For what it’s worth, Pakistan is one of the most interesting places to live in. A country that has stood the test of time running practically on will power and nothing else has gone on to assume great importance in the future of world politics. While Pakistan may still have to do more to fight its demons and realize its potential, in the midst of all skeptical analyses of its current situation and paranoid speculations of a dark future ahead there are some changes that have infused a great degree of hope. A history rooted in inaction and miscalculation has led it to a difficult place where its biggest problem seems to be an ideological battle. Evolution of a national identity even more than six decades after the creation of Pakistan is perhaps its most serious challenge. It is heartening to notice that in recent years the civil society has made itself relevant in the course taken by the country and when policymakers today deliberate on issues of national interest, they have to be careful about taking into account the views and sentiments of the common man who has grown increasingly savvy and aware. It is a changed place today where political leaders have to revise their approach and reinvent themselves. These small things may seem meaningless today but they go a long way in making sure that the future is a strikingly different place altogether. It may be deemed too optimistic to root for a better tomorrow on the back of small developments but it is important to point out that while there is life, there is hope.
By Minahil K.