Perseverance _ we will make Pakistan proud!

There are a lot of problems we are facing in Pakistan. When we watch news channels, read newspaper and other international reports all we can see are terrorist attacks, corruption, ethnic and border disputes, floods, illiteracy and other disasters in the country. What is our role in improving the state Pakistan is in?

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There is always a positive aspect of a negative one. I believe better days are going to come soon. Pakistan is one of the bravest countries there is. Even after so many hardships our people bounce back and face the next day. We should be proud of that if nothing else. This unrelenting fountain of hope and fight to live for another day is the reason of our existence.

Where there is bloodshed in Lyari every day due to gang wars. Only the bravest souls venture there of their own accord. Despite that the polio workers go there to save the upcoming generation. Every merchant or businessman in Karachi opens his or her shop not knowing what fate may befall them that day. It is this resilience which stops the country’s biggest metropolis from becoming a ghost town.

Our borders along India are in a constant state of flux and danger. Many soldiers of our Pakistan army are killed every day but still they are fighting for us. From the coldest regions of Siachin to the deserts of Sindh, our army guards the borders with no regard to their life. Their contagious patriotism is the reason the Pakistani flag flutters atop our houses on every Independence Day.

The girls in KPK are fighting for their right to study as we speak. Malala yousafzai is a shining example of perseverance on this notion. Now as a Nobel Prize winner she continues her struggle for the education program. Being shot did not derail her from her objective, instead it strengthened it.

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Pakistanis always have new hope in their hearts. They never quit and dream that one day there would be a change for better in our country. We shall fight till the end to bring peace in Pakistan. For that instead of complaining about what a poor state of affairs we have been handed, we should plan on how we could remove our ethnic and cultural differences and strive for the improved tomorrow. Pakistan Zindabad.

Presented by: Ali Nawaz

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Sectarian divide is a result of religion being used politically rather than discrimination

Sectarian divide and violence between the Sunni and Shia groups in this country has been rapidly escalating during the last years. From the brutal, cold-blooded murder of 160 15234-shiagenocideafp-1355814607-207-640x480Hazara Shias in less than two months in 2013 to the bomb blast in an Ashura procession which killed 43 people, the Shia community has been constantly targeted in Pakistan. In early August, the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Zohra Yusuf, told Agence France-Presse that “People have been killed because of their political affiliations, but it seems most are killed because of their ethnic background. The majority of them are poor and destitute.”

Primarily this divide has been caused due to religion being used politically, discrimination of Shias and tit-for-tat terror attacks against Sunnis. Firstly, the gradual increase in sectarian conflict, which begun during the 1970’s and furthermore was enhanced during the Iranian Revolution resulted in the fight for more power, influence and the desire to be politically strong. Both parties struggled to employ religion as a tool of strategy even in the 633084391political sphere. Furthermore, the deprived status given to the Shias, in social, political and economic sense, in Sunni majority areas has invoked a feeling of alienation among the Shia group and has led them in pursuit of legitimacy and liberation. Their failure to cultivate a sense of national identity and the constant discrimination faced by the Shia group has further inculcated hatred and conflicts between the two religious groups. Research shows that, “2011 and 2012 have seen a chain of violent attacks at the Shia/ Hazara community. Hundreds have been dragged out of buses and gunned down.” Lastly, as the minority of Shia group faced constant letdown from the side of the government as well as from relentless attacks from the opposing Sunni groups, eventually they took up weapons to protect their people and indulge in tit-for-tat terrorized assault against activist and revolutionary Sunni groups. All in all, these reasons added up to the causes for this further nurtured sectarian divide and conflict in Pakistan.

