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MANZOOR AHMAD

Manzoor_Ahmad Dear  friends.

Thank you for visiting this page.

You will find below articles in my series starting with WHAT WENT WRONG WITH………

This time articles printed below are

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH OUR ECONOMY and

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH OUR FOREIGN POLICY

In the future my articles will include:

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH OUR AGRICULTURE

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH OUR BEAUCRACY

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH OUR STOCK EXCHANGES

And the last one will be what went wrong with Musalmans of the world

I need from you some intellectual feed back and guidance pl.

Right at the bottom of this text you will see space where you can post, or enter, your comments. Please be kind enough to use that facility. You views will help me a lot in my future work

Thank you

Manzoor

ahmad_manzoor@hotmail.com

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June 16,2009

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH OUR FOREIGN POLICY

Foreign policy is a kind of interaction between two or more sovereign states. Foreign policy is considered synonymous with International affairs. But it is not. International affairs are global. No single country in the world can dictate international affairs of sovereign nations. But a single country can influence independent countries through diplomatic, military and economic manipulation. Foreign policy of a county is reflection of its domestic affairs which help in the formulation of the external policy. The system of inter-state relations is as old as absolute monarchies. In the medieval Europe, foreign  policy was a simple matter. Treachery, deceit and perfidy have now been replaced by modern day diplomacy. External relations were mostly settled either by Royal marriage(s) or through wars. The basic principle (s) of foreign policy of any country (medieval or modern)  are consistent. Protection of sovereignty, defense of territorial integrity, promotion of economy, enhancement of military power and maintaining friendly relations with other countries are the major pillars for designing a foreign policy. However, individual characteristics, likes and dislikes of the policy makers can influence the structuring of foreign policy.

Foreign policy of developed countries is made by the sitting political governments who act upon their political agenda already known to the people. But core parameters of foreign relations seldom change unless some radical situation is created on global level such as breakage of USSR, 9/11 for USA, Iran’s Islamic Revolution, death of Egypt’s Nasir and Suekarno of Indonesia.

With a brief introduction to what foreign policy is, let us discuss. Pakistan’s external policy right from its birth . Unfortunately, the founder of Pakistan, Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah expired within 14 months of the creation of the new country. Just imagine. A newly born country is deprived of its ONLY leader who must have had thought out the framework of Pakistan’s domestic and foreign policies. Allama Iqbal, the ideologue and the inspirer of a sovereign Muslim state for Indian Muslims had already passed away in 1938. All India Muslim league / (AIML) did not have leaders of vision except the founder of Pakistan. Some leaders of AIML were populist all right but they lacked statesmanship. They were politicians, not statesmen. Let us see what was the international scene when Pakistan was created.

a )  14th August 1947. The World War II had ended only one and a half year

before. The USA had emerged as the leader of Allies by exploding the BIG BOY (Atom bomb) over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

b)-The AIML, as a political party, did not have trained cadres who could have implemented its agenda in post independence environments. Except Mr. Jinnah and Liaqat Ali, all the leaders of ML were regional leaders who had no perception of contemporary international happenings such as emergence of America and USSR as super powers and decline of the European allies as colonists. Our leaders, in post – Jinnah period, failed to anticipate and analyze the COLD WAR  which had begun with the advent of Republican Government (1951) in the USA.

c)      Pakistan was created with peculiar geo-political environments which consisted of two wings. The East Pakistan was a part of East Asia having its cultural and linguistic affiliations with the Indian Bengal. The western wing consisted of a feudal society based on tribal culture and with lowest literacy rate. West Pakistan was and is a part of Middle East. Pakistan became prone to international conspiracies due to its geo – political features. USA and USSR were competing to expand their area(s) of influence in Asia. A country, divided in two wings, and enjoying two entirely different strategical locations, was not digestible to both the super Powers of the day. The tug of war,  between USA and USSR, to sever eastern wing of Pakistan, culminated in 1971 into creation of Bangla Desh and ultimately USA emerged as the gainer.

d)     Most importantly, the newly born Pakistan did not have trained and experienced career diplomats except Mr. Isphani, Mr. Ikramullah and Mr. Dehlwi. Domestic and foreign policies are made by political governments but their implementation is carried out by experienced career diplomats who understand the delicacy and sensitivies of government’s internal and external obligations.

e)     Immediately after partition, deterioration of Indo – Pak  relations, created security threat for Pakistan. Naturally defence of Pakistan  had to be put on top priority.  This meant more expenditure on defence and immediate demand for better weapons which had become America’s monopoly during and after the World War II.  A climate of fear and mistrust prevailed among both newly independent countries.

f)        Post – War Europe was divided into two blocks because of the division of Germany. Tensions between the two blocks created conflict of interests between 2 super powers. This was not easy for Pakistani politicians of fifties / sixties to understand and balance the situation.

With above background of last century’s history of Pakistan, India, Europe the USSR and the USA, it should be easy for us as to how and why Qaid-e-Azam’s secular Pakistan gradually plunged into a Quasi theocratic state. USSR and its communist allies were branded as atheists and therefore enemies of religion including Islam. America introduced itself to the Muslim world as the protector of all faiths. Our naïve governments were unable to assess the new game plan. Muhammad Ali Bogra, Pakistan’s ambassador in the US in  1953  was inexplicably called back to Pakistan and installed as Prime Minister without having any elected status. He was more loyal to US state Department. He hastily leveled the ground for Pakistan to Join CENTO and SEATO. America immediately dispatched shiploads of Wheat to Pakistan under Public Law 480. “Thank you AMERICA” handbills, flyers and billboards infested all the prominent roads of Karachi.

By that time General  Ayub Khan was inducted into the Government as Defence Minister. This step  of political Government  was the harbinger of 1958 Martial Law. Pakistan’s military had already become indispensable due to perceived or real security threat from India. Need for sophisticated weapons became more imperative. American influence on Pakistan’s economic, defence and foreign policy was by now total. From now onward, Foreign Minister(s) of Pakistan were unable to follow an independent external affairs policy.

America had already introduced itself as the Champion and a guardian of so called religious-cum-political parties of Muslim Countries. The USSR was also at its peak as a communist  ( by inference anti-Islam) power.  Therefore, religious parties  of Pakistan became pro-America  by default. America used this God-gifed opportunity to break USSR through Islamic Jehadists. Thousands of “Mujahideen” swarmed around American and Pakistani covert and overt operations. This unfortunate situation resulted in the disintegration of USSR. Our pro-American foreign policy could not be drastically shifted towards center because of artless handling of  Geneva Accord held immediately after the fall of USSR. Our foreign Minister  Zain Noorani signed the accord against General Zia’s wishes. America, as usual abandoned  Afghanistan in disarray and without settlement between Afghanistan’s Mujahideen  Leaders. This tendency of America was not new. America had followed same cheapjack policy  in Korea, Vetnam and Nicaragoa.

Mujahideen turned into Warlords. Their infighting spilled towards Pakistan.

Religion had become another important component of our foreign policy. Zulfiqar Ali Bhuttu (Shaheed) sincerely tried to glue Muslim sovereign states through Islamic Conference in 1974 at Lahore. Bhuttu had played a great storke to give an independent direction to our foreign policy. Alas! Both the great sponsors of Islamic Conference were liquidated  one by one. Americans had sponsored and closely watched and analysed PNA movement against Bhuttu who was still at the height of popularity. Power of religion was much more compelling than populist Bhuttu.  America acquiesced with the undoing of Bhuttu and assiduous love for Islam of the people of Pakistan. Islam was to become a strong weapon in the hands of Amricans during Afghan War. The Mujahdeen were born who were abandoned high and dry after the fall of USSR and sudden dis-engagement of America with the leaders of Mujahideen who have now been branded as terrorists.

To conclude, the first brick of Pakistan’s foreign policy was placed at a wrong angle and till now we are a confused people unable to straighten up our relations with our neighbours, with World Super Power and even with so called brother Islamic Countries.

MANZOOR AHMAD

E-mail: ahmad_manzoor@hotmail.com

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WHAT WENT WRONG WITH PAKISTAN ECONOMY

To a layman or an educated Pakistani the word “ECONOMY” denotes well being, prudent spending of resources and restraint  on luxurious living without producing commensurate resources. The land of Pakistan is full of natures bounties.  We have large mass of land having all the 4 climates available simultaneously hence rich in agriculture which is always the foundation of any economy of the world. Economy also deals in production of wealth. Land, Manpower / Labour, Capital and entrepreneurship are the 4 factors of the production of wealth. If we look at these 4 factors of wealth production, Pakistan seems to be self-sufficient.

