August 14, 1947 was the day when Pakistan emerged as a sovereign state on the world stage. Quaid-i-Azam holds a vanguard position and a main architect that had transformed the dream of Iqbal into reality. The great farsighted, astute, and amicable leader proved himself as a man of spirits and parts, hence, steer the nation’s ship from the troubled waters to the safe shores. It is evident beyond the shred of doubt that that throughout the history Pakistan has faced plethora of hurdles that have proved as a bulwark and impeded the nation from takeoff. It is a matter of deep concern for Imran Khan that if he wants some tangible outcomes then he has to disentangle the nation from the web of numerous conundrums.
Firstly, a current economic dilemma through which country is passing has created number of problems in one way or the other. It is a matter of deep sorrow that on one hand, foreign exchange reserves have plummeted to 15.64 billion USD. On the other hand, 30 billion USD current account deficits have put the economy on ventilators. Additionally, foreign debt has reached to 96 billion USD. It is evident beyond the realm of doubt that strong economy is a touchstone that enables a country to thrive as well as panacea for all ills of the society.
Secondly, it is a situation of deep sorrow that Pakistan has been embroiled in the fold of water scarcity for last one decade. According to International Monetary Fund (IMF), country has crossed the water security line in 1995 and water scarcity line in 2025. Pakistan is regarded as the third most water scarce country. The bone of contentions for current water security are meager number of reservoirs, leakages in the canals, changing patterns of climate and lack of inter-provincial consensus among the provinces.
Thirdly, population boom has given birth to numerous stymies. It is a situation of highly flabbergasting that Pakistan is the fifth largest country in the world in the terms of population. According to 2017 census, country’s population has reached to208 million with a growth rate of 2.5% which is among the highest in the region. The aftermaths can easily be palpable in the form of various ways like 22.3% of population is living below the poverty line, 58% literacy rate and mass unemployment have hindered smooth sailing of the country.
Fourthly, education is one of those quietly turned blocks that can easily disentangle any nation from the web of backwardness, traditionalism and isolation. Education not only socializes the masses but also inculcate basic skills among the masses. Unfortunately, it is very lamentable as well as reprehensible that educational infrastructure of the country is very abysmal and deplorable that needs hefty investment to fill the loopholes.
In a nutshell, country is enmeshed in the fabric of substantial quandaries due to which the country is roaming aimlessly in the deserts of despondency and fails to thrive politically, economically and socially. It is the need of the hour and a real test of time for Imran Khan that he has to bring into vogue rational and practical steps to address these issues.
The writer is a Doctor of Pharmacy and has interest in socio, economic, religious, educational and international affairs.