Getting Involved in Insaf Research Wing [ IRW ] By Asad Mahmood and Dr. Sabreena
It is not unreasonable to concern oneself with the security of the nation geographically, but is the sorry state of the social, political and economical wellbeing of our country defensible in any other terms? Battered and bruised from internal failings and external pressures since it’s zealously annually celebrated creation in 1947, Pakistan remains to date, the blind dishevelled old man grazing and bumping wall to wall in search for the path towards justice, humanity and self esteem. How does one break free from the torrential circles in which we inflict self-entrapment?
We have asked the question, because we have the answer. Winning the elections alone won’t make the cut. We need to rebuild the nation and facilitate the efficient functioning of the state through well researched and thought out policies and initiatives. Fellow countrymen, weapons of mass destruction are yesterday’s news; we bring to you the weapons of Mass Construction.
Ladies and gentleman, introducing the pen- and the power of ideas. Research. The mere mention of the word launches most of our minds into images of lab coats, spectacles and endless piles of dusty books sat on a neglected book shelf in an ancient library plonked in the middle of nowhere. My friends, we assure you the reality is not so. From the Egyptians to the Greeks to the Romans to our own Islamic Golden Age, it has been through no shortcut that civilisations have developed into what they are today. Evolution has played its part in more than just the biological sense, and evolution of thought followed by process is heavily responsible for the manmade world in which we live today. Research in this context is the engagement of able, dedicated and appropriate individuals from various fields to work towards the formulation of policies, infrastructure and systematic operations on all fronts throughout the country.
So exactly how is Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) going to see through this evolution of thought and process, you ask. Well like many other things, we’ve got it in the bag folks. We just need you to jump on board the sailing ship. Introduction number two for today – it gives us great pleasure to bring to you, The Insaf Research Wing (IRW).
The Insaf Research Wing (IRW) was born in 2009 after its founder Ali Hammad Raza saw through the materialisation of a unified platform for thoughts, ideas and suggestions for the party and beyond. Following on from the Insaf Research Wing which is largely made up by overseas Pakistanis, the three Pakistani PTI think tanks in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad were formed. Amusingly, the IRW was not initially entirely well received. However the wing now has the respected Secretary General Dr Alvi who has taken IRW under his wing providing senior guidance to the team as well as the President of Sindh and Economic and Finance Spokesperson Mr Naeemul Haque. Coupled with the running of the IRW by Asad Mahmood (PTI UK), it has evolved into an international multidimensional think tank graced by professionals from every field working in their spare time, with some members showing exceptional talent.
The aim of the Insaf Research Wing is the application of ideas, knowledge and research to provide recommendations that will become the backbone of future policies of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. There are many committees within the Insaf Research Wing ranging from elemental categories of education, economics and health to previously little explored disciplines of environment and anti-corruption. There is something for everyone. Stimulating research papers have been completed by dynamic individuals and groups from the think tank , some of which can be found on this website under the ‘Wings’ section for your reading pleasure and feedback opportunities.
Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf is spreading like wildfire and the atmosphere everywhere is just electric. People are waking up from sleepy suburbs to embrace this new rising and after many years has there been a rumble in the jungle. But Friedrich Engels once said ‘don’t mistake motion for action.’ Our Chairman, with the noblest of intentions needs votes, but more importantly policies; if the base is good, the support will follow. We, the PTI professionals, have to gift these to him and the nation. We need action and we need it now.
So calling all international based professionals from all fields to join the Insaf Research Wing and bring their dynamic ideas to our very special and spacious table. That is exactly what a few PTI supporters and workers did and now their recommendations have formed the core of the infamous 100 day plan revealed by the chairman just days ago.
Tariq Ali once wrote a book called ‘Can Pakistan Survive? – the Death of a state’ in 1983. As Anatol Lieven observes in his latest offering, ‘that’s quite a long deathbed scene by any standards.’ Nothing is more fitting. We seem to have been at the beginning of the end for an awfully long time as so aptly described above, and in this current resurrection of Pakistan we must all play our part.
We leave with you a favourite quote from the Insaf website.
‘When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me (Erma Bombeck).
We all have a calling in this rising. Intellectuals and professionals, this is yours. Insaf Research Wing. We are waiting for you email.