Since the creation of Pakistan more than half a century ago, it has faced more than it’s fair share of troubles, crises and challenges. From the assassination of Liaqut Ali Khan to the current suicide bombings during the month of Muharram, all these cataclysms boil down to two distraught factors which are tearing the fabric of the country; the energy crisis and extremism. Unfortunate for the citizens of the nation, these two factors have unconsciously crept into every household discussion.
It is shameful when we hear about the potential of energy production in our country yet we fail to see steps taken to utilise it. Take the Kalabagh dam for instance; brainchild of the government for after the silting of the Mangala and the Tarbela dam, the project got red taped and was lost in the echelons of history.
Similarly, now that the Kalabagh dam issue has been resurrected it has come under political crossfire, the only reason being that our rulers have never held our national interest supreme but have always acted upon their personal interest. The federal government is conveniently blind to the provincial discord caused by politicising affairs pertaining particularly to the nation as a whole.
As a consequence, the entire nation has been forced to face severe ramifications; the industrial sector suffering the worst. Textile mills, the machine industry, printing presses and especially the private sector has been forced to shut down due to lack of the energy resources required. People have become disgruntled and have taken to the streets to protest the callous attitude our rulers have towards the situation in the nation.
Businesses have started to migrate abroad where the owners see more hope in economical growth as well as growth in the bussiness community. The GDP of our country decreases due to the shift in investments and it further submerges in the towering debts it has to pay to alien countries.
Another crushing challenge which Pakistan had come to face only recently is of extremism. Being born in a certain sect and not willing to review our perceptions especially in the light of logics and facts causes extremism to creep into our lives. This happens mainly because most of the mosques in our country are under the control of various sects or feudal authorities rather than being in control of the state.
The government is also silent in response to the drone attacks and is in pursuance of the foreign policy of an alien country whereas our own people are being slaughtered in the tribal belt.
In effect, these people become blind to use their intellect and simply start to think in terms of revenge. May it be revenge because of an air attack taking the lives of the person’s entire family or just his mere search for individuality or purpose in this life. They resort to joining extremist groups and cults which indoctrinate these people and they result in suicide bombings all over the country.
Amplifying the actions of these people are the mosques which when are not state regulated have the undue freedom of preaching whatever they please. This becomes the basis of spreading faulty knowledge of religion resulting in polarised and radicalised mindsets of the community. Once a common mind is brainwashed of his own beliefs and ideas, it is but a matter of time that his behaviour, his nature and his personality become radicalised as well. And once this process is complete, the mind is ready to be dealt any card by anyone.
Pakistan since its dependently independent history has been victim to a host relationship with its parasite, whomever the parasite may be. Yet it manages to stand tall above the horrid storms it has had to face and beckons for anyone who is still sincere to it to take a stand and fight for it. What once a nation was searching for as a piece of land, that very piece of land now searches for a nation.