The city of Karachi, over the years, has been witness to some of the worst sectarian violence this country has ever seen. The can be owed to funding by Arab states, existence of a large number of madrassa, presence of Taliban and the poor law and order in the city. As Zia ur Rehman writes, ‘based on last year’s figures, Karachi was the Pakistani city worst hit by sectarianism, with 36 attacks that killed 58 and injured another 58’.Such is the extreme of Shia- Sunni conflict in this region. One of the key reasons why Karachi has been a hotbed for sectarian violence might be found in the political history of this city. During the 1970’s, Karachi became a proxy battleground between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Saudi state provided unwavering support to Sunni extremist groups in the city while Iran funded Shia organizations. This war between the two countries played widened the gap between the two communities and took violence to unprecedented levels and this continues till to-date. (HumaYousaf) Another reason for this ever growing violence is the presence of large number of Madrassas in Karachi. These madrassas started emerging due to the Islamization policies of Zia-ul-Haq. At this point in time Karachi was already home to religious extremist organizations, both Sunni and Shia. These organizations received state patronage and external support enabling them to establish their madrassas. (D. SubaChandran)The graduates of these madrassas became the soldiers in the sectarian war in the 80s and 90s. Unfortunately, Karachi still continues to bear the fruits of these madrassas. The existence of the Taliban in Karachi could be another reason for these increasing conflicts. After the military operation in Swat and Waziristan, Karachi became home to a million Pashtun refugees, these refugee towns became safe havens for the Taliban who have taken up arms against the political parties in the city. These Taliban also support extremist Sunni organizations and encourage attacks on Shia community.  The Taliban have managed to gain considerable control by following the lead of violent gangs in Karachi. This control is allowing them to exert their extremist ideology on the Sunni population and hence increase the divide between the two communities (Ashraf Khan) Another major reason why this chaotic situation has failed to be controlled is because of the high corruption and the law and order situation of the city. Although the political parties claim otherwise, it is believed that they do have some, if not all, part to play in this mess. And because these political parties have placed their favored candidates at the top bureaucratic positions in the public sector, they can now proceed to even break the law without it having any repercussions. Thus religious extremism carries on at its regular pace.

- Sunnis and Shias joining hands together.

– Sunni’s and Shia’s together joining hands.

#stopsectarianism#peace#unity#muslim#unitedpakistan#weareone

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/25/360077/thousands-of-shias-killed-in-pakistan/

http://tribune.com.pk/story/456283/pakistans-threat-within-the-sunni-shia-divide/

http://newsweekpakistan.com/shias-live-in-fear-as-bigotry-spreads/

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/25/360077/thousands-of-shias-killed-in-pakistan/

The Best Things in Life are Free

When I was six or seven years old, I used to be obsessed with the idea of money. It seems rather odd for a child to have such a strong fascination for something so superficial. You would expect a little girl to ask for a Barbie doll or a stuffed toy as a birthday present, but not me. I was more interested in acquiring money, just because of the transitory happiness it brought. However, as I grew older, I began to value love, happiness, and health over money and other material possessions. I began to realize the true worth of friends and family who care about you and the power of good etiquettes and a strong mind which ultimately help you succeed in life.

Today in Pakistan, wealth is synonymous with status, and money is valued more than the lives of individuals. People are murdered daily because of unpaid debts and thousands of lives are at stake because of the greed for money. We live in a world where everything revolves around money and wealth is considered a necessity. People devote their lives to pursue monetary gains in hopes of earning esteem and prestige. They’ve allowed money to shape and mold their personalities and perceptions in an entirely different way. I’ve lived in Pakistan for almost half of my life now and have grown out of that mindset, but many people here are still concerned with acquiring more and more money to achieve self-satisfaction. To be honest, the avarice for money is distorting our values. While the rich display their opulence ostentatiously, others suffer to make ends meet.

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Nowadays, people are judged by what brands they wear. However, there is a cruel reality behind all those price tags. The truth is, many times people are quick to form opinions based on what a person is wearing which denies us the opportunity to get to know a person from the inside. The fact of the matter is, the way we dress certainly does have an impact on how we are viewed and categorized in society, but it should not be the only criteria by which we’re being judged. Many people cannot afford such expensive brands yet our society has put a price on everything. Gaining money and power, be it through legal or illegal means, has become a trend and having knowledge and a respectable personality is of no use anymore. People are more concerned with what car someone drives and what their social position is rather than their preferences or mannerisms.

What many people fail to understand is that wealth is a fickle friend; here today, but gone tomorrow. Superficial traits such as wealth and status are appreciated while genuine characteristics of sincerity and sharing are ignored. The rich are respected as money is associated with power. In Pakistan, for example, the wealthy are able to get away with almost anything, from bribing police officers to getting huge loans pardoned. Moreover, the greed for money leads to all other evils. It causes jealousy and unnatural competition, even between friends and families, and creates a huge gap between the haves and have-nots. Not to mention the fact that it is the root of most crimes. Often times it causes family feuds and separations. In most cases, families start to drift apart over silly things such as property inheritances.

Many people spend a fortune on education and then waste it all with substandard results. People do not realize the true value of a good education. Ask the street boy who earns pennies selling balloons to support his family about the actual value of education. Similarly, Money cannot buy good health. Ask the millionaire who suffered from multiple diseases about his health on his death bed. Ask an orphan about the value of loving parents and siblings. Life’s greatest treasures are intangible and therefore, you cannot put a price on them. There is much more to the world than just credit cards and saving accounts.

