KARACHI: Imran Khan’s vision to follow the ideals established by the Islamic state founded at Medina is highly noble and inspiring. Medina was blessed by the presence of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) himself along with his many distinguished companions. The state contrary to Pakistan’s current situation was not under a loan of 90 billion dollars, did not have a burgeoning population, there were no power shortages or compelling issues of joblessness, urban development, housing, transport, water, sanitation, money-laundering or health and education issues that we face today.

In today’s Pakistan most individuals and certainly no two clerics agree with the details of how the country should be governed. Hence, it may be best to limit our vision only to the basic concepts of the State of Medina, ie, justice, equality, tolerance and brotherhood.

Alongside this, we must learn from developed countries as to how to resolve our long-standing issues, for instance, how Turkey has developed sewage treatment plants to treat 100 per cent of its sewage, how developed Muslim countries too take both the Islamic models of governance and development and progress hand-in-hand. These models exist in real life, can be seen, studied, modified and adapted to the needs and conditions of Pakistan.

Naeem Sadiq

Published in The Express Tribune, September 10th, 2018.

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