An ‘Asia Society’ report titled as ‘Pakistan 2020: A Vision for Building a Better Future’ by Hassan Abbas said internal security can be achieved if the international community directly targets its assistance toward helping Pakistan in this area.
Half of US funding allocated for counterterrorism and counterinsurgency support in Pakistan can be directed toward the scientific investigations and enhancement of forensic sciences as well as other measures that could improve security in the country, the report of Asia Society, formerly chaired by late Richard Holbrook, said.
It suggested that a strategy for internal security in Pakistan will require revising the curriculum in public schools and madrasa (seminary) networks, in ways that encourage pluralism and deter any dissemination of intolerance. For reducing religious militancy it suggests De-radicalization programs and the effective use of law enforcement backed by military force.
Rigid and impartial enforcement of the law will help ameliorate ethnic strife and sectarian killings in cities like Karachi, the report said. It also sheds light on problem in Baluchistan and suggests steps for improvement by revamping intelligence.
It extends discussion to the issues in Pak-US and Pak-India relations and gives conclusion for going ahead. The report elaborated in details the challenges that Pakistan is facing in energy sector, rule of law, civil-military relations, economy, education, health and others. The report based on research and interviews of top officials and experts present suggestions for improvement in various areas.
Asia Society incumbent President Vishakha N. Desai said in the foreword that this report, however, is not meant to represent a consensus among all the members of the Pakistan 2020 Study Group.
The president said, “This report went to print as the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death surfaced. As US and Pakistan face an extremely difficult moment in their bilateral relationship, our hope is that the recommendations provided here will help policy makers in both countries and in the broader international community to formulate the best and most effective decisions to set Pakistan on a progressive path by 2020.”