Fearless Warriors of Pakistan Army
Sep07

Fearless Warriors of Pakistan Army

In the marketplace while I was busy shopping, all of a sudden I felt a brief freeze of time. It was my mind that started wondering about people and their joyous routines going on around. I could see a seemingly poor old lady sitting on the pavement outside trying to earn her bread and butter, but despite being so penurious, I observed a contently smile on her face. I saw an average broker with old smudged clothes trying to attract buyers, but he too had a strange sense of satisfaction on his face. A barefooted child with alluring colored eyes ran by me and while he passed, I caught a glimpse of happiness and relish on his cute face. Despite being under-privileged his eyes were unstoppably attracted to the colorful displays in the market. Not just this class of the society, I also momentarily observed people from the better classes with their pretentious outfits, shining automobiles and glamorous ornaments. They too were delighted and their expressions exhibited this great sense of contentment. I asked myself whether a nation surrounded by so many problems, facing so many threats and misery could contain such triumphant people? The reason behind this surely is the FREEDOM that we all enjoy, that our nation stands with proudly in this world, the FREEDOM for which our ancestors, our heroes sacrificed and gave up their lives for. These smiles and cherishes that we all nowadays take for granted are in actuality “most costly”. They have the cost no conceivable amount of money or wealth can cover. We owe the very freedom and liberty we enjoy ourselves without any concern, to our ancestors, the self-sacrificial creed who took the oath to protect us and our country, our opinions and our culture from every threat even if they had to break up everything they held dear to them the most. This great day of 6th September stands as a landmark of courage and sacrifice in the history of our great country. It is sad, but unfortunately a reality that most of us, especially the new generation has forgotten the endless sacrifices our ancestors made. We have rendered ourselves unable to feel the pain those mothers bore when they received a parade of their sons’ colleagues carrying their uniforms and their bodies in boxes, those fathers who had to bury their sons, those wives who got deprived of their matrimonial joys, those sons and daughters who lost their fathers. 6th September 1965, the day when our nation was challenged by our power greedy enemy, and fearless warriors of Pakistan Army, stood up to the occasion and deterred with full...

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To Those Who Gave Their Today For Our Tomorrow
Sep05

To Those Who Gave Their Today For Our Tomorrow

Our country is currently undergoing a great trial. Many citizens of this great country have assembled in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi to protest against the corruption that has plagued its administrative institutions since, probably, its inception. Corruption is only one of the multitude of problems – inflation, crime, a general shortage of resources and domestic terrorism – that we as a nation have to face almost on a daily basis. One problem that we remain relatively unaffected by, is that of the external threats to the peace and prosperity of this nation. We all know that we don’t have the best of relations with our neighbors (except for China maybe). India’s army is involved in skirmishes with the Pakistani army on the eastern border of the country multiple times a year. If it’s the Indian army on the East then we have a seemingly unending stream of invading terrorists from Afghanistan on the west. Why do so many others and I think that we are not affected by the aforementioned external threats as much as we are by events that are internal to the setup of the nation? It’s not entirely because most of us live far away from the borders since I happen to know people who live close to the borders and still feel the same way. We possess a sense of security and safety when it comes to the above mentioned external threats and in my opinion it’s simply due to the unwavering efforts of this country’s defense forces. It’s because of them that we have the freedom to worry about the other major problems plaguing the country. It’s because of them that we have the ability to call ourselves one of the fiercest and bravest nations in the world. It’s because of them that the nation has survived to this day and that we have a piece of land to call. Today, besides external security, the defense forces of the country are offering many services to the country’s citizens. The army has been responsible for developing basic infrastructure facilities in many cities across the country. The army has also been called upon many times to provide internal security against sectarian violence and domestic terrorism and to provide relief in case of disasters (earthquakes, floods etc.). The air force is reportedly in charge of protecting the country’s nuclear arsenal at the moment and has also played a large part in the growth of the aerospace and avionics industry within the country. The country’s navy has kept a low profile in comparison to the army and the air force. It has, however, made praise-worthy contributions to the...

