Place of birth
Background Pakistani/Traditional Muslim
1. What do you think
are the three main problems Pakistan and Pakistanis are
facing these days?
Bad governance - Law and Order – Corruption
Unconstitutional and unlawful rulers have set a bad and
illegal example. One man's decision to participate in
super powers war game has brutalized the society.
Corruption has become so rampant that every one wish to
be rich overnight consequently morality is totally down
the drain. The law is for the rich and connected hence
poor feel alienated and society in general is
polarized. Apparently a perfect ground for civil war
unless constitutional supremacy is not established.
What is your primary and secondary identity?
migrated from East Punjab to West Punjab in 1947. Feel
comfortable calling myself Pakistani and now Canadian.
you think creating Pakistan was a wise idea in 1947?
feel it was a blunder on the part of Indian Muslim
leadership. Perhaps they were carried away or
unknowingly were used in the bigger game plan of that
time. The creation of Pakistan was ill planned. Muslim
League had no constitution of its own and no shadow
government. It took 30 years to draft first
constitution of Pakistan. Vested interest brought in
Objective Resolution and the country was derailed in her
Basically I feel division was a total FAILURE on the
part of the British government who were the rulers of
India. This factor is never properly highlighted
or researched. British are responsible for uprooting
millions and massive killings of each other by Muslims,
Hindus and Sikhs. They were the rulers and it was their
responsibility to make sure a peaceful transition.
Do you believe in two nation theory?
No. A dividing theory on the basis of religion is
totally absurd. Religion has never been a force to
create a country. Beside Pakistan the only other
country created on religious grounds is Israel and both
these countries miserably failed in bringing peace to
their citizens. Religion was purposely used to
disorient Muslims. Muslims of India accepted two
nations theory only because Muslims were taught to look
for their roots some where else. After living over
thousand years in India they were still behaving like
fresh arrivals basically an identity crisis.
Why do you think Pakistan has low rates in literacy?
Naturally the ruling class is not interested to educate
masses. They are not fools to share their control,
power, wealth and jobs with other Pakistanis so a low
literacy rate suits them. So far we do not see any
conscious investment in this area from any government.
Why do you think Pakistan has poor ratings in human
rights for women and minorities?
There is no check on religious extremism.
Islamization has further
divided the society. Also 9/11 has played a major role
in Muslim fundamentalism as war against terror seems to
be war against Muslims. Any brutality against women and
minorities go unchecked because of
mulllahs’ fear. Mullah's Islam negates any
rights for women since they know an educated woman will
not tolerate their primitive version of religion.
Mullahs know that a 50% population of educated women
hand in hand with other tolerant masses will eliminate
Why do you think there is a wide gulf between the rich
and the poor in Pakistan?
This phenomenon is evident even on country level world
wide. Poor are never given a chance to step on the
ladder of knowledge because if they will learn they will
stand for their rights and it does not suit the ruling
classes. Things can still be revolutionized if a
genuine leadership emerges at the grass root level.
Education circles can be created and free evening part
time classes may be established in the slum areas to
begin with. Now e day education is specialized
and expensive. Poor has the problem to meet both ends
how can they arrange a good education for their children
hence the gap will further widen.
What is your prediction of the future of Pakistan and
appears the world powers of the day do not wish to see a
strong Pakistan. They will try to further divide this
country. A democratic rule may halt the process for the
time being. If we are successful in establishing
institutions in Pakistan and some how rule of law takes
place we may avoid hitting the rock. We have to change
the rules of the game. It is necessary to set up
provincial autonomy as soon as possible and decentralize
police and cut the size of military.
If you had all the powers in the world how would you
solve the problems of Pakistan and Pakistanis?
First of all I will establish rule of law and hopefully
corruption will automatically disappear. I will make
sure that elections take place every five years and
governments become accountable to people. I will go for
peace treaty with our neighbours and work for self
reliance. No aids, no import of armaments. Emphasis on
education at grass root level. Complete ban on
religious fanaticism and spreading hatred against other
sects and religions. Compulsory regular education will
be necessary for any mullahs willing to preach in
10. What can Pakistanis living abroad do for Pakistan?
feel overseas Pakistanis may help in forming opinions.
They are in a better position to highlight merits and
demerits of any potential project. A THINK TANK of
overseas Pakistanis can present recommendations on
policy making. They can fight fundamentalism thru
emails, essays and writing books on various topics of
interest. They are definitely in a better position to
say wrong to the wrong principles.
11. What do you think about the relationships of
Pakistan with India, China, Russia, England and America?
Foreign policy of Pakistan should reflect the
aspirations of the Pakistanis. No indoor ad hoc
decisions on these matters should be allowed. Policy
formulation should be discussed in the parliament and
parliamentary committees should recommend their findings
and on the basis of these recommendations an honourable
foreign policy should be adopted. Number one emphasis
should be on friendly and peaceful relations with our
neighbours and regional countries. We should stop once
and for all taking dictations on these matters from any
foreign country. A sovereign independent Pakistan is
the need of the day.
12. Which group has served Pakistan the most in
Military dictatorship has ruled the country most of the
time in its small history. In fact both military
dictatorship and civilian rule has done no good to
Pakistan and Pakistanis. Their hidden agendas have
damaged Pakistan. We were travelling in a tunnel and
only now we hope to see some light on the other end.
13. What kind of political system do you consider the
best for the future of Pakistan and Pakistanis?
Every Pakistani should stand up and participate in the
political system. It is our collective responsibility
to uphold the constitution, parliamentary democracy and
rule of law. If we will become unconcerned and
reluctant surely some vested interest will take
advantage. We need elections every five years and a
14. How can we raise social and political awareness in
Media can play a powerful role. A crash course be given
to all teachers initially up to grade 5 province wise
highlighting value of human life, education, discipline,
civil rights, fighting poverty, participation in local
politics, games, deenyaat,
training and above all forcing young girls to join in or
initiate separate programs for them. etc. etc.