred to be wasted on lavish perks and privileges extended to the public representatives.

Life went on like this decade after decade without even the slightest possible change but one fine day, a young chap waving his victory-yielding bat to his exalted audience in the historic 1992 World Cup Final Cricket Match in Melbourne, called it a day for his cricketing career. Having gone through a four-year prolonged Philanthropy marathon, for which he earned love, respect and unwavering support from all the world, the philanthropic humanitarian soul decided to begin the second innings of his life and jumped into the merciless ocean of politics that befools all and forgives none.

The cricketer-turned-politician had his ambition and commitment to the cause tried and tested in every possible way for over two decades before he was finally given the much-needed “No Objection Certificate” from the people of Pakistan, the majority of whom viewed him as the last ray of hope.

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Ladies & Gentlemen! The match has begun on an extremely unfavorable pitch. The field is worn out and the audience is stacked up in their cabins, wearing the over-critical binoculars, ready to utter, “Is this the team that we voted for” (majority of whom never chose this team in the first place but it is fun to vent out – helps releasing “feel good” hormones).

The Former Captain of the victorious 1992 Cricket Team has positioned himself in the field with new players this time around, batting against the “spinners” holding national and international challenges accompanied with the PPP & PMLN led predecessor Governments’ merciless duopoly’s consequential severe economic crunch. It’s only been two overs though but the commentary on the match puts one under the impression that it’s 49th over – media shenanigans, eh!

The fool didn’t know it was impossible, so he did it. Life is 10% how you make it and 90% how you take it. Pakistan– which happens to be the most happening piece of land, falling in South Asia– has had its fair share of good and bad days since its inception.

The frustration and helplessness of the electronic and print media outlets run and motivated by the monetary incentives pitched by the “forever in power” political beasts, is understandable because Prime Minister Imran Khan not only refused to bow before them and exhaust public funds for his personal projection but also schooled them to mend their manipulative ways and shun pushing their personal biases and political agendas in the garb of “fact-based reporting” and “broadcasting verified information”.

Amidst all the fabricated negativity aimed at painting a gloomy picture of the state, let me share a bunch of “good news” accompanied with a few bitter truths that they will either choose not to share in true spirit or bounce it off with their “expert analyses” (read: negative propaganda) to make you believe that the Government has not able to fulfill its promises to the nation in the first 60 days that it was supposed to fulfill in 5 years. Here’s WHY I believe that Pakistan is on its way to the much-needed journey of self-reliance and HOW Naya Pakistan is different from the old one. There you go!

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  • Naya Pakistan has a competent, sincere, and courageous Prime Minister – who doesn’t have to run his hands in his pockets looking for paper chits, to read from and has the spine to call a spade, a spade in an “extempore” manner and look enormous economic challenges in the eye, that he is not even responsible for piling up, with an undeterred will to BEAT them all.
  • Self-reliance stems from self-belief, clarity of purpose, and a strong sense of self – which is precisely what Pakistanis were NEVER allowed to know what it tasted like. “Beggars can never be choosers” is an idiom that our nation had always been forced to live by. For the FIRST time ever in the history of Pakistan, last night we saw a Prime Minister “explaining” his economic strategies to his people like a sincere teacher, a concerned HEAD of the family and an empathetic friend who was completely aware of the struggles of those who had a hard time making the ends meet.
  • Naya Pakistan just BROKE the cliché established by the “Sharif Dynasty” that it was “them” who always managed to gain grants and support from Saudis as a “personal favor” to them and not Pakistan. $6 Billion Bailout package extended by Saudi Government to the Government of Pakistan upon Imran Khan’s second visit there, speaks VOLUMES about the farce the Sharif Kingdom kept peddling all these years.
  • Naya Pakistan has made people realize that it’s their right to interrogate the people they vote for and choose as their representatives and that their hard-earned tax money is too sacred to be wasted on lavish perks and privileges extended to the public representatives.
  • No developed country has ever succeeded without making serious investments in human development. For a change, we are viewing a Government speaks on human resource development, unlike the previous ones whose only focus was there on infrastructure development in already developed cities, for bagging handsome cuts and commissions.
  • Naya Pakistan has made it all the more easy for everyone to identify as to who is working “for” and “against” Pakistan. However, there’s one lot that can’t be placed in either of the categories – and that entails those who have been so addicted to the Former ousted and disqualified Prime Minister’s electoral slogan; “Khaata hai tou lagata bhi hai”.
  • The list is too long to be put in a few bullet points though but one thing that PTI-led Federal Government has done hitting the last nail in Mian sb’s coffin, sorry, “tiffin” is SELLING OFF THOSE EIGHT LOVELY BUFFALOES!

$6 Billion Bailout package extended by Saudi Government to the Government of Pakistan upon Imran Khan’s second visit there, speaks VOLUMES about the farce the Sharif Kingdom kept peddling all these years.

Mian sb may just forgive Imran Khan for making this insensitive move but history never will.

Having a look at how the nascent PTI Government has owned all the challenges that they inevitably inherited from the previous Government or should I say Governments, and how they are strategizing while prioritizing the nationalistic interests to the vested individualistic interests and explaining all the key decisions to the nation fortnightly, I am hopeful that we’ll manage to get the economic wheel rolling.

There’s a general public perception now that whatever grants and financial support our Government is seeking from friendly Governments and IMF, will ACTUALLY be exhausted in debt servicing and not be stashed in the foreign bank accounts in the names of the Ministers and their next seven generations.

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Let’s hope and wish that Pakistan gets to experience a beautiful dawn of economic stability and sustainable development, leading to the insightful journey to self-reliance where Green Passport is fondly desired and valued – where foreigners drop by seeking promising employment opportunities – where love overpowers sectarian violence and religious intolerance – where no child remains starved or out of school – where girls are fed as keenly as boys – where rich and poor mutually run for the prosperity of the state without any discrimination – where hate speech has no room for itself in any segment of the society – where the vision envisaged by the Forefathers of Pakistan is lived by in the real sense of the word – where Imran Khan gets to fulfill all the promises he whole-heartedly made to his people, whom he calls, “Mere Pakistaniyo”. The fool didn’t know it was impossible, so he did it. Godspeed, Kaptaan. Pakistan Zindabad!

Maleeha Hashmey is a corporate trainer, motivational speaker, socio-political enthusiast and human resource development consultant by profession. She has been working with the telecommunication sector as a corporate trainer. She has been working with the Ministry of Education, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as a Human Resource Development Consultant & Teacher Trainer. Her dream is to make Pakistan a stronger economic state that the whole world views as a force to reckon with. She can be followed on Twitter via her Twitter handle @MaleehaHashmey. The views expressed in this article are author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.