United For Better Pakistan

United For Better Pakistan We are trying to create an ongoing collaborative environment between Business, Civil society, social sector leadership in Pakistan and Pakistani Diaspora
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"United for Better Pakistan"is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-political organization based in USA striving to establish a civil society network of Pakistanis both inside and outside Pakistan along with working as a Think Tank focused on presenting practical solutions to complex problems Pakistan is facing today. This initiative is going to advocate & campaign for a constitutional package which is geared towards good governance, embedded accountability and rectifying problems in malfunctioning systems in Pakistan. The package is based on principles of equality, accountability, transparency and checks and balances on Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of Govt.It defines and advocates processes and automated systems that will lead to good governance and much needed services needed by citizens of Pakistan. Some of the important features of the legislative package include:


1. Financial transparency and accountability

2. Performance reviews of Executives, Legislative,Judicial branches of the govt on social development benchmarks (KPIs).

3. Bringing Best and Brightest into Politics

4. Reforming Education & Criminal Justice System.

5. Utilizing expertise & resources of Pakistani Diaspora in resolving national issues.

6. Use Information Technology to develop systems to deliver services required by citizens of the country.

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The proposed legislation puts forward the idea of a complete renovation of the electoral process. This will require some...
08/12/2015
Legislations | United For Better Pakistan

The proposed legislation puts forward the idea of a complete renovation of the electoral process. This will require some primary changes in the current electing system like introducing the Primary Election System (e.g. U.S) and an electoral process similar to one in Scandinavian countries.
The chief objective of this system is the ‘pre-registration of every voter (in any constituency ) through a political party. This will highlight the voter’s inclination towards any specific political party even if they don’t vote for that particular party.

Primary elections are open to all registered voters. Similar to general elections, voting is done through a secret ballot. Voters can choose from among all registered candidates and write-ins are counted. There are two types of primaries, closed and open. In a closed primary, voters may vote only in the primary of the political party in which they are registered. In an open primary, the registered voters are allowed to vote in the primary of any party but they can only vote in one primary.

Furthermore, prior registration enables registered voters of each party to decide which candidate they want to run in the elections. For example, for the North Nazimabad constituency of Karachi, MQM has 500,000 registered voters; and MQM has three individuals who are in line to be given the party ticket to stand for elections for that seat. However, in this scenario, instead of the party choosing the representative, those 500,000 voters will have a mini internal election, in which the 3 candidates will run against each other; and the winner of that mini election will then participate in the main election from MQM’s platform.

This will bring a democratic culture within parties and result in voter engagement. The mini internal election will also serve as a precursor of the main elections; and give the voters a glimpse of their candidates; their strong and weak points; their goals and agendas; etc. This would be made possible through the ‘primaries’. The direct primary or preliminary internal election would pit candidates against each other, who would compete to win utmost voters’ confidence and secure the maximum number of votes, not just in the mini election or internal party primaries, but also in the main election against candidates of opposition parties.

AUTOMATED VOTING PROCESS:
in voting lists; there are no [area-based] duplication in names of voters; and rigging is minimal. A clear and concise process needs to be developed for the creation of either the software that ensures this; or an application that completes the task. Humans based systems are vulnerable and often targeted by miscreants for foul play.
In order to ensure rigging-free elections, there should be a mandatory audit of 40% of random voting centers or polling stations/booth.

A channel like ‘C-Span’ (in the US) must be formed that covers all political activities 24/7. It should be under a government department, in form of a public watch-dog or not-for-profit entity that does video coverage of all level of activities in the electoral process. There would be live debates between candidates posted online or broadcasted on television allowing everyone and anyone to assess the candidates, review their performances and make decisions to vote for or against them based on that evaluation.

Parameters based performance will be promoted. This entails that parameters will be developed for MNAs & MPAs (such as roads developed, hospitals refurbished, health units’ set-up, schools built or made functional, etc.) and their performance will be matched against those parameters. This will allow voters to review the performance of their representative in light of those parameters; and enable them to gauge whether their term has been beneficial for them, the community and the constituency.

Automated Removal Process would be developed for the elimination of incompetent players. At a pre-determined time interval, ideally on an annual basis, the voters will have the option of voting out their elected representative if they think s/he hasn’t delivered on their promises (in light of the parameters – which will serve as a gauge for performance.)

If a simple majority or 51% of the total voters who voted in any given constituency (not just for the winning candidate, but the total votes cast) vote for the removal of an elected representative, then his tenure will be terminated. A one-month time window will be automatically activated at the time of the 1st anniversary of the representative’s tenure; and if 51% of voters desire him to leave during that one-month period, then there will be termination of tenure; and new elections held for the selection of a new representative.

