67 years ago a Nation needed a Land, and now after almost 7 decades, a land needs a nation. That ladies and gentlemen is the dilemma that Pakistan faces. Having fought hard, our ancestors sacrificed their lives in order for Pakistan to achieve independence. A country who’s Founder; Quaid-E-Azam knowingly had tuberculosis and knew the inevitable end, did not give up and sacrificed his life in order for Pakistan to take birth.
There are plenty of problems in this country, yet somehow I always get the impression that the media outlets in Pakistan do tend to overemphasize the negative aspects over the positives. I am sure this statement would fetch many comments that can be classified as nefarious by any linguistic measure. However, please, do try to understand the point of all this.
The point is that the country is in transition- it is a volatile transition wherein we all must play a role to change the social standards and norms of Pakistan.
Pakistan is a country that has from time to time surpassed all expectations of the world and broken all barriers, which keep it chained! Pakistan is a country that is blessed with untapped resources. Pakistan has the 5th largest gold mine, 7th largest coal mine, 2nd largest salt mine, resources if properly managed can result in Pakistan becoming one of the strongest countries of the world. Pakistan has not only been blessed with natural resources, but has the world’s 8th largest Army, which has time to time protected its borders from enemies and Pakistan’s army is well known for its skills and techniques that it contributes more than 50 percent in United Nations Peace Keeping Army. In addition, Pakistan is a Nuclear state. In the line of sports, Pakistan has produced the fastest bowler of the world, Shoaib Akhtar and the world’s fastest fifty and hundred run getter in One-day international cricket.
In addition, I have had the honour of meeting a Veteran of the World War II, a person who has Trained Pakistan Army after the Independence and served as a Principle for Aitchison College and having met the Leader of the Nation, Quaid-E-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
In the words of the Great Sir Geoffrey Douglas Landlands he told me that the all the Generations of Pakistan will be in debt to the all sacrifices made by Quaid-e-Azam. In addition he enlightened me that had it not been Quaid-E-Azam, India would never have been partitioned nor Pakistan been born.
In the end, it is too often we assume that the rut that we are stuck in is a vicious cycle. This thought is a natural consequence for not being presented the brighter side of the picture. Once we start to appreciate the positives, along with acknowledging the negatives, we should be able to understand that the vicious cycle of misery, poverty, injustice and lawlessness has indeed been broken. It is a slow road to success and we are making a steady move towards destination progress.
The vehement tides of fate may turn around for the better. All Pakistan demands is commitment, dedication and sincere motivation, which from time to time Pakistani’s have exhibited. Either it has been Philanthropy of Eidhi or the soul awakening movement by Imran Khan, Its time this Nation starts realizing its true potential and finally reach its destination and greatness for which this country was built for.
Last but the not the least, We need to engulf ourselves upon the three words that the Great Quaid left us with;
UNITY. FAITH. DISCIPLINE.
–Mohammad Raza Naqvi.