But why is that our economy is in shambles. We are running the country on borrowed money, our agriculture performs miserably although our farm labour spills its sweat on each millimeter of the farm. The basic fault is poor entrepreneurship which we may also call bad governance of consecutive Governments. When Pakistan came into existence, we did not have any industry worth meaning except Dalmia Cement Factory Karachi, Satluj Textile Mills Lyallpur (now Faisalabad), J.B.Manga-Ram Biscuit Factory, Sukkur and Wah Ordinance Factory (In Public Sector). India withheld the share of Pakistan in cash and equipment, hence rendering new born Pakistan at the mercy of Allah. And, no doubt, Allah did help this nascent nation. The Korean war suddenly created demand for Pakistani Jute and Cotton. Dollar and Pound started pouring into the coffers of Pakistan. Pakrupee became a hard currency viz-a-viz Indian currency. By trading in commodities, a rich class of merchants grew who had enormous cash in its hand. There had to be some patriotic money manager to lead the mercantilist class towards a better source of earning more money, therefore more Banks emerged. General Mohammad Ayub Khan, the Dictator President of Pakistan had attracted good economic planners around him and he was doing a good job on Economic Front.

We may condemn General Ayub for political reasons but he was a pioneer of mass scale Industrialization of Pakistan. Pakistan’s first 5 years plan of 1955 had never taken off. It was Ayub’s regime  in 1958 which completed the 5 years plan in three years. To induce the mercantile class towards industry, Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) was created. The PIDC went into heavy industry from public funds. Orient Airways was converted into magnificent PIA (which trained many airlines of neighbouring countries). The industry with value added products started exports.  Industrial estates, large and small, were created at strategical points of East and West Pakistan. Although the rich were becoming more rich and the poor were becoming poorer, but this social cost of industrialization and prosperity has been paid by all developed countries of the world including Britian and Europe. Charles Dickens novels are a running commentary on the misery of the poor in 19th century Britain. Pakistan was no exception. However, one thing was clear that the neo-rich were expanding their industries  from exorbitant and sometime questionable profits they earned through free-for-all wealth grabbing. Saigols, AdamJees, Fancys Dawoods, Habibs, the Chinot Group who were branded as Cotton and Textile King, were churning out factory over a factory. Despite miserable poverty in the masses at that time, one very good thing was happening.  Our manpower was being trained on modern lines of industrialization and so were our midlevel managers who later on became great assets for Pakistan and for Mideast Countries.

It is interesting to note that industrialization grows on the basis of three I’s which are:

i)-         IMITATION: All underdeveloped countries including Japan

(way-back in 19th century) copy or imitate products designed

and produced by highly industrialised countries. The classic example of imitation is Japan of pre-World War era and now China is the glorious example of imitation.

ii)-        INNOVATION: When a country becomes perfect in imitating imported products, then it can add some improvement in the design so as it becomes more competitive with the original product. Japan, India and China have attained this position earlier.

iii)-       INVENTION; When a country has mastered the production

of a product and has produced skilled labour and management

personal ,then that country is ready to invent and produce its own marketable products. At this stage these countries command technology.

During Ayub Khan regime, Pakistan had perfected the Imitation Stage. Rather we had entered into innovative stage specially in the field of commercial agriculture. Ayub Agriculture Research Institute gave us high quality rice, the king of the citrus fruits — the Kinnoo, the Banana and to top it all  the Mango. By 1968, Pakistan was  about to become the first Asian Tiger.

Alas! It could not happen. International manipulations to reverse Pakistan’s industrial progress, were on fast track from 1965 onward, 5 historical things happened.

a)-       Thoughtless, ill planned and meaningless 1965 Indo-Pak War was MADE to happen.

b)-       Emergence of Pakistan People Party as Champion of the poor and the underdog.

c)-        Eventually separation of East Pakistan.

d)-       Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto becoming Pakistan’s ruler.

e)-       General Zial-ul-Haq usurping Bhutto’s Government

and introducing unreserched Islamic social and economic reforms.

Although ZAB was a sincere statesman with strong financial integrity, he had not done his home work for introducing socialism in our economic system. Mr.Bhutto did not have dedicated and trained cadres to run nationalised institutions which includes schools, rice shellers and oil expeller not to speak of large industries and banks. Mr.Bhutto did not have professionally skilled  party workers. Pakistan People Party consisted of emotional JIALAS and opportunist landed gentry who has historically been the supporter of statusco.

Due to abrupt nationalization of banks, insurance and industry, the flight of capital came into existence. The great philosopher writer Carloyl says that capital has no Father Land, this is what happened with the capitalist  class of Pakistan. Our industrialist and professionally trained money managers quit Pakistan. So called socio-economic reforms initiated by Dr.Mubashir Hassan created a big mess. The investment environment in Pakistan was no more attractive. Un-employment ensued. To provide artificial employment, thousands of people were given jobs in public sector without any economic justification. Pakistan Railway, WAPDA, PIA, Pakistan Steel Mill, became the largest employers of economically unwanted manpower. Hence all these organisations  ran into loss. ZAB would have perhaps managed the sudden economic disarray, had he been allowed to live and rule the country. As we all know,  General Zia couped against Mr.Bhutto and hanged him illegally. Pakistan lost a popular leader.

Under Bhutto’s rule, the Pakistani consumer of goods had not yet become a connoisseur of imported luxury goods. Pakistan was the first country in the sub-continent  under Z,.A.Bhutto which made black and white TV. But with the advent  of General Zia, Pakistani skilled and un-skilled labour sought jobs in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and other oil producing countries.  Foreign exchange started  flowing to Pakistan. Although billions of dollars were repatriated to Pakistan but they were not gainfully used for the economic development of the country. With the passage of time the expatriate community became addicted to foreign made consumer goods. General Zia’s bad custom policy allowed overseas Pakistanis  to import luxury items, refrigerators, cosmetics, electronic appliances, motor cars and highly sophisticated building materials. Since the protective custom tariff was not very high, therefore, all the large markets of Lahore, Karachi Rawalpindi and Islamabad were full of imported items. Several BARA markets emerged even in smaller towns. The nascent TV Industry of Pakistan died unceremoniously. Pakistan had made its own first refrigerator named ‘SHEHAB’. It had went out of market because of Japanese appliances brought by overseas workers  whose personal baggage used to be left unchecked by custom personnel at the airports. Pakistani Industry, which was the major employer of  labour, ceased  to be operational. The Pakistani capitalist, who was investing in industry very reluctantly during ZAB rule,  metamorphed into a trader.

By the time General Zia made up his mind to denationalize small and heavy industry, the domestic and international scene had much changed. Pakistan had been MADE to plunge into Afghan War. The  Tigers of South-east Asia had grown powerful  to give tough time to Pakistan’s industrialization. WTO was in the offing. General Zia’s confused perception of Islam was confounding the banking and insurance sector.

As things stand now, our strong economic base, which was founded by Gen. Auyb Khan, started crumbling under the weight of senseless nationalization, taking over private schools and drastic devaluation of PakRupee in 1972. Post ZAB period is full of incompetent economic managers of the country. The period after Gen. Zia was infested with political musical chair, sectarian wars, and then came October 1999. Enters Gen Pervaiz Musharraf surrounded by psychophants and very shallow Economic Managers in the shape of Shaukat Aziz. Not a single solid step was taken by Musharraf to solve power generation problem which could not be solved by quarreling political parties. During Musharraf period, artificial economic growth was the result of free import of Cell phones, easy import of luxury cars, unplanned import/manufacturing of Electrical appliances(hence making more power shortage) and questionable privatization process.

By now  ,we are facing terrible power shortage and water shortage which run industry and agriculture. Perpetual energy shortage and scarce water supply is going to be the cause of Food shortage. This will be dangerous. Allah forbids.

Intermetant food shortages become harbinger of bloody revolutions which bring more chaos and misery. Do we have by now a good watchman of our Economy???

MANZOOR AHMAD

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My dear Jeddy,

Our friend Anis Ahmad has forwarded this article of Zafar Hilaly, a veteran Diplomat and Ambassador of Pakistan to many countries. Pl put it on your blog specially for those who see all green in Pakistan.

Manzoor

An irreversible trend

by

Zafar Hilaly

Is Prime Minister Gilani now all-powerful, he asks. Yes, in theory, but not in fact, is the true answer. Is President Zardari only a figurehead? Yes, but actually no. Is the judiciary now truly independent? Yes, but seldom has it been accused of greater bias. Is the media finally free? Yes, but never as irresponsible.

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Pakistanis are finally coming to grips with the real enemy — ourselves. None has caused us greater harm. Arrogance and contempt cost us half the country and, utterly unspoiled by failure, we are well on our way to ensuring that wilful ignorance, vanity, intolerance and obstinacy will lose us the rest. How we became our own worst enemy requires not a thousand words, to which one is confined, but a thousand pages. But what is the point? Many will read them, like they read history, but only in order to learn how to repeat the same calamities all over again.

