Never Forget
Dec29

Never Forget

  16th December has to be one of the blackest days in Pakistan’s recent history. I remember sitting in a classroom at University the morning (around 10:00 am) of that day, chatting with some of my friends as we waited for our class to begin. My best friend was sitting next to me. He was checking out messages on his cell phone when he received the news, via sms, that terrorists had entered a branch of Army Public School in Peshawar. The look on my friend’s face changed from shock to concern as he read out the horrible news to us. The sms didn’t provide much detail of the incident. We knew, however, that this was a developing story and one we all hoped would end happily. This was not to be the case. In the afternoon, we received news that the terrorists had killed close to 30 children and a couple of people from the school staff. The army had begun its operation against the terrorists and was having some success. I had left my university around 3:30 pm and by the time I had reached home an hour or so later, the death toll had risen to over a 100. The most heartbreaking part of it was, of course, the killing of innocent children. After I had gotten home, i had turned on the TV to watch the media coverage of the incident. What I saw on the TV were scenes of chaos as concerned relatives were running around secured areas looking for their children among those who had been evacuated as soon as the terrorists had started their despicable activities. I moved on to another channel and there I saw relatives crying their eyes out over dead bodies and coffins. I clearly remember fighting back a flood of tears as I was watching this.   A scene from the media coverage of the incident. This is just one of many coffins over which parents were seen mourning.       The emotions at this time were in stark contrast to what they were when I had first heard the news. The shock and concern wasn’t as huge as it should have been, when I had first come to learn of the incident. It’s probably because we have become used to the constant flood of bad news and to scenes of injustice, cruelty and suffering, living in Pakistan. We have become desensitized to violence, especially, in cases where we aren’t directly affected by it. The suffering caused by the killing of sweet, innocent and joyful children or even the thought of it is enough, however, to cause...

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Pakistan Mourns…
Dec16

Pakistan Mourns…

What happens when a regular person sitting at home switches on T.V in morning? He/she comes to know that there is not a moment of certainty for a Pakistani. There are four scenarios we are well-acquainted with on Pakistan’s media 1. Talk shows with political bantering. 2. Demonstration and processions with political bantering. 3. Dramas with women crying Lately the fourth scenario i.e terrorist attack, is in the process of being controlled by Pakistan Army through operation Zarb-e-Azab. But then catastrophe struck, marking a sad end to the year 2014 for Pakistan. Army Public School, Peshawar became a militant battle ground. But wait. Battles are raged against those who are armed. They were just children. Six gunmen wearing suicide vests entered the school and gunned down 135 children as reported so far out of 200 victims. Some are still held hostages and many more are missing. This was a children massacre at mass. I switched off the T.V. It was getting unbearable. I couldn’t help knowing the stories of the survivors so i started reading about it online. The ones who survived and returned to their conscious state reported that they played dead to escape the claws of these coward scavengers. School is the time, people crave to go back to. I know I do. I miss everything about it. But these survivors are among those who wouldn’t look back to this memory. Ever. Its filled with screaming classmates and open gunshots. Although they returned alive, a big chunk of them is probably dead within. You know why terrorists are always reported to be around 18 years old or younger? Because if they were mature and had children of their own, they would not be ready to blow themselves up in a school. The fear of devastation of their own children and family would have held them back. Heartiest condolence to the families of the victimized. If only our grief could bring back the lost ones. If only it had such a strong impact that future generation could be saved. Today we mourn. Tomorrow things will be back to normal for politicians, for people sitting in front of their t.v sets, for anybody who wasn’t directly affected. Or everything would change… Maybe. If only we had caught these brutes alive and publicly executed them to warn those who were behind this. All these children have left us with, is the wish for ‘If only’ we could have saved...

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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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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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