'Making Votes Count’ OBJECTIVE & PURPOSE:

The proposed legislation puts forward the idea of a complete renovation of the electoral process. This will require some...
08/12/2015
Legislations | United For Better Pakistan

The proposed legislation puts forward the idea of a complete renovation of the electoral process. This will require some primary changes in the current electing system like introducing the Primary Election System (e.g. U.S) and an electoral process similar to one in Scandinavian countries.
The chief objective of this system is the ‘pre-registration of every voter (in any constituency ) through a political party. This will highlight the voter’s inclination towards any specific political party even if they don’t vote for that particular party.

Primary elections are open to all registered voters. Similar to general elections, voting is done through a secret ballot. Voters can choose from among all registered candidates and write-ins are counted. There are two types of primaries, closed and open. In a closed primary, voters may vote only in the primary of the political party in which they are registered. In an open primary, the registered voters are allowed to vote in the primary of any party but they can only vote in one primary.

Furthermore, prior registration enables registered voters of each party to decide which candidate they want to run in the elections. For example, for the North Nazimabad constituency of Karachi, MQM has 500,000 registered voters; and MQM has three individuals who are in line to be given the party ticket to stand for elections for that seat. However, in this scenario, instead of the party choosing the representative, those 500,000 voters will have a mini internal election, in which the 3 candidates will run against each other; and the winner of that mini election will then participate in the main election from MQM’s platform.

This will bring a democratic culture within parties and result in voter engagement. The mini internal election will also serve as a precursor of the main elections; and give the voters a glimpse of their candidates; their strong and weak points; their goals and agendas; etc. This would be made possible through the ‘primaries’. The direct primary or preliminary internal election would pit candidates against each other, who would compete to win utmost voters’ confidence and secure the maximum number of votes, not just in the mini election or internal party primaries, but also in the main election against candidates of opposition parties.

'Establish democracy at the grass roots level' OBJECTIVE & PURPOSE:

Committees in the Senate and Parliament essentially seek to safeguard the rights of the common man who is rarely present...
08/12/2015
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Committees in the Senate and Parliament essentially seek to safeguard the rights of the common man who is rarely present in government offices. They serve as the eyes and ears of the common man when they function with integrity, and strive to serve the national interest.

The proposed legislation would keep strict checks on all government bodies and officials and make sure that each one serves the people of Pakistan in the best possible manner.

There should be numerous Parliament / Senate committees working effectively, efficiently and expeditiously to monitor va...
08/12/2015
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There should be numerous Parliament / Senate committees working effectively, efficiently and expeditiously to monitor various plans of the government. Regular election of committee should be conducted on a timely basis. Furthermore, the committees must be nonpartisan and nonaligned with any political bodies. They must remain objective and determined, and work towards a single goal of serving the nation’s best interest.

A centralized e- portal must be created that would serve as a database for all functioning committees. It would hold details of the current issues, future plans and goals, plus a weekly performance update of the Committees. Organizational charts would be provided on the e-portal for Committees and individual members in key positions, to help keep records of their performances.

Committees play an effective role in the smooth running of legislative bodies. Individuals who are members of such commi...
08/12/2015
Legislations | United For Better Pakistan

Committees play an effective role in the smooth running of legislative bodies. Individuals who are members of such committees become aware of all the intricate workings and day to day operations of such bodies, and develop expert knowledge.

Committees are essentially fact finding, consensus building and policy recommending boards that seek to fulfill the demands of the citizens. Parliamentary committees form a link between the Parliament, the Executive and the general public. Although there are 44 committees in the Parliament at present, including standing, house, finance and functional committees, they are costly and inefficient and have failed to leave their mark in any way.



The committees through this proposed legislation will be authorized to sua sponte(take charge without formal prompting) expenditures, subordinate legislations, administration, public petitions and policies of the ministry concerned and its related public bodies. Through the legislation each working committee will be provided proper resources and expert knowledge to supervise the executive operations in the best possible manner. In addition, the committees will help the legislature in performing its duties and functions well and on time.

The legislation will become central to parliamentary democracy and allow its members to not just comment on the proposed laws and government policies, but also to thoroughly examine, research and question them.

The Committees of the two houses will only benefit if they form an effective and efficient accountability system for the Parliament unlike the present committees that are prone to taking sides, are dictated by ministers and lie under the control of the government. Once a powerful and independent Committees system is established, it will have a huge impact on the operations of democratic bodies and curb government atrocities and corruption.

Things will change with committees gaining insight into the operations of the Executives. Presently, the committees are misguided and left ignorant, because the Executives only want to give them information that favors them. However, a functioning committee under this legislation will become a useful tool for accumulating the right data and providing it to the public for scrutiny.

