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?
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.
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
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 :
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.
Pakistan holds four out of fourteen highest peaks in the world. K2 is the second highest mountain in the world.
Pakistan has world’s largest irrigation system called Indus basin irrigation system which irrigates about 45 million acres of land.
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.
The world’s highest paved international road, The Karakoram Highway, is in Pakistan which is the eighth wonder of the world.
Khewra salt mine, the second largest salt mine in the world is in Pakistan.
Thar Desert, is one of the largest deserts is in Pakistan
World’s highest Polo ground is in Pakistan where Shundur Polo festival is being organized.
One of the best trained air force pilots in the world are in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s national anthem tune ranks first in the top three tunes of the world.
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 hockey 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 happened 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