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Out of the crooked timber of our society no straight thing can ever emerge. Consider, for example, the convoluted constitution. How more confusing can it appear to the common man? Is Prime Minister Gilani now all-powerful, he asks. Yes, in theory, but not in fact, is the true answer. Is President Zardari only a figurehead? Yes, but actually no. Is the judiciary now truly independent? Yes, but seldom has it been accused of greater bias. Is the media finally free? Yes, but never as irresponsible. By which time the common man, one imagines, is neither interested in understanding nor supporting a system that has caused so much confusion and wasted so much valuable time.

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Of course, now and then he can get straight, unqualified responses. Have politicians and bureaucrats learnt their lessons about serving the people and not lying, cheating or looting? No. Do Pakistanis now believe that they must pay their taxes? No. Do murderers continue to roam free because some lower court judges are scared to convict them? Yes. Can judgement precede a trial? Yes. (As demonstrated by the FIA report, which squarely lays the blame for Benazir Bhutto’s murder on five of Baitullah Mehsud’s hit-men and a couple of absconders, some of whom, according to a journalist, were already in custody prior to her assassination). Surely, by now any lingering hope or interest that the common man may have left about the system should have evaporated.

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Removing these flaws, now deeply entrenched, and making sense of governance is well nigh impossible in the absence of leadership. And it is not that we do not have self-styled, self-appointed and elected leaders. We have many. The problem is that in troubled societies such as ours, the rot starts at the top and works its way down. All our Caesars contain in their very person the national decay. They mirror the malaise that afflicts society. Hence, they can only spread the contagion and not curb it, as time has shown.

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Consider Benazir Bhutto. She entered into negotiations to share power with those who she identified as responsible for her murder. The fact that she negotiated with those who could as easily murder her as conclude an agreement did not seem to bother her or anyone else. What can better illustrate the ‘anything goes’ society that we have become?

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Consider further a report in a national daily of June 1, which quotes the president as having sent a strong message to the (intelligence) quarters concerned saying, “Confront (me) out in the open instead of picking on my friends.” The president was responding to the abduction of a friend by unknown men on the busiest road in the busiest city of this land. If true (and no denial has been issued), it beggars the imagination that such a challenge can issue from a supreme commander to his own troops. One result has been the feeling that this government is now terminally dysfunctional and the other that ours is less a state than a criminal enterprise.

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To right the mess, mere tinkering with the current value system, a reordering of priorities, a tack here and a stitch there and slight adjustments to our present way of life, living and governance accompanied by dollops of patience will not do. From the evolutionary point of view, the system has stopped moving. About the only thing happening are ingenious tricks to reconcile the irreconcilable and to explore new ways of increasing efficiency to loot. Frankly, we have reached the end of our tether.

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Already, the privileged and the people form two nations within Pakistan. The former fattened on commissions, kickbacks, plots, licences, jobs, sinecures, access, postings, travel, upgrades, front seats, etc and, uniquely in Pakistan, of never to be repaid bank loans. The other live on the hope that God cannot be mocked forever and that the people will at last come into their own.

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Or, perhaps, that if we hold firm to the present system, repeated elections will wash away the flotsam that dictatorships invariably throw up and that, given time, Pakistan will emerge stronger for the experience. However, it is time what we do not seem to have. A handful of wars and operations loom on the horizon. The economy is barely above water. Without emergency foreign assistance it would be in a free fall. Inflation has steadied but at an unaffordable 13 percent and joblessness is rife. Besides, the nation’s unity is fraying.

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Clearly, we have to do something we have not done before in terms of civil-military relations and of bringing the mainstream parties and the military on the same platform in some creative, innovative way. And to fashion a government that will work with reasonable competence and sensitivity in order to save this nation from itself. Or else we will create a situation so desperate that the people will clamour for yet another military takeover.

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With the way things are going, we stand to lose everything, perhaps even our existence as a nation. Thus far we have been our own worst enemy and perhaps the time has come to get the best out of those on whom we must depend and who, in the final analysis, will determine our fate, and this lot happen to be ourselves.

The writer is a former ambassador. He can be reached at charles123it@hotmail.com

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COOPERATIVE MOVEMENT IS ALSO A BUSINESS
By
Manzoor Ahmad

The International Cooperative Alliance (THE ICA) defines a cooperative as an association of persons who unite to achieve their common Socio-Economic and Cultural needs and aspirations through jointly controlled business enterprises. While the spirit of cooperative  movement remains basically  the same but it has altered with the passage of time.
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Cooperative movement is faced with many challenges which mean cooperative rules governing cooperative societies will also face these challenges. . Globalization, information, fast communication, liberalization, deregulations and restructuring of national policy are vital agents of the change. The custodian of cooperative movement is Cooperative Department who has not yet responded to the global changes.  For them, cooperative enterprises are conventional  cooperative societies  which were created in the past and are still established under the outdated cooperative Act 1925 (Partially   revised in 2006). In other parts of the World, Cooperative enterprises are enormously contributing  to economic well being of the people by providing jobs, by pooling their human resource and capital coupled with the expertise  which the leaders of a cooperative society possess. The political lethargy and indifference towards development of cooperative movement is the main reason of poor growth of mega-cooperatives just as India has in the shape of IFFCO (Fertilizer Cooperative) and AMUL (dairy cooperative). The apathy of cooperative officials is also attributed to the political rulers who do not attach any priority to cooperative reforms.
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Let us see in which areas of economic activities, the cooperative concept can be applied successfully and gainfully.
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1)- Doctors’ Cooperatives: Health is our major concern.  Qualified doctors are being churned out by public  and private medical universities in thousands but they are unable to get proper jobs. The idea of Basic Health Unit  (BHU) in rural areas has not given the required results although the doctor incharge of BHU is relatively better paid.  The problem of a rural doctor is that he does not get the opportunities of improving  his medical skills and expertise because he  is cut off from the source wherefrom he may know new break throughs in medical science.  With little initiative of the Cooperative Department, young doctors can form cooperative hospitals in rural areas with the financial help of cooperative and commercial banks. The cooperative hospitals will not only have doctors as members, but also nursing and paramedical staff will be the members of the cooperative hospitals. We, however, doubt this kind of  cooperative  hospitals may not come up because of out-dated cooperative rules and inert cooperative department whose perception  of cooperative movement is not empirical for the last 3 quarter century. Cooperative hospitals are best suited for rural areas. These hospitals must not only be complete in medical and surgical facilities, but they must also provide social infra-structure  to the members such as housing, markets, schooling and recreation for the children of doctors and other staff members. The patients will have to become life member of the cooperative hospital but without any right to interfere in the management of the hospital. The life membership for patients can be Rs.10,000/- for a family of 7 persons. Life membership will allow free consultancy and annual check up of entire family. Medicines will be supplied by the hospital on reasonably discounted prices. The Provincial Government may subsidize deserving patients by issuing them HEALTH COUPONS. These coupons will be a kind of Government subsidy to the poor patients. The cost of a 50 bed hospital with all the essential equipment for gynecology, maternity, general and orthopedic surgery, outdoor and indoor patients facilities including cost of social infra-structure (housing, schools, mosque, single staff messing, club and a standby generator) will be somewhat Rs.200 millions
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If the land is donated or sold on subsidized rates, the concept of COOPERATIVE HOSPITALS can take solid shape. Punjab Health Foundation can partially finance the cooperative hospitals. A well equipped hospital can conveniently repay the borrowed funds.
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.2)- COOPERATIVE FOOD CENTERS: By selling ROTI for Rs.2/- and by making  several charity DASTAR – KHWANS, the problem of perennial hunger will not be eliminated. Rather, un-wittingly we are creating corps of baggers, Fakirs and social parasites. The same free lunch or dinners can be organized on cooperative basis. Make large Food  Cooperative Centers in all such areas where poverty prevails whether it is Urban slum or Rural ghettos.
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There exists a Pakistan Multipurpose Cooperative Society which can operate on all Punjab basis. The writer of this article knows several NGO’s who may Contribute towards COOPERATIVE FOOD CENTERS where at a time 4 – 5 hundred persons can be given simple breakfast, lunch and dinner. What will be needed is to enroll all the beneficiaries of Food Cooperatives as a member. The lifetime membership will be Rs.500/- per beneficiary and each meal will cost Rs.5/- per person. The space will be provided by the state only for feeding purpose and on temporary basis. It could be school/college/ hospitals open. Spaces in rural and urban areas. The Multiple Cooperative Society will issue ID cards to diners. The society will meet the deficit budget with the help of NGO’s.
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What we will need from the government is wheat flour and coarse rice on subsidized rates. Since the entire operation will be executed by an Institution of Cooperators, it will be open for audit and quality monitoring as well. This welfare activity will also not have political connotations
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3)- Cooperative Schools: Educated and qualified women and men in rural areas can make well equipped and Modern Schools by creating cooperative  Educational Societies. The associate membership of these educational societies should be open for the parents of the students. But again, the parent members will not interfere in the operations and management of the schools. The parents members of the educational cooperative societies shall share the profits accruing from the schools according to the amount of their  share contribution.
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To introduce revolutionary concepts in the cooperative movement, there will be need of liberalizing and de-regulating the fossilized cooperative rules.
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July 29,2010
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MANZOOR AHMAD
Email: ahmad_manzoor@hotmail.com

