Washington DC: Nadeem Nusrat, chairman of a US-based think tank Voice of Karachi has warned Pakistan that it is staring at a ‘potentially existential threat’. He added that ‘restructuring Pakistan into multiple autonomous states is the only viable solution to save it’.
Questioning the celebrations on the occasion of Pakistan’s Defence Day, Nusrat said that though the Pakistani military establishment would be unwilling to discuss this, ‘the fact remains that the country has lost all its wars against India’.
Nusrat said that the history over the past 72 years, especially since the creation of Bangladesh from erstwhile East Pakistan, has shown that Pakistan cannot become a nation-state. He substantiated his arguments saying that Pakistan’s politics was dominated by that country’s Punjab.
Citing the Lahore resolution of 1940, Nusrat further said — “That geographically contiguous units are demarcated regions which should be constituted, with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary that the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in the majority as in the North-Western and Eastern Zones of (British) India should be grouped to constitute ‘independent states’ in which the constituent units should be autonomous and sovereign.”
“Pakistan’s existential threat comes from ‘within’ and not from India, Afghanistan, Israel or the US, as indoctrinated by Pakistan’s military establishment since its inception. The steady emergence of jihadist forces, religious intolerance, terror infrastructure, ethnic divisions, Pakistani military’s constant interference into civilian issues and its manipulation of election results, corruption, poor governance are the real threats to Pakistan’s integrity and national security,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.