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Global Scenario

This century has begun as much one of sound and fury as of economic, political, social and security challenges. It hardly matters whether these are new risks or old risks, smoldering and flare ups between nations and ethnic groups, or as a result of socio economic injustices, globally decisions-makers have a critical responsibility to assess these risks and take action to ward them off.

We are in a time of disruptive change—traditional leadership skills won’t be enough. External forces are shaking the foundations of leadership. Leaders need to forecast external future forces affecting their countries and their leadership, including pivotal technological and societal changes that will disrupt organizations everywhere. Leading in complex worlds involves adaptability, flexibility, an the ability to change, be grounded, based, or positioned in multiple disciplines, multiple frames of reference, and multiple philosophies. Leaders need to develop and understand to live and lead in such complex worlds.

About Us

Today in the new century the threats to our nations unity, stability and sovereignty continue to grow and expand at an alarming pace. The freedom and security of Pakistan depend on Pakistan’s leadership. Without Pakistan’s rightful leadership our country can become a more dangerous place— both for its citizens and their hard earned freedom. If left unchecked, the growing dangers will only get worse and may reach the point where Pakistan’s very existence can be at stake.. While the Pakistani people increasingly want better answers and solutions, they are getting more of slogans and promises.

Recognizing this need, Foundation for Progress has undertaken - A campaign for freedom, a new effort to conserve and promote democracy and democratic values and a clear-headed national leadership with programs and policies aimed at rebuilding a sustainable foundation upon which our future rests. This is our Leadership for Pakistan Initiative.

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National Scenario

In the current climate of uncertainty – the challenges are tremendous. We are being judged, more than ever, on our measurable results. The key to action, however, is to ensure how seriously policies and decisions are implemented at the highest levels of the political leadership. Over the past few years, we have seen an lack of political commitment to this effect.

While the towering personality of our great leader Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s, integrity, character, determination, consistency and personal courage was a hard act to follow; the rank opportunism that has exemplified Pakistan’s leadership after 1951 is difficult to comprehend. But its ironical that a nation of 180 million people could not produce a single leader in the last 65 years that at least met the minimum standards set our founding fathers.

Pakistani Nation

Pakistan is a good nation— endowed with remarkable people- hardworking, strong, resilient, dedicated and possessing unmatched will and strength to overcome the biggest of the obstacles and challenges for the preservation of their independence and freedom.

Pakistan is unique in its dedication to the principles of freedom and constitutional democracy as envisioned by its founding fathers. We are duty bound to perpetually renew this purpose and make it ever manifest in the body politic and public life of our nation. The nation looks to their leaders that they live upto their expectations and inspirations, and to the historic purpose of Pakistan’s existence, and the vision of its founders = ensuring, conservation and promotion of democracy and democratic values, and to make Pakistan a safe, secure and progressive country.

Our Goal

The nation looks to their leaders that they live upto their expectations and inspirations, and to ensure, conservation and promotion of democracy and democratic values, and to make Pakistan a safe, secure and progressive country, with choices (in education, health care and employment) abound; where taxes are fair, and comprehensible; where everybody has the opportunity to go as far as their talents will take them; where government concentrates on its core functions, recognizes its limits and shows favor to none, where law and justice dominates; where minorities, rich and the poor; weak and strong; men and women are treated equally and without any discrimination and where its citizens can live in peace, without fear and want, with dignity and respect among the nations of the world..

That these leaders propose policies and programs which assist in accomplishing these things, for rebuilding sustainable foundations upon which our future rests. A leadership which turns out to be less about who you are or how you were born, how rich or how powerful you are, than about what you have learned and what you do as part of a group.

This is our criteria of Leadership for Pakistan.

Nation's Vision Of Leadership

The current national and global threats and challenges demand a new vision of leadership for Pakistan - A vision that draws from the past but is not bound by outdated thinking. This change necessitates that Pakistan must take a drastically different direction ,a direction guided by a new generation of Pakistani leaders who are willing to challenge broken systems, who have the abilities to develop innovative solutions, who possess an unwavering moral compass, and who can see opportunity where others see only challenges.

Leadership which is guided by a clear sense of what we stand for. Who are clear headed men and women, with personal integrity, determination, consistency and personal courage and compassion. Today, we are again called to provide visionary leadership.

Program Objectives

To bring together Leaders, Leadership Researchers, Authors and Thinkers, Scholars and Academics Politicians, Public Servants, Professionals, to share and trigger advances in Leadership ;.To engage the society in a more open dialogue and to encourage ways of thinking about our national leadership from multiple perspectives;;To outline and create the public awareness on the norms of the future national leadership; To highlight and advance the traits of an effective leadership;To promote collaboration, exploration and cooperation.; ;To call for improving on the future leaderships capabilities towards ensuring true democracy and democratic values and in securing - peace, progress and prosperity for our people.