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EDITOR’S NOTE

The article is informational and educative for anyone who would like to know more about the self-help philosophy of the co-op movement. Feel free to write your comments, questions or advice requests in the facility offered below the article.
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Mr. Manzoor Ahmad is Lahore’s foremost authority and activist in the co-operative movement. He is also active internationally in the movement through his membership of The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). If you are interested in knowing more about ICA, please click on the following link
http://www.coop.org/ica/index.html
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Mr. Ahmad has made significant contributions in Lahore’s urban housing sector. Amongst his contributions are founding and development of major housing projects through the co-operative movement. These projects include the following important satellite townships in suburban Lahore:
Canalview
Westwood
Valancia
Izmir.
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He is also a major contributor in Lahore’s social welfare work, especially in education and literacy projects. Please visit his MOVEMENT FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT website at
www.mhd1997.org
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His other articles on political and economic affairs of Pakistan are printed earlier on this page.

23 Responses to "MANZOOR AHMAD"

this article is informqtive and throws light on the economic mess created during post-Ayub era.

Manzoor Sahib I read both of your articles. Although every one knows the circumstances of our foreign policy, but you have given a very candid and accurate account of where the fault line appeared. Pl write more

I think the article on the economy is a reasonably good account of developments in this area of national affairs. Much more than this can hardly be expected in an account of only a few paragraphs. But there are quite a few debatable points and I wish Ms Reema has taken a little trouble in doing a more in depth analysis of the actual isues. Allegations such as
‘International manipulations to reverse Pakistan’s industrial progress, were on fast track from 1965 onward.”
require a lot of hard data to prove. It has become a national past time to blame unknown international conspiracies for all our troubles. That makes constructive changes in our own behavior and policies impossible or very difficult o achieve. On some other time when I have time, I would like to say more. I am glad that some Pakistanis are taking to internet discussions via blogs. This is a very powerful medium and should be a part of every day constructive work to be done by intelligent and thinking Pakistanis. Much good can come of this.
Aslam Saleem
SF Calif.

Dear Aslam Sb.
You have a point in saying that we Pakistanis are too obssessed with consipracy theories. But in my contention abt 1965 war, I may inform you that I was a Civil servant posted in Sialkot during 1963-66. I was a frequent visitor of Services Club Silakot. At that time maj. Gen. yahyah(leter on President Gen. Yahaya) was the div.commander. Before the 1965 war, a very ill planned Gorilla operation was launched in Indina hel Kashmir. On the other side, Pakistan was surely making industrial and agricultural progress by leaps and bounds since Ayub Khan had gathered around him a galaxy of competent economists, Agri-experts like Khuda Bux Butcha, Dr. Mehboobul haq(the Planner), Agha Hassan Abdi(great banker and benefator of Pakistan. He funded GIK scince Institute, NUST institute), Ahmad Dawood Saigal GroupIndutrialist who for the first time introduced in Pakistan the concept of Corporate management otherwise all businesses and industries in the subcontinent were family owned and family run)
West Pakistan was ruled by an agrcultuist Nawab of Kala Bagh under whose stern and almost cruel command your agriculture sector flourished.
Things were moving towards a bright industrial future. All other countries of South East Asia including China were just limping towards economic self sufficiency. Bhutto was the Macbeth of King Duncan(Read Ayub). He was ambitious to achieve something spectular. His friends Maj Gen Aliul Haq and Akhter Hussain ignited his ambition to capture Kashmir thru Gorilla war. Same syupedity was done by Pervaiz Mushhraf in Kargil.
Western players of global politics do not manufactire consiperacies and keep them in some sort of Lockers. These players have very sharp think tanks who keep eye on important happenings in the world Any happening that interests them and if they can grind their axe thru that happening, they will move fast to grab the oppotunity.
In 1965 scenerio, Cold war was at its peak. Bhutto had known socialist leanings just as Nehru had. Kashmir Gorilla war was not planned by USA or UK. It was ill planned by us. But when the things started moving in a direction where our adversaries cud be benefutted, they sat on the drivers seat and started moving war theater towards there planned goal.
1. Sqaundering of Pakistan`s reserves for the purchase of weapons to fight out India in 1965
2. Create belief in the mind of East Pakistani Polititians that during 1965 war, East Paksitan was left high and dry by west Pakistan. It was Indonesia who stood behind East Pakistan during 17 days war. Clift of mistrust was created which culminated in the creation of Bangla Desh(which proved to be really good)
3. PUnjabi chauvinist will make undeserved hue and cry abt sudden cease fire(without realising that Pakistan neither won nor lost the 65 war).
ZAB will be fielded as the chapion of Kashmir and therfore an apple of Punjabi Eye.
4Pepople Party was born to topple down the industrial infrastructure in the name of Romantic word Socialism.
What about sudden coming into power of Zardari. D`nt you smell that a towering leader like Benazir Bhutto is eleminated from the scen, NRO is announced and a quasi-educated person is made to sit as president with double the powers of Pervaiz Musharraf. D`nt you smell something in this manipulation.
I have been on overseas postings for 27 years and have visted almost entire world including communist world. Very seldom conspiracies are pre-made. They are instantly prepared by think tanks who have mastered at least one thing—-How to fish in troubled waters.
9/11 was not a conspiracy concocted by Jews or the USA. But once it happened, the Americans are shrewed enough to use this episode to screw Mid-east, Pakistan, Afghanistan and even creating trouble for China from the same terrorrist threat against which America nad Nato Forces are fighting
Machiavellian Politics is at its hieght. Any irrelevant happening can be converted into a golden oppotunity to those who keep their ears and eyes open 24 hours.

Manzoor

Aslam Sahib,
Thanks for your comments. your comments that we always try to sniff some consipracy whatever something happens to Pakistan are true in most of the cases. During 1965 war, I was a civil servant and posted from 1964 66 in Sialkot. I witnessed the 65 war which we never won nor we lost it. It was a war, hurriedly and badly planned by Bhutto and his 2 crony Genrals Ali-ul-Haq and Akhtar Malik. Maj.Gen Yahyah(later on President Yayah) was at that time GOC Sialkot. He was a good soldier, morally a debouch but financially a clean person. He literally cursed Ayub and Bhutto to have sent Gourillas to Kashmir without preparing ground. In fact, Powers who mattered at time, did not want Pakistan to become an industrial Giant which we were becoming. our resources had to be diverted towards unproductive venues.
65 war was made to happen. Bhutto was chosen to play the role of Shakespear`s Macbeth against King Duncon( Ayub in Bhutto`s case).Bhutto was projected as a hero for chauvinist Punjabis who had thought that Ayub Khan had surrendered to Shastri.
Bhutto`s socialist slogan made the neo-capitalist class run away from Pakistan. Schools, shellers, oil expellers were Nationalised by Bhutto so as private incentive of neo-rich Pakistani shud die.
Consipracies are not made ready and kept in lockers.
It is the think Tanks of advanced countries who keep their eye on oppotunities where they may fish in troubled water.
9/11 just happened. Perhaps there was no consipracy in it except that some stupid misguided Arab Muslims did it on their on. But US was clever enough to lable this something a war on USA and therefore attack on Iraq and Afghanistan. Even without 9/11, America wud have invented some other excuse to screw AF-Pak.

Intelligent countries donot have pre-packed consipracies. They only know the art of fishing in troubled water.
However, in some cases they do prepare meticulous consipracies to achieve their objectives.
Read the history of how Indochina(present veitnam, Laos and comodia) was stolen by America from its War Ally France.
See how Dr. Mussadaq was ousted by President Roosvelts`s grandson who was CIA mole in Iran in 1951.
See how Russia was almost successful to get Eastpakistan in Indian Camp with the help of Indra Gandhi, but how cleverly Nixon usurped it from Russia`s mouth.

