Transformational change begins with a compelling vision. Developing and refining such a vision in a participatory manner, and communicating it effectively allows individuals to see the big picture and understand how best to contribute to the shared mission. An inspiring Vision motivates people to take collective action and break the status quo. It encourages innovation, ingenuity, effort and even a willingness to sacrifice individual interests for the greater good of the nation.
The objective of Pakistan Vision 2025 is to awaken, co-ordinate and direct the people's expectations, efforts, and resources towards the key pillars that will enable the achievement of the development goals. In the past, growth spurts have been exogenously driven. It is now time for the people of Pakistan to take control of their own destiny.
As outlined earlier Pakistan Vision 2025 was developed through a non-partisan process to create a national consensus on our shared destination. At its core the Vision is people- designed and people-centered. The Vision is for the people, by the people and of the people; setting and defining the parameters of political, economic and social development for building a prosperous, peaceful and unified nation. A nation envisioned where citizens share a strong sense of nationalism and community, and government partnership in pursuit of national development goals.
Transformational change is impossible if the citizenry at large does not take ownership and contribute positively to the process of change. It is therefore essential that the Vision is owned by all Pakistanis. This is the only true guarantee that the Vision will be implemented and our common goals achieved.
Political Stability & Continuity of Policies
If we look at the successful experiences of Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, China, India and Turkey, political stability and policy continuity emerges as a common pre- requisite for development. No country has developed with instability and chaos. The smooth transition of 2013 from one political government to another has strengthened the belief in political stability. A healthy sign is that political leadership across the political divide has shown greater maturity in the recent past. There is a national consensus on economic agenda and national security. Furthering this process will ensure prolonged periods of political and economic stability, which will have an enormous impact on economic growth, income generation, human development and income distribution.
Peace and Security
Peace and security is another key foundational block for any development strategy. Without peace policies cannot bear dividends. Pakistan is located in a strategic geographic location, which poses unique challenges. Pakistan Vision 2025 recognizes that without an environment of peace and security, economic development can neither be meaningful nor sustainable. Increased investment, growth and economic revival are impossible without peace and security.
A peaceful neighbourhood is a prerequisite to economic growth. Externally, Pakistan desires "peace with dignity". We pursue a policy of zero conflict. We wish to resolve all disputes with our neighbours, peacefully. Pakistan's ability to bridge regions like South Asia, West Asia and Central Asia and provide an economic corridor will be strengthened by this strategy. The policy of maintaining deterrence for our national security is paramount and has to be maintained to pursue peace with dignity.
We also desire peace and security within the country. Pakistan has been facing formidable security challenges, particularly after 9/11. The national internal security policy provides the framework to achieve this goal. The policy seeks to create a secure environment where life, property, civil liberty and socio-economic rights of the citizens are protected and they are able to live and prosper in harmony, freedom, respect and dignity as enshrined in the constitution. Extremism and terrorism have caused enormous loss to our society, economy and image. Recreating the spirit of peaceful coexistence, tolerance, and unity is key to our success. "Operation Azab" shows our resolve to take our space back from extremism and terrorism.
While peace and security are essential for development, the converse is equally true. The traditional approach towards development planning was to appraise, approve and mandate developmental projects in terms of economy, environment and technology. Very little importance was given to incorporating peace and security assessments into development planning. This is especially problematic for a country that has been for long gripped by security crises. There is an urgent need to integrate peace-building assessments into the development discourse so that the development efforts can deliver maximum dividends in terms of enhancing security and stability.
Vision 2025, a product of input from all the stakeholders, seeks to initiate a debate, set a trend, and underscore the significance of establishing a link between development and peace where peace becomes an essential outcome of the development projects. Without establishing such a link, a crucial element of stability that could be extracted through development projects will remain missing. In order to overcome this deficiency in public policy formulation, the Ministry of Planning Development and Reform is in the process of setting up a full scale Peace and Development Unit that will not only raise the awareness on the subject, integrate peace and stability as one of the KPI's of development projects, but also conduct research and assessment studies on peace and conflict in the country for policymakers and public.
Rule of Law
Sustained growth and development does not take place in an environment that is not characterized by the supremacy of the rule of law. Therefore, establishment and application of the rule of law - which includes but is not limited to: enforcing contracts, regulating the market, breaking barriers to competition and the protection of the fundamental rights of every Pakistani citizen, is a necessary condition for the realization of the Vision. The government will ensure to create conditions that enable the strict enforcement of the rule of law—by strengthening the judicial system, revamping police and the criminal justice system, reviewing rules and regulations and re-enforcing formal and informal channels of dispute resolution. The focus will be on ensuring equal application of law and order on all segments of society.
Social justice and economic development are integral and complement each other to establish a moral and just society. In Islam, Social Justice as a concept refers to equality in giving rights and in abiding by obligations without discrimination for any reason, either for religion, race, color and creed. Development should lead to social justice where the disadvantaged and marginalized are reached, their basic needs met, and their access to economic opportunities improved. Social justice facilitates and promotes upward social mobility. Our focus will be on creating a caring society, where everyone shares the dividends of prosperity and development. Without social justice the gains from development are lost due to resulting inequality, exploitation and conflict.