Understanding the Call of Political Change in Pakistan

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A new trend has started to emerge regarding Pakistan, the evolution of the social media.  Many have taken forward their venting regarding Pakistan Political System in to the likes of Facebook, Twitter and other social outlets. What's different is that this vent is not only being used in the streets of Karachi and Lahore but also in the Internet with technologies such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc. 

However, how powerful is this social media movement?  The Social Media has been significant enough to help a new President get elected in the United States.  But the impact of the social media has been limited to massive movements, and not, political change. That does not mean that it will not get there, it will get there when the right candidates step up and have visionary leadership.  The test of the social media movement in the developing world will be tested when it can bring about change in political leadership and governmental policies.

The focus here is Pakistan.  Pakistan is among the world's biggest nations, population wise.  It is also a democracy in the Islamic World.  Karachi is an hour's flight from Dubai and not too far away from other parts of the Middle East.  Pakistan borders India, China, Afghanistan, Iran and is by the Persian Gulf.  A Nation that is geographically important and yet the importance of Pakistan in global affairs is under-estimated. 

The issue with the people of Pakistan, not the masses, but those in the world of Twitter, Facebook and others, who come from middle class and upper class backgrounds, is that they expect change from the current.  They expect bad leaders to make good decisions and cry foul when they don't.  Unlike the United States and other parts of the world where campaigns are financed by the people, in Pakistan, the only political parties that have the ability to raise funds are the already established ones.  The money comes from their own resources, not from the Citizens of Pakistan. 

A campaign needs financial resources to print paper, and deliver it's motto and message.  It needs human resources, cars and gas to deliver the message to the rural parts of Pakistan.  The campaign must have their own security to campaign in the dangerous regions of Pakistan.  The issue is, how many of the Pakistanis have contributed even $10 to a Pakistani Campaign.  This is not the poor Pakistanis but the middle class and wealthy Pakistanis who can afford to import their cars.  The reality is, very few of us have.  Yet, we expect the political parties to change their ways.  When we have not sufficiently provided the resources to make change. 

People are going to keep electing the same leaders over and over again until those who are fortunaet and able, stand up and say, we have the education and our faith has taught us that "All Men Are Created Equal."  We should not fear the present system nor create an excuse of why change is not possible.  Our great Example is our loving Quaid-e-Azam (The Great Leader), who I simply call, father Jinnah.

Change will come when our youth step up and run for offices in their Father Jinnah Style Clothing.  Father Jinnah's Message Will be Heard Again, when we will have portraits, not of our present office holders, but of our great Father Jinnah and his sacrifice for the nation of Pakistan. 

Pakistan may have been different today if Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was still the leader for another five years.  Instead of Moving Forward, we went back in time. Today, we still have black outs as if we live in the early 1800's.  Now, instead of dwelling on our past and saying how things would have been different today, we have the wisdom of our recent past to understand the message that our Father Jinnah First Delievered to the Pakistan Constitutional Assembly. Will we live up to the Vision of Father Jinnah?  Yes, We Will!

Munzir Naqvi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Kennesaw State University.

He serves as an advisor to the Pakistan Israel Peace Forum (PIPF) & Pakistan The Next Five Years. Mr. Naqvi has served as President of Student Government at Kennesaw State University in 2004-2005. 

Naqvi is interested in developing countries and economic policies.  He is an advocate of Free Trade in a Free World.  His Motto is Diplomacy before Dialogue.  You can follow him at www.twitter.com/naqvi and Join the Facebook Group: Pakistan The Next Five Years

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