Third world countries , are usually ruled by greedy, incompetent, corrupt rascals. Therfore they are always prone to fall victim to any consiperacy

Both the articles are concise, informative speciall those young people who really do not know Pakiatan`s true history. The history taught in our UCschools is white lie and trash

Dear Aslam Sb.
You have a point in saying that we Pakistanis are too obssessed with consipracy theories. But in my contention abt 1965 war, I may inform you that I was a Civil servant posted in Sialkot during 1963-66. I was a frequent visitor of Services Club Silakot. At that time maj. Gen. yahyah(leter on President Gen. Yahaya) was the div.commander. Before the 1965 war, a very ill planned Gorilla operation was launched in Indina hel Kashmir. On the other side, Pakistan was surely making industrial and agricultural progress by leaps and bounds since Ayub Khan had gathered around him a galaxy of competent economists, Agri-experts like Khuda Bux Butcha, Dr. Mehboobul haq(the Planner), Agha Hassan Abdi(great banker and benefator of Pakistan. He funded GIK scince Institute, NUST institute), Ahmad Dawood Saigal GroupIndutrialist who for the first time introduced in Pakistan the concept of Corporate management otherwise all businesses and industries in the subcontinent were family owned and family run)
West Pakistan was ruled by an agrcultuist Nawab of Kala Bagh under whose stern and almost cruel command your agriculture sector flourished.
Things were moving towards a bright industrial future. All other countries of South East Asia including China were just limping towards economic self sufficiency. Bhutto was the Macbeth of King Duncan(Read Ayub). He was ambitious to achieve something spectular. His friends Maj Gen Aliul Haq and Akhter Hussain ignited his ambition to capture Kashmir thru Gorilla war. Same syupedity was done by Pervaiz Mushhraf in Kargil.
Western players of global politics do not manufactire consiperacies and keep them in some sort of Lockers. These players have very sharp think tanks who keep eye on important happenings in the world Any happening that interests them and if they can grind their axe thru that happening, they will move fast to grab the oppotunity.
In 1965 scenerio, Cold war was at its peak. Bhutto had known socialist leanings just as Nehru had. Kashmir Gorilla war was not planned by USA or UK. It was ill planned by us. But when the things started moving in a direction where our adversaries cud be benefutted, they sat on the drivers seat and started moving war theater towards there planned goal.
1. Sqaundering of Pakistan`s reserves for the purchase of weapons to fight out India in 1965
2. Create belief in the mind of East Pakistani Polititians that during 1965 war, East Paksitan was left high and dry by west Pakistan. It was Indonesia who stood behind East Pakistan during 17 days war. Clift of mistrust was created which culminated in the creation of Bangla Desh(which proved to be really good)
3. PUnjabi chauvinist will make undeserved hue and cry abt sudden cease fire(without realising that Pakistan neither won nor lost the 65 war).
ZAB will be fielded as the chapion of Kashmir and therfore an apple of Punjabi Eye.
4Pepople Party was born to topple down the industrial infrastructure in the name of Romantic word Socialism.
What about sudden coming into power of Zardari. D`nt you smell that a towering leader like Benazir Bhutto is eleminated from the scen, NRO is announced and a quasi-educated person is made to sit as president with double the powers of Pervaiz Musharraf. D`nt you smell something in this manipulation.
I have been on overseas postings for 27 years and have visted almost entire world including communist world. Very seldom conspiracies are pre-made. They are instantly prepared by think tanks who have mastered at least one thing—-How to fish in troubled waters.
9/11 was not a conspiracy concocted by Jews or the USA. But once it happened, the Americans are shrewed enough to use this episode to screw Mid-east, Pakistan, Afghanistan and even creating trouble for China from the same terrorrist threat against which America nad Nato Forces are fighting
Machiavellian Politics is at its hieght. Any irrelevant happening can be converted into a golden oppotunity to those who keep their ears and eyes open 24 hours.
Manzoor Ahmad

You do have made a good analysis of the happenings during post1947 period of our country. But the question arises what to do now. But first let me throw some light on these conspiracy theories.

Conspiracy is part of diplomacy and strategic thinking. Everywhere, everybody, every community and every state somewhere is always weaving out conspiracies in mind. The only thing what is needed by us as Pakistanis, that we should always be ready with our strategic in depth analysis of these conspiratorial thinking of adversaries and see how we can benefit best out of a given situation which is a perpetual challenge in today’s world of complicated international relations.

Regarding your saying that 9/11 was not a conspiracy but all evidence lead to the conclusion that it was indeed an inside job. And when we talk of no conspiracy behind 9/11 Manzoor don’t u think the actual meanings and connotations sometimes do intermingle between conspiracy and meticulous planning. A conspiracy is when it fails and it then becomes ingnonimous as conspiracy, once it succeeds the same conspiracy is termed meticulous planning!!!

See how the US Neocons used it to their best advantage by mesmerizing the whole world that some Muslim fanatics took upon a zealous mission to destroy the mighty symbol of US corporatized world and ruthlessly cause murder of thousands of innocent American citizens.

Whatever you may call this, a conspiracy, a long term strategic planning or some other name but fact is that successive US administrations successfully utilized our leanings towards Islam and our religious parties as well as our governments played into their hands when they fought as surrogates the war against godless Soviets, a fight against infidels or Jihad as they called it then. At that time no one raised a single word that godless Chinese too were infidels [though through thick and thin remained our best friends]. Not that they are too good and Americans too bad. Fact is that in international relations there are no permanent friends, its just the permanent interests which decide the contours of a successive foreign policy.

Now coming to my first assertion. It’s high time now that we have been left high and dry in the world community, our successive governments handing over lollypops to us in one form or another that we Pakistanis now need to think over it well, how can we rid our country of the situation, what will be the modus operandi and how could we be sure about results we wish to achieve.

Nayyar Hashmey

Many thanks Nayyar Sb for giving your very candid comments abt my write up on Pak. Foreign Policy blunders of which we that is our political leaders are responsible. You are right in saying that all flopped diplomatic initiatives are dubbed as successful consiperacies against any country.

Since you have invited me to speak the truth about the myth of Pakistan( yes, myth), we the people of this part of the subcontinent did not deserve to have a soverign country. Pakistani society, barring central Punjab`s region (Lahore, Sialkot, Gujranwala) and Karachi, is still a tribal society where cast, ethnicity and braathery(Read in Urdu) are more important than Democracy and even Islam in whose name this country was carved out from the subcontinent. Maulana Azad of Indian Congress was correct when he had said that by dividing India, we will be dividing Muslims of the subcontinent. 500 millions of Mulims of the subcontinent are divded into 3 regions. The irony is that the Muslims of India who are 180 million strong are in most miserable conditions although they were the people who were lured for an Independent country and they were the people who struggled for Pakistan and who came from middle urban class mostly tradesmen, educated bourgioa(pl.check spellings) small Taluqadars and petty traders and merchants.

Perhaps Allah was also unhappy with the Partition of Muslims of the subcontinent. Taht`s why, the only towering leader of the Muslims of the sub-continent passed away within one year of the creation of Pakistan. Pakistan was left in the hands of political dwarfs. This most precious, fertile and rich in resources Pakistan is being plundered by thugs and rougues in te guise of our rulers comin from all poltical shades.

Lets come to consipracy theory. Conspiracies are not hatched in a vaccum. Globally important countries always keep a watch on countries like us wHo Have stratGic imortance. They are experts in fishing in the troubled waters. America identified a very weak point of Pakistanis. Tat is our fanatic adherance to religion. America exploited our weakness to destroy poor ZAB by supporting and financing NIZAM-E-MUSTAFA movement against ZAB in 1977. America again saw our dogmatic love for ISLAM during Afghan war against USSR. America further studied the monster of sectarianism in our people. Te sectarianism as furter ripped our country and now it is like a sitting duck for any enemy to soot us down witout indulging into a formal war. India is callin this as COLD START WAR.

Let us pray to Allah for some Political Mesiha who may lead us out of tis political and Economic predicament. Oterwise we stand doomed.
Yours Manzoor Amad

Manzoor Ahmad, (Advisor) PECHS, Valancia Housing Society,Lahore. Phones:92-42-5181721 / 5180676 / 5180674 Fax: 5833375 Res: 92-42-5833375, 5882992

1 | Dr Nayyar Hashmi
March 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Manzoor,

First I agree with Aslam Salim that there are quite a few debatable points and I wish that you dilate further on this issue to substantiate what you say. Allegations such as ‘International manipulations to reverse Pakistan’s industrial progress, were on fast track from 1965 onward.” require a lot of hard data to prove”.

Second come the points raised by you as above are partly correct but partly erroneous. I say erroneous because when you say Pakistan is a myth then it means you doubt the very resilience the people of this country have had during different stages of our history. To call a nation of 170 million Pakistanis who love their homeland, as a myth is not a positive impulse for an intellectual discourse.

