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Should Pakistan put its founding fathers on its currency?

The currencies that dominate the world…

There are hundreds of currencies on this planet, yet only a handful of them truly dominate the market.

The likes are US Dollar, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar, and Euro.

Most trading is currently being conducted upon the promise of payment in these currencies.

Since these are the dominant currencies with proper security protocols and governmental backing, they’re trusted more than others.

But there’s another unique feature that defines these currencies into various aspects.

That feature is that a vast majority of them feature either the governing bodies or the founding figures on their currencies as a show of strength and unity.

However, Pakistan doesn’t have such a program in place at all!

When an overseas Pakistani is asked about their background, they’re usually befuddled or confused as to what answer to give to the query….

Most just say “Quaid e Azam” because he’s the most prominent personality – and for good measure too!

But he’s not the only one by a far measure.

There are giants like Allama Iqbal, Allama Muhammad Assad (Leopold Weiss), Nawabzada Liaqet Ali Khan, and Fatima Jinnah.

These are the personalities that were critical in the ideological forming and later literal founding of Pakistan.

However, a more controversial take on this issue is the presence of some of our leaders who had led us through very difficult circumstances like Gen. Ayub Khan and Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

The ones we can’t put on any notes are the likes of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Gen. Zia-ul-Haq, Nawaz Sharif, and Benazir Bhutto.

Simply because of a very controversial and destructive stance towards Pakistan.

There are other heroes that we should be paying homage to as well, the likes of Rashid Minhas, Shabbir Sharif, Major Aziz Bhatti, or “Kernail” Sher Khan.

Then how do we solve the dilemma of introducing our leaders to the world?

The answer may seem a little simple, but it’s quite a monumental task to achieve.

The simplicity lies in the fact that we can strictly rule out any “heroes” with dubious roles or past history and only concentrate on the ones who sacrificed the most and gained the eternal respect of the Pakistani nation.

As such our work is really cut out for us, we can at least do our heroes service and give them their rightful place on the Pakistani Rupee.

Who can be on the Pakistani Rupee note?

I’m glad you asked!

A possible combination of a Rs. 5, Rs. 10, Rs. 20, Rs. 50, Rs. 100, Rs. 1000, Rs. 5000 can be as follows:

  • Rs. 5: Allama Muhammad Assad
  • Rs. 10: Liaqet Ali Khan
  • Rs. 20: Fatima Jinnah
  • Rs. 50: Quaid e Azam
  • Rs. 100: Allama Iqbal

To be honest, the Rs. 1000, and Rs. 5000 notes should be discontinued because they’re a liability and a symbol of drainage of the economy. But if some of you have creative ideas, we’re open to hearing from you about it, put down your thoughts in the comment section below:

Before you do though, here are some rules:

  • The hero has to directly correlate to Pakistani history: only positive contributions count
  • They can’t have a role that’s too controversial for everyone to accept
  • They can’t have strong political or religious affiliations
  • No political or democratic leaders will be accepted
  • No militaristic or dictatorial leaders will be accepted
  • You can’t have any heroes from a history that are unrelated to Pakistan or goes back more than 150 years into the past
  • They can be a public figure but again not related to any political or religious affiliation that hinders the outreach of the constitution of Islamic Rebuplic of Pakistan

Go ham!

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Why does Pakistan exist? (Pakistan’s ‘WHY’) [Chapter 10: A way to move forward]

Leaving the responsibility of the ‘why’ for the citizens

All good things must come to an end, and this series is no exception

So far, we’ve been on this magnificent journey to garner and entertain the views of Pakistan’s ‘why’ and how it has come to reimagine our life as a whole.

What you see before you is nothing but a glimpse of “Pakistan’s why,” hence to cover more ground here would be redundant.

Pakistan’s ‘why’ is a sum that’s greater than its parts.

Pakistan is a cherished idea that we have to carry forward with grim determination as was the dream of our Quaid e Azam (Great Leader).

Citizen Awareness Program continues to provide the citizens with a forward through intelligent analysis and credible information.

Now you have a way to move forward with your life and discover Pakistan’s ‘why’ for yourself, in all aspects and fields.

So far, we have explored pressing and critical issues that relate to Pakistan’s exist as a whole:

I wanted to confer as much knowledge as possible in a short duration of time.

However, as you’ll understand this isn’t always possible, and to have even achieved such a monumental task is a miracle in itself.

If you were looking for lip service, I’m afraid you didn’t get any for the sake of originality and purity of ideas.

I like to tell stories how they happened in the past rather than dwell on some creative reimagining of the same historic piece.

I absolutely despise those who twist history for their own gains and often throw an entire nation under the bus because of the size of their ego.

However, it is important that this issue is talked about in order to democratize the process of building Pakistan for the future.

I don’t want to leave any ambiguity in the way that I’ve presented this information to you.

