PANEL DISCUSSION- Who will Save Pakistan?

By Majed Iqbal- Recent deteriorating events in Pakistan have been a cause for concern fo Pakistani’s throughout the world, including those living in the West. Manchester Muslims Forum, a grass-roots activist group staged an event titled “Who can save Pakistan” over the weekend  to address the many issues the country faces like Poverty, Sovereignty, Economic mismanagement, Sectarianism, War on Terror, Corruption and the independence of the Judiciary.

Organisers said that an open invite was given to all Political Parties who have branches in the UK, but only three decided to take the offer.  Representative of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Fahim Ajmal, Nasrullah Khan Moghal from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Mazhar khan from Hizb ut-Tahrir took centre stage in the Question time format Panel discussion

An engaging audience of over 100 people interacted with the speakers on four themed sessions.

PPP’s Nasrullah Khan Moghal said that two years were not enough to roll out plans that could work for the betterment of Pakistan. He highlighted that the Pakistani Diaspora could play an important role in aiding Pakistan through their skills and expertise they have developed from their countries.  He emphasised that the current Democracy was not mature and needed more work on to strengthen the countries institutions. He said the biggest problem the country faces was that of Terrorism’ which needed to be tackled.

PTI’s Fahim Ajmal spoke about the lack of real leadership and incompetence of the current government. He said that the government had got it wrong by allowing America full access which has resulted in drone attacks in the country and the recent operation in Abbottabad where Osama Bin Laden was killed. He said America should withdraw, as Pakistan’s Army is more than competent to take it on from here. They wanted Osama, this is now done, so they should leave.

He proposed that Mohammed Mahatir’s Malaysian model of tackling employment needs to be implemented to alleviate the dire conditions many Pakistani’s are living under.

Hizb ut-Tahrir ‘s Mazhar Khan believed that the matter is more fundamental and reminded people that Pakistan was created in the name of Islam, with millions migrating for a separate homeland. If they wanted to live under a secular society, then why migrate from India which was a secular State he asked the audience

He said the current government was more of an American government with politics outsourced, leading to America steam rolling their agenda through for the country, making reference to  the recent 67 visas issued to the CIA by the Pakistani government.

He presented his groups manifesto for Pakistan which detailed an economic blueprint of policies that an Islamic based government, Khilafah, would implement .He presented Islam’s land reform policy, restrictions on privatisation of key resources, utilising the un-tapped gas and coal reserves, a leadership  based on Islam which values its people and doesn’t drain the tax payers money on personal and business adventures whilst the people suffered floods and implementing a system that even an ordinary corrupt man has more confidence in than the current set up.


  1. We all need to step up and do our bit to bring about a change

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