In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgia’s, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.
This is year 2032. It has been 85 years since Pakistan was created. It has been 17 years since Pakistan Accord was concluded. That was year 2015. It seems to be such a long time ago. Pakistan has come so far since then. Where once it was being labeled a failed State and was termed the most dangerous country in the world, it has miraculously achieved the status of the country with the highest economic growth, for past several years. In fact Pakistan is the only country that over the past 15 years has replicated the economic miracle that was produced by China between late 1980s and 2010s.
More than that, the ideas that have developed in Pakistan regarding the Human Society and their social, economic and political ramifications have been adopted by several countries around the world, transforming the nations across the globe and making Pakistan a leader in the creation of a new global order based on Human values and Human aspirations, which are no longer seen in the light of pure economics but more through the prism of Human happiness, contentment and Life fulfilment. In Pakistan originated the concept of ‘Homo Humanicus’ that has finally displaced the concept of ‘Homo economicus’.
Humans are no longer seen as rational and narrowly self interested actors caught in the drama of relentless evolutionary and market forces. It has now been generally accepted that Humans have an irrational milk of human kindness that can be made into an immense positive force for generating not only economic progress but for bringing peace, prosperity and opportunities for fulfilment of an individual human life.
How did this change happen?
For the first 65 years of its life Pakistan was a victim of a rentier elite class of governors who had paid scant attention to the development of Pakistani people. The situation had deteriorated to such a degree that Pakistan came to near implosion, during Unites States war on terrorism, which was disastrous for Pakistan and tipped it into an extremism-ridden country with strife, death and destruction. The elections held at the beginning of 2013 after a disastrous 5 year rule by PPP, brought PMLN forward with a narrow majority. Elections itself were a farce though. The participation was only 39 % of the electorates and the same old familiar names and faces were elected. The same old politics of buying and selling continued.
However by now Pakistani youth had reached its tipping point with frustration and anger. Previous couple of years had seen massive changes in the Arab world, with awakened consciousness of youth and civil society activists combining forces, to bring changes and achieve more rights and say in the running of the affairs of their countries.
A similar reaction took place in Pakistan where civil society came together with the educated youth and several wise old men who wanted to make amends towards their earlier omissions. A new party consisting of young and old emerged whose roots were in Pakistan. It organised itself in a professional businesslike manner, similar to the socioeconomic organisations based on human networks. It all initially started as a movement. Pakistani diaspora form UK and US played an active part in this process and generously funded this new movement. There only an handful of individuals initially but their complete dedication and untiring running around made sure that the movement spread to every part of the country. Telecommunication made it so much easier to organise this movement.
Meanwhile under the internal imperatives of the presidential elections in US around this time US troops were being reduced in Afghanistan. Soon after negotiations with the insurgents were started and after an effort of couple of years these were successful . A Jirga was held in which the Afghan government and all the insurgent groups took part and it was agreed that to achieve peace US will gradually withdraw its forces but stay on as an economic and social partner and help strengthen the infrastructure of social and economic development. This had a massive impact on the insurgency as it pulled the rug from under the feet of the insurgents’ major argument of Jihad against infidels.
Under this accord, instead of military bases US decided to have several socioeconomic units. After a bit of soul searching US had decided to become the real beacon of democracy it had claimed itself to be. And after its withdrawal of support for the Arab dictators it was natural that it would go that way. At this time the world was also coming out of global recession it had experienced since 2009.
The Pakistan movement meanwhile had decided to make itself into a political force and new party was created on forward looking, Pakistan centric, liberal reformist basis. It was structured on proper democratic norms and elections were held to elect a council of leaders with an executive chair, which to rotate among the council. Essentially the council members acted as shadow cabinet with duties assigned for different departments, and the council chair was a party leader. A separate administrative wing was established headed by the president of the party. This worked to establish the party on organisational basis secure and make it independent in funding terms.
The party made Pakistan centric policies. Most importantly it recognised that there was an urgent need to convert Pakistan into a proper democracy – Humanocracy- where the power rested in the people, instead of pseudo-democracy that Pakistan was up to then, where elite ruled under the farce of elections. As its first pint of agenda it pledged that if it was elected it will hold elections every three years for three times in running, giving Pakistani awaam a decade of rising political consciousness and power. It further pledged that election system will be reformed and more representative democracy will be initiated with proportional representation , and with the voter having a power or recall whereby they could cancel their elected member midterm if they were not satisfied with his or her performance.
