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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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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Gratifying Moments of a Proud Pakistani
Aug15

Gratifying Moments of a Proud Pakistani

On one of the most sophisticated aftaar parties this Ramzan, I got to hear this statement from one of my close family members, “Pakistan bana kar Quaid ney sirf Fasaad hi phailaya” Not new to my ears, not new for my mind to process! Yet as painful as it was, when I heard it for the first time. Words were different, but were said with the same antithetic, rude and selfish tone. “Pakistan Quaid ney sirf apney mafaad ki khaatir banaya tha” Too much for me to digest, too harsh for me to tolerate & too complicated for me to process. Ironic it is, for us to say this. My graceful, honorable and inspirational image of Quaid-e-Azam breaks, its left shattered. I think, re-think, re-re-think… I decided to read more about Quaid, about life in sub-continent, about two nation theory and about everything that can make me see the real picture. Even books like ‘Jinnah of Pakistan’ wouldn’t do enough justice to the young generation who does not know of him or the idea behind his efforts. And I am left with one option alone, lets try gathering the first hand knowledge! Yes, talk to my grandparents, question about the theme of Independence, the basic idea of separation and two nation theory.. what it was like to live together with them, share everything with Hindus and Sikhs. They are those whose hearts beat for Pakistan, whose eyes have seen Pakistan come into being What difficulties they had to overcome during migration and what was the Jazba behind all this? and after having talked to them, I have to say this with teary eyes and a broken heart that we can’t even TRY to empathize what they have gone through… we can’t even try to THINK how they have suffered, we can’t even summon up all our courage and bring that Jazba in our dead hearts now! They are those whose hearts beat for Pakistan, whose eyes have seen Pakistan come into being, whose throats were soar after shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ for hours, days and months… It was not some selfish need that gathered all Muslims together, it was vision for a better tomorrow, love for a piece of land that they would own, honor for their mosques which they would fearlessly visit and above all, the feeling of not being ruled and be an independent, sovereign free nation! Freedom, that we can’t even sense now.. This led them go through all the countless sufferings of history… This gave them the courage to throw their loved ones’ dead bodies in Rivers and Wells, this made their women jump into wells,...

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