But before I sum up the entire series for you and move on to different projects, I want to leave you with one piece of advice if nothing else:

Stay curious, because the life itself is reflection of how well can you handle the pain that the universe throws at you.

To read, write, and paying it forward is the “hidden cycle” of life that you have to go through over and over again.

But those who internalize the aspects of growth, development, and time will be the only ones who succeed at the game of life.

This isn’t some philosophical debate even though it appears to be one.

These concepts are often tangible and can be literally worked on if one has no fear and an unlimited well of courage and certainty.

YOU are the architect of your life, and only you can bring Pakistan back from the event horizon of the abyss.

How you do this is really up to you, should you choose to accept this challenge.

The series draws to a close, but not life that which we live…

I’d like to repeat myself here one more time.

You have to live your life in order to experience the totality of Pakistan’s ‘why’ as I have.

I draw this series to a close not because I’m tired of it, but rather because there are other projects that demand my attention.

And there are many more stories to be told.

I don’t know how else to close this series because I’m still with a heavy heart to do so, but I know that I’ve educated as many people as I could in a short span of time.

If you’re still interested in what I have to say or would like to contribute in your own way, then please visit our Contact Us page or reach us directly via our FaceBook page.

The ideas that hold Pakistan’s ‘why’ together

These ideas aren’t some machinations of a few years of thought and reflection.

But rather they are a culmination of many centuries of discourse, events, and incidents that have shaped the way Pakistan is today.

The ideas of fraternity, social equality, and justice for all are only “tip of the iceberg” concepts that Islam teaches – via Koran of course.

And in order to take a deeper look at each one of them would take a lifetime of writing and learning.

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Why does Pakistan exist? (Pakistan’s ‘WHY’) [Chapter 8: Trustworthiness]

Unearthing Pakistan’s secrets one ‘why’ at a time…

Trustworthiness and how it relates to Pakistan’s ‘why’

I’m sure you’ve heard a million times about how you need to be an honest and trustworthy person.

How you can’t cheat, deceive, or lie to anyone in order to make an honest living.

A lot of this has to do with a precursor in our behavior that has to do with “fair play” which is also known as survivor’s guilt.

Not a lot is taught to us in schools because schools are nothing more than business factories which make money for the system so that it can continue to ravage people and destroy their lives without them ever knowing.

One can be an honest person all they like, but trust is the emotion that builds that connection or fills the gap that you need in order to make a strong connection with the world around you.

This connection is not formed immediately or found right away like you do with other aspects of a character like reliability and honesty.

You only need one piece of evidence to establish that a person is somewhat honest and/or reliable or deceitful and/or unreliable.

But you need consistent pieces of evidence or phases of tests (as I like to call them) in order to establish that a person is indeed worthy of your trust.

The hard part is that you can’t exactly measure an emotion.

You’re reading this article because to some degree you trust that we at the Citizen Awareness Program are giving you solid intel and therefore can be established as a group of trustworthy individuals.

But what if we made one sudden “mistake” that might indicate to you that we’re not as trustworthy as we sound?

How will your opinion of us change? Will you stop reading our articles? Perhaps stop other people from reading our material too?

Or will you spread a bad word about us and help us grow in notoriety?

Perhaps the more desirable scenario is true and you’ll put a good word in for us, earning us many more readers and loyal fans…?

We don’t know, all we can really do is give you the available information in the most refined form possible.

We don’t do this because we have some ulterior motive, but because we have an overt agenda.

We do this because we believe in helping the human race get back on its feet and redistribute the wealth in a manner most suitable to the welfare of humanity.

All we can really do is tell you what we believe and let you decide whether you believe in our story enough to trust us in some way.

Trustworthiness and Pakistan’s ‘why’…

Now that a semi-long lecture is out of the way, let’s talk more about ‘why’ Pakistan exists.

The real reason why trustworthiness is infused in the basic tenets of Pakistan’s constitution.

Let’s take another leap through time and look at what I call the relative past.

If I’m to borrow Einstein’s theory of general relativity, I may claim that the past, the present, and the future are all relative.

Meaning they will remain the same no matter what kind of systems are introduced within their inner workings unless a sustainable change is introduced.

Why do you think that trusting your spouse is very hard to do, yet a stranger passing by the street may invoke strong feelings of trust almost immediately?

The reason for that is simple: your spouse doesn’t know how to stimulate your brain enough to know how to build trust with you, whereas the stranger does to some level that’s higher than that of your spouse’s.

I’m not saying that your spouse is a bad person or that a stranger is a good person.

For all intents and purposes the spouse could be a person who has never hurt anyone in their life, meanwhile, the stranger might have just hidden the body of a young child in their car’s trunk after raping them.

The point here is one doesn’t know how to invoke feelings of trust and the other one does.

How do we know to quantify something as complex as an emotion? Do we really make a decision based on facts and figures?