Opinions may differ but to call the basic premise of discussion as a myth means you have a preset mind about the events that culminated in creation of Pakistan. In this regard I would request you to please go through the book [if you haven’t read it already] authored by India’s former foreign minister Jaswant Singh. And mind this, he is not a Pakistanophile, rather being a member of the Bhajpa group he is one of those staunchest of Pakistan opponents in the Indian politics who outrightly have been hobnobbing against Pakistan. His party and he himself as India’s foreign minister was always fulminating against Pakistan and the Qaid.

His is a highly researched book and carries all the relevant references so you may conclude that his findings are authentic ones. [Note: His words may not be exactly same what I reproduce here but in essence they are same what he said in the book. Jaswant Singh writes:

“ I thought Jinnah was the evil monger who was working towards the vivisection of India but when I delved into the history it dawned upon me that it was not Jinnah but the Congress that was moving towards the partition because of its policies towards Muslims whose sole spokesman Jinnah had turned by now. And that paved the way towards partition of India.”
Jaswant Singh continues “Jinnah was declared by Gopal Krishna Gokhle as an ambassador of Hindu Muslim unity, himself a stalwart of the independence movement. When Jinnah was frustrated to the extent of reaching a dead end, he – then put forward his demand for a separate state for the Muslims of India”.

But this is one aspect of Pakistan’s formation; the other aspect of its genesis is its centuries old history of distinct identity as a land around Indus, a land which has through millennia been different from the main Gangetic civilization of present day Bharat.
[Unfortunately the Mullah Military complex has always negated our pre-Islamic past which is a testament of its people’s cultural physical and geographical resilience that enabled its endurance through different periods of its tumultuous history].

But that goes beyond the ambit of this discussion. So let me come back to myth of Pakistan. Please do read the book. We also covered a review of this book on our blog

It appears that probably you too have been led away with the propaganda unleashed by US Neocons through their mouth pieces like New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fox to name a few, who are the chief proponents of propaganda mill against Islam & Pakistan. A big info-weapon they have with them is the art of demonizing an individual, a state or a religion about whom they think could come in their way. Since 9/11 this campaign first started with Islam when Huntington’s theory of clash of civilizations was propagated on a massive scale. Consequently an intense hate campaign was launched against Islam [I myself saw a heavily emboldened message on the Fox News that Nauzbillah “MUHAMMAD WAS A TERRORIST” and then George Bush so innocently asked why the Muslims hate us. This was something fully in sync with the realpolitik introduced by the Nazis who so effectively used the propaganda tools through their ‘BIG LIE’.

The target of this ‘BIG LIE’ by the Bushies after 9/11 was of course the Muslim world particularly so was Afghanistan for that country though one of the poorest in the world was adamant towards Uncle Sam’s dictations. Their second target was and still, is Pakistan not only because it is located at highly strategic crossroads but also is a nuclear nation. A direct corollary of this propaganda tool has been to declare Pakistan sometimes a rogue state, another time a failed state. However, the time Pakistan starts adopting a 100% “yes Boss” policy, the same Pakistan turns into a darling of the Americans. Remember the days when Pakistan was a member of the US constituted SEATO and CENTO pacts singularly designed against the Soviet Union and we were their allies (rather most allied ally) in their cold war against their only rival in those days [and later we also became their “hot war” allies in the eighties]. Then were we neither a rogue nor a failed state. I bet Manzoor today if Zardari, Nawaz and General Pervaiz Kiyani sign an agreement which gives US the total veto over Pakistan’s state of affairs, our sovereignty [which though already has to a large extent been diluted through former dictator Musharraf’s policies and now through our 10 % er president] we will again become America’s most loved nation.

And now about the hackneyed thesis, on the genesis, the creation of Pakistan that it was a mistake. Don’t you think by saying so, you appear to have joined the same bandwagon as that of Altaf Bhai who openly admitted at a Delhi forum that formation of Pakistan was a blunder. He even said by dividing India we divided our Indian blood. But let me remind Altaf Bhai the blood of Indian Muslims is not divided; it is being spilled all over the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and so many other places.

Tell me how much rights of representation the Muslims have in the Indian parliament, in administration, in business and other sectors of their economy. You can just count on fingers! You yourself admit that the Muslims of India who are 180 million strong are in most miserable condition. You can easily imagine what would have been the plight of all [Pakistani, Bangladeshi – all] Muslims in undivided India. Qaid was not wrong when he said if due rights of Musalmans of India were not recognized, they will be swamped by the absolute majority of the Hindus.

Today they are not only swamped but also are butchered by the thugs and goons of RSS, Banjrang Dal and Shiv Sena. In this regard I invite you to please read a series of articles by Arundhati Roy wherein she assesses the situation after the26/11 attacks in Mumbai when India threatened to attack Pakistan. We put up this series on our blog and you can access all posts on this subject by clicking at the lin which I rhave given above.

I do agree that all is not well in Pakistan. We have so ruthlessly been manipulated by our politicians, our Mullahs, our generals and bureaucrats but this does not mean that we should start negating the very existence of the country we belong to, a country that is our identity as well.

If the body is disease ridden you need to have a good physician to get proper treatment. One physician may not be diagnosing the body ills properly but you can change the doctor. However, when you start condemning your own body (howsoever sick it may be) means you have lost all hopes in your own self and that is defeatism [to accept defeat even before you fight].

What is required now is that the intellectuals, the media, the analysts, strategists, the academicians, think tanks – all should ponder over this question what went wrong and find some solution for all such problems that befall our nation for as they say if you cannot solve the problem you too are a part of the problem.

With best regards.
Nayyar Hashmey

From Zaheeruddin Jeddy
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My dear Manzoor sahib,
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Thank you for forwarding the email which discloses the thirteen points of the hideous PROTOCOLS FOR HINDU LEADERS. While browsing around the internet, however, I hit a Muslim Malaysian blog. You can also go to it by clicking on the following URL:
http://twmca.wordpress.com/category/protocals-of-hindu/
This blog has a post on this subject which I am printing below. I am sure you will like to read it.
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When a document like the PROTOCOLS OF HINDU LEADERS comes to our notice, nine out of ten of us will hook on to it, given the post-partition mindset of Hindus and Muslims in this sub-continent. We have quite an extensive presence on the internet and many of us are into websites and blogs. A document like the Hindu PROTOCOL effects us much. Yet how come that an expose like that in a Malaysian blog did not come from one of our own websites or blogs? Malaysia is a multi-cultural and progressive community where religious divergences, including Hindu-Muslim religious differences, do not lead to communal hatred or social chaos. You have been to Malaysia on various projects of your own. Now, as a political analyst, you might consider another trip to Malaysia specially to study the paradigms which are a basis of their non-communal outlook. You may want to tell us what can we learn from them, if anything.
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While on this topic, I may talk also about the PROTOCOLS OF ZION. It is another famous document which has been read and re-read all over the world as a hideous agenda of Jewish Zionists for their world domination. Now please click on the following link, which will take you to a website which tells a different story about this historic PROTOCOL.
http://www.rense.com/general45/proto.htm
There are many in this small email group itself who are intellectuals working on problems of inter-faith dialogue. That includes Hasan Muizuddin at Lahore and Tufail Ahmad in Washington. Many of the rest of us are camp followers who like to swallow any stuff which comes our way and fits our pre-conceived myths. So it is for you guys to tells us more clearly where we are supposed to stand, given all the mind-shattering gobble-de-gook being thrown at us from every side. This means you need to be far more regular, consistent and effective in the use of your pen and keyboard. And, for one thing, you need to use the internet with increasing force, because that is in your power and needs no finances. You need to be more visible on websites, blogs, on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and on other forums and of course on print and electronic media. As things stand you are hardly to be seen except in your own mirrors. As a result, in the absence of enough objective thought, our society floats in space like a “cutty patang” at the mercy of the changing winds. We hate and kill on the basis of prejudice or madness, not on the basis of a reasonable ethic.
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I am printing the text of this email as a COMMENT on your page in the TREASURE CHEST blog. All who read can contribute their thoughts there.

