65 Years After Independence – To Hope or Not to Hope Is the Question?

Pakistan Today – 65 years after 150 years of great struggle.

This wasn’t a small journey; rather it was a long and tiring one. It demanded a lot of sacrifices and proudly we have given a lot of those for its creation and development.

65 years ago the Muslims of subcontinent were facing a situation of complete despair. Not only was the government completely against them but they were facing immense problems at every front; be it in the form of the social oppression or the economic repression, of the already poor Muslims. However, despite all the odds, there was HOPE. There was a hope that they are sacrificing and striving to achieve an objective which they would surely accomplish. Consequently, after making priceless sacrifices they achieved what they had been dreaming for all along.

Back then our ancestors struggled 150 ‘long’ years for the glorious and revered status of independence. But unfortunately just after 65 years, today we are in a situation where we are accustomed to say “Pakistan is hopeless now”.

Have we ever realizedthat whatare the factors that are compelling us to make such a strong statement? Has anyone of us ever tried to improve the situation which is shoving Pakistan into this so called, HOPELESS state? Certainly no, because according to our opinion the conditions are getting worse day by day and thinking beyond that seems taxing. As a result, for the past few years we have been viewing the glass as to be half empty. However, today let us together see the half glass that is full because hope has not left Pakistan; it resides and perspires in you and me.

Have we ever analysed the beauty of Pakistan? The natural scenery that has attracted the international tourists , the rich soil of Pakistan, the agricultural industry , the Gawadar port, the inherited rich culture, the history of our land and the brave nation of Pakistan. All these are some of the factors which are visible to the foreign eyes but sadly we are unable to see them.

We have had internationally acclaimed legends like Madam Noor Jehan, Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali, Mehdi Hassan, Nazia Hassan, Gulgee, Moin Akhter, Dr. Abdus Salam , Arfa Kareem along with many more and still continue to be a home to more of such faces. These legends are priceless assets of Pakistan, who prove that Pakistanis do not lack in any aspect of life.

Even today there are countless people like Dr Abdus Sattar Ehdi, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, Bushra Ansari, Bilques Edhi, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Mala Yousafzai, Sitara Baroor Akbar, Waseem Akram, Moin Khan, Ali Moeen Nawazish, Usman Riaz and many more who continue to make Pakistan proud.

Once Quaid e Azam said:

“We have weathered the worst storms and the safety of the shore, though distant, is in sight. We can look to the future with robust confidence provided we do not relax and fritter away our energies in internal dissensions. There never was greater need for discipline and unity in our ranks. It is only with united effort and faith in our destiny that we shall be able to translate the Pakistan of our dreams into reality.”

Sadly, today our actions are starkly in contrast to those which were required to sculpt the “Pakistan of our dreams”. Today we are not investing our energies for the development of Pakistan; rather we have lost our unity along with our pride in this homeland and unabashedly violate its set discipline. Our faith in the efforts for the betterment of our country has also precipitated away. So then how can we expect that Pakistan shall prosper?

Not even a single country in this world is perfect. We must believe in this statement because this might inculcate a will and faith  in us to do something for our country. Today every one of us realises that our ancestors had given a lot of sacrifices yet we are not ready to give any ourselves.

This is our country and we have to work hard for its betterment with firm faith that one day Pakistan shall be the country for which our ancestors had laid down their lives. Every one of us must make a promise that we shall work for this sacred piece of land and that we shall be ready to offer any type of sacrifice for it because ultimately small rivers make large sea.

 Contributor: Nabiha shakeel
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