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According to Edmond Burke, “If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free, if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.”

Valued Pakistan

Pakistan is one of those nations which have gained more popularity due to the increased politics in this zone. Pakistan is facing many issues but despite of all the facts, this country is still standing as an independent nation and the only atomic power of the Islamic block. Pakistan is a peaceful country and the war against the terrorism has made some serious damage to the integrity and the credibility of the country. Following are some interesting facts about Pakistan :

Fact 1 

Pakistan is the 6th largest nation of the world containing one of the oldest civilizations in history. For example Mohenjo-daro is an archeological site situated in Sindh province of Pakistan.

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Fact 2

Pakistan holds four out of fourteen highest peaks in the world. K2 is the second highest mountain in the world.

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Fact 3

Pakistan has world’s largest irrigation system called Indus basin irrigation system which irrigates about 45 million acres of land.

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Fact 4

The world’s largest deep sea port, Gawadar which is located on the shores of Arabian sea, it is in Pakistan’s western province Balochistan.

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Fact 5

The world’s highest paved international road, The Karakoram Highway, is in Pakistan which is the eighth wonder of the world.

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Khewra salt mine, the second largest salt mine in the world is in Pakistan.

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Thar Desert, is one of the largest deserts is in Pakistan

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World’s highest Polo ground is in Pakistan where Shundur Polo festival is being organized.

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One of the best trained air force pilots in the world are in Pakistan.

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Fact 10

Pakistan’s national anthem tune ranks first in the top three tunes of the world.

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The dilemma

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THE DILEMMA

Our country Pakistan came into being in 1947 after a lot of sacrifices given by our ancestors. This country was taken from the British and Indians for Muslims to live freely in it. Though we got independence in 1947 but as a nation we have always taken dictations from foreign powers just for the sake of good for a few people. Unlike my other class fellows I have chosen to talk about sports. Like many other institutions and fields suffering in our country sports is also a field being affected. Pakistan has produced great sportsmen which have been known worldwide. Specifically Hockey, Squash and cricket have been the sports in which we have produced legends. Being the nation who gave the idea of 002hockey world cup and has won world cup 4 times (most by any nation till now) was not able to qualify for the 2014 world cup. Same is the case with squash producing great players like Jehangir khan and Jansher khan and ruling the world for the game has almost come to an end in the country. The only sport left in our country is cricket about which I am going to write about.
So cricket in Pakistan is something which brings the nation together on one page which honestly in Pakistan is a very though job to do. Playing its first test in 1953 and being the world champions in 1992 and 2009 Pakistan cricket has produced great Cricketers who have been known all over the world. From great bowlers like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younas, Shoaib Akhter to great batsmen like Javed Miandad Inzamam-ul-haq and many others. Reverse swing a weapon used in cricket today was introduced by a Pakistani Sarfraz Nawaz and also the off spinner which goes the other way known as the‘Dusra’ was introduced by Saqlain Mushtaq.
Pakistan cricket has produced some individual brilliance but as a system unfortunately our board has not been up to the mark. Since the beginning players have been above the system and captains have been thrown out and changed just because of a few players not willing to play under them. Player power has always dominated the team. I do not have to repeat the incidents I am sure because that would take a lot of words and time. The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board is appointed by the head of the country which is pretty illogical and unfair. Obviously if the head of an institution is appointed unfairly how can you expect the employees of that institution under him to work fairly? The selection process
has been unfair at many times and many players have been given chances and others dropped not because of the talent they posses but because of personal likes and dislikes. The same people keep revolving in the board from one post to another.
There have been many incidents how we have put players above the system. Wasim Akram when he was accused of match fixing; during the investigation by Justice Qayyum he said

“For Wasim I had some soft corner for him. He was a very great player, a very great bowler and I was his fan, and therefore that thing did weigh with me. Two things – one, I didn’t want that the cricket should be deprived of his participation, and the other was that I didn’t want that towards the end of his career… he should be banned or something like that. My idea was not to find people guilty and then punish them. It was more of a case where I had to do something to put an end to the practice in future. What had happened001 had happened. You couldn’t turn the clock back but you had to make sure they wouldn’t repeat what they were doing.” If at that time Wasim had been dealt according to law and made an example people like Muhammad Amir would not have even thought of indulging in these activities and cause disrespect to their country. Furthermore how can we forget the incident of the great world cup winning captain Younas Khan how he was forced to step down as the captain after the team players under him took oath not to perfrom under his captaincy? How can we see players like Muhammad Hafeez given multiple chances in all formats and players like Asad Shafeeq and Asim kamal thrown out of the team. This has always been a dilemma in the history of our cricket. Unlike other countries for example if we take the example of England; Kevin Peterson who was man of the series in 2010 world cup was not involved in the next world cup of 2012 because of his attitude issues and an example set that nothing is above the system.
That is the reason why after 1992 till 2003 despite having world class cricketers, players who would fear any opposition on any track on a given day were not able to win the 50 over world cup again. You always win as a team not as individuals. We as a team have never been consistent and will never be because of the unfair system prevailing in our country. That is our good luck one might say that infrastructure like hockey is not required in Cricket otherwise Cricket would face the same fate as hockey and squash.