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As-Salaam Alaikum
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Recently, a growing number of emails have been coming in that seem to be more fiction than fact. One such email is about the “Protocols for Hindu Leaders” written by….yes another doctor. (See earlier post about Pig Fat codes)
After reading the email and doing some research; I sent the following response:
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As-Salaam Alaikum
Dear Brother,
From my research the book has never existed.
Think over it. Indians have their own language(s) and network. Why would they need to produce a book in the English language?
Even for those “Leaders” who do not read their own language; something like this would not be presented in a book for Hindus yet made available to the general public.
Like many things we as Muslims are receiving; this appears to be a HOAX with the sole purpose to create more conflict between Muslims and Hindus.
If one would examine the motives further; it would appear that the ultimate aim is to create war between Pakistan and India.
PS. The name of the invisible book comes from another one having the same name “The Protocols of Zion”.
Salaam
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Just as with the food we consume; we have to be vigilant about the information we take into our minds and offer (send) to others.
As-Salaam Alaikum
Muneer A. Rasheed
http://www.muslimconsumer.org
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From: Manzoor Ahmad
This book was introduced into the London book market for 5 days,
before it was withdrawn due to fear of harassment and discrimination against
Hindus in the arab world. The source of this information comes from the U.A.E . Sharjah broadcasting Channel presented by Ra’ad Aman and the program’s
name, ‘Foreign writings ‘.

Book Title : ‘All Hindus Wake up ‘
Sub-heading : ‘The protocols for Hindu leaders ‘
Author : Dr.R. Singh

These are 13 of the protocols mentioned in this book:

This book is authored by Dr. R. Singh, a highly educated Hindu fanatic… and was introduced into the London book market for 5 days, before it was withdrawn, due to fear of harassment and discrimination against Hindus in the Arab world. The source of this information comes from the U.A.E Sharjah broadcasting Channel presented by Ra’ad Aman in the program named, “Foreign writings”.
Subheading: “THE PROTOCOLS FOR HINDU LEADERS”
These are 13 of the protocols mentioned:
1. Hindus must consider the state of Israel as its most friendly ally due to its negative attitude towards Muslims.
2. Spread sinful acts and values within Muslim communities.
3. Hindu temples must be built in all places possible and to be visited every day. Also the statue of “Ram” (their god) to be placed in the work place.
4. Regular meetings are to be held to plan ways in working against Islam.
5. Distribution of drugs and prostitution to be carried out within Muslim countries and communities.
6. Sexual relationships with Muslim women to be encouraged to ensure the production of Hindu babies within Muslim communities.
7.If you are a pharmacist or doctor attending Muslim pregnant women, try at all costs to induce congenital defects in their fetus.
8. If you are a nurse or doctor, whisper “Ohm” into the Muslim newborn’s ear. (like what Muslims say adhan)
9. Try to spoil or damage goods in Muslim shops if you are employed by them.
10. Become their friends, gain their trust and stab them in the back.
11. Be friends to other non-Muslim communities and turn them against Muslims.
12. If you work in their homes, try to influence their children or wives way of thinking.
13. Wear a black string around your wrist.
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CAN YOU PLEASE SEND THIS TO AS MANY MUSLIMS AS YOU CAN, IT IS YOUR DUTY AS A MUSLIM.

PLEASE FORWARD ALL OUR BELOVEDS.
السلام عليكم

I have not seen Mr. Manzoor now perhaps for almost 35 years. From the picture I can see that not much change for the worse has taken place. But I would like to see him in person. I guess there are lot of improvements especially in the mid portion.

One and only question I want to ask is why all the articles start with what went wrong with….Dont you find that some right things have also happened in this while. Once I made out a balance sheet and found that much has happened on the positive side since 1947. WE are a free nation, enjying many comforts more than the past period, a country which is NO. 1 in many things, NO. 2 also in many things, unique in many aspects and I for one am proud of it.

Notwithstanding that I am not very religious, I am happy that no one can compel me to do something which I dont want to do. Isnt that a blessing.

We are back to the two original articles by Manzoor Ahmad posted in the MANZOOR AHMAD page of TREASURE CHEST.
Khalid Rafique now adds the following COMMENT on the page.
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One and only question I want to ask is why all the articles start with what went wrong with….Don’t you find that some right things have also happened in this while. Once I made out a balance sheet and found that much has happened on the positive side since 1947. WE are a free nation, enjoying many comforts more than the past period, a country which is NO. 1 in many things, NO. 2 also in many things, unique in many aspects and I for one am proud of it.

Notwithstanding that I am not very religious, I am happy that no one can compel me to do something which I don’t want to do. Isn’t that a blessing.
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My own reaction is that there certainly has been much progress in many spheres of national endeavor. We know that, for instance, our total power production is far greater than what we started with. New sources of gas have been found and developed. Major industries have come up compared to virtually nothing at partition. A great complement of armed forces has been built. The railways perhaps represents a worst case scenario with failure to expand rail coverage, but that has been more than offset by an enormous increase in road transportation for carriage of men and cargo. There has been so much else which has been achieved. All that said, still we are today short of water, power, food grains and much else. So what is the problem?

I would zero in on one criticle factor: population.
What is the data?
Official statistics show as follows:
Population as in 1950 was 39.5 million.
Population as in 2009 was 175 million.
A fuller picture of today is like this:
• Population: 172,800,000 (July 2008 best estimation)
• Growth rate: 2.2% (2008 estimation)
• Birth rate: 31 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)
• Death rate: 8 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.)
• Net migration rate: -1.0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008 est.)
(Unofficial estimates place present population as nearer to 200 million.)
A new child born does not mean we need an extra chapatti at every meal. Every person from birth onwards needs food, medicine, water, power, roads, transport, hospitals, schools, universities, parks, housing, jobs, you can add more and more to this virtually unlimited list.

I think a key issue we are today struggling with is a population overload of 160 million compared to 1950. With what result? Not enough resources to go around, and no relief in sight. Demand has far exceeded supply causing inflation which tends to make daily purchases difficult for the mass of our people. And our population still continues to grow. All development, all increases in gas, power, oil refining capacity, steel production, agricultural increase, housing and so on are down in per capita terms. We are poorer than we started with. It is easy to come up with economic data to substantiate these and other observations, but that is not needed just now.

Would Manzoor Ahmad, Khalid Rafique, Haroon Wasti, Dr. Nayyar Hashmy, and all the elite thinkers in this forum agree to move out from the “I am right you are wrong” position and help us more for coming to objective assessments? Not that this will be easy.

And this also leads to heated questions of political organization. There are diametrically opposite views. One radical solution, coming from a political analyst, reads as follows:

We need to look at where we are going in political terms. We need a new way of refashioning the Pakistani state. Both the elected governments and the old fashioned military coups have failed. The constitution needs an overhaul, political parties have become family ownerships, and politics have become monopolized. Feudalism needs to be eliminated by the force of law in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, more administrative, and not language-based, provinces need to be created, ethnic- and/or language-based parties proscribed, politicians banned from direct contact with foreign governments, and the nation needs to focus for at least a decade on economic development and education without wasting energies on politics. All of this can only happen through a creative new arrangement where a group of strong, committed and learned Pakistanis are invited to lead a non-elected government, backed by a plan and by the force of the Pakistani military. Events are confirming that this may be the only option left if we want to create a stable system where real democracy can ultimately flourish and the military is not forced by circumstances to intervene again in the future. We will have to create this setup. We can’t wait for time resolve the problem.

This is far from being a formula everyone will agree with. But an openness to examine different alternatives, forsaking our old and revered formulas and mind sets, may be exactly what is called for, if the ship of state is to be kept afloat. All the old formulations have been tried. Recycling them under various pretexts is bound to be even more disastrous.
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Dear Jeddy, Thnx for sharing your mails which you send to your old buddies. One of your friends has commented upon my articles starting with WHAT WENT WRONG WITH……. MY INTENTION WAS AND IS TO TO POINT OUT AILMENTS OF OUR SOCIO-POLITICO-ECONOMIC SYSTEM which has brought us down where we stand now in 2010. Population explosion, unspeakable poverty and unemployment due to energy fiasco and outdated skilled labour( by the way you know why we had established our NGO MHD cuz our poorly skilled and illiterate pakistani labour had gone out of demand in advanced infra-structure of the middle east). Yes, we shud also keep our eye on our progress which is miserably ridiculous(pl correct my spellings wherever you find) as compared to those equally poor countries who got independenc after us. I w`nt mention China here. Ok, I d`nt mention Malaysia or Singapore. All right, i do not speak of South Africa, Taiwan even Indonesia.
I will ignore India also whom we chose to be our enemy No.1. What about Sri-Lanka. Their HR is superb. It is capturing middle east labor market. Even lousy Egyptians have surpassed us despite long long dictatorial rule there.
In fact, I am also writing now on subjets such as What went wrong with our buraeucracy, What went wrong with our agriculture.

