Let us all be Worthy of Pakistan

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Friends, Bloggers and Countrymen….lend me your ears (and eyes):

A few hours ago, I returned after a traditional trip to the heart of the city to watch the ‘lights’ in celebration of the 62nd independence day of the country and it warmed my heart to see people dancing and cheering with joy.  Later in the night, I switched on the TV and all across the country I could see men and women cheering and celebrating their independence day with infectious zeal…all for one cause: Pakistan.  And that left me wondering: what makes the love for one’s country all encompassing and so overwhelming despite one’s crisis, problems and challenges? More importantly, why do we need to ‘go green’ and wear the Pakistani flag only around the month of August? Is love for one’s country limited to only as far as waving the flag is concerned or is it much more? Why can our hearts and minds not remain for and on Pakistan for the rest of the year too?

62nd year of independence and still standing, as a friend stated on her facebook page.  I also heard many stating with a tongue in cheek: Na bijli hai na paani hai, phir bhee dil Pakistani hai (there is no electricity, no water, but my heart still sings Pakistan!). Perhaps it is time to really and practically realize what we can do for our country, rather than fret over what our country can do for us.  I do not have a long wish list to share with you all, just a few contributions we can all make.

For starters, maybe all of us, and I really mean each and every one of us, make a very conscious decision not to clutter the parks, markets and places we go to, just as much as the effort we put in cleaning our own home!  If Pakistanis can abide by the law outside Pakistan, they can be conscious citizen back here too. I see no reason why not. We may not have implementation of laws in place, but at the end of the day, it is us the citizens who make or break the law too.  So why not start from today and really make an effort to keep our surroundings clean.  Teach our children to pick up the litter after a picnic in the park, tidy up after a birthday party at a public place and definitely not throw anything outside the car window!! Small steps but they bring great changes!! Think Clean. Think Green.

Respect the individual, especially those at the bottom of the food-chain so to speak. Respect the policeman who dares to stop your car because you do not have your seat belt on.  He has been standing in the heat all day long, but it is the gentleman sitting in the air conditioned car who fumes up with rage because he has been stopped by the policeman! The poor man is only performing his duty.  The least we can do is to comply and to respond with respect.  Respect the cook who stands in the melting heat to cook food for you and your family, while you slouch and chatter away in the living room.  Ask the value of house-help versus self-help to all your family living abroad, most of whom do not have the luxury of affording house help and need to do everything on their own, starting from cooking, to cleaning, to washing to running around and finish their daily chores.  Thank your lucky stars for living in a country that still provides you with the luxury of having more support staff than the number of people living in the house! That’s a royal lifestyle, just in case you are missing the point.

There is no denying the fact that our country is currently in one of its biggest crisis, ever.  It is important for an average citizen like you and me to stand up and be counted.  Being the silent minority of patriotic but indifferent citizens will not help us, will not help raise our concerns over things that are close to our heart and history will definitely not forgive the silence of the educated, enlightened and conscious minority of this country.  Instead of constantly complaining and grumbling over the failure of the state and its machinery, perhaps we should keep doing our bit by enacting the change we wish to see around us.  Perhaps it is time we start justifying our own job descriptions, start delivering at our own micro units because every little drop counts!

And last but not the least, lets us not, for even one second doubt the integrity of Pakistan or the future of Pakistan.  It is heart breaking to see how convenient it is to declare Pakistan’s disintegration in one random rush of moment by average citizens like you and me.  Let us not forget that we are the future! We are the ones who will make or break the country, not the circumstances.  Let us make peace with the past, and on this 62nd birthday of our country, let us all do our own bit to be able to tell our children in the future what role we played in the current crisis. 

 Let us finally be worthy of Pakistan.

I am remembering Shakespeare’s Mark Antony as I mourn the loss of true patriotism in our country and only hope for people to rise above all differences and celebrate this Independence truly green from their hearts, not just appearances!

 O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts,

And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;

My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,

And I must pause till it come back to me.

