70 years later, we are still divided among ourselves. 70 years later, we are still searching for an independent nation.
As I pen this article down, I am sitting inside a McDonalds, sipping a Strawberry Shake, the whole place is filled with Green and White lights, and the streets are buzzing with fireworks, aerial firing, whooshing motorcycles and the depressing sound of Edhi Ambulances. Some kids are ecstatic with the new found toy from China — a colorful blow trumpet made out of plastic — that has a very annoying sound to it. From where I am sitting, just across the street, a traffic police officer is busy in doing his routine collection from the parking ticket mafia. And behind me is a couple discussing about their next upcoming trip to Thailand because they are bored and want something good in life. The two young fella’s sitting across from my table are sipping Cardamon tea (mind you, it is awesome!) and having a great discussion around one question: What is Pakistan for you? The discussion came to a stand still when one of the fella cracked a joke: “Pakistan meri jaan hai, mujhe Pakistan se bahot pyaar hai…par mujhe shiddat se mere visa ka intizaar hai.”
It is time to leave.
I meant, it is time for them to leave. You have to hang around and read what I have to say!
Isn’t it Amazing? 70 long years. Every year or in a decade or so, we see and hear different people claim that for Pakistan, this is it. It is do or die. It is over for Pakistan. They often forget this one saying of Mohammad Ali Jinnah:
Jinnah once said, ‘’There is no power on Earth that can undo Pakistan.”
If I may, using the powers bestowed to me by the virtue of this very website, edit this statement a bit to make it look like this: ‘’There is no power on Earth that can undo Pakistan, except for the Pakistani’s themselves.”
Pakistan, just now, entered its 70th year of independence. 70 years on, and we are still stuck at that one question that we need to ask ourselves: WHERE DID WE ACTUALLY GO WRONG?
Often, we ask ourselves, what has Pakistan done for me? What has Pakistan given me? Plethora of trash on the streets? Water-crisis? Gas-crisis? Political Crisis? Economic Crisis? Terrorism? Street Crimes? Pollution? Weak Institutions? Corrupt Politicians? Weak Infrastructure? Weak Justice System? Educations Crisis? Gender Crisis?
That is too much to get, without even asking for it.
But is this the fault of Pakistan or the people that live inside Pakistan? The people that like to be called Pakistani’s. Whose fault is it?
For 70 years, Pakistan tried to give everything it had to its people. Unfortunately, owing to some disgusting pests, it failed to deliver upon it promise of being the best nation in the world.
70 years have passed. We really can’t do much about them. They are gone. But we sure can do a lot about the coming 70 years.
Where to Start?
As Pakistanis, we have to take a simple step. We have to rise above hate for each other. We have to keep the religious, political, ethnically, or educational differences aside and come forward as one single nation. The time has come for us to look inside ourselves and ask our souls the question we have ignored for long: What are you giving back to Pakistan?
We have to keep on asking this question till we finally realize that we have wasted a lot of time. We have already sacrificed a lot of innocent lives. We have to realize that we have lost a lot of resources and are running out of time. We have to realize that we have become divided on the basis of color, caste, ethnicity, and status. We have to stop ignoring the stark realities and put our feet on ground zero. We have to start afresh. We have to unlearn and undo all that we have seen, done, or have become in the past 70 years.
As Pakistanis, it is time for us to realize that we have a separate identity. We cannot allow our culture to be outdone by the culture of the west. We have to resist the temptations. We have to step out of our comfort zones and start doing our bit for Pakistan. This is something we have not done for the past 69 years of our independence. It is time for us to stand and make Pakistan our pride and dignity. It is time for us to leave aside the external and internal forces destroying our nation and focus on what we, as Pakistanis, can do for our nations prosperity.
Everybody wants Independence. Everybody around the globe love Independence. But, now I believe that like me, many other citizens of Pakistan are waiting for another Independence for our Nation. Not all the citizens, but some of them are desperately waiting and are willing to fight for freedom from the idiotically chosen “ones”.
If, we have to survive as a nation, we have to forget about “Lahore Lahore hai”, “Karachi ki toh baat hi kuch aur hai”, “I love being Islamabadi..”; We have to strive as ONE BIG NATION OF CITIZENS WILLING TO BE TOGETHER! We have to forget about our Provinces, because the means in which this word is now being used is proving disastrous for Pakistan. We have to come together for our Pakistan. Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Issai, Shia’a, Sunni, Memon, Mahajir, Pathan, Punjabi, Afghani, Kashmiri, Balochi etc etc …all the hatred for each other is to be put aside and we have to start following on the right path, seek for our forgiveness from the Lord Almighty, ask HIM (Subhan Wa Tallah) for help in even the teeniest of the matters and start working and molding our lives accordingly. If each and everyone of us is going to take a stand, maybe tomorrow, we’ll have one, next week, it might be two and who knows, by the Grace of God, it might turn into millions in a short time, but we have to be patient and keep on working hard if we are willing to exist as a Nation, as ONE NATION, AS ONE “ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN!” Yes, that is the name of the country, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN!
For us, it is now or never. We have to decide the path we are going to choose to walk on. We have to brush aside the differences and focus on our Pakistan. Because the Time Is Now! There is definitely a passionate Pakistani inside all of us, we just need to bring that out!
,اس وقت کے ساتھ چلنا ھوگا آج
اپنے کل کو بدلنا ھوگا آج۔
,نکلنا ھوگا بہار خوابون کی دنیا سے
اور پھچاننا ھوگا حقیقت کی گہرائی کو آج۔
,کرنا ھوگاّ قربان اہنکار کو اپنے
اور کندھون سے کندھے ملاکر چلنا ہوگا اب ساتھ۔
,نا کاراچی، نا لاہور۔۔۔ نا کوئٹہ، نا پشاور
کرنا ہوگا بندھ ان انگلیون کو اپنی اور اُترنا ہوگا میدان مین اب ایک ساتھ۔
,کرنا ہوگا اپنی ہمت سے زیادہ برداشت
کیون کہ اب لرنا ہے ہمین ایک ساتھ۔
,نا حکمران، نا سیاستدان
!اب خود ہی سنوارنا ہے ہمین اپنا پاکستان
To make it easy, I am going to write this in Roman Urdu as well.
Is waqt ke saath chalna hoga aaj,
Apnal aane waale kal ko badalna hoga aaj.
Nikalna hoga bahar khawabon ki duniya se,
Aur pehchaanna hoga haqeeqat ki gehraayi ko aaj.
Karna hoga Qurbaan Ana ko apni,
Kandhon se kandhay mila kar chalna hoga saath.
Naa Karachi, Naa Lahore, Naa Peshawar, Naa Quetta,
Karna hoga bandh in ungliyon ko apni aur utarna hoga maidaan main ab ek saath.
Karna hoga apni himmat se ziada bardaasht,
Kyun k ab larna hai hamain ek saath.
Naa Hukumraan, Naa Siasatdaan,
Ab Khud Hi Sanwaarna Hai Hamain Apna Pakistan!
Immad Uddin Khan
Originally published at Immad Uddin Khan.