Trust Pakistanis - They will do Wonders!

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Dear State,

Trust your nation. Save your wealth creators. Save your entrepreneurs. They are not made in schools and universities. They are just born. They are the divine gifts to nations. Save this divine gift. Provide them enabling environment to work, to use our resources, to create wealth and to generate employment. Raise Ease of doing business ranking to No. 1 in the world. This is the only path to our prosperity. Trust the Pakistanis. They will do wonders.

Just give us a National Program with a clear cut Road map to prosperity. Trust your Nation. Move Forward. Have confidence in us, the Pakistanis. This Great Nation can sacrifice last drop of its blood for this sacred homeland.

A- WEALTH CREATION

Wealth is created by using available resources. We have world`s finest human resource and agriculture base. Infrastructure be provided to use such resources, create wealth and generate employment. We have also been blessed with matchless construction services sector that can develop infrastructure of any kind, both locally and internationally. State to provide enabling environment to the people for pursuit of prosperity.  

i. Infrastructure Development: Infrastructure development is the key to economic revival. Infrastructure construction drives number of industries and generates mass employment. This is the only immediate recipe to pull economy out of present crisis. Take the local construction industry into confidence, second to none in the world, capable of delivering to national aspirations to the best international standards, highest employment generator and largest industry driver. Prioritize the sectors and start developing infrastructure in sustainable sectors of water, technical education, export industry, greenhouse estates, quality healthcare, housing and urban transport. Make a time bound plan and implement it. Other infrastructure in non-priority sectors be developed without tax money on PPP basis or other alternate revenue sources. Private sector investments to be backed by state counter guarantees and project collaterals.

ii. Overseas Construction: Provide state counter guarantees to your infrastructure construction companies qualifying for bidding and working internationally, particularly in Middle East and African countries, to tap your biggest untapped resource of construction services capable of earning billions of US $ from international market.

iii. Boosting Remittances: Establish Polytechnic Universities in each district equivalent to the standard of Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore to provide requisite skills set and ethics of international standards to your youth to enable them get absorbed in international market at good positions and in good numbers, thereby doubling foreign remittances.

Greenhouse estates be established over state or private lands on PPP basis with regional clusters to produce high value horticulture crops and make them exportable.

iv. Promoting Exports: (Industry) Special export zones be created where only new or re-engineered industry be established eligible for manufacturing export goods only. State support to be focused to promote such export industry only. All raw materials for export industry be made duty free with exporters to establish use of such materials in export goods within one year of import.  (Agriculture) Greenhouse estates be established over state or private lands on PPP basis with regional clusters to produce horticulture products of international standards and make them exportable. Cultivation of Oilseed and other crops be made feasible through support or increase in import duty to restrict imports of such products. All agri research institutions be privatized with state to have limited shareholding. All licenses of agro based industries be opened with only negative regions be fixed. All inputs be provided to farmers against state guarantees with cost to be charged out of their produce.

Special export zones be created where only new or re-engineered industry be established eligible for manufacturing export goods only.

v. Revenue Generation: Western scheme of direct taxation, having been proved ineffective, be replaced with Islamic percentage on revenue based taxation ranging from 2.5% to 5%, 10% and 20% slabs. Riba or markup be eliminated with Banks to act as Investment Banks or Trusts. Import of materials and plant / equipment not manufactured locally be allowed only with complete ban on import of luxury items. All foreign currency, gold, diamonds be deposited with State against local currency in five years. Special Jewellery Areas be marked in Export Zones for making exportable Jewellery products. All local currency notes be swapped.

B - Basic Facilities

i- Education: : Free and compulsory education to all children of ages between 5 and 16 years be provided by State through private or public schools against a fixed fee of Rs.1500 (avg.) per month for each registered student payable to the educational institution by the State. No fee payable to any institution whether public or private by students as per Article 25-A of the Constitution. Higher Education be provided through Trust based institutions or private sector with no spending out of taxes.

The fee for the education of children aged between 5 to 16 years is payable by the state to the schools, whether public or private, and not by the parents of students as per Article 25A of Constitution.


Ii- Health: All citizens to have free primary health care services provided by the Primary Healthcare Centers owned and operated by private sector doctors against a fixed fee of Rs.100 per registered person per month payable by the State to PHCs. Secondary and Tertiary healthcare be provided by Trust based state hospitals or private sector.

iii- Justice: Number of judges be increased besides induction of specialist judges to the extent required. Maximum limit for conclusion of a case be 12 weeks. All citizens to have free compulsory legal services through law firms against a fixed fee of Rs.50 per registered person per month payable by the State to the firm.