24 responses »

  1. Happy Independence Day to All ..

    Very meaningful post. 🙂
    Its in our own hands to make or break laws & to make our Pakistan a place of less irony & more expression of Love & Freedom. From keeping our homeland clean to following simple traffic rules, these small changes are ONLY way of getting things better.
    We are def. living in a “chaudhry” or “royal” culture where human values change dramatically, If one has a nice vehicle means he’s superior to everyone who is on a motorbike or bicycle. Where yYou know nothing is impossible only because you have money & links with people in political parties.
    I went out to see a thousand young guys on bikes & cars, shouting & dancing all over Mall Road & other places of Lahore. Our nation is so dynamic & emotional, We don’t THINK when we’re high. These guys need a leadership to lead them to some true meaningful target. What can’t be done with so much Power & Jazba in your hand. Its only OURSELVES who can make a change!
    Lets not wait for our Visa to come & get us out of here, Instead make this place worth living.
    We need to start today & see what we’ve changed in ourselves & our people & surroundings in 1 year from now.

    .AFI.
    http://twitter.com/lxgamer

  2. The article is certainly an eye opener for all Pakistani’s. When we can behave ourselves and respect the laws in another country, why cannot we do the same in our own country. About time the nation wakes up to its responsibilities for being a citizen of this country, our only identity Pakistan. You have my pledge as well. Pakistan Zindabad.

  3. like i said i love the train of ur thoughts and i agree with u 100%.
    yesterday i met an american marine who has been posted all around the world .she was sharing with me her thougths about us pakistani’s.she thought so highly of us when it came to being higly educated and being professionals but she said when it comes to the practicality of it all ,there is something lacking .i’ve been thinking about what she said and i know the answer now. we lack unity ,we lack faith and we lack discipline,the pillars that we based out foundations on.may Allah help us.

  4. Dear Shaista!!
    The first thing I have read today, this morning is your article.This is a piece of reality and guidline for those who always starts their conversation critising our beloved mother land.Its a great contribution towards raising the image of Pakistan and Pakistanis.I realy like the way you mention how we behave and treat the labour class…Well done and keep it up!!!!!Pakistan Zinda Bad!!!!!

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  6. Well done Shaista!This is exactly what we need right now-conscious efforts to make a difference in whatever little way we can. It is indeed encouraging to see hope and enthusiasm despite the crisis prevailing in the country and we must keep the spirits high. Long live Pakistan!

  7. hi!Shaista it vz really a nice artical n i totally agree with u .I also believe that v n our children r the futre of this country n v vl surely obey the rules n laws n v also try to obey n ask our children too.V r sooooooooo much luckyto hv our own countrybut unfortunately v dont know the real price of it.HAPPY INDEPENDANCE DAY,v luv u PAKISTAN.

  8. Agree 100%

    “The idea is that if you want to make a big change sometimes the best thing is to change seemingly trivial things.”

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  9. hi shaista

    its so true that we need to change ourselve but thats a difficult thing to do and sadly cribbing over what we dont have is much easier… so.. lazy that we are we pick up the easier choice although Allah has mentioned in Quran that people who strive hard for Islam and are patient..angels come down for their help… only if we believe in it… Pakistan is the only state in the world that got independence in the name of Islam… but we forgot our basics …therefore people stop cribbing and do something cause ‘when the going seems easy ; youre going downhill’
    ….and one more thing that i would like to add in shaista’s suggestions…’each one teach One’.
    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  10. Its a great contribution from SH, towards raising the image of Pakistan and Pakistani in the current situation. God Bless to her and the vision team of Bawaqar Pakistan.

    Pakistan Zindabad!

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  13. The best and from the heart piece i read this independence day, shaista your blog is going to be a lighthouse for the lost souls of our motherland i feel in times to come. when success arrives do not forget what made you great, and keep thinking with your heart.

    Happy independence day to all of you

    Long live Pakistan!!

    • Dear Faisal, thank you for the encouraging words…I almost thought this one wasn’t good enought since I had not recevied the maestro’s comments yet!! 🙂 Thanks for all your help with this blog. Regards.

  14. Once again a fantastic effort. That’s a nice way to fight against all such type of messages which are showing us the hopeless and dishearten faces and minds of the people of Pakistan.
    Keep it up Sis…

  15. Dear Shaista

    As usual you are the epitome of Wilde comment that “Although we are all in the gutter, some of us still aspire to seek the stars”. The problem with being a “good person” is that there are so few of us..ho ho. Since I can take no issue with your article other than the fact that if I remember my “Julius Cesar” Anthony was making a play at getting power for himself when he made that speech; are you standing for elections soon?

  16. Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country, eh Shaista? Thanks for reminding us that every little helps….keep thinking and keep writing…:)

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