Mahmood Iqbal
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  • Peshawar
  • Pakistan
  • Journalist, sub-editor, reporter
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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I have been in the print journalism for 10 years now. I working for Dawn, a leading daily newspaper of Pakistan. My field of interest is environment, peace building and social and political issues, besides covering development issues and governance.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Pakistan
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
Pakistan
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Journalist, sub-editor, reporter
What is your personal or organizational website?
http://dawn.com
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Democratization, Development, Humanitarian Relief, Gender, Education, Civil Society, Health, Environment
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Training, Intervention, Research
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
governance, development, environment, conlict situations

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At 6:38pm on December 30, 2008, Sie.Kathieravealu said…
Going through your profile I find that are a journalist sub-editor and reporter.

People in the media can do a lot to promote peace everywhere. If the media takes upon the responsibility of promoting peace in the world, I am sure peace in the world could be achieved easily. My regrer is that it is the media that is promoting war by promoting divisions within humanity.

The main cause for all the ills of any country and every country is the present democratic system of governance which allows "corruption" of all forms to thrive unchecked.

In my opinion "Corruption" includes any kind of waste, neglect and every form of malpractice, dishonesty, abuse, misuse, unreasonable exercise of power, failure or refusal to exercise power, anything and everything left undone which results in the right of the people being denied or impaired.

Without a "just society" in existence much talked about "terrorism" cannot be eradicated. For the creation of a "just society" there should be "good governance" in the country. For the creation of "good governance" in the country "corruption" in ALL its forms must be eradicated. And to eradicate "corruption" the present democratic system of governance, where full power to make final decisions ultimately rests in the hands of one person, must be changed.

So the only way to salvage a country is to change the present system of governance to one that is truly democratic where the final decision-making power will NOT be in the hands of ONE person BUT shared by as many people as possible and thus restricting individual hasty decisions that lead to trouble everywhere.

To make a country truly democratic, the powers of the Parliament (the decision making supreme body of a country) should be split and separated and each of the separated powers must be handled by different groups of persons selected and elected by the people for the purpose of administering EACH SET OF POWERS or duties as the case may be.

Particular care should be taken to see that all powers are NOT CONCENTRATED in one place and that they do not overlap and there must not be a secret budget to be handled by a single person.

All transactions should be transparent including Diplomacy which has to be diplomatically transparent.

One set of powers dealing with the development of the country should be given to the set of representatives at the village level. The people of each and every village must be empowered to determine their way of life (lifestyle). The life-style of a village, its lands and resources shall not be disturbed by external forces. All plans of development of a village that remotely/indirectly affects the village must have the concurrence of the people of that village concerned.

It has to be ensured that people are treated equitably regardless of their gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origins, age, disability, socio-economic background, religious or political beliefs and affiliations, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or other inappropriate distinction;

Separate the powers of parliament and empower different groups of people's representatives with different powers so that no single group has the full power. All the groups together will make the whole. The country is not divided but the powers of parliament are divided/separated.

Different groups have to be elected for such purposes as administration, fiscal management, planning, implementing, policy and law making, auditing and for any other function that may be deemed necessary.

The decision-making powers with regard to each and every set of powers must be spread through-out the country.

With such system discrimination, injustice, bribery and corruption might become history.

Even now the administration is from village level unto National Level in many countries with many stages in between - one above the other - with powers overlapping and the final decision-making power is at one place - the top. That is the problem and so that system must be changed.

We can lead the world with such a REAL DEMOCRACY with a parliament encompassing representatives from all the villages and starting the administration of the country at the village level and going unto national level.

Mahatma Gandhi wanted the villages of India to be empowered but it has not been implemented by the government of India yet due to human nature of not willing to lose the little power each person (office) is already in possession.

A change in the people's attitude and understanding of the problem is important. They must be made aware of the benefits the "rule of law" will bring to them in the long run. Now they are after short-term profits. They are not considering the future generations. A corrupt-free society will bring-in good-governance that will benefit everyone other than the crooked politicians.

In my opinion the people are ready to change the present system but they are not being given the opportunity by power hungry politicians. I think the countries of the World must move towards this goal and like-minded persons from all walks of life must join the movement and strengthen it. Only then can the people be able to give a send-off to ALL the corrupt politicians of ALL political parties and usher-in a new era of a corrupt-free society in any country. Rajaji (the last Governor-General of India) tried it in India but was not successful.

Rather than continuing to express and analyze the problem of the day we must move towards a solution.

They (the people) should move away from race/religion/language/class-centered/oriented politics and move towards a needs-focused administration that which is race-blind, religion-blind, language-blind and class-blind for sustainable peace, prosperity and a pleasant living for ALL the people in a country.

It is hoped that you would have the time to comment on the above suggestions which have been put forward in the interest of everyone.

Sie.Kathieravealu
At 9:59pm on March 31, 2008, Stephen Okello said…
I have read some of your work, and i would love to add you to my network.

Stephen
 
 
 

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