Dear Pakistani friends living in Pakistan and abroad,
Pakistan is facing one of the most serious political crises
in her sixty years of existence. We are curious how
Pakistanis living all over the world think and feel about
the past, present and future of their motherland. We are
sending you some questions as a part of the survey. We would
appreciate your cooperation and we promise to send you the
feedback of the survey after its completion. Please ask your
friends and family members to complete this questionnaire.
Dr. Khalid Sohail Toronto, Canada
Dr. Anwar Nasim Islamabad, Pakistan
Name (optional) Malik
Place of Birth
Place of present residence
Ethnic and Religious Background
Email address and phone number (optional)
1. What do you think are the three main problems Pakistan
and Pakistanis are facing these days?
- Inability to reconcile modern global values (moral, social
and economical) with traditional and religious values (the
- Inertia of a society whose ways are based on old and
regressive ideas are compared to rest of the world
(feudalism, fanaticism etc.)
- Lack of vision among powerful groups in what needs to be
done to bring Pakistan out of the current state
2. What is your primary and secondary identity?
Ethnic [pathan, sindhi, Balochi, Punjabi or…]
(Pothohari Punjabi )
Religious/Secular….Muslim, Christian, Atheist, Humanist
3. Do you think creating Pakistan was a wise idea in 1947?
To me, answering this question is not possible because it
involves knowledge of a possibility that never materialized
(a post colonial joint India). But this question is not as
important as the question where the newly created Pakistan
4. Do you believe in two-nation theory?
Not in any ideal sense.
5. Why do you think Pakistan has low rates in literacy?
Pakistani society for the most part works in ancient ways in
which it is very difficult to foresee the vital role of
education in modern world for common man. This is why, there
is always skepticism about investing in modern education
from the level of an individual up to federal government.
6. Why do you think Pakistan has poor ratings in human
rights for women and minorities?
- Traditionally women have been exploited by men for obvious
reasons. Islam, while uplifting women’s status a little bit,
has put a hard cap on women’s further liberation by
specifying her role and putting her behind veil.
- Islamic extremism would be responsible for religious human
rights while human rights in general are bad because of our
ancient exploitive social fabric.
7. Why do you think there is a wide gulf between the rich
and the poor in Pakistan?
Pakistani society has been working on a model of
exploitation for the last thousand years, the top
perpetrators being Mughals, English and now local power
elements. These top elements empower yet smaller exploiters
to sustain their existence. In view of this evolution,
Pakistani society makes perfect sense where a common man is
exploited because he does not have the political
consciousness to help him get rid of the status quo.
8. What is your prediction of the future of Pakistan and
It depends on the course the nation takes. If they start
adopting modernity in the real sense, at the cost of their
religion and tradition, they can very quickly join the
highway towards prosperity and stability.
9. If you had all the powers in the world how would you
solve the problems of Pakistan and Pakistanis?
- Invest heavily in education
- Reform society of old evils (e.g. abolish feudalism)
- Uphold law and order
- Better relations with India and diffuse Pakistan’s silly
demands over Kashmir
10. What can Pakistanis living abroad do for Pakistan?
- Help education financially and intellectually
- Form political movements to leverage privileged position
they enjoy in making their voice heard and bring neglected
issues into spotlight
11. What do you think about the relationship of Pakistan
with India, China,
Russia, England and America?
Pakistan and India must improve relationships, this is
We should remain good friend with China and exploit the
industrial edge they have to get something similar for us
[I am not aware of the significance of Pakistan’s relations
with Russia ]
America and England should be given a little cold shoulder
as these are the powers which are best at exploiting us and
we are best suited to be exploited by them.
12. Which group (religious parties/ army/ secular political
parties) has served Pakistan and Pakistanis the most in
Probably People’s Party in the sense that it has taken a
secular and anti obscurantist stand.
13. What kind of political system do you consider the best
for the future of Pakistan and Pakistanis?
Libral democracy with an end to feudalism
14. How can we raise social and political awareness in
- Media is doing good, it should be empowered.
- Education is the slow but ultimate means to eradicate
- Mainstream education curricula must ensure that good
students the nation produces are also enlightened ones in
the global sense. Currently being enlightened in Pakistan
means being a shrewd Wahabi.
- There should be creative work in arts and literature to
start the trickle down effect of ideas
Note…After writing your detailed answers please send me my
or mail it to my address
Dr. Khalid Sohail
Creative Psychotherapy Clinic
213 Byron St South Whitby
Ontario Canada L1N4P7