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
Dr. Khalid Sohail Toronto, Canada
Dr. Anwar Nasim Islamabad, Pakistan
Name (optional): Najeeb Kazmi
Place of Birth: Pakistan
Place of present residence: Oakville, Canada
Profession: Professional Engineer
Ethnic and Religious Background: Born in a Shia Muslim
Email address and phone number
905-823-9060, Ext: 4359
What do you think are the three main problems
Pakistan and Pakistanis are facing these days?
Lethal mix of religious & feudal mindset in the
modalities of governance. Time to do new & bold law
making. “Social” illiteracy is permeating the very core of
our society. Land reforms are badly needed to curb the
power of feudals, sardars & khawaneen.
Lack of economic empowerment of Pakistani masses
through participation & incentives. Faulty domestic
economic policy, resulting in deep-rooted corruption at
all levels of the society.
Pakistan does not operate like a federation. It
appears to be a colony of Islamabad? Major aspects of
Governance should be completely decentralized, except
foreign relations & Finance.
2. What is your primary and secondary identity?
Ethnic: Punjabi & Urdu
(original identity was “Dogri”, that was lost after
Pakistan by my parents)
National: Pakistani, Subject
of the State of disputed
territory of Jammu & Kashmir, Canadian
Religious: Secular humanist
3. Do you think creating Pakistan was a wise idea in 1947?
Every happening has to be seen in its historical
perspective. Creation of Pakistan had more to do with
empowering the underdogs and social / economical uplift of
a community that was left battered and under-privileged
due to acts of history, but the way it was done, the
aftermath and the way Pakistan is struggling to find an
appropriate model of governance left many questions
un-answered. However, it would be over simplification and
unwise to say that creation of Pakistan was not a wise
4. Do you believe in two-nation theory?
Theoretically, I do not believe that the entity called
“Muslim” is a separate nation
5. Why do you think Pakistan has low rates in literacy?
Already answered in Q-1a. In fact,
Pakistan, as a nation has not done enough to break the
chain of vested interest due to the menace of feudalism,
unpatriotic and anti-people capitalists, power hungry army
and bad bureaucracy. Low literacy rates are also the
product of adherence to religious medievalism. This
question is very loaded and explaining it in the right
perspective needs more space.
6. Why do you think Pakistan has poor ratings in human
rights for women and minorities?
How we treat women, is the product of a mindset that
basically emanates from
typical male dominance model
perpetuated by the lethal mix of feudal and medieval
literal interpretation of Islamic injunctions. As a first
step we have to break the connection between governance
and confusing outdated Islamic injunctions and after
having done that, we have then to do bold new law making.
This would be only the beginning, but who would most
likely do it?
7. Why do you think there is a wide gulf between the rich
and the poor in Pakistan?
Wrong domestic & foreign policy.
Lack of understanding of appropriate economy model and its
link to uplift & education of the masses. Lack of economic
empowerment of Pakistani masses through participation &
8. What is your prediction of the future of Pakistan and
There is no crystal ball prediction
deep into the future; however, it is true that Pakistan is
heading towards a social & economic decline. If we correct
the situation today, there is still a lot of hope for
Pakistan & its people.
9. If you had all the powers in the world how would you
solve the problems of Pakistan and Pakistanis?
Already summarized above
What can Pakistanis living abroad do for Pakistan?
Practically nothing would prove to
be effective, in the long term, except striving to raise
the conscious level of the people. That is the only weapon
that can ensure a change. People have to bring the change
What do you think about the relationship of
Pakistan with India, China, Russia, England and America?
Pakistan has a very unrealistic
foreign policy, which does not suit the aspirations of the
Pakistani people. Due to perpetually wrong governance,
foreign policy also is one of the very weak areas of the
country that needs to be looked at. We had been busy,
since our inception to serve the strategic & economic
interests of a distant super power and in return unpopular
regimes obtained license of legitimacy from them. We also
let the floodgate of extremism open to rogue Muslim
extremist countries, and in return what we got is some
cheap oil. The heat of fallout is what we have just
started to see.
Which group (religious parties/ army/ secular
political parties) has served Pakistan and Pakistanis the
most in Pakistan’s history?
MERI TAMEER MEIN MUZMIR HAI IK SOORAT KHARABI KI
Reminds me of an Indian
liya jis par ussi nein hum ko loota hai
Kahan tak naam
ginwaein sabhi ney hum ko loota hai”
What kind of political system do you consider the
best for the future of Pakistan and Pakistanis?
There is no ready-made system
available for the country, in the world market. What we
have to do is to tailor make an appropriate system to suit
our aspirations, cultural & social sensitivities and
needs. Generally the system should be democratic and our
adherence to “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
should be guaranteed and implemented in letter & spirit.
No war pacts should be signed & implemented and size of
army should be reduced and its meddling in power should be
made punishable, whatever the reason.
There should be complete accountability. To start with
there should be land reforms and abolition of all forms of
tax evasion by the wealthy nawabs, khawaneen and waderas.
Money should be funneled towards education. General
education including “adult education” should be made
mandatory and free. With effective tax system in place,
there would be money available. Wastage of money on
nuclear weapons programs of all sorts should be frozen &
Key question….who will do all this????
How can we raise social and political awareness in
increase awareness among Pakistani masses, it is essential
that the political elements center their politics on basic
issues and do not be carried away by towering slogans and
perceptions regarding nationalism, religion and global
strategies. To do mainstream politics, the political
elements have to act mainstream, with a difference. Use of
study circles, awareness propaganda, corner meetings,
stage dramas and volunteerism is essential for success.
There are a lot more things that are required to be done.
Note…After writing your detailed answers please send me
or mail it to my address
Dr. Khalid Sohail
Creative Psychotherapy Clinic
213 Byron St South Whitby
- Ontario Canada L1N4P7