Its other agenda points were further devolution of power to local levels, smaller provinces, absolute rule of law, and massive investments in human capital, education and health. To ensure that its agenda was not seen as mere promises a contract was drawn up between the party and people of Pakistan. Under this contractual arrangement it was agreed that the party will not use the excuse that it inherited a mess from the previous governments. It was well aware of the situation and the mess Pakistan was in and therefore it was no excuse. The promised agenda was being made with the full knowledge of the situation. Therefore if the party broke this contractual arrangement, once it came into power it will forfeit the right to rule. This contract was deposited publicly with the Supreme Court of Pakistan which was given authority under the contract to invoke the breakage clause and dismiss the government of the party.
This proved to be the new hope and dawn that Pakistanis awaam were waiting for. It was breath of fresh air and while many doubts were initially expressed about the applicability of these terms, the party had done its homework thoroughly. It had costed every expense and made every plan, which had been run by several different specialists, who were actively helping the party now. In the elections that were held mid terms in 2016 the party had a resounding success. Pakistan has never looked back since then.
The party immediately set out to fulfil its agenda. The major problems it faced were a huge population with massively unemployed youth ; massive debt ; poorly developed energy sector, broken education system, Nonexistent health, and economic and psychological poverty. These had resulted in increased ethnic rivalries, inter-provincial quarrels and extremism.
As Pakistan public saw for the first time that there was someone who was working day and night with them and for them, they responded even further. This made it easy for the government to negotiate with those who had become extremists as a reaction to marginalisation they had faced. The new government facilitated their re-entry into the mainstream and with joint vision and their dignity intact they became part of the massive movement and project that was called ‘Rebuild Pakistan’ by some.
As promised, election were held after every 3 years, and then a new system of governance was agreed with a four yearly term under a new social contract with the Pakistani Public. This was the beginning of the concept of ‘Humanocracy’ and it initiated accountability and transparency like never before, beating even the western democracies in the openness of the government and direct people participation in the power .
As military and civilian establishment were faced with incorruptible and selfless governors for the first time, it led to a lot of soul searching within the establishment, which found itself under the duress of power of the people to give up several of its privileges and powers and become part of the mainstream transformation.
Interestingly even the extremist parties got involved in the process. Smaller provinces were created through referendum and powers were devolved to communities and local networks. Negotiated settlements had already been reached and area under FATA had been made into two provinces. Increasing availability of telecommunication made this process much easier. Massive literacy and educational programmes were undertaken. Human capital investment achieved its new heights and health of the nation was made a fundamental pre requisite.
Massive projects were undertaken to strengthen the existing and expand the infrastructure for education, health and energy. Massive communication & transportation systems were further developed. Pakistani diaspora contributed through knowledge and money in this process and several people came back to settle in Pakistan, bringing with them wealth of knowledge, skills and money. Also at this time, the new government renegotiated the deal for precious minerals. Low carbon and sustainability were the bywords in these projects.
Agriculture development policies were made which improved the lives of a large population of rural areas directly and increased the sector’s contribution towards national growth rate
Urban centres in Pakistan have now become models for sustainable urban living with the emphasis of indigenous resources. This was because policies for sustainable development were adopted and slums were transformed as social changes swept the society.
Peace had been established by now and youth had new hope and opportunities regardless of their origin, colour, religion and race. Awaam were empowered and awakened.
It is still asked that money was needed to do all these things, where did the money come from?
1- The part announced a National Reconstruction Fund. As the first step to kick start this fund, the Leaders of the party contributed majorly. And some of them sold their assets for this purpose. This was the much needed spur that was needed. Money poured into this fund as donations from the people as well as the organisations.
2- In a very short time people could see that corruption had been eliminated in the governing class and that completely reversed the attitude towards paying taxes. In fact after the second elections when the taxes were raised, even more people joined the tax network.
3- Pakistani Diaspora followed the lead and contributed lots of money.