- T20 2009 World Champions

– T20 2009 World Champions

#pakistanforlife#pcb#loveforcricket#pakalltheway#teamspirit#green

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Lost roots?

The Punjabi language has always been a victim of social, political and economic circumstances even before the partition of United India. It is currently facing extinction in our nation and here are only two daily newspapers published in Punjabi in the Central areas of Punjab. Only a few monthly literary magazines constitute Punjabi press in Pakistan. Yet, Punjabi has no official status either in Pakistan or in West Punjab and is considered as a dying language and there are various reasons for that.

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Firstly being that Punjabi is not taught in Pakistani schools but is widely spoken. There is not a single Punjabi medium school in Pakistan. Very sadly even though this language is the main language of the Pakistani public and is one of the oldest languages of the Indian subcontinent, despite it is not taught to Punjabi children in Schools nor is it the official language in any part of Pakistan. If we want to reclaim Punjabi language, the first step is to provide it educational backing by teaching Punjabi as a subject in schools.
Secondly, most ‘educated’ parents think it is ‘uncivilized’ to talk to their children in Punjabi. Punjabi is considered to be a very low class language.
When I interviewed Mr. Mohammad Moeen Ameen he said,Punjabi has been confined to only the rural areas and people of Pakistan”.
It is the social attitude of people that have associated Punjabi with informal and insignificant linguistic functions in life. The language desertion phenomenon is so visible in Punjabi urban families where parents speak with their children in Urdu and English, which are considered to be prestigious languages.

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Ethno Lignuistic Regions Of Pakistan

Hence it isn’t really alarming when I heard the Vice Principal of Government College say I have never seen or heard of an educated, or even semi-educated, Punjabi parent who is willing to communicate with his or her own child in their native tongue. Rather, they strongly discourage and often rebuke their children if they even suspect that they might be talking to other children in Punjabi, because speaking Punjabi is considered a mark of crudeness and bad manners.

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❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞
‒Nelson Mandela

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Reality at a glance

Pakistan is an extremely misunderstood country. The media, which tends to shed a light on the negative side, overlooks the purity of the land and constantly defames the country and it’s people.

If the nation were viewed from the lens of positivity, individuals from across the world would be aware of the progress it has made. From the fashion industry to film making, Pakistan has advanced immensely. A recent example would be the influx of TV actors such as Fawad Khan, Imran Abbas, and Humaima Malik in Bollywood. There has also been an overwhelming response and success for the movie Waar. In 2012, Sharmeen Chinoy won Pakistan’s first Oscar for her documentary ‘Saving Face’.

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As well, FIFA 2014 footballs were produced and exported from Pakistan. As the 6th largest nation of the world, the country comprises of more than 186 million people. The streets are flooded with culture, and the majority of the people speak more than one language. Additionally, Pakistan is the 4th largest cotton producer in the world. It consists of beautiful landmarks such as Minar-e-Pakistan, Islamabad National Monument, and Faisal Mosque. The beautiful country is also home to K2, the second highest mountain on the planet.

Although the country has received negative labels, it’s unrecognized beauty touches the hearts of many. Thus, it is an evolving nation that possesses quite a lot of potential. With the proper guidance of an intelligent and patriotic leader, Pakistan can become the country it is meant to be. If only a third of the country were to unite and aim to improve the living conditions of the nation, a drastic and positive change could occur. This is definitely possible as the nation is progressing. A visit and an opportunity to experience Pakistan would result in the elimination of one’s misconceptions about the country: Pakistan, the land of the pure.

Imran Khan, leader of PTI, has a powerful vision about the potential of Pakistan and what it can become. He aims to mend the shattered image of Pakistan in the world. He gives the citizens hope, for a ‘Naye Pakistan’. An era without corruption. The idea of Pakistan that Quaid E Azam originally desired

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