Select leaders With Caution

If each one of us decides to bring a real change to build the new society, a society in which each of us has the chance to grow, to achieve, to contribute, to create dignity for ourselves, and not for ourselves alone but for others also; a society in which each of us has a stake, a share; and we will give back to our children what they deserve – a heritage of hope – we have to elect our leaders and representatives, men and women with track record of high and integrity, character, determination, consistency and personal courage and with spirit of selfless service to the nation. Now is the time to make careful and sensitive decision as responsible citizens while casting our vote in the elections.

National Challenges

The Time Is Now.
We Can Make Or Break.

Leaders of Pakistan will continue to face many challenges, which will all have to be managed and turned into opportunities for the welfare of the people. Some of the important challenges are:

  • Promoting true Democracy and Democratic values.
  • Governance and Corruption.
  • Rule of Law and Transparency.
  • Extremism and Terrorism.
  • Poverty Alleviation. (Health, Education, Environment).
  • Developing physical and Tech Infrastructure.
  • Building Harmonious Peaceful and Progressive Society.
  • Defense, Sovereignty and Freedom.
  • Natural Resources and Energy.
  • Population Growth.
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security.
  • Promoting Youth, Talent and Innovation.
  • Economy and Trade.
  • Foreign Relations.

Refocusing our Priorities

If we want to tackle terror, hunger, disease and poverty, corruption and to ensure democracy and democratic values, good governance, rule of law, if we want to see and have a society where peace and security dominate; where we have a say in how our communities are run; and we have access to things which are so often taken for granted in the developed world, like clean water, fresh air and the chance to earn a living and bring up healthy, educated children. If we want governments to be accountable to our people; obey the rule of law; protect human rights and to create opportunities for economic growth, we need to refocus our priorities by supporting leaders and representatives who commit to create sustainable livelihoods for the poor people, promote human development and conserve the environment.

Vision For Pakistan

A nation must know where it wants to go and what is its vision for itself , only then can it prepare strategies and policies to achieve its objectives. The effort and set of rules needed to achieve such a vision would therefore depend strongly upon the height of one’s gaze. Pakistan’s founding father’s had also spelled out it’s vision thereby defining its preferred future in an increasingly uncertain world. Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on the eve of independence of Pakistan, on 11th August, 1947 said

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Democracy

Democracy is government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Pakistan’s founding father’s long before the creation of our country had envisioned a state, wherein the principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice, as enunciated by Islam, were to be fully observed. The unremitting struggle for the independence and the creation of Pakistan was inspired by these very ideals. However, soon after the demise of the founding fathers Pakistan has been wandering from the path ways leading to the establishment a true democratic system.

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Rule Of Law

Supremacy of the law is a fundamental concept in a constitutional democratic order. The rule of law is the underlying framework of rules and rights that make prosperous and fair societies possible. The rule of law is a system in which no one, including government, is above the law; where laws protect fundamental rights; and where justice is accessible to all. The rule of law presupposes the absence of wide discretionary authority in the rulers, so that they cannot make their own laws but must govern according to the established laws.

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Governance

Governance is the exercise of economic, political and administrative authority to manage a country’s affairs at all levels. Good governance, thus, signifies the competent management of resources and affairs in a manner that is open, transparent, honest, accountable, equitable and responsive to people’s need and problems.The ability of the state to provide law and order is the core of the concept of governance and is its defining feature. Governance should fundamentally possess the capacity of the state to organize social and economic activity according to rules, and to enforce compliance with those rules.

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Extremism & Terrorism

All too often we are reminded that terrorism continues to inflict pain and suffering on people’s lives all over the world.. Unequivocally traumatic in its impact, the crime of terrorism eludes simple analysis. The dark complexity of suicide attacks has exposed inadequacies of security forces, moral philosophers, psychologists and theologians alike. Countering this scourge is in the interest of entire nation and this one issue has been the top agenda of both Pakistan and the countries around the world , for the last two decades.

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Protecting Pakistan

To protect Pakistan and for its people to live securely in peace and prosperity without any fear’s or external threat, it is essential that the nation and its armed forces prepare themselves and be in state of readiness to confront any such nefarious design and challenge that such forces may pose towards Pakistan. It is also critical for our national development that we possess the necessary military capability to protect our country from both internal and external threats, together with political stability and economic prosperity for continuation of peace, progress and prosperity.

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For further information please contact

Progress Secretariat

Plot No. 73/E-1, 9th Jami Commercial St,
Phase 7, D.H.A, Karachi, Pakistan.
Tel: (9221) 35802346; 35389098;
Fax: (9221) 35380931; Mob: 0300-8289400
Email: foundationforprogress@yahoo.com
Website: www.progress.org.pk