How I Met Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Dec05

How I Met Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

I never knew Nelson Mandela. Not personally though. All I knew was one, he was famous; two, he was the ex-president of South Africa; three, he worked hard for “something” and four, he was in a wheelchair due to “something”. Then last year out of the blue, Nelson Mandela died on December, 5th. I wasn’t shocked, nor saddened. How could I feel for someone I knew very less of? The social media was flooded that day with mourners across the globe, posting their condolences online, putting up covers of his pictures. I wondered how much they knew of the man. Did they talk about him often? Was he a friend? A role-model? Were they following up on his health? Were they praying in his last moments? I’d like to see one who did. So, still not knowing what to feel (and I still wonder if it’s necessary to actually feel something), I fired up my laptop and googled him. Trying to avoid the long, cumbersome text on Wikipedia, I came across his timeline just published by DAWN (thank heavens!). Year by year they stated Mandela’s activities from birth till death. Mandela turned out to be quite a man. He was a hero, known to many as Madiba, his Xhosa clan name. Nelson was the name given to him by his teacher at age 7. He had worked hard for the black community in South Africa, spoke against the Apartheid laws and had spent most of his time in jail. The longest being twenty-seven years in prison at which time his followers cried out to the government and it was a cry the authorities eventually bowed down to. Madiba was successful in all his efforts for the people and such racist laws were abolished once and for all. He was elected president in 1994, of course. I read through the whole article and all that came to my mind was as to how one man can go through so many hardships for the sake of the people. He was a hero among heroes. He had a voice and he made it his point in life to make himself heard. Throughout his imprisonment, he had rejected at least three conditional offers of release.[1] He was the right man at the right place at the right time. You might find it funny if I told you that I went about, “I could’ve worked to abolish Apartheid laws. Mandela you beat me to it.” However reality must be faced, that was a lot of jail time for me. So what happened next to him? He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He...

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Father of the Nation; Quaid-e-Azam
Sep11

Father of the Nation; Quaid-e-Azam

“Quaid.e.Azam”; History says, that He was leader with true leadership qualities. He perceived, he thought, he planned, he struggled and he achieved, but that achievement wasn’t a trivial one, his thoughts weren’t dangling in the air, his plans were not controversies, his struggles weren’t fruitless. His ideas weren’t insubstantial rather they were concrete. His name is patterned in the mind of every Pakistani; his efforts are highlighted by the historians. Quaid’s achievements are remarkable to just an extent that we find His photo engraved on the surface of every coin and we find his golden words written on the walls. According to a historian he is the founder of a country, but to a Pakistani he isn’t merely a founding father of this country rather he is a role model, a MAN with high consistency, a MAN holding concrete ideas, a MAN who focused to achieve a remarkable victory in the form of this country, and most importantly he was “A MAN OF VISION”. A man who perceived a gloomy future of Indian Muslims, and his conscience provoked him to work for them and ultimately he was successful in separating them from those who were secretly designing a death route for them. By taking a glance over his life history, we get to know about his endless achievements, and some questions related to his achievements also pop in our minds. At the top-notch level, one question that strikes our minds is that, did he create a scenario that ultimately brought this country into existence? Or, He merely molded the situations through his sharpness according to His will and demands? In both cases one really needs a sheer vision and consistency, and that man was undoubtedly keeping both, and He was truly filled with enthusiasm. He was the one who spent his half of life in abroad, and at times his personality  had a reflection of western culture also, and religious scholars kept on criticizing him by calling him a “secular”. But they should have kept one thing in mind before criticizing him that though he was embedded in western culture, but still his top priority was religion. All he wanted was a piece of land in which Muslims could practice their religion freely. He took an advantage of that modern education because by spending time in the country of British he was quite sure about the tricky nature of western people that’s why he stayed away from them in INDIA. He faced hardships, obstacles, failures, hitches and hurdles, but still he didn’t lose hope. In a nutshell his whole life is an inspiration for us. Though we still quote...

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Defense Day Pakistan – The Land of Pure
Sep09

Defense Day Pakistan – The Land of Pure

  6th of September every year is celebrated as the Defence Day in Pakistan. Like all other national days, this day also has a vital importance in the history of Pakistan. This day is dedicated to the forces defending Pakistan against all odds on the country’s borders and within. The history of this day dates back to the war between Pakistan and India in 1965 which took place on this day. Since then, Pakistani celebrate this day in the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the homeland in that war. This article is dedicated to the armed forces working day and night for the independence and solidarity of Pakistan. A basic difference between Police and other security forces like Pakistan Army, Rangers, ISI and others is that of mutual respect. We see in our everyday life that there is tension between Police and common man. A common man tries to get away from the policemen and not to get involved with. The case is different when it comes to other security firms. Military, Rangers, Special Forces, they have respect in a common man’s life. We see that even in the current situation of chaos in our country, every political party pointing at each other’s status and rules, when army is involved, no one questions their role or loyalty. The reason being the trust and respect for army. There are corrupt people everywhere who destroy the image of any organization or that particular class of people. Similarly, there are many good and honest ones too who make that class trustworthy. Politics has now become a game of money and power. Whoever gets the charge of the country, tries to make as much for themselves as they can within the allocated time period. There are a lot of examples and we all know that. All such events develop trust issues among a common man and one with the power. Mostly people don’t trust politicians and what they say. Army on the other hand id trusted with the security of the nation as well as all other aspects of life. According to a survey, Pakistanis trust army the most. I have been inspired by Pakistan Army since I was a child. I always wanted to join army but due to certain reasons, I could not. I’m pursuing my degree from an army institute and the difference can be noticed as well as felt within from any other private or government institute. Other than the quality of education, the discipline and dedication speaks for itself. Pakistan Army and all other armed forces of Pakistan are among the best ones in the...