The right and resourceful committees under this legislation will nip corruption in the bud and create a system of accountability. Fruitful and beneficial projects and policies would be favored and encouraged whereas foolish and disastrous projects would be withdrawn. A system of checks would be kept on different departments and bodies and their projects would be kept under strict scrutiny.

A centralized e-portal will be created that will serve as a job listing site as well as a database of profiles and resum...
08/12/2015
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A centralized e-portal will be created that will serve as a job listing site as well as a database of profiles and resumes of all those who have applied for any job. A good database will allow the system to identify individuals fit for specific jobs as well.

Meanwhile, the government will have to develop a standard test to ensure that each employee it hires meets a baseline criteria – not just in terms of literacy but also in terms of behavioral and attitudinal competencies. This will drastically improve the public sector work force.

Also, anyone and everyone can view this process. There should be a complete listing of all the jobs available; list of all candidates who have applied; list of candidates who have been successful; etc. This will mean that each candidate knows that they had a fair shot at the job; and also the stage where they failed. This will enable them to prepare better in the future.

This way, the process of hiring would also be under review and can thus be constantly improved through feedback. The entire hiring process will also be charted on the e-portal, with candidates able to find out the number of stages after which the hiring decision would be made, and the time-frame for each part of the hiring process. This will ensure that each department executes its hiring process with due diligence; otherwise, it could be held accountable for failing to execute the process in the defined time-span.

The proposed legislation would aim to bring uniformity in various education systems operational in the country, through ...
08/12/2015
Legislations | United For Better Pakistan

The proposed legislation would aim to bring uniformity in various education systems operational in the country, through listing compulsory subjects that all students would have to study at different levels and in different fields, from 3rd grade up to university level.

The choice of subject, curriculum and educational content would be decided on by a team of local and foreign education experts in the related fields. The team of experts would be asked to include character building content in the academic courses for inculcating moral values and strong ethical sense in the youth.

Another important aspect of revolutionizing the educational system of the country is to shift focus from the memorization culture to the understanding of basics, creativity, accomplishment and the capability to give back.

A baseline test would be created for primary, secondary, intermediate and university students, which would be compulsory for all in addition to the regular school exams. This would ensure that all students at different levels of schooling meet a certain set standard, nationwide.

Specific attention will be given to rural and less developed areas, where special classes will be conducted to ensure that students have the required training to sit for that particular test.
The results of the tests will also show not just the level of literacy in different areas of Pakistan but also the nature of literacy in each area. For instance, if a college student from a remote village in Baluchistan is incapable of clearing the standardized test for secondary school, then it would clearly illustrate that the level of education in that area requires improvement.

Tutorials, audio and visual guides, and coaching and training facilities would be provided to students belonging to remote areas. The test results would also highlight the areas where such training is necessary or requires improvement.

The government can approach various voluntary teaching programs operating in Pakistan for recruiting qualified teachers. Another option is making ‘3 to 6 months’ of practical education in form of “teaching internship/assignment” in rural areas, mandatory for graduate degree students. Classroom instruction or teaching a term in school can also be made an essential part of the graduate degree programs, in order to facilitate education in all parts of the country.

In order to encourage a learning culture across the country, the government must award scholarships annually from a bigger platform. Rewards awarded to exceptional students by the state must be publicized and posted on government portals. This would not just bring the brilliant minds of the country into the limelight but would also inspire the younger lot to strive harder.

Each public sector organization and department will have to set goals, aligned with the overall vision of the nation, an...
08/12/2015
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Each public sector organization and department will have to set goals, aligned with the overall vision of the nation, and have their performances reviewed against those goals.

A similar principle will be applied to departmental heads and government personnel using basic performance parameters such as departmental, team and individual goals set and achieved; number of hours spent at work; major tasks performed; etc. Employees (from a certain grade upward) will be required to define their yearly & quarterly goals.

All employees will have to enter their daily check-in and check-out time; so that everyone can see how many hours they put in at work; they will also submit a daily report of activities, or it can be weekly or monthly depending upon the nature of work and designation. However, irrespective of designation, government servants must carry this out – whether it’s the MD of PIA or Pak Steel or a lowly clerk in the City District Government Karachi.

Requisite working hours would have to be calculated for senators, legislators and members of Standing committees and the mentioned dignitaries will have to put in the required working hours in their offices. Plus they will have to post details of their performance, history and achievements as well.

Organizational chart will be made available on the portal for this purpose.

In addition, all government employees will essentially have annual training. Plus, they will have to sit for annual examination relative to their work, to ensure that they are abreast with the latest developments, and continue to work effectively. This will make the system merit-based in effect, as the exam results will provide a gauge of the employees’ abilities.

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