No mincing words: Wali’s article on the Pakistan of future appears in The News

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23 years after I was the Editor of The News in Lahore, I received a call from Pakistan’s largest-selling English-language daily newspaper to write an article on the Pakistan of future for Pakistan’s 67th Independence Day. Screen shot above.

My article does not mince words about the future: Contrary to the shaken beliefs of whoever you meet on the road and as the headline suggests, it’s solid, it’s perfect, in sha Allah.

It’s also significant that the article appears on the day when forces of disruption and some vultures want to derail democracy and a government in Islamabad is finding it difficult to manage them adequately – politically and administratively.

In spite of what the firces on either side of the aisle do, Pakistan is going to come out stronger – economically, socially, in sha Allah. In 2050, it is going to be one of the top 20 economies in the world.

You can read this article today on The News epaper. Or, wait for tomorrow when I upload the [UPDATED] text-version of this article.

See also: Everything else we reported on Pakistan and its future (links below)

Pakistan 3rd biggest terrorist risk spot in the world

Pakistan ranks poorly on Global Innovation Index 2014

5 Pakistani banks: ABL, UBL, HBL, MCB, NBP get Stable rating

Guest post by Privatisation Minister Zubair on positive economic outlook

Moody’s revises Pakistan rating from negative to stable

China approves construction of 14 power projects in Pakistan

Pakistan #1 in positive perception change as an investment destination

Pakistan #4 best performing global stock market

Pakistan world’s least expensive country: WB

Pakistan #106 in Good Country Index

Pakistan is world’s 9th least peaceful country: 2014 GPI

Pakistan 10th most fragile country

Pakistan 15th most powerful military in the world

Pakistan, Iran most-negatively viewed countries

Total fertility rate falling in most world; Africa & Pakistan rising

South Asia world’s most corrupt region: TI

Pakistanis to have shorter lives as the world will live longer

Sorry state of medical practice in Pakistan

Pakistani culture through 6-D Model

Native languages in Pakistan

Do not miss our widely-read Messed-Up Pakistan Series with Wali

How we messed up: A series this Ramadan by Wali

How future oriented are we?

Pakistan’s two value crimes no one talks about


  1. Surely, this is ever positive Wali Zahid with is deep belief in Pakistan and it enormous human and material assets. Want to see more of your writings.

  2. It encompasses the challenges and opportunities. It objectively surveys the state of our present and shows what lies in store.

    The lamentation of myopia of leadership notwithstanding, the optimism is a welcome break from the skepticism that seems to be a curse set in genes.

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