Consider this: if you were presented with all the facts and figures of how many people smoking kills each year are you likely to quit smoking?

Perhaps not as much as when instead of giving you facts and figures I tell you the gruesome tale of my imaginary friend Haseeb who got lung cancer in 3 months because of chain smoking and died a horrible and painful death in a hospital bed cursing his destiny and the cigarette company that killed him….

In the first example I demonstrated that I’m reliable and honest, hence you asked me: “So what?!”

In the second example, however, I established trust with you, so you’re better able to relate to my facts and figures and say: “Yes, smoking is bad for my health and I’ll make an active effort into quitting this habit as soon as possible!”

The first example gives you the “what” behind the cigarette smoking, meanwhile the second example gives you the ‘why’ behind it.

Similarly, our founding fathers made ample provisions within the constitution of Pakistan in order to help us understand ‘why’ Pakistan should have to hold ‘trustworthiness’ above all things.

My grandfather didn’t know Quaid personally, nor did he particularly think of anything of him.

He was given the call by the Quaid to migrate to Pakistan based on an announcement, and he made that journey.

Not because he thought that Quaid was honest, but because he trusted him enough to be vulnerable for him.

He let his guard down and trusted the leader to have his back and let God carry him the rest of the way.

That’s a big part of why he witnessed the Muslim genocide in India of 1947 first hand.

Trustworthiness and loyalty are what makes a man (or woman) worth their words.

If a deceitful person would have claimed we needed to have Pakistan in order to preserve our freedoms you probably would have never believed them and Pakistan would have never formed in the first place.

But Quaid was a trustworthy person, hence every Muslim in India followed him to Pakistan.

Trustworthiness transformed – how to incorporate trust back into leadership

We all know from our readings and experience that trust is the fundamental building block of relationships.

Then how come our leaders are not incorporating any of that in their speeches and actions?

Simple: they don’t have to because you’re not demanding that they do – collectively as a unified front of the citizenry.

Frankly speaking, most citizens prefer shallow and unrealistic pursuits instead of deeper and more wholesome ones.

This unfortunate turn of events has left many asking the question: “when will this crisis end?”

This crisis won’t end…partly because the citizens themselves haven’t taken it upon themselves to make their lives better.

And partly because they themselves have let some persona non-grata brazenly rape the land and grievously impoverish the rest of the populace for their own selfish gains.

Trust is an emotional exercise, not a physical one or even an academic pursuit.

You have to learn to be trustworthy and teach others to earn your trust.

That’s exactly what our founding fathers did by creating Pakistan.

They openly expressed their beliefs and when they saw that their beliefs aligned with the vast majority of Muslims in the subcontinental India, they acted post-haste and made sure that Pakistan came to be on the foundations of trust, loyalty, and hard work from the very beginning.

Work, work, and more work is the motto of Pakistan, we have a lot more to achieve still now that we have our very own country to call home. I expect every Pakistani to work hard in order to get Pakistan closer to the goals which it has set out to achieve

– The Great Leader (Quaid e Azam) Muhammad Ali Jinnah

If honesty and reliability are the platforms upon which a relationship is built, trust is the ladder that allows it scale.

Pakistan’s constitution begins with article 1:

No Law made within the jurisdiction of Islamic Republic of Pakistan can be outside the guidelines of what is defined in Koran and Sunnah (of the Prophet)

– Constitution of Pakistan Article 1

This is the level of trust which the citizens of old had with the founding fathers.

They were leaders who led, not “leaders” who command authority.

They were leaders who sacrificed their today for our tomorrow, not “leaders” who regularly throw us under the bus for their own selfish gains.

Their leadership showed charisma because it came from the heart, or rather the limbic brain…it came from a well defined ‘why’ so everyone understood their motives and agenda.

When the call to migrate to Pakistan was made, a massive population of Muslims responded.

Which unfortunately resulted in the genocide of nearly 5 million Muslims and abduction and rape of 2 million Muslim women.

No one talks about this genocide because it was Muslims that it happened to – not Jews (it’s still doubtful to this day that Hitler actually killed 6 million Jews).

But hey! We’re just saying….

It was this same trust that allowed the Kennedy administration to reach the moon and come back safely too.

This is the same trust that the Samurai of old ways (Bushido) followed by choosing to disembowel themselves when Japan lost the World War II.

This is the same trust that Alexander of Macedonia commanded from his lieutenants and Generals.

This is the same trust that allowed Khalid bin Walid (RA) to remain undefeated in all the battles he fought over his lifetime, including the ones he f0ught against Muslims.

Trust is not built over the course of one day or even a week…it has to be built over a consistent period of time.

Consistency is key towards everything that we do in our life.

It permeates all our actions and ideas.

No one person can have bad ideas if all they do is consistently say and act in a manner that suits what they idealize.

