Reinventing Pakistan – Dr Manzur Ejaz

From terrorism to floods, Pakistan is suffering because of a lack of collective consciousness and indifference to the basic rules of self-preservation. The ruling elite must learn to establish good governance if Pakistan is to survive

When my family purchased an acre of land in Virginia, we thought we could build any size of home we liked. What we soon discovered was that the county’s residential codes did not allow tampering with certain water drainage areas and thus we had limited options about where to build. Besides the drainage area, we were not permitted to cut the trees that were older than 50 years. Consequently, the architect was given a specific size and location with which to design the house. The county supervisors physically checked the implementation of building codes at every step of the design and construction. Now, it may rain for weeks but the water flows freely through the drain.

In Pakistan, lack of governance has led to people grabbing public or state-owned land and blocking the natural flow of water. Therefore, the damage from the floods will be far more catastrophic than anyone’s expectations. However, the government can avail this opportunity and recover the old drains or natural outflow systems while reconstruction takes place.

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One thought on “Reinventing Pakistan – Dr Manzur Ejaz”

  1. So true for India also and this mega disaster is waiting to happen at many places. I have personaly seen in the northern Indian states near the himalayan foothills colonies, temples, ashrams have literally stopped the flow of the moonsoon rivers as they are mostly dried up except during the rains.
    I some how do not feel sympathetic to people who eventually suffer as they are the ones damaging the system and it is not that they are totally unaware

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