Pakistan has the potential to flourish against all odds and there are no doubts about it. It is still considered a third-world country, a developing country. There are major problems in Pakistan that are hindering our development in various aspects for example, infra-structure and technology etc. The problem with Pakistan is the focus. Our focus lies on things that are completely unproductive, we make huge deals out of matters that have no direct or indirect influence on the country’s prosperity and of course its people. We will waste precious time and effort on pointless matters including Ayaan Ali (the famous super model) and remarks by Saif Ali Khan (the famous Bollywood actor). We will barely see talk shows on issues that are becoming more of a burden with each passing days.
There have been countless arguments of sorts against our media. Of course, the media is directly responsible in terms of awareness. It is their job to showcase issues that concern the development of this country, but instead we are deviated from the path that could lead to success. Unfortunately that happens time and time again, and we don’t realize it, but sooner or later we cave in and our attention is completely diverted. Now whether this is done on purpose (at the hands of our media) or whatever the reason, the fact is that we need to discuss the actual problems in Pakistan that have an unswerving impact in finally stepping from third-world to perhaps a first-world country. Without further ado, we present to you five major problems in Pakistan that brings development in this country to an absolute standstill.
As mentioned before, an estimate of Pakistan’s population in the year 2015 closes in on 192 million. That in itself is a crisis situation for the country. Why is that a problem? We are running short on resources (including clean water and even natural gas), we are running out of infrastructure, and we are running out employment. Our literacy rates are at a standstill, and we are expected to have an increase of 78% (342 million) in only 35 years. If the situation stays the same, we will have a lot of hungry, illiterate people in Pakistan. Thankfully, there are ways to control the population situation, but they will need careful implementation. We will cover that in another article targeted at how to deal with these problems in Pakistan.
According to a report published by Asian Development Bank, only 1,000 cubic meters of water is available to a person every year. That is a fivefold drop since Pakistan became independent in the year 1947. The situation is devastatingly serious, even more so than we are currently aware of, yet not a single light is shed on this issue until of course innocent people lay their lives down when struck by a drought. We would like to impress upon the importance of water in reflection of the fact that Pakistan is, primarily, an agricultural country. Water in the country is like blood in our veins.
Pakistan’s current power generation capacity reaches up to around 24,000 MW. The fact that we experience constant load-shedding means that are requirements are way higher than this. The demand is likely to double in the next ten years. While this issue is not resolved completely, we are making progress. But we have already suffered a huge loss at the hands of power outages, and we continue to do so. A total of almost 2.5% of our GDP is lost due to power outages and that is a vast amount. Pakistan used to be a major exporter of textiles, but in the previous years, the drastic load-shedding caused that market to almost vanish and shift to neighboring countries, and of course that was a major blow to Pakistan’s economy. Given the constant increase in population, and housing of major projects within Pakistan, we can expect the energy crisis to linger for a little while longer and cause further destruction.
The first on our list of major problems in Pakistan is illiteracy. Pakistan’s estimated population in the year 2015 equals 191.71 million, making us the sixth most populous country. Literacy rate in the country is roaming between 58-60% since the last two years (2013-14). According to the Millennium Development Goals issued by United Nations, Pakistan was supposed to have a literacy rate of 88% by the year 2015. Given the figures above, only a miracle could take us to those figures. One of the primary priorities at this moment, should be education. We need schools, we need colleges, and we need universities. There needs to be a system whereby education till Matric should be made compulsory. While there are much talks circulating the enigma that is education, practically we have not been able to achieve much. Without the literacy rate going up, there will be no growth. Yes, we can have high-rise buildings, we can have state-of-the-art transport systems, but we need educated people alongside all the infrastructure.
Finally, we present to you the biggest issue plaguing Pakistan. Unfortunately, Pakistan has been home to several terrorist activities against national interests and security threats over the years. We have seen many innocent lives lost at the hands of certain organizations and that has had major impact on Pakistan’s economy, the tourism industry, development, and foreign direct investments. Crucial steps have been taken over the last few years in order to curb the nonsense once and for all, and hopes are, that Pakistan will see inner peace again.
Until these issues are solved which is near impossible until people are made aware of certain realities, problems in Pakistan will continue to persist, and with these problems poisoning our air, development is all but a far-fetched dream. So here is a thought people, look around you and come to terms with the actual problems in Pakistan. Superficial news and pseudo-intellectual hosts that we see all day on our television sets, blinding us with pointless matters, will take us nowhere. Let us know what you think in the comments below and stay with us, we’ll come back with a few solutions; not simple but very real.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.