No one person can ever hope to achieve even an iota of success if all they say and act is nothing and don’t idealize regularly that which they hold dear.

Trust can only be built through consistent actions that show that a person is worth handing your trust over.

What is this trust I’m talking about so much?

You trust the person who leads you to do the following:

  • Have your back at all times
  • You can be vulnerable around them
  • They listen to your problems with a patient resolve
  • They have the power to solve your problems – at least major ones
  • They sacrifice their comfort to look after yours
  • Every economic endeavor leads to YOUR prosperity first and their’s later
  • If there’s the last piece of bread in the bag, they’ll hand it to you despite being hungrier than you

This is the same level of trust the companions had with the Prophet (PBUH) when he showed them that he had two rocks tied to his stomach instead of one like theirs’…he was always hungrier than they were, yet he fed them first and himself absolutely last.

Leaders eat last:

Trust is earned, not acquired.

How to work towards earning the trust of other people (be they Pakistani or otherwise)

Again, consistency is key.

You can’t go wrong with consistency. If you say something shitty all the time and one good thing on occasion, then people will hold the general view that you’re not a good person.

But if you say something good all the time, then people understand something different about you.

They start to realize that you’re a trustworthy person when it comes to looking after the things that matter to you the most.

Meaning, even when you say something shitty all the time, people know that you’re an unreliable person who doesn’t hold responsibility in high regard.

On the other hand, they will also know that if you’re a person who holds higher morals and idealizes responsibility by consistently showing it in your actions…they will hold you in high regard, and will defend your character – to the death if necessary.

In both scenarios, we make our lives how we want them to be.

Fulfilling, amazing, and full of excitement, or unfulfilling, depressing, and bleak.

The way you show that you can be trusted is to show this in your actions and words consistently.

When your wife/husband leaves their cell phone on the table all vulnerable do you go over and check the phone to see if they’re cheating on you or do you leave it be believing that they must have just left it out in the open because they were too tired to carry it around with them?

Do you give your wallet to your friend and expect them to only buy pizza and ice cream and then return you the full change and all the cards intact and nothing missing? Or would you not even trust them with your comb?

See it goes both ways, it cannot be that one person shows trust via consistency meanwhile you get to get away with anything you want.

For every action, there has to be reciprocation or equal amounts of “retaliation” even if that retaliation is as simple as returning the same courtesy that your spouse extends to you by giving you love and tranquility.

In order to give trust as well as earn it, you must be willing to take risks and bring more consistency in actions that build yourself and other people up instead of those that bring you and themselves down.

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Why does Pakistan exist? (Pakistan’s ‘WHY’) [Chapter 7: Social responsibilities]

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Uncovering Pakistan’s ‘why’ one step at a time

What are the social responsibilities that Pakistanis value?

The first generation Pakistanis – the ones who sacrificed their lives to make Pakistan were somewhat of an odd group of people.

They didn’t think twice what Pakistan will give them.

For them, Pakistan was a symbol of hope, self-governance, and Islamic values.

It’s something magnanimous to the ones who are still alive from that generation.

Sadly, though, they couldn’t pass this knowledge on to their direct descendants in time.

The 3rd and the 4th generation of Pakistanis were left without a goal, a sense of direction and support.

It’s not to say that we’re completely shooting blanks in the dark, but it’s pretty damn close….

In order to understand why Pakistan was made, one cannot analyze social responsibilities separately from the character of Pakistan.

What does it mean to be a socially responsible person?

As many of us are already aware, social responsibility was taught to us at a very young age.

Although this auspicious task was never seen as a complete system and way of life, it was still given to us as means of making sense of life.

To be honest, we don’t need to improve anything about ourselves.

What we do need to improve is the way we do things.

The way we live our lives and the way we interact with other people.

This isn’t to say that you can say anything to anyone as you please.

But, we don’t want to take away from the fact that human learning should come naturally to you at all times.

No matter the age you’re living through, learning should always be easy as eating pie.

In fact, in some instances, learning is easier than eating pie.

Imagine a child, someone who’s learning to speak a language for the first time ever.

He/She hasn’t read any books or completed any lengthy courses in order to utter their first word.

Yet, he/she still utters their first words without any effort, without needing any systems or methods of speech.

Just as a baby bird knows how to fly naturally without needing to figure it out, a baby human can learn to arrange the world in a way that’s suitable to their liking.

There’s nothing hard or strange about it.

I was once caught in a trap where I was being told that I needed to self-improve – that I was lacking in something or that something was wrong with me.

When you meet someone for the first time, it’s always a novel experience, yet you can almost immediately (within seconds) determine if this person is trustworthy in that moment or not.

How is that possible?

The only explanation is that you have it hardwired into your genes…to be able to recognize patterns and learn things that other beings can’t.

Just like that, you should also be able to figure out what socially responsible means.

It’s not hard, yet some Eastern and Western philosophers make it difficult because they don’t know any other method of making money.

