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We Demand You!

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Submitted by Syed Tariq Ali (United States), Apr 9, 2010 at 15:02

Dear Mr. President, Without any fear and shame we still consider you as our President, Brave Commander of our Armed forces and courageous leader of the Muslim Ummah. You are still alive in our hearts and minds. That was not you who resigned as the President of Pakistan for the sake of safe and secure future of our country. That was actually the Nation "US" who was sleeping with open eyes or misused in the hands of Corrupt Politicians, Criminal Judiciary, Dishonest Bureaucrats and Disloyal Media. We strongly believe that it was "US" who were wrong and now suffering because of our mistakes.

We as a Nation have already paid enough prices of our belief and trust on our own Politicians. But now, we are not in an easy state to persist more with those people. We are witnessed of the damage country has suffered after you left US  Inflation has gone up by 50% in two years.  $15 billion investment has left the country.  30% devaluation of Rs. Rs. / $ gone from Rs.60 to now over Rs. 86  Stock market is down by 40%  Load shedding is up.  Food shortages and hoarding of sugar and wheat.  Sectarianism and Extremism has growing fast in past few years We remember the developments and growth in your tenure of Presidency and cannot deny that fact that every single Pakistani got benefitted because of these developments.

We want you to become our President again, we trust you and want to see you in power.We want you to introduce and implement an ideal form of Government, a philosophy that leads to a full Islamic form of Government, a system which will transform gradually into a pure Islamic Government without any ethnic and religious confrontation or agitation (An enlighten form of government) because we need enlighten moderation. We want you to bring change and developments in Pakistan, we want you to make us proud again as a (STRONG, CIVILIZED AND UNIFIED NATION) We want you back to bring poor Pakistanis their rights. Our belief is this that no one is perfect and without faults in this Universe, except Allah Almighty. We observed analytically the overall performance of your governance, constructive developments under your rule and the mistakes that you had made and have concluded the following: Socioeconomics Developments (1999-2007):  Pakistan's economy grew by 100% — to become $ 160 billion  Revenue grew by 100% — to become $ 11.4 billion  Per Capita income grew by 100% — to become $ 925  Foreign Reserves grew by 500% — to become $ 17 billion  Exports grew by 100% — to become $ 18.5 billion  Textile exports grew by 100% — to become $ 11.2 billion  Karachi Stock Exchange grew by 500% — to become $ 75 billion  Foreign Direct Investment grew by 500% — to become $ 8.4 billion  Annual Debt servicing decreased by 35% — to become 26%  Poverty decreased by 10% — to become 24%  Literacy ratio grew by 10% — to become 54%  Public development Funds grew by 100% — to become Rs 520 billion  Tremendous reduction in poverty during the period 2000 - 2007. The poverty level dropped from 34% to 24% and the overall living standard improves dramatically.  Setup of 47 universities, including Virtual University. Most of the universities were of international standards.  Significant increase of reserved seats for women in assemblies, to increase women's representation and make their presence more effective. Compared with 1988 seats in the National Assembly were increased from 20 to 60.

In provincial assemblies 128 seats were reserved for women. This situation has brought out increase participation of women from 1988 and 2008 elections.  Three dams constructed two in Baluchistan and one in N.W.F.P province (Mirani, Subakzai, Gomalzam dams).  Six Motorways completed or under construction: M1, M3, M8, M9, M10, M11.  Development of GWADAR Mega Sea port project and city development.  Historic 100% increase in Tax collection of $11 billion.  Large scale manufacturing was 30 year high under your rule.  Construction activity was 17 years high under your rule.  CNG sector attracted over $70 billion investment in last 5 years.  Industrial sector registered 26% growth.  The Infrastructure Industries Index, which measures the performance of seven industries (i.e., Electricity generation, Natural gas, Crude oil, Petroleum products, Basic metal, Cement and coal) has recorded a 26.2 percent growth in the Industrial sector of Pakistan.  Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL) completed. The 1,002-acre airport is 13 km west of Sialkot and is linked by a road to Gujranwala, Wazirabad, Gujrat, Narowal, the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) and the Sialkot Dry Port Trust.  The IT industry, which was virtually non-existent seven years ago, has grown to be worth $2 billion of which $1 billion is export related. It registered a 50% growth. 55 foreign IT companies have already entered the market. Now the I.T. sector alone employs 90,000 professionals.  According to a report entitled, "Doing Business in 2006," co-sponsored by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Pakistan globally ranked 10th among the countries most active in pursuing pro-business policies.  Pakistan won approval of global capital markets, with highlights being the $800 million Regulation S Rule 144A sovereign bond, including a 30 year tranche, and a ground breaking GDR from Muslim Commercial Bank  It was under your liberal policies that led to freedom of media and from one state run television PTV, above 50 channels were given license to operate. Pakistan saw an era of huge influx of television and radio channels.  Strong Foreign Policy and relations with neighbouring, regional and other countries such as CHINA, INDIA, SAUDI ARABIA, AFGHANISTAN, USA, RUSSIA, TURKEY, etc.

Unpopular Developments Done by Your Government (1999-2007):  Suspension and reinstatement of the Chief Justice.  Lal Masjid siege  Permission to US Forces to use Pakistan's Soil for their activities such as using air bases, logistics and drone attacks Unfavourable Developments Happened During Your Governance (1999-2007):  Case of Missing People  Pakistan Steel privatisation  Baluchistan movement Below is the close comparison of the prices of last 2yrs from 2007-2009 Flour 13 Rs/Kg -- now 31Rs/Kg (238% increase) Sugar 21Rs/Kg -- now 70 Rs/Kg (333% increase) Milk 32 Rs/Kg -- now 46 Rs/Kg (45% increase ) Motorcycle 32 K Rs -- now 46K Rs (45% increase) Stock Market 16K points-now 9K point (What a shame) Phone call TX 15% - now 19.5 % Sales Tax 11% - now 16% Terror attack 1306(2007) 2586 (2009) US Dollar 60 Rs (was stable 5 yrs) 86Rs Now Eco. Growth 6.8% ---only 2% now Dear Mr. President (for you will always be our President), we as a nation do not implore or ask of you to lead us, but we "Demand" it from you to take the helms into your hand and steer out nation towards a brighter and more prosperous path towards glory. "Live long Pakistan Live Long Musharaf"

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