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The Day Pakistan Stood Still
Sep08

The Day Pakistan Stood Still

There come many days in the calendar around the year we hail as holidays, one of them being the Defense day on 6th of September. The common trend celebrating the defense day nowadays include changing your Facebook profile picture ,tweeting up a defense day tweet and spending the whole day at home doing nothing productive. Only a few dig around and really read about one of the most important days in our history or make enough effort to ask their parents, their grandparents about the day, the events, the people we own our lives to. Let us have a glimpse of the day Pakistan stood still as told by our elders and history. It was a calm and quiet morning, the people slumbered in their beds had not a slightest clue of what awaited them. The “Zinda dilan e Lahore” were busy making their traditional breakfasts when suddenly a familiar voice was heard over the wire. “Mere Aziz Hamawano”, it was the president, “We are under attack”, the people silenced  he continued, “The enemy has attacked the frontier border of Lahore”. The sun of 6th September shone with a dreadful news of a vicious war awaited to test the spirits of a nation. But this news did not cause any panic or mayhem rather instilled a sense of responsibility in the hearts of the people to protect the motherland from the ungodly plans of the nemesis. The role that Pakistani defense forces played that day is quiet well known to all of us but something rather amazing happened on 6th September, It was not only the military that is to be accredited alone for the victory that day but the unsung civil warriors, the teenage girls, the enthusiastic boys, the men, the women every individual gave his best that day. Everyone just wanted to contribute to the struggle somehow. My Nana Abu used to tell  that there were air crafts flying all over the sky, they were in  a battle with the enemy crafts and people stood on their rooftops, in the streets chanting slogans in the support of their Air force, People calling out “ O pichion Marr,Side te side te marr” not a wise thing,  one might say to do in the times of war but people were so emotional at the time that rather a common feel prevailed in the streets that not the country but our very home is under attack and our brothers from the Army,the Navy,the Air force are trying to push back the adversaries.People volunteered to gather funds, donated money, blood, food, medicines and sent letters of support to their “Fauji bhai”...

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Preemminence of Defense Day
Sep08

Preemminence of Defense Day

The supremacy of nations, their ever-lasting impact on the outer world, historical accomplishments and their strong faith in patriotism are just the reflections of the valor and sacrifices that nations put forward in every field and their armies in particular. It’s a well-established fact and a historical perspective that only those nations stand apart which have faced the wrath of time and shown bravery in the field of battle when required, for nations get such inspirations from these events that yield the best out of them for years to come. Glancing at the history of our country; Pakistan, we find it filled with tales and occurrences of countless sacrifices and boundless heroism; from the day of independence to recent operations in North Waziristan, our people have displayed great patriotism but like a silver lining in sky there lies a junction in our history which will be reminisced for centuries to come. In September 1965, due to unavoidable circumstances Pakistan and India waged war at each other. Ground, air and naval forces of the two countries collided with full force resulting in heavy losses on both sides. The operational area of war, spread from the northern front of Kashmir to southern plains near Multan. May it be the ‘Great Tank Battle’ at ‘Chawinda‘or the courageous work of ‘M.M.Alam’, all are the tales of great heroism during that period. Gen. Ayub Khan, who was the president of Pakistan assured the whole nation to have strong faith in their abilities. War was vigorous, it continued for days but as The Australian Times rightfully acclaimed on the front cover of its daily edition as “PAKISTANI WIN”, the whole nation was relieved and the sensational win was celebrated by everyone as a gift of God. To mark this great achievement, the government of Pakistan announced to celebrate ‘DEFENSE DAY’ on 6th sept every year. ‘Defense Day’ not only signifies the great tribute of the nation to our heroes, but it also acts as a symbol of determination, as a shield of our unity and direction of our path to success, which was laid by the martyrs. Defense day is the reminder of that very dream of martyrs, who gave it all for this country; respectful and glorious place in comity of nations. Defense Day celebrated every year is the revival of national integrity that comes at risk due to manipulative mindset of some that intend to weaken the national setup. These forces, always tend to destabilize the mighty pillars of nationalism. To tackle such atrocitic approaches, defense day serves as a useful technique to arise sense of proudness, patriotism and nationalism. For the last...

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