You already have it in you to be a socially responsible person.

But how do you become a socially responsible citizen?

As discussed, it’s easier than it sounds. You try to understand what patterns are around you.

What patterns can you learn from?

Do you need a book to tell you what they are? Absolutely not! You don’t even need Koran for this!

But, you do need a book (say, Koran) to tell you what can you do better to live more fully….

[That’s a topic for another day, not discussed here]

If you still don’t understand what I mean here, then here’s a small checklist that you can use to check yourself and see if you’re a socially responsible person:

  • You’re always curious about the most subtle things
  • You talk to others assuming that you’re projecting positive energy unto them
  • You look towards things as if you’re looking at them for the first time ever
  • When you see someone in need, you lend your hand out to help them up
  • You never question anything that you do – that’s also morally responsible
  • You never question or doubt yourself that you’re a bad person
  • Most importantly, you don’t doubt your parents, your family, your friends and your way of life

Do you need a lifestyle change then in order to come back to these roots?

Perhaps you do, and perhaps you don’t…

See if you’re somebody who has never committed a felony or hurt anybody for petty reasons, you’re probably already good with this.

But, if you’re somebody who was wronged by other people because they had wronged themselves, then I suggest you read what’s written here very carefully.

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to “self-improvement” then that means that you’ve lost your way.

And believe me, that’s completely fine. You don’t become a horrible monster just because you’re depressed or that you don’t know where to go or who to turn to.

It’s natural that as social animals, humans tend to do better in social settings and groups.

What are the behaviors you need to change in order to “improve” yourself and get back on track?

  1. Form good habits (there’s a reason why this point is on the top of the list)
  2. Learn to speak a beautiful word, and learn to write a beautiful word
  3. Look at the things around you, do they really make you angry? Sad? Lonely? If so, then why?
  4. Answer the ‘why’ of your life based on what you already know and what your upbringing has taught you
  5. Take time away from fancy gadgets such as cellphones, computers, and tablets and really focus on what you really want from life
  6. Try to live your life the way you would as if you were a child learning everything from the beginning (it shouldn’t be hard to do)

Fortunately, Pakistan’s founding fathers made provisions for this in our constitution and social structuring.

Unfortunately, their methods were hardly ever implemented.

This caused a schism between the elite and the average in such a ruthless way that it’ll take the collective energy of the entire citizenry to overcome this shortfall.

Social responsibility that supports the ‘why’ behind the existence of Pakistan

To not be a miserly fool, or a wretch who hurts other people for his/her amusement, the integrity of social responsibility must be protected at all times.

Muslims are a people who are taught to respect other humans and cultures since the time of the Prophet (PBUH).

This tradition had continued until the British usurpers destroyed the Muslim way of life not very long ago.

It’s not to say that the Muslims aren’t at fault here, but to call a duck a duck, and point the finger towards malicious intent.

Muslims were living peacefully in their lands, with 99% literacy rate in Urdu and Persian languages, then why bother to change the system?

Because of ego, hubris, and a belief that one’s way of doing something is better than others.

Muslims never said anything like this until they were forced to do so.

When their very existence came under severe fire and their way of life was in utter danger of getting destroyed.

Everyone talks how wonderful the railway is, but no one really gives credit to the ones who built it in the first place: the Ottoman engineers.

Everyone knows about Tesla, but does anyone know about Ibn e Firnas and his contributions to the scientific world?

The bias in the Western narrative is not only apparent, it is quite (might I add ‘deliberately’) widespread.

Anyways…

Pakistan is meant to uphold social responsibility so that any human being calling Pakistan their home can enjoy a fulfilling and happy life.

The social responsibilities include:

  • Looking out for others and providing them with support
  • Helping yourself becoming a person of knowledge and who uses his/her skill set to the best of their abilities
  • Becoming a society where trustworthiness is not the exception, but the rule (notice I didn’t say honesty)
  • A society where no one will need help, but it would still be provided for them should they ever need it
  • A “system” where people feel that they don’t have to struggle to make ends meet or keep their financial energies up
  • A federation that rewards those who look after one another and help them increase their level of satisfaction in life
  • A secure society that takes full responsibility for its actions and even failures

Failures aren’t a bad thing within themselves, they’re rather a window into your current skill level.

It doesn’t take much to get started and do something worthwhile, it’s the consistency in your action that’s the challenge.

How the first generation saw a socially responsible Pakistan

The thought never crossed their mind that something was wrong with them.

Because there was literally nothing wrong with them.

Yes, they had flaws and gaps in their knowledge, but not in their character.

They were the best of human beings who laid down their lives or saw the massacre first hand so that their great grandchildren can live in a prosperous Pakistan.

Their sacrifice was thoroughly acknowledged and accepted by Quaid e Azam (the Great Leader):

The social responsibility of every citizen also contains the right to not become mentally challenged.

