Change Pakistan – Discussion

A part of the series of discussions titled “Change Pakistan” will be conducted today to share opinions and ideas on how to optimize national development and take the country from “Developing” to “Developed” in the course of a year.

The session will be conducted by Mr. Imran O Kazmi, an expatriate Pakistani who also runs a consultancy and training firm in Dubai.

The topics for discussion are:

+ Bringing Law and order back on track
+ Bringing foreign investment to Pakistan
+ Improving good governance through his model, CRS Cube
+ Propagating the REAL message of Islam in and outside the country
+ Tackling poverty and inflation

Mr. Kazmi has also helped the government by suggesting changes to certain tax and duty laws which have resulted in collecting revenue that was otherwise easily pilfered.

The event will be held at The Indus Hall, Avari Hotel and Towers, from 6-8 pm on September 6, 2006

Other events of the series will be held as follows:
Lahore: September 13, 2006, Avari Lahore
Islamabad: September 19, 2006, Pearl Continental Rawalpindi

Please feel free to attend and share your views.

21 Comments so far

  1. Kashif (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

    Is it free to attend? I thought Mr. Kazmi is on a business trip.


  2. MB (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 2:50 pm

    It’s all crap man. If they want to really do something and change it they better organize it in Liyari & Korangi or any slum so they can feel their feet on the ground and hands on the pulse. Its does not look one more drama to get some dollars by any NGO.

    They will have AVA water bottle and biryani & salad with 50 rupee tea and will think about changing Pakistan. My foot

    Don’t want to sound pessimistic dude but its like French queen who said “Why they don’t eat cakes” when the poor hungry people were protesting out side her palace.


  3. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    In my opinion our biggest problem is our huge population. we went from 30 mil to 160 mil in 59 years. our resources didnt change.

    US is 300 million and you know how big it is in land and resources wise. plus they have resources secured even outside US. Pakistan is barely bigger than the State of Texas.

    guys, any suggestions


  4. kidal (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 12:58 am

    Population is not the problem. Our attitude is. Japan’s population is around 130 million and all they have is an island slightly bigger than Baluchistan with no natural resources to speak of.

    We have plenty of resources, both natural and human. While the efforts of Mr. Kazmi may be noble and sincere, I’m afraid they will bear little or no results.

    We need to change our attitudes, our thinking, our culture. And this can only be done one person at a time – the hard way.


  5. wasiq (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 3:33 am

    @ MB please go on this sounds so delicious…


  6. Bamboo Guy (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 11:10 am

    Totally agree with MB; Mr. Kazmi or whoever wants to organize such events, yes pls have a visit to Lyari or any similar area for that matter and then speak. Go out….


  7. DANISH (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 11:49 am

    This event should also be held in Karachi.

    I think that instead of cursing our population problem…which isnt a problem really since it can be turned into an asset, we should rather talk about the real problems like law and order, justice and economic oppurtunities. What our country really needs is a fast and just judicial system, greater spending on education(esp. at the grass root level), security of the citizens and rule of law. Sadly when our leaders don’t give a damn about law, the citizen also hardly feels obliged.
    Oh yeah we also might wanna do away with all the provincialism crap going on.


  8. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    I was thinking about anti-corruption units. Do you know if we have any such Agency working (efficiency is another issue)??


  9. Dr.Faiyaz Alam (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 12:01 pm
  10. Dr.Faiyaz Alam (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 12:01 pm
  11. Dr.Faiyaz Alam (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 12:03 pm
  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 3:15 pm

    Dr Intresting!I will definately gothru entire site.


  13. Kurt (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

    I think what Mr. Kazmi is doing is great! he is exposing the issues for the people to debate. Will this event change anything? directly no. But if we can have more and more of these types of seminars and events, then perhaps more and more people will involve themselves in the process.

    Population IS a major problem, especially in the Urban cities like Karachi. Lack of rural opportunities is forcing people to move to the big city for opportunities. Karachi wasnt ready 40 years ago for the rise in population, and it still isnt today. Investment in agriculture could people more people back into the townships and thus reduce the demand for resources in the city.

    It is true that Pakistan has more than enough resources, but its systems of distribution need to greatly improve. Those who need them, are often left without.

    Also discussion like this help to change the mindsets about how and what we want to change into. However, problems are many, who has solutions? One idea could be to hold smaller seminars after Mr. Kazmi leaves on how to bring down his talks to the grassroots level and what each of us can do each day toward achieving it.


  14. YO YO (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 9:24 pm

    Pakistan can never be changed from conferences held in 5 star hotels…Have to get hands dirty and do some practical work like eidhi


  15. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

    can any one pinpoint a single change that we need to transform from a developing country to developed country?

    e.g if tommorow the govt spends tremendous amount of money on our education sector so our next generation is very well educated. then what?


  16. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 11:55 am

    checks & balance at every level- without it nobody is going to change himself whether he is a prime minister or a sweeper.


  17. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 11:56 am

    checks & balance at every level- without it nobody is going to change himself whether he is a prime minister or a sweeper.


  18. SWA (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 5:00 pm

    my suggestion:

    EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION!

    we can get nothing without proper education of countrymen. Our age-old rote learning based education system wont suffice anymore. Our position at the bottom of the ladder with impoverished African countries in terms of literacy rate wont help anymore.


  19. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

    hmm.
    lets see.

    having checks and balances at every level is vital.

    we need to reduce our defence budget significantly. how about we make peace with india.
    leave the army with 10% of our defence budget.
    spend the remaining 70% on education and the remaining 20% on industries.

    i am just throwing these numbers. feel free to suggest more accurate numbers.

    if we start to restructure our education system today, in 25 years we will have a well educated youth. by that time we need to have a good healty job base in pakistan. for that we need to focus on our industrial base.

    guys any more suggestions ideas?


  20. suhail (unregistered) on September 9th, 2006 @ 8:16 am

    Yo Yo!! Tusi Tope Ho…Pakistan di Hope ho…
    yes we need to go to streets and get our hands dirty..do practical work.. city nazim shall involve karachites… i am sure, if he asks for it, we will all go to clean saddar, and tell the shop keepers there, not to make it so dirty next time. many problems we have dont need to wait till we have a 90% litracy rate. A clean environment will help grow cleaner life and cleaner minds. it will act as a catalyst to bring a revolution in peoples thinking..Edhi Sahab , Ansar barni Sahab, Jimmy Engineer have their own specialty….we need a leader like them now, who could mobilize the general public to have cleanliness in the country…for Karachi..this can be done by someone like Mustafa kamal, or even better by Naimutullah Khan (as Mustafa Kamal has enough responsibility already).. I am sure Naimutullah Khan Sahab, can play a very effective role, and enjoy much more respect if he says goodbye to practical politics and join hands with general public to have a cleaner Karachi..he and Mustafa Kamal can also work together, in a public/private partnership, beyond political affiliation, like good friends…or we can think of other prominent figures also who can start such work, any suggestions as to who else can do it??


  21. MB (unregistered) on September 9th, 2006 @ 11:17 am

    ” But if we can have more and more of these types of seminars and events, then perhaps more and more people will involve themselves in the process ”

    Dear brother , can you tell me exactly what else these Kazmi type of guys doing for last 59 years ?. Doing exactly that : more and more events and only events. Nothing practical.

    We dont need preachers my dear. We have it enough in books. We need men of action and not words.



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