past

I usually live in the future and watch trends where we are heading to: 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, 100 years into the future.

My latest: 

Back to the future: Pakistan in 2050

7 Pakistan challenges for new army chief

Students who have taken MBA courses with me even 20 years ago would remember that I gave them assignments on topics such as: what will a developed Pakistan look like in 2030, etc.

One glimpse by an alumni: Year 2035 through Faisal Naik’s eyes

I run a hashtag #Pakistan2050 on Twitter and I initially became part of Government of Pakistan’s Vision 2025 Planning Committee (although I have no work there).

By default, I have never looked into the past because that’s academic. You can’t do anything about it.

However, this Ramadan, I am taking a detour – into the past: 67 years since my country Pakistan came into existence.

I am going to look at what ailed our society – brick by brick – that today we are one of the world’s most fragile, most violent, most hated countries.

Pakistani nationality ranks second least valuable in the world

Called How we messed up Pakistan, it will be a series of events and patterns that brought us here.

Because the way to future is to untangle from these ailments, free ourselves, and become a respectable, liveable country again.

Karachi 6th least liveable city in the world

This analysis may not be political, or economic, or social, or demographic, or military.

It may be none of these.

Or, may be all of these.

As a pattern-picker, I will list down a dozen or so criminalities that went into destroying this country, its population, its culture, its economy.

But no naming or shaming.

You just need to read between the lines. If you can. Or, better, if you want to.


CALL for collaborators

If you have an insight into what went wrong in making this country so miserable and can write a piece without naming the culprits, please contribute. Do run your idea with me at skillcity[at]live.com before you send the piece.


Four parts in the series have been published so far.

The Fraudulent Claims: Messed-up Pakistan Series 1

The Sultan Rahi Syndrome: Messed-up Pakistan Series 2

Under Control: Messed-up Pakistan Series Curse 3

The Ummah Card: Messed-up Pakistan Series 4


By Wali Zahid

Wali Zahid is a futurist, disruptor, blogger, social media strategist, reformer, LinkedIn writer and author of iBook, Great Training in 10 Steps.

He runs a #Pakistan2050 hashtag on Twitter and appears on national TV on issues of significance to Pakistan.

Twitter @walizahid


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