Iv- Housing: Complete ban on relaxation of construction period of Plots to ensure construction of millions of houses over vacant plots in five years without any investment by State. Holding of more than one house by any citizen be also barred. Land use change be allowed only through auction by state. Multi Storey Housing over State Lands in urban areas be built with 50% delivery on At Cost basis and minimum 25% free of cost to Economically Weaker Section of society and 25% to struggling new families on fixed terms and flexible rent basis. Infrastructure cost to be borne by selling the commercial space in such areas.

Complete ban on relaxation of construction period of plots to ensure construction of millions of houses over vacant plots in five years without any investment by state.

v- Transport: All mega cities to have fully integrated surface bus transport systems along with feeding routes and pedestrian walkways, and be converted into Private Vehicles free cities in day time in four years. Private vehicles to be heavily taxed.

vi- Water: Flood irrigation be fully replaced with sprinkler and drip irrigation systems. To save 50% irrigation water Ground water recharging wells be created along irrigation network and flood escape channels in areas of suitable ground water and storage ponds be established in saline water areas to ensure storage of water beyond the capacity of multiple Mohmand and Basha reservoirs. Diamer-Basha and Mohmand water reservoirs for storage of surplus flood water be built first with local resources and power generation be deferred. The projects involve simple stone, earth, concrete and steel works and be executed by local contractors by dividing into smaller packages thereby saving around 30% - 40% cost.

Ground water recharging wells be created along irrigation network and flood escape channels in areas of suitable ground water and storage ponds be established in saline water areas to ensure storage of water beyond the capacity of multiple Mohmand and Basha reservoirs.

Vii- Power:  Power be conserved. Promote Power Generation on solar through a policy decision of elimination of load shedding for industrial/commercial/offices in day time and residential areas in night time respectively, thereby eliminating requirement of batteries.

C – Meaningful Accountability

The spirit of present Accountability drive is commendable but it appears to have shaken the confidence of decision makers in the Public Sector and real wealth creators in Private Sector resulting in irreparable loss to national economy besides creating widespread unemployment. It has rather created an environment of terrorem in the business community. They are first made to work in a highly exploitative and unfair system and when they mobilize resources, generate employment and create wealth, they are charged with being unethical, tax evader and corrupt. The real accountability process be based on ground conditions. We need to save our wealth creators, employment generators and ensure their honour and people`s confidence in their real heroes. Accountability drive must rather impart confidence in the whole nation and create an environment conducive for growth. Accountability to be made more meaningful, conclusive and time bound.

The spirit of present Accountability drive is commendable but it appears to have shaken the confidence of decision makers in the Public Sector and real wealth creators in Private Sector resulting in irreparable loss to national economy besides creating widespread unemployment. It has rather created an environment of terrorem in the business community.

Following procedure, based on the principle of onus of proof for proving legitimacy of assets upon the accused, is proposed for immediate and meaningful accountability.

i. Accountability Commissions assisted by professional jury members be created at Federal and Provincial levels

ii. All corruption cases be sent immediately to such Commissions for day to day hearing. No corruption case on irregularities, audit objections or commercial disputes etc.

iii. Prosecution to only provide details of illegitimate assets held by accused.

iv. Accused to prove legitimacy of assets through establishment of known sources.

v. The assets found over and above the established sources by the Accountability Commissions be nationalized and auctioned immediately with State to receive auction money for public use.

vi. Accused to have recourse under regular judicial system against decisions of Commission and, in case of success, shall have the right to get compensation in monetary form along with financing cost and loss of opportunity. However, assets once auctioned will not be returned to the accused.

vii. Prosecution/Complainant to face equivalent penalty if charges are not proved against the accused.


APPEAL

We appeal to the talented Pakistanis blessed with knowledge, wisdom, vision and potential amongst us and the media brains to come forward, devote their abilities for national cause, contribute towards National Program to help the State for realization of our lost dreams. Please do come forward in this highly crucial time of our history for the sake of this Great Nation. Let`s not forget that the nations who do not rise to the occasion are left to repent and get cursed by posterity.

WHO WE ARE?


We are a Pakistani Construction Company, having at credit execution of number of mega infrastructure projects, creation of over a million man-months in jobs, contribution of around half a billion rupees in taxes annually and achieving credentials to qualify for working on projects in the international market. We also created an Agri Tech Park under M.A Farms that may act as a launching pad for Modern Agriculture Revolution. Our under implementation polytechnic institute by “The Polytechnic Foundation” designed by international consultants may be a game changer in quality standards of technical and vocational skills in our youth.

Our CSR initiative Guardians Pakistan is a cause to initiate an intellectual discourse in political field over the National issues to pull this Great Nation out of highly exploitative, hypocritic and inefficient system. We aim at creating awareness in people of Pakistan towards their rights and obligations attempting to discover the lost dream of Great Pakistan through the only passage and that is the Constitution of Pakistan.

Waseem Afzal

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