So, there was another 14th August today. 63 years after Pakistan came into existence. East Pakistan was lost in 1971 because an excessively colonial attitude, bigotry, militarism and apathy towards the plight of compatriots. Kashmir was partially lost in 1948 when due to our insistence on using force and violence led to the state acceding to India under duress. There is currently a seperatist movement going on in Balochistan and half of the province is outside the control of the government. There is currently a terrorist insurgency going on in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and half of the province is outside the control of the government. There is a severe flood tearing through the length and breadth of Pakistan effecting all four provinces, uprooting families, destroying farms, killing livestock and damaging infrastructure and will end up being a disaster that will send Pakistan slipping down years on the ladder of development; hundreds are benefitting illegally from the donations for these floods; no one is funding the government because of its corrupt nature.
What is right with Pakistan now? Why would anyone have any hope for this country? Why? There is no logical reason whatsoever.
But I have hope. And I have a good reason too. Quite a few actually, and I will list them below in no particular order,
Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Saleemuzzaman Siddiqui, Agha Hasan Abidi, Sadeqain, Jahangir Khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Ishrat Hussain, Habib Fida Ali, Prince Karim Khan, Adibul Hasan Rizvi, Sharifuddin Pirzada, Saadat Hasan Manto, Javed Miandad, Qurratulain Hyder, Habib Jalib, Ali Moeen Nawazish, Qureshpur, Bundu Khan, Iqbal Bano, Sohail Rana, Bholu Pehelwan, Shoaib Sultan Khan, Jagan Nath Azad, Akhter Hameed Khan, Ardeshir Cowasjee, Jansher Khan, Bapsi Sidhwa, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Mehdi Hassan, Raees Amrohvi, Parveen Shakir, Naseem Hamid, Ahmad Hussain, Muhammad Bashir, Abdus Salam, Nayyara Noor, Ustad Nazir Jan, Zia Mohyiuddin, Asma Jahangir, M M Alam, Muhammad Zafarullah Khan, Noor Jahan, Ahmed Ghulamali Chagla, Ibn e Insha, Atta ur Rehman, Ahmed Hasan Dani, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ansar Burney, Imran Khan, Alam Channa, Hanif Muhammad, Hafeez Jullundhri, Ahmed Faraz, Nayyar Ali Dada, Malika Pukhraj, Maliha Lodhi, Nazia Hasan, Gul Jee, Shaista Zaid, Haji Javed Iqbal Khokher, Syed Hussain Shah, Hakim Saeed, Tasneem Ahmed Siddiqui, Bushra Ansari, Qari Shakir Qasmi, Basit and Amjad Farooq Alvi, Qateel Shifai, Patras Bukhari, Farida Khanum,
There may have been many communal failures, but there are too many individual success to give up hope. There is still hope. It is completely dark, and there is no light in sight. But there is till hope. Why? because …
younhi hamesha khilaye hain hum nay aag main phool; na unki haar naee hay na apni jeet naee