Shaping the Future of Pakistan Essay

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"Shaping the Future of Pakistan" The British philosopher Bertrand Russell once remarked, “If one man offers you democracy and another offers you a bag of grain, at what stage of starvation willyou prefer the grain to the vote?” Clearly, before Pakistan can tackle such complex issues as democracy and globalization, it must deal with the most basic concerns of human survival. Poverty is the first and foremost challenge Pakistan faces in the 21st century. More than a third of the population falls below the poverty line. The infant mortality rate is appalling with nearly 10% of children dying before age 5. I could go on citing more depressing statistics about the state of human development in Pakistan, but I’ll spare you. The truth is that Pakistan could easily remedy the abysmal situation if only it looked for answers in the right places. Pakistan is a country with tremendous human resources. Today in Pakistan, over 100 intermediary organizations provide vital social services through a network of grassroots groups, and tens of thousands of community based organizations and informal associations of dedicated volunteers are trying to address the basic social needs at the local level. However, the only way efforts to alleviate poverty can be effective is if the Pakistani government were to direct funding and make widespread conscience efforts at poverty alleviation and infrastructure development. Unfortunately, this concept is lost on the Pakistani government which chooses to spend 50% of its GDP on defense and 35% on debt payback, leaving only 15% for human development. Pakistan’s defense expenditure per capita is twice that of India. Reducing such inflammatory defense spending would not only bring comfort at home but relieve tensions abroad. The Pakistani army should be held accountable for every rupee spent. Transparency, accountability and documentation are

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