Political Polarization Increases Pakistan’s Vulnerability to External Threats

EVER since its inception in 1947, Pakistani masses are told that ‘state is in turmoil and we are passing through a critical stage of our history’. This statement holds true even today, as the country continues to struggle with political instability and turmoil. The root cause of this instability is the lack of consensus among the national leadership over issues of national interest, leading to confusion and chaos among the masses.

The ongoing struggle for power among political parties, which began in February 2022, has further damaged the country’s image and the process of democratization outlined in its constitution. This political polarization has not only caused chaos at the domestic level, but it has also increased the country’s vulnerability to external forces and terrorism. The rise in terrorism in Pakistan in recent months is a testament to this.

The political instability in the country has also had a negative impact on the economy, which is in a bad state. The social and economic survivability of the state and the sustenance of trade and commerce are at risk.

The lack of strong and visionary leadership in Pakistan has also made the country more vulnerable to external aggression. History has shown that states with strong domestic order, social cohesion, political stability, and national harmony are less susceptible to external threats. In contrast, countries with domestic chaos and political disorder are more likely to become prey to external exploitation. The examples of Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen serve as cautionary tales of what can happen when national leadership prioritizes their own interests over those of the people and the country.

To come out of this state of instability and chaos, Pakistan needs national leadership that prioritizes the well-being of the people and the implementation of national interests. Only then can the country hope to become a strong and prosperous nation.


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