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Just Hold on to Us
Sep04

Just Hold on to Us

Once upon a time in a land far far away, a stranger got lost amidst the snow caped mountains and exotic waterfalls. On his trek to find his way out, he entered a small village of dwarfs. He found a small little house at one far end and walked till there. The stranger shyly knocked the door. A dwarf man came out and the stranger introduced himself and explained that he lost his way till here. The man instantly invited him in and prepared to a cup of hot tea to combat the bone-chilling cold outside. The man insisted that the stranger stay the night in the village and asked him if the stranger would like to accompany him to what he called the ‘villager’s congress’. The stranger was touched by the hospitality, and very humbly agreed. The whole village had gathered in there. The old, young, sick – all of them. An old man stood up and began with a prayer. He then started gibberish which the stranger could hardly figure out. All of a sudden there were disputes and disagreements all around. Nobody was willing to listen to anybody; it was as if they were in a battle with themselves. It was chaos. It was turmoil. The stranger silently sat in a corner and just witnessed the anger, the frustration and the raging disagreements. He had started to doubt even if this small kingdom of dwarfs would ever last midst this flouting conflict. What happened next, the stranger will never forget. A young dwarf wearing a turtle shell tied with bamboo ropes came running in and interrupted the session. After catching his breath, he announced that a battalion of archers has attacked the small village. All of a sudden the disputes evaporated, the frustration vanished and the anger was redirected. The young were already on their feet to get their weapons. The old all huddled together and in harmony were designing a strategy. The kids, as if were already prepared, were taking the sick to the nearby houses. The stranger silently accompanied them too. As soon as he reached the nearest house, the women were rushing in grabbing the turtle shells and were tying the bamboo ropes to them. They all seemed prepared and well fitted for their tasks. There was a unique music of passion in the air, none that the stranger has heard before! In the face of calamity, they were all one! It was a tough night for the villagers, but they survived it together. They passionately said they always have, and they always will – for their village, for their villagers. The next...

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The Parting Words of A Soldier
Sep03

The Parting Words of A Soldier

Amidst the deafening canons and raging bullets, he holds his ground. His steps pushing him forward, his eyes never looking back. He remembers his mother’s tearful eyes silently pleading for him to stay, to decline. His daughter stares at him with her tiny fingers clutched in fear. His little boy has his eyes opened wide with pride and inspiration but even he is reluctant to end the hug. He remembers the touch of the fresh wind on his face. In an atmosphere filled with the odor of ammunition and blood, he remembers the smell of the beautiful flowers that blossomed in his land. He remembers the blood that was shed for the attainment of the nation that is now on the verge of annihilation. He remembers how his country and his nation gave him a life many desire for. And now as he advances towards his target, his rifle at the ready, he knows he will have to give away his today for their tomorrow… “If I don’t Come Back, Tell Them I Gave my Today for Their Tomorrow.” These were the parting words of the brave soldier. Such is the valor possessed by a soldier when he stands alone in the combat zone. He fights not as an individual but as the warrior of his nation. The gallantry and resolution owned by a soldier is unparalleled. These attributes make him a force to be reckoned with. A soldier is driven by the confidence he has in his own abilities. He does not fear the bullets, the bombs, the shells or the fact that his life is on the line. The sole thing he does fear is defeat. Defeat to a soldier means letting down an entire state. Defeat tarnishes a soldier’s pride. So for a soldier, victory is the only option. Every drop of blood he sheds brings him a step closer to triumph. Victory to a soldier is like air to a drowning man. It’s like a drop of water to a wilting rose. It rejuvenates his tattered body. Winston Churchill said: “Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.” When a soldier enters the war zone, his ears echo with the orders he was given. He repeats them silently. He looks around and he finds himself surrounded by his comrades, all there for the same purpose. And he knows that this might be the last time he is seeing their grinning faces. And even if he survives, he knows he will have to witness the death of a...

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