Pakistan Calling Her Sons !

Editor’s note: Jawad Raza Khan has often written for this Forum.This article,he writes, is charged with passion, with a love for his country, anguish and pain at the wounds inflicted on the motherland.I salute Jawad for this patriotic piece. O’ sons of this country: read & THINK:not what your mother has done for you but what you have done for your mother!PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.



It was 27th of Ramadan 1366 Hijri, 14th August 1947 when my father Mr. Jinnah proclaimed my birth. Looking back to the course of my nourishment my roots were found in this soil during the mid of 19th century, soon after the war of Independence 1857. Honestly speaking my seeds were with Khan of rivers (The Indus) and the Indus man since the very creation of this planet. My forefathers were passionate personalities from all professions and walks of life including  Syed Ahmed Khan, Johar Brothers, Allama Iqbal,…………. till my founding father Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

When I opened my eyes in this world, I also came across my loved ones waiting for me, as any other new born experiences on reaching the planet. Events of infancy are usually impossible to remember, but my beginning saw something which is indeed difficult to forget “The Great Migration”. To be very precise, history repeated itself, after more than 1300 years and the land of sub-continent saw the events of Arabian land. I just can’t forget the scale of sacrifices rendered by my family during the course of migration; it had some sad but certainly proud feelings for me as I saw my family performing that dreadful journey and then kissing my forehead when meeting me on the border.

Early orphanage in form of departure of Muhammad Ali Jinnah couldn’t change my progression for magnificence as my care takers like Liaqat Ali Khan and Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah did appreciate the significance of initial smooth respiration for prosperous future ahead. Though death of Liaqat Ali Khan did give me a setback and I went into a bit of a rollercoaster but generally speaking I maintained the right course.

I was not at all a pampered child, with a golden spoon rather, my family worked untiringly hard to support me and ensure my healthy grooming. Although it took around 25 years to make rules and regulations for me (The Constitution), which in turn made me, experience some sour experiences but me and my family took all of them positively. Wars of 1948 and 1965 made me more robust to live with pride and dignity, on the other hand the debacle of 1971 was indeed learning through hard way. My enemies claimed disarmament of ideology but I am still surviving with exceptional health in so many areas as a state, even after that catastrophe.

The childhood experiences (three wars) made me real Street Smart, as I have to be that way, to survive in this world of vultures. The young blood running in my veins in form of motivated generations who saw my birth and the period of infancy put me on a fast track.

When I was in my late twenties and mind you in the context of nations, “this is still childhood” I was undoubtedly an extremely prominent component of the Muslim world. The western world was noticing my vigour, valour, passion and capability to lead Muslims all around the globe. Their notice turned into fear when I started developing muscles along with brains. My guardians, by my maturity, became the largest standing Muslim Army with nuclear capability.

When you are rich (with mineral resources such as coal, salt, gold and energy) along-with a strong purpose to exist (The ideology), backed up by solid potential for complete food security for your family (thanks to the world’s best irrigation system), then people around you are always looking for an opportunity to pull your legs. The same started to happen with me in late nineties, my passion to lead Ummah was turned into my disaster by the outsiders, but what really pinches me is my own people turning against me; they started defaming my ideology by portraying it as a cancer for the so called modern and progressive westerners; And honestly speaking I became more worried about my father’s vision, which was entirely distorted, that to, in the name of Islam; I saw young generation discussing me as Jinnah’s mistake; I heard kids more enthusiastic about events like Halloween than my birthday; Mothers busy watching neighbor’s media than training own children; Astonishingly I saw every immoral activity in the good offices of state going on with full swing with my father’s portrait watching all this with complete silence but desperation.

All above does not happen very quickly but indeed it happened unfortunately very strongly, right now I feel despairing, and to be precisely candid I can say with authenticity that I have been robbed by my own people, not only economically, but morally, politically and above all ethically. Not a single segment of my society is now ready to pour in any positive contribution towards my ailing health.

Please let me talk to my young generation now! And you my future got to listen to me, as what I will say now, is the real picture.

It may sound a bit of self-praising, but if I realistically draw a comparative statement from “then” and “now” it will not at all be that gloomy, as now you discuss and react. These are straight facts with just no exaggerations, and I am the witness to the people I had with me, responsible for my initial grooming.

In 1947 when my minimum expenditures were calculated it came to 40 crore but I had in my kitty only half of it, thanks to Nizam of Hyderabad who rescued the newly created State bank of mine by doing the needful.

In 1947, there were three cement factories now, I have more than 30, I use to import motorcycles now I make cars planes ships and tanks, I inherited only 4 textile mills but now I own 500 of them. It is hard to believe that my young generation believes the propaganda by my, and their enemies without taking into account that we own the second largest salt mine, fifth largest gold reserves and not to forget the 2nd largest earth filled dam on the planet.

