Today it’s 23rd March 2010 and Pakistani nation is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Pakistan day. We congratulate whole nation on this very special day. However, today it is the time for us to think very seriously that where we are today. Today we are a population of 170 million people. We are the 1st Muslim Atomic Power in the world. People like Abdul Sattar Edhi, Ansar Barni, Imran Khan, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, Dr. Abul Salam, Jahangir Khan, Jansher Khan, Ms. Nasim Hameed and Waseem Akram are our pride.
On the other side, today we are the nation which is not united at all. Sindhis, Punjabis, Pashtoons, Balochis, Muhajirs, Sirayki and too many nations live in Pakistan, having no regard for each other. Similarly religious sects have no soft corner for each other. Due to our sentimental and immature behaviour, no one likes us when we live abroad. We face racism on the airports and other common areas. We are told that we are not like other peoples.
Due to our ever weak foreign policy we have no sincere friends in the world. India, our neighbour is trying to convert our cultivated lands into the barren ones by stopping our water. But…… we (our government) have not even taken it seriously at all. They are busy in increasing their own assets. We are one of the most corrupted countries in the world. Our babies cannot get sugar for their milk; our youth cannot get any job without reference or bribing; we have the worst electricity shortage and our cities are covered in the darkness; our Police violate basic human rights and torture the people in streets; our markets are on the target of the terrorists; our so called judicial stakeholders (lawyers) misuse their power and insult honest Police officials in public; our schools are not teaching anything about general behaviour, ethical values and patience; our daughter Dr. Aafia is facing the inhuman torture in USA, but we don’t care at all. We still struggle for the US citizenship.
We (majority of our well educated youth) don’t like to be recognised as Pakistanis. Just think where we are after 63 years since our independence. You can say that we talk all the time on these issues, but if there is any plan or strategy for solving these problems. The answer is ‘YES’.
We can bring a change by changing ourselves first of all. We have to take oath that we will:
1. Speak always truth with others, whatever the consequences are;
2. Respect and follow the rules, whether have to wait a little longer;
3. Not speak against country or the people who played great roles in our independence;
4. Show respect towards people from different backgrounds and beliefs;
5. Not debate unnecessarily on useless issues like politics, religion etc.;
6. Support our country fellows in any case while living abroad;
7. Try our best to help others;
8. Not spend unusually in our functions and parties;
9. Not give a single rupee as bribe;
10. Practice Islam in its real sense and spirit;
11. Not interrupt into others’ lives by asking them personal questions;
12. Never vote any candidate just because of his party affiliations or caste, but vote to the honest and devoted person;
13. Not misuse our resources, especially water and electricity;
14. Teach our younger ones the tolerance and general ethics without criticising them; and
15. Stand united against the culprits.