Those Green Sweaters…
Dec18

Those Green Sweaters…

I too wore those green sweaters with yellow lining once. Every morning was a hustle – the niggling race against time to catch the bus. As soon as the chacha rang the assembly bell, we all use to linearly arrange ourselves for the assembly and sang the national anthem at the top of our lungs. Keeping those ‘Bata’ shoes shiny and lustered till the end of assembly was another mighty struggle of our lives. As soon as the first class started, the wait for the recess began. The geography class never seemed to end, while the games period used to just quickly slip away. The silence of the library was lingering while the shouts in the Khokha were never enough. Ahhh! How convenient was my time, how trivial were my issues! Never once did I fight the terror of gunshots, never once did I not survive. Now let me share the tale of some different faces in those same green sweaters with yellow lining. They too left home today in the usual hustle of race against time. Bata shoes still were sparkly clean and the national anthem was still sung from the top of the lungs. But then the script changed and some coward men with big guns decided to fight these small warriors armed with bite marked pencils. The gunshots were way louder than the Khokha frenzy, whereas the lingering silence of the library was nothing compared to the haunting stillness while being crouched in horror underneath the rusty table. Time never froze like this in geography class while the blood of the wounded friend was oozing out faster than the ticking clock of games period. With only one stain of ink, I was moved out of assembly line; while they were drenched with buckets of blood, and nobody moved them away from line of fire. Today they went to school and saw another day.  Today they faced the radicals and stood stern against the terror. But today they didn’t survive. Ahh! How convenient was my time, how trivial were my issues! Dear gallant friends of today, we are proud of you! You will forever survive in the hustle of our mornings and in struggles of our days. I promise you one thing that in those green sweaters with yellow lining, we will rise and shine… Again! For you and for the pride of the anthem you sang today!...

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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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Allama Iqbal; a poet, a visionary
Nov09

Allama Iqbal; a poet, a visionary

We take a start from the “lab pay ati hay dua ban k tammna mere” and then move towards the massive poetry coined by him, we will undoubtedly find the great ideas and philosophies implanted in the chains of the words in the form of his everlasting poetry presented by him long ago. He is not only the national poet of Pakistan rather he is the poet of East. Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal, the poet of East, a great visionary thinker and a great philosopher was born on 9, November 1877 in the city of Sialkot. After receiving an early education from his hometown he moved abroad in order to quench his thirst for knowledge. While studying law in England, he became the member of London branch of ALL-INDIA MUSLIM LEAGUE. In this way he entered politics and got a chance to achieve his goals. His contribution in the field of poetry is very vast. Though Iqbal contributed a lot in literature but apart from those, his role in  the formation of this country is exceptional . His greatest achievement was to create the ideology of Pakistan that later on became the very basis of independence of Pakistan. His poetry contains endless messages and his work in the field of literature is of supreme importance still. The most prominent feature of his work was that he always emphasized on the importance of religion. Islam to him was very much important and because of this he had an urge for a separate homeland in which Muslims could practice their religion freely. He had a great vision and he perceived future critically. He was very much aware of the sufferings of Indian Muslims and finally he used his pen like a sword in order to pierce the darkness that was embedded in the hearts and the minds. His words were influential to such an extent that ultimately they brought a fruitful result in the form of an independent state. The themes of his poetry were of great importance and still they are regarded as a great source of inspiration. His concept of “Self” (khudi) is based on the concept of self-realization which integrates all the known facts of the universe into single unity, and this single unity is the concept of God. His concept of self-realization is not merely based on Divine power, rather he highlighted that in order for us to seek the truth of our existence; proper training, experiences and education plays a vital role.   His philosophies promoted the social norms and values and in order to progress social interaction is very much important. He once said: “Individual exists by...

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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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