Or go so far ahead in religious zeal that it would become difficult for you to hold the perspective of the truth.

The first generation truly appreciated the words of Allama Iqbal and Quaid e Azam to such a degree that it moved them to leave their livelihoods to create Pakistan.

This is the kind of social responsibility I’m talking about here.

That you realize that there’s always a goal bigger than yourself, follow that goal and spend your health, wealth, love, and happiness in the way of Allah.

That’s the true way of mo’min.

Someone who had aligned themselves with how Allah wants them to be, not how they want to be or how they want to pursue things according to their own desires.

Social responsibility is truly something grand in content, and sublime in existence.

You have to find it on your own and live it the way no one else but you can.

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Why does Pakistan exist? (Pakistan’s ‘WHY’) [Chapter 5: Security risks and rule of Law]

national security for Pakistan

Explaining the ‘WHY’ behind Pakistan via breakthrough analysis

Let’s explore security risks to human safety and the rule of Law…

In order to understand ‘why’ human safety is the primary concern of any government, we must take a look at the history of the last 3000 years.

In fact, one could say that the phenomenon could be even older than the said date, but go along with me for the sake of argument.

I want to put a few things into perspective for you, so you understand why the safety is the utmost concern of any government around the globe.

In addition to this, the rule of Law is a topic that is as diverse as it is complicated, so we have to tread carefully when making assumptions or building a meaningful analysis.

In order to understand security risks and the rule of Law from an Islamic perspective, you HAVE to read the Koran from the start to the finish.

But in addition to such a monumental task, I’m giving you a primer here so you understand what to look for in the Koran before you dig in.

Now it’s understandable that on a normal day you won’t go through the entire Koran, but you have to do it in sizeable stages.

In chunks, bits and pieces that are easily “digestible” in terms of human curiosity and how we acquire information based on individual personality and characteristics.

Reading 20 minutes of Koran each day should be able to satisfy your curiosity, but you also need to know how to go about what to look for when you read.

That topic is a separate creature in its own right, but I’ve given you a small sample to pique your curiosity and help you along with whatever it is you can do in the meantime without needing further help from Citizen Awareness Program.

So let’s dive right in…

What Pakistan’s constitution has in harmony with what the Koran also suggests…

According to the Koran, each individual citizen of any country is responsible for their own safety with regards to a personal level.

This is the base level security where each male citizen of any Muslim country is REQUIRED to have basic hand-to-hand combat and weapons training when it comes to building a society that’s built on security and rule of Law.

Doing this ensures that any female citizen doesn’t have to rely on the state to provide security in times of emergency or situations where the state doesn’t have sufficient time to react in the interest of the citizens’ safety.

Some situations require that the citizens themselves are equipped satisfactorily to handle a security concern on their own.

As such, Pakistan once fostered the ‘Janbaz’ corps which helped equip the young with the necessary tools to defend themselves against external aggression.

Knowing how to fight, and use a weapon doesn’t make you a bad person at all!

In fact, it’s the opposite! Because you can defend yourself, you’re more prone to helping others out in times of extreme difficulty.

Koran has something very interesting to say about this situation so I’ll give you a taste in a short summary quoted here:

Allah never changes the condition of a people until they themselves change that which is within themselves

– Koran, Surah Al-Anfal [8:53] (The Spoils of War) text Summary

You can’t expect anything from the universe, or from other people until you change THAT which is within yourself.

What is this thing that is “withing yourself”?

It is LITERALLY your mindset. The way you think about things.

Whether you think positively or negatively about life.

Either you’re simply living life because someone told you to do so, or you’re wise enough to learn it on your own because you find life exciting and wonderful, despite its shortcomings and cruelties.

The ‘rule of Law’ construct for Pakistan and the ‘why’ behind the existence of its constitution

When Continental India’s Muslims wanted Pakistan due to grave security and rights’ concerns, they had the rule of Law in mind.

What is this rule of Law I’m talking about and what does it pertain to when it’s translated in terms of Pakistan’s constitution?

The rule of Law here is a pointer towards establishing what the Koran states clearly in various verses and chapters with regards to the rule of Law in both letter and spirit.

Koran talks about several things in detail:

  • Murder
  • Larceny
  • Terrorism
  • Sexual misconduct (homosexuality and spreading diseases such as AIDS through unsafe practices)
  • Rules of War and engagement
  • Resource distribution
  • Rights of individual citizens with regards to property management
  • Economic misconduct
  • Environmental and animal rights
  • Rights of citizens with regards to their neighbors and loved ones
  • Rights of parents towards their children and vice-versa
  • Rights of an individual citizen towards their spouse and economic dispersion
  • Prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements and so on
  • Business dealings between 2 or more partners
  • Divorce agreements and rights of spouse(s)
  • How a technological advancement MUST meet strict guidelines to maintain a functional society (bear minimum)

These are just the titles of what some of the things Koran talks about in great detail.

