At the stroke of midnight hour, when the world was asleep, Pakistan was awake to life and freedom. A moment came which comes but rarely in history, when we stepped out from the old to the new, then an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, found utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we took the pledge of dedication to Pakistan and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.
Foundation of Pakistan is not an achievement that we celebrate today but it is a step to open new opportunities, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Pakistan as a nation is wise and brave enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of a bright future. Pakistan possess rich minerals and resources, the country has the world’s second largest gas infrastructure. Pakistan’s gas distribution network is the world’s second largest network after that of the United States. Pakistan has the world’s fifth largest gold mine in the province of Baluchistan. Pakistan has the second biggest salt mine in the world.
Pakistan has produced one of the finest doctors, engineers, lawyers, economists and media personals. Today Pakistan is home to one of the finest universities there can be. Over the years the country has developed a strong higher educational infrastructure and it is still growing. Pakistan has excelled in every field, Pakistan’s cricket team is among one of the few countries who have managed to win the world cup. The cricket team has made the world proud on various occasions and events. The national hockey and squash team has also made the entire country proud by winning various international events.
There are a lot of positive things about Pakistan that the world media does not shows. Pakistan has the fastest growing telecommunication network in the world, The phenomenal rate of growth of Pakistan’s telecom industry is unheard of anywhere else in the world. Despite having a very small GDP per capita, Pakistan has succeeded in achieving cellular connections for fifty percent of the population, i.e. sixty million cellular connections within a span of a few years. Pakistan’s media is independent and it has played a great role in creating awareness in the country. The road network of Pakistan connects Pakistan with Central Asia through the silk route, furthermore the overhead bypasses, underpasses, ring roads and new motorways have successfully outpaced the uncontrolled growth of cars and motorbikes. The world thinks that Pakistan can not manufacture anything except bombs but they never know that Pakistan joined the aerospace club by producing their own aircraft, Pakistan has also produced ships and submarines. The largest ambulance service in the world is in Pakistan, Other than the impressive list of large NGOs and charities currently operating in the country, the Edhi Trust runs the largest ambulance network in the world and is completely free; it is run entirely on donations. Given the per capita income of the people of Pakistan, this is no small achievement. Pakistan is a land of the music legends, over the years the country has produced one of the finest singers, music composers and directors. Most of South Asia’s master musicians in every genre are produced in Pakistan. Whether it is the world famous qawwali , the ghazals , pioneers of pop music in the subcontinent, it seems the only music produced in South Asia comes from Pakistan. The snow peaked mountains of Pakistan is a big tourist attraction, before the war on terror the tourist industry of Pakistan used to enjoy a big number of tourists every year.
Every country faces a tough time and what defines a Nation is how well they rise after falling. Nevertheless, the past is over and it is the future that beckons to us now. Pakistan has the potential and ability to prosper and reach great heights.
Pakistan is a nuclear power and a strong nation to defend it’s boundaries, no one can question the survival of the country.
I am proud to be a citizen of Pakistan, May Pakistan prosper always! Pakistan Zindabad.