Pakistan needs more provinces and Provincial Autonomy

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If Pakistan is to survive, it has to be made economically manageable, and the only way this can be done is to have more provinces.

Switzerland, with a population of only 8 million has 26 cantons, which is equivalent to one province having 300,000 people. No wonder Switzerland is one of the most efficient societies in the world. Pakistan, with a population of 170 million, is composed of four provinces). Naturally this causes inefficiency and corruption, and the masses feel that they are being governed by faceless robots in Islamabad.

The solution to Pakistan’s ills lies in dividing the country into more than 20 units. The present 27 divisions of the country can be converted into provinces, each with the quantum of autonomy recommended in the Pakistan Resolution. The Centre should have only three subjects or departments under its control: defence, communications and currency. Seventy percent of the revenue generated by each province/division should be retained by itself, the balance given to the centre for disbursement to other economically backward areas and for its own expenses.

If this is done, it won’t be long before Pakistan turns into another Asian Tiger.


15 thoughts on “Pakistan needs more provinces and Provincial Autonomy”

  1. How do you fight terrorism? How do you get rid of poverty? You can’t do anything without money. If the taxes we pay are siphoned away to Swiss bank accounts or used to buy property in Dubai, we can’t progress. With more provinces, more and more accountability will result and our tax money will not be looted.

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  2. all Pakistan needs is freedom from the menace of terrorism. What you say? Till we do get rid of militants in our country we will not be able to prosper. Every nation requires some damn secularism to progress!!

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  3. Presently this is not the issue; this overwhelming issue of terrorism is not allowing the government to take anything else seriously.

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  4. Presently only the urban population pays taxes. The feudals (those who are agriculturists) don’t pay any tax, mainly because they sit in parliament and make laws which not only exempts them from paying taxes, it also allows them to have huge bank loans written off. Once the country has more provinces, the urban classes will be able to utilize the taxes they pay in the development of their own cities (presently the taxes paid by the urban classes end up in Swiss bank accounts). More and more people will be involved in politics, there will be more jobs and each city/province will be able to spend more on security, thereby defeating the terrorists.

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  5. Shakir: Our issue is not the size or area. The issue is how it is managed. If the same type of people assume government the result will be the same.

    It was supposed to be a welfare state for all Muslims and we failed to keep up the promise and I do not see any will or hope in near future to accomplish. We are suffering from economic hardship and moral decay. Even if you break it down to very small units the result will not be very different.

    We need to focus on core issues.

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  6. Creating new provinces can be used as a tool to minimize ethnic violence and extremism. Pakistan has seen violence in all shapes and sizes whether it is on religious basis or ethnic basis, we have seen it all. To curb such incidents, this option can be used as a tool.

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  7. We want unity rather than discussing all these issues. All parts of Pakistan are being ripped by terrorism. Our focus should be at this end how to prevent all areas from terrorism. Dividing the country would more police officers and security measures in detail.

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  8. Tayab: we merged all 4 provinces into one (West Pakistan) before the country disintegrated and Bangladesh seceded. It is easier to manage a small unit than a big one. More people are able to participate in politics, more revenue filters down to the masses. You don’t have to look further than Singapore and Hong Kong, which are economic powerhouses.

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  9. The core issue is economic growth which will fuel social welfare. Increasing or decreasing number of provinces is not a real issue. It will only divert public attention from real issues for a while.

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