4- In a bold move, Pakistan decided to exchange its fiat money with solid money . Fortunately price of gold and silver had gone very high in the international market and due to traditional habit of Pakistanis holding a lot of gold, the government was able to issue gold bonds, after approved by Pakistani awaam in a referendum, where Pakistani public gold was pledged. All this money generated by gold bonds was borrowed from awaam repayable in 15 years.
5- Within a year of its term Pakistan had successfully renegotiated its Debt. After a little more thought , in another bold move from the new government it negotiated with the Chinese government and exchanged its national debt from dollar denomination to Renminbi .By now China saw that Pakistani governing class was working sincerely and selflessly for its people, just as its own people had done it once.
Chinese agreed to pay off all of Pakistan’s debt with one big loan. Therefore Pakistan got rid of the financial hold the Western power and financial institutions had over it. China further gave repayment break of 10 years to Pakistan. And with Pakistan adopting Chinese currency, as foreign exchange money China was able to invest its money in National Reconstruction Fund in Pakistan.
The economic growth rate jumped from 2% to 6% and then within five years it became 12% and since hovered around that. The new government took a hands off policy and State powers in the markets were reduced to bare minimum. In certain sectors these are almost nonexistent.
Business was facilitated and international players found it a joy to conduct business in Pakistan. Pakistan turned itself into Mecca of international trade with its ideal links to central Asia, China, Far East and Africa. For European and American, once a pariah nation became a central point to transit.
Through a massive reconstruction project a circular motorway linked all of Pakistan and major road networks were then linked with China in North, Afghanistan , central Asia, Russia and Iran in the west and India in the east. Because of its oldest civilization, and beautiful sights in northern areas a massive tourism industry has developed by now.
Pakistani stock markets now provided ideal opportunity for foreign investors. With the economic boom the Islamic financial system is being further developed. Pakistan continues to be at the forefront of the movement where prosperity can be gained in s suitable manner with a living planet and without necessarily growing in material terms as used to be the case 20 years ago. The Homo Humanicus concept that originated in Pakistan has been the core idea behind this. After all as Islam says God made human beings a Khalifha on this earth. A viceroy is only sent by the emperor to take care of its realm not to burn it down.
Due to rise in awareness and education, open debate was conducted on Islam and its role in the society. It was recognized that up to now Islam had become a mere tool in the hands of exploiting classes including mullahs, pirs, politicians, liberal extremists and religious extremists as well as the western powers.
This awareness started a new renaissance of Islam which established a fundamental paradigm that ultimately Islam was an ethical and moral ideology with the singular most important objective of making better human life in this very world. The other worldly view of Islam that had prevailed in the past thirteen centuries was finally discarded. This had far reaching implications in the Muslim world.
With this new gained economic and moral strength, and national prestige Pakistan was finally able to establish its identity. India itself now came under the pressure of its public to negotiate settlement on Kashmir. Once India realized that its Pakistani-phobic stance was causing more harm than any good, it came around to the idea that a strong Pakistan was an interest and finally ditched its weaken Pakistan policy.
This resulted in open trade policy with India and Kashmir became first open trade zone in indo-pak subcontinent. On its western borders Pakistan became an open trade confederation with Afghanistan , Iran and central Asian states. China was part and parcel of it in the north.
Free movement of people and trade union has now been finally established in Asia and plans are in the wings for it to expand it into Europe. Pakistan now intends to bid for the Olympics in 2044 and is the strongest candidate for the same. Next years the deliberations will be complete for it to finally become a permanent member of expanded Security Council, only the second Muslim state after Turkey.
Many historians and sociologists claim that the most important factor that spurred the change in direction for Pakistan were the Pakistani women, although it this view is disputed by some. But thank God we no longer kill each other for only thinking differently. The fact is that Pakistani women made more than 50 % of this new party that swept away the old system. Bold, daring, sincere, hardworking and down to earth they were un impressed by an over exploitative western feminist-secularism and openly rebellious against the orthodox patriarchal system that existed in Pakistan in the name of the religion in those times. Popularly called ‘ Mohammad’s change makers’ , they were strongly influenced by the new and bold interpretations of Quran and its principles and empowerment it provided them. It is stated by some that one particular female who wrote bold commentaries on Quran and hadith particularly laid the foundational seed for this movement, which eventually proved critical to the changes that were to sweep Pakistan.