The root of our all WRONGS is our unimaginative timid, self seeking, greedy, oppotunist and dud bureaucracy specially after 70`s. I bet 50 % of Pakistani graduates(in humanities, Engineering, medicine, Finance, Economics) are the product of BOOTI-MAFIA. Our country`s system of examinations compels our kids to seek the services of Bullar( Faisalabad fame) UNiversities which still exist in Pakistan. In order to seek admissions in Higher education, these NAQALCHI graduates resort to Booti mafia. These very Naqalchis compete for CSS. Some of them do manage to pass the CSS and get jobs where actually very best of our nation shud be. Bhuttu`s so called services reforms killed the initiative of our boys in the seats of authorities. Our 5 year plans after 1970 were horribly misplanned. The superior bureaucracy in any country helps in the formulation of Domestic and forign policies of the country. They lend continuty(spell check) of adminstration, economic development, framing of social and physical infrastruture under any political government. But our majority of post 70`s high neck babus proved to be turncoats. That`s why your agriculture is pitiably poor as compared to Indian Punjab which feeds half of Indians whose staple food is wheat. They entered IT market much much earlier.

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH OUR SOCIAL SYSTEM>

WE ARE NOW neither TEETAR nor BATTAIR. We have become a nation of hypocrites and sychophants. That`s why our “BROTHER” Islamic countries do not trust us. They only trust us when America nods.

Whatever progress we have made it is the clumsy residual of Ayub`s initiative.

What we have done after Ayub`s time. Only Motoraways and two Airports and artificially glowing Karachi. And of course THE ISLAMIC BOMB which now even an undergraduate in Solid physics and metallurgy can make in his garage albeit it will be an IED of sorts.

Come on Jeddy. Let`s learn to self-criticise.

Manzoor

Subject: Has Pakistan made any progress?

I cannot agree more with the thesis that Pakistan’s single most important constraint is its excessive and expanding population. Pakistan has no leader of caliber today who has the slightest ability to lead the nation as a whole. We can imagine that religious, provincial or ethnic personalities have all the answers, but in reality they are not the solution, they are the problem. These are the kind of people who split Pakistan in 1972 and will do worse in the coming years. Maybe we have “politicians” or masters of “tor-jor” but we have no statesmen. By their very nature these national dwarfs and fortune seekers may do political tricks and prove their ability to survive and kill and live in palaces in Pakistan and abroad and seek to build family political empires in this unfortunate country. And that is where the buck stops. Expect no more.

Mr. Khalid Rafique has, with an air of being emancipated, said that “notwithstanding that I am not very religious” and ended his commentary with a very odd thesis. In the first place “not being very religious” has no status whatsoever in Islam. What he is saying, in simple words, is that he finds Pakistan a paradise for atheists. He is mistaken.

I have many friends who claim to say this same thing. I have questioned them many times about their thesis without getting any worthwhile response. My conclusion is that Pakistani atheists can get by only through hiding their faces and making ambiguous statements about themselves as semi-holy people sitting on their own fence. They stand by no philosophy of their own, nor does their atheism have any thought content or ethical basis. They have only one plank which is freedom for themselves for secret sexual forays. If these “not very religious” people are sincere ask them if they will approve the same kind of “not very religious” freedom for the women folk in their own families, their wives, their daughters, their daughter-in-laws. That will expose their game for what it is worth. They will stand naked.

Quaid-e-Azam conceived of Pakistan as a secular state. That was an eminently sane and realistic concept given the multi religious nature of the country. This concept is entirely unrelated to sexual chaos.
Inam Jameel
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Thanx a lot Jeddy Ji for such a wonderful power point presentation. The images are absolutely “Klasse”.

I forwarded this to a good number of friends and all of them were full of appreciation and praise. They asked me from where did I get it and I told them it was a great ‘secret’ and then did I divulge the name of this great ‘secret’ [Zaheeruddin Jeddy] to them. I think you won’t mind this secret to fly away from my exclusive domain to other good friends who do like and appreciate such mails.

And now a message that appeared in my mail inbox sometime in the month of July this year, a time when I was moving with my bag and baggage from the historical, magnificent, and lively abode of the Mughals in this part of the world, I mean my lovely Lahore, to this bore, bureaucratic and monotonous enclave called Islamabad. Hence this late response to Manzoor’s assertions.
During the time that I was “netless” I read a write up on his ‘what went wrong’ series which no doubt is very insightful, yet I found something also which I think should have been touched by Manzoor in his series:

Whereas I agree with major part of Manzoor’s assertions, yet I beg to point out that everywhere; i.e. in our social gatherings, in debating clubs, on public and governmental platforms, we always talk about what went wrong & where. From these perceptions, It appears that some how we have developed a habit of self pitying by elaborating all what has gone wrong in our land of the pure.
But dear Mazoor, as men of letters, most recipients of this email club including yourself need to highlight more on how this or that wrong can be undone. If we don’t do this, we add all the gloominess, all depression and all complex of being inferior, backward, wrong doing country and an inferior, backward, wrongdoing people and that’s exactly the point when a country like us doesn’t need an enemy to defeat. A depressed, inferiority complexed nation can never resurrect to defend its land. Once we reach this situation, our entry into perpetual slavedom should not be far away.

Nayyar
http://wondersofpakistan.blogspot.com
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Hello Mr. Manzoor,

I was reading your narrative on what went wrong with our foreign policy. This is a very good discussion but i think you have ommitted a deep analysis of the reasons the US got involved with Pakistan in the early 50’s.

The official propaganda in Pakistan at the time was that US was supporting us vis-a-vis India while in the US, the official line was that this was about the USSR’s expansionist designs. These days, a lot of people in Pakistan still believe in the latter narrative. The USSR narrative may have been part of the equation but i believe it played a very small part.

Some eminent scholars on Pakistan’s history have documented the real reasons the US suddenly became our ‘new best friend’ in the 50’s. I would seriously recommend Professor Hamza Alavi’s paper on this subject, which explains the role of Ayub, Ghulam Muhammad, the artificial ‘wheat crisis’ of the 50’s and son on.

Here is the link

I hope you will find this paper to be very informative. It has a lot of very good citations as to many of the sources used.

All the best in your excellent efforts.

Naveed Lotia

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19 What went wrong with our democracy ?

Allow me to refer to a conversation I had with Mr. Manzoor Hussain, then Additional Accountant General, Pakistan Revenues, Rawalpindi, in late 1977. The subject was “elections”; how those had been reported rigged and what was to happen next. Mr. Manzoor Hussain vehemently asserted that after 3 or 4 elections, a very clean government would emerge which would take Pakistan to new heights. My humble response was that judging the Pakistan circumstances, even 20 elections would not bring in a clean government. Well, after 35 years of that dialogue so far I see that I WAS right then, and AM now.

I still hold that view. The reasons ? Democracy and fair elections are befitting for a nation where every adult has received at least 13 years of schooling. We are not yet a nation ! We are more of Pathaans, Panjabis, Sindhis, Balochis, Mohajar etc etc. than a nation. Yes, that identity is supposed to be continued for development of language, areas, natural resources etc., but when a greater cause is involved, these identities have only secondary importantce. Rather I would say third priority, as second would of Pakistai, and first of being Muslims.

Well, in our country, as per my estimates based on my humble knowledge, 60-70 % of Pakistanis are still “illiterate” in the sense that they have not attended more than 10 years of education. And the actual knowledge, after that education, is going down day by day along with tht downward trend in our educational standards, ethics, and the profession becoming more of a business than a sacred mission.

So, if the elections are simply the number of votes, I still hold the view that most of cast votes are not based on sincerity, competence, capability etc of candidates, but on the connections of the candidates. The connections may be monetary, blood, tribal, wadera or khan or sardar ship. The general people in our country are still not that mature as to realize that their one single vote can have material effect on the future assemblies and governments.

I am reminded of the verse “ke uz maghz-e-du sad khar aql-e-insaani na mi aayed” by Iqbal. If majority of voters follow what the khan, sardar, wadera, jagirdar, pir or police wala say, how can we expect a clean representation and government ? It would not be incorrect to say that the voters would cast vote in favour of a “khamba” a pillar post, if they are told to do so on the basis of direction or money.

So I also hold that we, as a nation are not fit for democracy. And our leaders who try to appease the westerners by claiming that we do have a democracy, howsoever “loooli” and “langri” it might be, are simply putting their heads under the sand not to see the looming storm. We should have the courage to say out loud and clear that till such time our entire nation has gone to school for 12 years, we are NOT fit for democracy.

What is the alternative ? A clean government even if it is not democratic, which should ensure that for next 15-20 years, the most important issue, after defence and health, would be education. I am sure the planning people would be able to work out details. I myself can only complain of what is happening, and what should happen. It is beyond me to explain How ?

Forgive me for being so crude in in my words, but that is what I honestly do feel. I will welcome comments from all corners.

Agha Amir Ahmad amir_agha@hotmail.com
Mississauga, Canada 26 Oct 2012.

And eid mubarak to all also.

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