Pakistan, a Long March for the Future

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In a generational divide, the Long March of the lawyers movement, combined with political parties and the increasing instability in Pakistan has caused Pakistanis to stand up like never before. From E-Rallies to protests, Facebook groups and bloggers have started many groups, discussions and the idea of people coming together to cause a major change in Pakistan. What is this change and how this change can be successful in Pakistan?

Finding a group of people coming together for a common purpose and a common goal seems to be among the easy things to do. Outside of the organization structure, the political issues within those organizations, the business that needs to be taken care of and the fundraising that goes along it are the main issues. However, in Pakistan, the cause is different. While finding fundraiser may seem hard, it is actually much easier than people think. It is the challenge of finding people who will come together to commit to a common purpose and the common goal. Pakistanis must control their emotions and start raising each other's self esteem and understand that monetary gain is useless unless you use it to empower others. Someone else's success is my success because they are my brother or sister too. The only leader that should be recognized for the long March is the man who believed in something impossible. While some people raise slogans of modern leaders, only one leader deserves the attention some give to other leaders, our father Jinnah. We should not fly political party flags or pictures of our political leaders. We should fly the pictures of our Father Jinnah and fly Pakistani flags. Only then, Pakistan will take off.

The long March that began on March 12th, 2009 will not end in March 31st, 2009 but will continue for the years to come until 2027. While some may condemn it, and others may say it is ineffective, the long March is the seed for the future. While some political figures may use it for their own benefit, the mission of the long March is the realization of the importance of the judiciary. The Judicial Branch of Pakistan is the key institution that needs to strengthen in order for Pakistan to stabilize itself. It was a lawyer by the name of Mohammad Ali Jinnah who stood up for the right of the creation of Pakistan. In the struggle for the long March, we must remember our father Jinnah. A man who led an inclusive, secular movement for the creation of Pakistan. Millions of people sacrificed their lives for this occasion and yet Pakistan's leaders have failed to make Pakistan in to father Jinnah's vision.

What the long March represents is Change, but what change? The Change that the Long March represents is the growing realization of the importance of the Judicial Branch of Pakistan. The status of Chief Justice is higher than the status of a Military General, being the Prime Minister or being the President of the nation. Chief Justice is the head of an institution that checks the balances of power of the executive and legislative branches. The Chief Justice never is below the President. In Pakistan, some people think of a Military General in higher regard than a Chief Justice. The judicial branch deserves equality of it's treatment in Pakistan. Unless the Judicial Branch achieves the power, the country can never stabilize.

People want change because they are fed up with terrorism. Young people of Pakistan are tired of their image, and more importantly, tired of their country being misled by leaders who say they care about Pakistan but hold their assets outside Pakistan. One man created an event called "We want Answers" who wants to hold the government accountable to the people, a rally is planned for August 14th, 2013. It is a simple goal with a simple intention. Only the young people can take Pakistan forward. Pakistan's grandfathers need to retire and put people under the age of 40 in charge of the political systems. The young people of Pakistan have been instrumental in the development of the news media and the success of the judicial movement. The young people are the true Power of Pakistan.

A group of people formed together to create a group on Facebook called Pakistan The Next Five Years. The purpose of the group is to find enough advisors to show that the international Pakistani community does care for Pakistan. The group plans a trip to Pakistan on August 14th, 2013 and help Pakistan catch up to the years it has lost. For every five years lost, we will make it up in one. This future will require a long march of people who believe that their offer of help will be accepted. If the Federal Education Ministry denies the help of the advisors, then those advisors will go to the Provincial Education Ministry. Someone will appreciate the help that the group will give and someone will accept. That person will see a major positive change in their district. We are not giving help to get some financial incentive as there are no financial incentives involved. However, we have common purpose to see Pakistan become our father Jinnah's vision of it becoming among the Great Nations of the World.

Father Jinnah saw people who were much less educated than the Pakistanis of today and he still saw that these people or their children will rise up and understand our nation's history and not complain about it but make it better. A strong Pakistan is not only in the interests of Pakistan, but it is in the interests of India, China, Afghanistan, Iran and the global community. It should export intelligence, not terrorism. It is time for Pakistanis to put their differences aside and join the long March for the future. It is in every Pakistani's interest to see the Judiciary develop and Pakistan become the vision of father Jinnah, a nation that will rise to great heights and the people come together.

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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