It is year 2065… it is more than 100 years after the second world war ended…. that is such a distant memory now… many youth even have difficulty in believing that human beings could have acted in such murderous and selfish manner….. humans beings have changed, humanity have a different perspective now… world is truly becoming one and globalized…. much as it was before borders came to being many hundreds of years ago…Pakistan has been at the forefront of this change… it became the first state to drop a case for solid protected borders…. the confederation it started between Afghanistan, central Asian states and Iran, simply expanded, as first turkey and then Arab Muslim states joined it…… renaissance of Islam that had taken momentum in Pakistan spurred the other Muslim and non Muslim states
…. the humanistic ideas combined with the spirituality and commune-individualistic moral balance created by these ideas spread throughout the vastly super connected world… first the Muslim states became a free trade and borderless bloc… with its borders touching Europe and Africa on one end and Australia and Japan on the other end… this bloc stretched form Atlantic to Pacific…. they were then joined by China and India on one hand and African and European union’s on the other to create ‘one world’ with a single financio-economic system, based on the principles of justice and equity, solid exchangeable money, usury less economy, and free market and trade with majority of corporations that led in this system being owned by worker owners, ….for the first time in the history of human kind it was not the feudals, or the protected few, or the elite rich or the mega corporations who ruled and extracted the benefits for themselves…
for the first time the rule of ‘Humanocracy’ started taking the upper hand… the techno-ideology started to serve the ordinary human beings…….Pakistan was at the forefront of these changes by the moral and human standards it applied as the core principles in its foreign policy, generously supporting and actively helping the movements throughout the world where ordinary people took their fate in their own hands and threw off the shackles of their erstwhile masters in the form of rent seeking states, elites and multinational corporations…
the civil societies throughout different countries saw the model in Pakistan where democracy developed into humanocracy and power came to belong to the people for the benefit of the people of Pakistan and for human beings in other countries… Pakistan actively developed socio-political relationships throughout the world and the new sound financial systems developed here, started taking hold in other economic blocs too.. integrating the world into a near borderless global block… the secularist ideas of tolerance and pluralism integrated well with the spiritual and emotional balances created by a renewed faith of Islam which stopped being seen as an exclusive religion and started being seen as an all inclusive ideology…
banks have been eliminated… banking system died its natural death between 2050 to 2060 as the fiat money disappeared along with the usurious interest that had resulted in the boom and bust of the executive capital system and had brought misery to billions… these were replaced with cooperatives with share and stock holders… owner workers based corporations working within a free market that was goaded and nudged by ever diminishing state
by this Pakistan has become a source of moral human democratic strength and has inspired many countries to annihilate its model.
The forces of technology and globalised ideas have changed the world and Pakistan has been at the forefront of this change.
Human-technological singularity has been achieved and has majorly contributed to good and healthy life for humans…
Democracy has been overtaken by Humanocracy where peace, tolerance, pluralism and principles of human being prevail.
Free movement of people is now accepted throughout the world now
Oppression against women is a thing of past now
it is year 2100…. humans have now colonised Moon and Mars… planet earth , our world is one big borderless place with free movement of people and ideas… like it was thousands of years ago…climate change challenge has been met … new technological innovations have transformed the world on planet earth into and super fast transporting and super fast communicating global civilization… weapons and want has been eliminated… advances in medicine and singularity achieved by man and machine has extended the life expectancy to 150 years on average with some people living to 175 active years…there is universal education and universal opportunity,,, humans have learnt to re-establish the natural ecoystems, vanishing and extinct species have been recreated by genetic engineering… the human diseases of selfishness and greed may not have died fully but are well under control.. a universal one world government exists that is elected by electronic voting systems that allow people from all over the world to take part … no longer are there politicians who fight and compete for such jobs but the civil societies offer to elect the wise men and women from among their midst, who take turns as heads to oversee a system that facilitates the justice and peace throughout the world ,that is the only remaining functions of this global state.. and once all the poverty, disease and want has been eliminated human beings are left with one constant challenge…
to improve upon themselves , to become even better human beings