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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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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A nation gets a leader it deserves
Aug14

A nation gets a leader it deserves

I was scanning the Sunday magazine of one of the leading news papers of Pakistan. In doing so my eyes fell on what I was looking for, one of the writer’s article whom I have a high regard for. As I was going through the article drinking in every word and with every remark new suspicions, new queries came to pass. It was all in relation to the hard sell that long march of Dr.Tahir-ul-Qadri created and the nation’s rejoinder. The concluding line of article was “A nation gets the leader it deserves”. This line was so potent that it stuck in my mind. If nations, not a crowd, comprehend this line, it elucidates their times of yore, present state of affairs and forthcoming times. If a nation needs to be reprimanded then this line is more than enough to wobble it to edifice. But this is not the case with Pakistani nation, words do not suffice them. To put in words of Talat Hussain “This nation likes to be fooled again, again and again” to learn life time lesson. It’s been 65 years since the creation of Pakistan. Had there been an era of so called leaders, in these years, when this nation not been double-crossed, swindled and deceived to the hilt. We have been mesmerized by the pied-pipers not once but on copious junctures. Do we earn all of this?? On frequent occurrences we have witnessed that an assortment of political parties raises the catchphrase of change, we pursue them without grasping where this path is leading us. Are we so frenzied and frantic for change or are we just a bunch of fool hardies awestruck by the pied-pipers?? Let’s travel through the pages of history to find the answer. When Zia-ul-Haq occupied the throne he aptly used the concept of Islamization to allure people. He exploited people in face of Islam, easily befooling them by manipulating things and then whatever were the consequences; they are not veiled from history, manipulated, yes! But not veiled. Then year after year, from martial law administrator to civilian Prime minister to the date, everyone trampled nation’s trust and hope and took away what little sanguinity was left with them. Under such consequences wherever ray of hope emerged in this pitch obscurity, people are blinded by its light and cling to it like a drowning man clutches at a straw. Even so at every stride I am trying to defend ourselves, but my conscience is pricking me and whispering perceptibly that “how long is it going to work, you have to face the music one day so, why not now?” In...

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