PROGRESSING AS A NATION
Aug 16 - 22, 2010
Despite passage of 63 years of independence, Pakistan is still facing a host of multiple challenges and instead of moving forward, the country has been pushed back many years after the unprecedented devastation caused by floods across the country.
On one side, Pakistan is following IMF programme while on the other hand no pragmatic steps are being taken to put the national economy back on track. Bad governance is still a major issue posing threat to different institutions.
What is alarming is that our political leadership has not learnt from past mistakes and is repeating the same putting country's future at stake. As a nation, we are not progressing and we are not devotedly working with a missionary zeal.
We are expecting from others but never perform our own responsibilities. If we want to secure dignified place in the comity of nations, we would have to say goodbye to dependence on others and explore own resources.
The sad aspect is that we are living beyond our means and have disaster within disaster. The challenges that the government faces in delivering basic services, setting policy priorities, carrying out long-term planning, and implementing reforms has crucial implications for the country's security as well as its economic development.
Currently, the country is passing through hard times, and large part of the country submerged in floodwater, millions of people have been displaced and compelled to live in tents, thousands lost their lives, and million acres of cultivated land have been ruined due to ever-worst flood in the country.
The Pakistani nation at this difficult time of its history needs to work with a missionary zeal with a spirit of sacrifice and extends all possible assistance to flood affectees. Devastation caused by recent floods is beyond the government capacity and needs collective efforts.
Political leadership needs to come at forefront at this difficult time and sets example of sacrifice for others to follow.
The PML-N senior leader Mohammad Pervaiz Malik urged upon the Youth to come forward and zealously participate in relief and rehabilitation activities. He said that nation has lot of expectations from its youth and they should equip themselves with modern time technology and work hard to coup with challenges confronted to the country and to come up the expectations of the nation.
According to him, democracy is the only way to guarantee stability and to ensure economic and social progress. He called upon the youth of the country to come forward and join hand for strengthening democratic institutions in the country and continuity of the democracy.
During the financial year 2009-10, supply and consumption of energy remained low as compared to previous years due to a number of internal and external challenges in the national economy. Shortfall in the sector was among the major problems.
According to the statistics, the consumption of energy remained low due to overall slowdown of the economy, while the major causes behind the lesser energy supplies remained circular debt issue in the energy sector. Energy shortages dragged down the performance of economy especially large-scale manufacturing.
The consumption of petroleum products, gas and coal during the last fiscal year decreased over the comparable period. On the other hand, supply of crude oil, petroleum products, coal, and electricity decreased.
The average production of natural gas per day stood at 3,986.5 million cubic feet during July-March 2008-09 as compared to 3,965.9 million cubic feet over the same period of last year, showing an increase of 0.52 percent. On average, the power sector consumed 29.9 percent of gas, followed by industrial sector (25.1 percent), household (18.4 percent), fertiliser (16.1 percent), transport (7.1 percent), commercial sector (2.8 percent) and cement (0.6 percent) during last 10 years from 1998-99 to 2007-08. The total installed generation capacity increased to 19.754 MW during July-March 2008-09 from 19,566 MW during the same period last year, showing a marginal increase (one percent). Total installed capacity of Wapda stood at 11,454 MW during July-March 2008-09 of which hydel accounted for 57.2 percent or 6,555 MW, thermal accounted for 42.8 percent or 4, 899 MW. The number of villages electrified increased to 133,463 by March 2009 as compared to 126,296 by March 2008, showing an increase of 5.7 percent. Presently, some 2,700 CNG stations are operating in the country. By March 2009, about two million vehicles were converted to CNG as compared to 1.70 million vehicles during the same period last year, showing an increase of 17.6 percent.
The need of the hour is to concentrate on hard work and internal resource utilisation. It is time to sacrifice and do practical work instead of raising hollow slogans.