CPEC: Maximizing the Dividends
It is important; not because it is a multi-billion project and many eyes are riveted on it, but because it carries the potential to become a real game-changer for Pakistan. CPEC is certainly special for Pakistan and its people. Establishment of many new businesses, reduction in poverty, development of Balochistan, provision of numerous job opportunities, tackling of energy crisis, development of infrastructure, improved image at global level: this is what CPEC promises to bring to Pakistan as dividends. It is, however, another undeniable reality that the reaping of benefits is confronted with many internal and external challenges. We can avail ourselves of these dividends to the maximum possible extent only if some stringent and meticulously planned measures are adopted without any further wastage of time. Promotion of transparency and accountability, creation of an environment conducive to business activities, eradication of security risks and hazards, elimination of bureaucratic red tape, and building of political consensus on national issues are some of the many important factors that can directly contribute to the maximization of the dividends of CPEC.
Dimensions of Economic Crisis of Pakistan
Since its inception in 1947, Pakistan, the beloved country of all Pakistanis, has seen many ups and downs, as well as good and bad times in almost all sectors of life. From political instability to social disturbance, and from administrative deficiencies to religious fanaticism, it has tasted every bitterness of life. Amongst so many issues and problems that it has always been confronted with the one that has cast the most catastrophic and most deleterious impacts on its capability of standing with swagger among the nations of the world is economic crisis. Economic crisis, which has different dimensions like poor GDP growth, inequitable distribution of resources, unfavourable balance of trade, depleting foreign exchange reserves, burgeoning foreign debt, unemployment and inflation, and persistently growing budget deficit not only circumscribes the administrative and political capabilities of the state but also affects the lives of all the citizens by keeping them deprived of the basic necessities of life. The detailed analysis of the issue reveals that the problem is not as superficial and simple as it appears to be, at times.
Disunity of Muslim Ummah: who is responsible?
It might be rare and an unusual scene to see a dog kill a dog, a tiger kill a tiger, and an eagle kill an eagle: but it is certainly a common and an easily available spectacle to see a Muslim kill a Muslim. This is what has been blatantly happening in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Yemen for years, and no one knows how many more years we will have to live in agony. The concept of nationhood and unity has submerged in the salty water of sea and does not seem to have potential to resurface in near future. Who is responsible for the damage is certainly a question that rises in every sane mind and will continue to; yet finding an answer to it is not a simple task as no one factor can be singled out to be completely and solely responsible for the creation and widening of the schism that stops Muslims from coming close to their brethren. Irresponsible and benighted role of religious leaders, self-centred and power-hungry approach of rulers, dismal performance of the OIC as the representative organization of Muslim states, economic constraints confronted by many Islamic countries, and Muslims going away from the Islamic way of life are some of the many factors that have led the situation to a point returning from where is certainly a formidable task, if not impossible at all.
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