‘Reforms Package for Pakistan’
Karachi: (Live Rostrum News Agency) “We need to mend the deteriorating conditions of the country, with emphasis on the future plight of trade and industry, particularly in Karachi that produces 75% plus revenue for the country”. The Reforms Package for Pakistan, now complete should be implemented by the business community of Karachi, said the dignitaries, present at the dinner, hosted by Live Rostrum News Agency.
A select gentry, comprising of participants in the initiative of presenting a Reforms Package for Pakistan, and prominent members from the Karachi Chambers of Commerce & Industry were invited for the dinner. Pakistan Observer than carried the Package from 27th September to 03rd October 2014. Besides others, Pakistan Observer was represented through their President & Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Zahid Malik.
All guest speakers voiced serious concern over the deteriorating conditions of the country, with emphasis on the future plight of trade and industry, particularly in Karachi that produces 75% plus revenue for the country. There was a concern about the political furor that has polarized the social fabric in the country and has made ineffective the institutions of Justice and the Executive.There was seen a unanimity in seeking ‘action’ so that the order of regress could be arrested, and reversed.
In the key-note address made by Mirza Shahnawaz Agha, the Declarant and Proprietor of Live Rostrum News Agency, he had a documentary on World War 111, preceding his address.
While he thanked all the dignitaries profusely for their time and energy invested into the articulation of the Reforms Package, he spelled the way forward. In his opinion, the Reforms Package for Pakistan, now complete should be implemented and by the business community of Karachi, as they are about the only people, who earn to pay for Governance. He expressed fear that in the presence of a global agenda, being enacted right before us, there is an absence of a domestic plan, which makes us vulnerable to a variety of threats that challenge our very independence. He sought that the architectural plans for Pakistan be based upon our ideology warranting ‘material justice’, ‘equity’ and ‘ultra democracy’. He asserted that our ideology is our future and it is the decisive edge.
Prominent among the dignitaries who graced the event included Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, (President KCCI), Brigadier (Retd.), Tariq Khalil, (Advisor, Bibojee Services), Mr. Yahya Polani, (Chairman & MD Polani Group), Mr. Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui, (Chairman Board of Management, Pakistan State Oil), Syed Salahuddin Haider, (Former Advisor to CM, Sindh on Information), Mr. Zahid Malik, (President & Editor-in-Chief of Pakistan Observer), Justice (Retd.), Mehmood Alam Rizvi, Justice (Retd.), Khalid Ali Z. Qazi, Justice (Retd.) Munib Alam, Barrister Farrukh Zia Sheikh, Mr. Shamim A. Firpo, (Chairman Firpo Group of Companies), Mr. Muhammad Saeed Shafiq, (Former President KCCI), Mr. Khalid Rahman, (Editorial Consultant of Express Tribune, Chief Editor, Iris Publications), Syed Turab Shah, (Group Director, Sales & Marketing, Pakistan Observer), Mr. Saad Amanullah, Mr. Amanullah Bashar, (Executive Editor, Pakistan & Gulf Economist), Mr. Zahoor Motiwala, AVM (Retd.) Dr. M. Abid Rao, Dr. Muhammad Zubair Ahmad, (TV host & faculty member of Iqra University), Mr. Mubashir Mir, (Resident Editor Daily Pakistan), Mrs. Fizzah Shakil, (TV host), Khursheed Haider (DAWN) and Syed Turab Shah, (Group Director, Sales & Marketing, Pakistan Observer).
Renowned analyst and scholars included Syed Salahuddin Haider, (Former Advisor to CM, Sindh on Information), AVM (Retd.) Dr. M. Abid Rao, Dr. Muhammad Zubair Ahmad, (TV host & faculty member of Iqra University), while the political thought was represented by Mr. Shahb Uddin Ahmed and Syed Izzat Shah among several other respectable public figures.
Mr. Saeed Shafiq, former President of KCCI stated that due to fragile election system of the country, an ordinary person like the cameraman standing in front of us could not become a member of the national assembly. On the current tension between India and Pakistan, he strongly recommended the use of force against India, in order to pressurize them to come to the dialogue table. “Should we not throw bombs on India, they might not come to table-talk”, he asserted in a vigorous tone.
Zahid Malik, Chief Editor of Pakistan Observer emphasized on the implementation, rather than mere talking of the reforms in the country. “There is no need to repeatedly discuss the past; we should look forward and have to gather concrete opinions from able persons….It’s time to act, not to think”, said he. He also suggested that the forum should not let the already prevailing ambiguity go and be sure for what they have to look forward.
Dr. Muhammad Zubair Ahmad, TV host & faculty member of Iqra University while pointing out towards the weakness of the education system in Pakistan said, “If we get rid ourselves of the useless debate on the medium of instruction, Pakistan will surely prosper”.
Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, President KCCI lent his absolute support to the initiative and appreciated the effort in putting together a plan that will bring about prosperity to the country. “We shall wholeheartedly extend our support to spread your message, through some 50,000 members of our chamber, as well as the rest of the business community’’, he reaffirmed.
Mr. Amanullah Khan Bashar said, ‘Pakistan is beautiful, yet fragile, just like a butterfly. So, what we need to do is to protect this beautiful country, with our unity and integrity.