I highly encourage you to find your own answers and corroborate them with what you read here.

This is what Pakistan was created for.

This is what Pakistan sought to establish through its judicial system and way of governance.

We as Pakistani Muslims adhere to a higher way of life, a way of life that ensures that justice is done and that the rule of Law is upheld at all times.

Remaining under the yolk of a British India or under the Hindu rule would have denied us these privileges.

Had we not acted fast and on the guidelines provided to us by the founding fathers, we would’ve certainly seen our culture utterly destroyed.

Hence, we cannot allow such evil or animosity towards the whole of humanity to ever foster.

Unfortunately, Pakistan today has allowed severe grievances to not only exist but thrive under a brutal and tyrannical system that was the remnant of the colonial British India.

In order to eradicate this evil from Pakistan, the citizens themselves MUST be willing to change from within.

One cannot expect the government to change anything for them until they create conditions that warrant a change.

Why the Pakistani government (or rather how) is responsible for the security of individual citizens

The government has a crucial role in making sure that the Pakistani society keeps functioning at the highest of moral and most optimum growth rate.

[Whether this is being done or not at the moment is not the issue, the issue is that more citizens are inspired to bring change within the society]

This can only happen when the word of the Koran is treated as an enforceable entity by the government and the people themselves collectively.

When the Quaid (Great Leader) was still alive, he took every possible step to make sure that he took full responsibility of the situation and took concrete steps to makes sure that Pakistan was safe and secure in the long run.

He built the Pakistani Airforce personally and fought against Indian aggression in the Kashmir region with all that he had.

Quaid e Azam and security risks and rule of Law

Quaid e Azam in a rare photograph with the Airforce commanders of the newly formed Pakistani Airforce

Even if it was next to nothing.

That’s what a state leader is supposed to do.

They sacrifice their own needs for the needs of other people (the citizens under their care).

That’s the security model that Pakistan is to have implemented in order to remain true to its ‘why’.

What are some of the pressing concerns that require our full attention with regards to a security risk to human life?

  • Rogues, bandits, foreign elements (such as spies, terrorists, stateless actors, hostile forces etc.)
  • Hostile nations which seek to undo Pakistan via covert or overt means (high-intensity conflicts such as war, or low intensity such as diplomacy)
  • Hostilities from within, invited from foreign elements or otherwise, that seek to destroy the federation’s unity
  • Racism, pluralism, provincialism, and anything that pertains to singling out a group and labeling them a certain stereotype
  • Disunity, robber barons, lack of faith, lack of discipline, banking cartels and other economic or social misconducts
  • Disunity among men and women; lack of love between men and women and destruction of the family unit
  • NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) that seek to seed malfeasance and discontent among the society by aggravating negativities and chaos
  • Lack of responsibility among the common citizens, and frequent and inadequate fixtures to pressing problems
  • Lack of security apparatus such as human resources and intelligence
  • Attack on security apparatus by foreign elements and magnification of failures of our security agencies by hostile media
  • Hostile propaganda and denial of basic human rights either deliberately or through criminal negligence
  • Privatization of governmental organizations and institutions such as the State Bank, PIA, Power Generation Authorities etc.
  • Denial of doing business within Pakistan (Business Denial Adventurism); treating the national economy as a play thing
  • Treasonous acts of violence against the state and the people at large

I can list a whole lot more, but I’m sure you get the point here.

When the state is being attacked from within and sometimes from within the governmental apparatus itself, then it’s the citizens’ responsibility to take the mantle and lead people away from total disaster.

That’s what Pakistan was made to resist and avoid at all costs.

Unfortunately, we see the opposite happen today.

This is not because there’s some kind of flaw in the system, no! Rather the system is working perfectly fine!

In fact, if you compare the Pakistani system to some of the most advanced countries on Earth, it’s far better than theirs!

But the mere fact that the citizens are completely uninformed and don’t know how to take responsibility, neither do they have emotional maturity to deal with this kind of threat speaks volumes about the failure of the generations who came after Pakistan was made.

Instead of engaging in emotional maturity and helping to see the faults within themselves, they started blaming others out of fear of unjust prosecution.

That’s one of the many issues that the citizens are responsible for addressing themselves whether they realize it or not.

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Why does Pakistan exist? (Pakistan’s ‘WHY’) [Chapter 4: Socio-Economic factors]

Socio-economic factors for Pakistan

Explaining Pakistan’s existence, in a more articulate manner…

Understanding the meaning of ‘socio-economics’ in Islamic terms

Coming from a traders’ background, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) knew how to make money and gather resources.

Much like the rest of the traders of the world, he had a good understanding of the economic model employed by humanity under the golden standard.

Needless to say, his understanding grew exponentially deeper when he was revealed to be the Prophet of the Lord.

As such, the Creator has revealed a few crucial points about the economy and the way we as humans deal with each other that needs to be understood.

And the reason for understanding this is so that we don’t get exploited, nor do we let others exploit us.

The system has to be a fair one so no single human can accumulate all the wealth of the land while the rest of the humanity suffers unimaginable horrors.

The concept is so simple, that albeit being easy to understand it is one of the greatest threats to the modern economic model.

Before I tell you what this concept is, you have to agree to these points:

  • Money is a mode of exchange so that humans cannot be exploited nor exploit others
  • Money is merely a vehicle for progress and growth, not the destination to which one should aspire
  • Money allows us to shoot for higher goals, though money is not the only way to achieve higher and do better
  • Money’s value is always fixed so manipulation and exploitation is not legal (illegal)
  • Humans invented money to gain expertise faster and reduce their learning curve in the long run
  • Money is a tool of learning, and such must be treated as something that doesn’t have emotions attached to it

Now that we all agree on the points above, the concept is as follows:

Allah and His Rasul (Messenger) [PBUH] declare open war against Riba – devaluation of monetary value.

Koran – Chapter 2 [Summary]

To devalue money is illegal and Allah and His Messenger (PBUH) declare open war against all those who perpetuate and/or support the system.

To devalue the money is to impoverish people who have little of it.

It’s not the peoples’ fault that they have little money; it’s that they’re happy with whatever little they have.

Neither the Koran nor the Messenger (PBUH) forbids us from building wealth and aspiring to higher goals.

But, one must keep in mind that it MUST be done in such a way so that you don’t get in the way of others and what they want.

The system of Riba or currency devaluation is precisely the thing that constructs major hurdles in the way of humanity’s progress and development.

No one government, nor a person should be allowed to devalue the currency of a land in order to become wealthy.

This is breaking the Law of nature and endangering countless lives. While at the same time relegating the majority of humanity into poverty and backwardness.

This is not the poverty of the mind, this is physical poverty. The poverty of the means, which inexplicably leads to slavery of the mind.

Hence, a just and honorable socio-economic model is proposed by the Koran.

When a people or a nation acquiesce to the natural Laws of growth and development there’s no longer any conflict within themselves and the environment they live in.

Hence, a human being is perfectly aligned with his/her state of being.

This is the type of mindset the Prophet (PBUH) has given to the world, along with guidance towards building a just environmental model so humanity doesn’t end up screwing itself over.

The ‘why’ behind the existence of State Bank of Pakistan

Let’s dive right into ‘why’ we’re all here in the first place.

We want to understand on a deeper level the ‘why’ behind Pakistan’s existence.

And so we must also understand ‘why’ the State Bank of Pakistan was created by the Great Leader.

In his address, Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid e Azam) stated:

On this monumental occasion, I’d like to address the economic state of the world today. The capitalist and the socialist economic models have proven to be disasters for humanity. Their evil has caused not one but two great wars! Only a miracle can now save humanity from total annihilation! As such, I will oversee the operations of the State Bank with keen interest and shall watch carefully the economic model that it develops for Pakistan.

– Quaid e Azam, summary of the speech given on the eve of opening ceremony of the State Bank of Pakistan 1948

As you can see, the Quaid was not only a strong supporter of the Islamic socio-economic system, he also wanted to make sure that something could be done about the present systems of evil before his death.

A wonderful and noble goal for Pakistan….

If our Quaid was allowed to stay alive a little longer, this goal would’ve surely overlapped the world in justice and mercy that it provides.

Sadly, Pakistan went on to be impoverished by the same forces it had sought protection from.

Needless to say, Pakistanis must work either in an individual capacity or together to bring back the system of monetary equality where no one can be exploited simply because they’re unaware of the dangers that bandits and robber barons pose to them.

Pakistan’s socio-economic model and the dream of our founding fathers…

Pakistan was created to re-establish this just economic model for the rest of humanity.

Though this is not the only goal of Pakistan, it most certainly is the most important one.

Should Pakistan fail in its endeavors to uplift humanity from brazen exploitation and poverty, the evil that currently engulfs the world will surely cause even more unimaginable suffering and work to further impoverish our future generations.

As such, it is the sworn duty of every Pakistan from the time of their birth till death to defend this system and know the implications should it come to be replaced by something lesser.

The evil of monetary devaluation is very great in magnitude, it halts the development of humanity and causes war and famine in most parts of the world.

This is the system that Islam has come to fight, and that’s the exact system Pakistan should be fighting against now.

Whatever happened in the past is the past, but to pursue monetary devaluation is evil and unjust.

As Prophet Jesus (PBUH) once overturned the tables of the Jewish bankers who were sitting in the Holyland, dealing in money and ripping people off via predatory lending and monetary devaluation…

So should EVERY Pakistani fight to contain this evil at all cost.

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