My children! They call me terrorists and u know who is the only Non-Christian who had the honor to receive the highest award of the catholic world (Knight of the Order of Holy Sepulcher, he was none other than a Pakistani Dr Asad for promoting good will between Christians and Muslims.

I came out with head high in 1980 when a super power tried to fiddle with my sovereignty and now another superpower in 2011 is doing the same: God be with me and you, my children; the fate will be the same again this time as well. The game is already on and promos are in media as well in shape of their Bankruptcy and deplorable economic condition.

Being one family, I hope I can take liberty from you, especially being the head of the family. You must be having many reservations regarding what future I gave you all and opportunities in careers and professions to ensure your growth for competing internationally.  You must be having lots of cribs, lots of disappointments, must have met lots of failures as well and at the same antagonized by the unfriendly environment around you.

My children! You must understand the difference between the State and the Government; citizens own the state and in turn Government own citizens. If you will not own me how the people governing me can own you.

Sorry to say buddies, you don’t vote; you are not united; your faith is limping; you are not following the path of discipline; all basics are deteriorating and you still say that I am at fault! Don’t you think it’s a bit unfair to me?

If the answer is in affirmation then let’s promise on my birthday, which is fortunately falling in the month of Ramzan as the day of my creation that this fourth generation of mine will take me to the place my Father Mr Jinnah wanted to see me.

Happy Birthday to me!

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  • Ijaz Khan  On August 12, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Normally I don’t participate in discussions that involve politics and nationalism because everybody has his or her own opinion (including me) and you cannot really change people’s opinion unless they really want to change it.
    However,this article is so CORRECT in today’s world of Pakistan, that it has compelled me to write.
    Well Said Jawad Khan.
    Well said indeed!

  • Laila  On August 12, 2011 at 8:26 am

    John F Kennedy said:
    This Fourth of July it’s right to spend some time thinking about what it means not just to be an American, but to be a patriot — because the concept of patriotism itself is under assault in ways that remind me of a different time in our history.
    Well, we,this 14th of August must think as Jawad ji rightly throws this passionate piece at us, as to where we are heading!

  • Rizwan  On August 12, 2011 at 8:30 am

    One can justifiably hate a government that loses its way. Sides have been set, those who produce wealth for an economy to function and those who live off the wealth.. But hating your government does not mean hating your country.
    I am moved by this article.
    Thank you Yasmeen.For posting.

  • Rais  On August 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

    “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
    Edward Abbey

  • Ubaid Akhtar  On August 12, 2011 at 8:52 am

    A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have.

    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th president of the U.S.

  • Summaya  On August 12, 2011 at 9:05 am

    A Good article.
    This is what we have done to Pakistan:
    Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s notable speech made on August 11th highlights the fundamental values that were to become a part of Pakistan. Today, the Jinnah Institute is running a two-part series on Reclaiming Jinnah’s Pakistan. This is the first part of the series.
    Reclaiming Jinnah’s Pakistan

    By Shehrbano Taseer

    I watched my father Salmaan Taseer break into a smile as Aasia Noreen placed her ink-stained thumb on a mercy petition marked for President Zardari. Pakistan’s founder, secularist Mohammed Ali Jinnah stared down silently from his portrait on the wall.

    Six weeks later, as my father was lowered into an early grave – as frothing, bearded religious fanatics took to the streets celebrating his brutal murder and Pakistan’s unforgiving blasphemy laws – I wondered what else had been buried with him.

    There are those who say my father’s death was the final nail in the coffin for Jinnah’s Pakistan. But as long as we live by Jinnah’s words, the Pakistan he envisioned will live on. Our enemies will never win.

    According to CIA’s World Factbook, we are poised to be the fifth most populous country in the world in a few years. With 60 percent of Pakistan’s 187 million strong population below the age of 24, the youth of Pakistanform a potentially powerful force for change.

    We must be nation builders. It is our greatest responsibility and burden. When Jinnah addressed students in Dhaka in 1948, he emphasized education as a priority for young people and said “let me give you this word of warning: you will be making the greatest mistake if you allow yourself to be exploited by one political party or another. ” Jinnah envisioned a modern nation at peace with itself and the world. We must understand that vision instead of siding with obscurantist’s and hyper-national isolationists.

    We need to be a nation of modern economists, entrepreneurs, scientists, writers, social workers, doctors, journalists, teachers and film-makers’ not a nation of angry complainers and Muslim bigots. Jinnah remarked, “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up as prisoners.” Ultimately, the success of our nation will not depend on what we didn’t do, what we denied ourselves, what we resisted, and who we excluded. It will depend on what we embraced, what we created, and who we included.

    Addressing the Punjabi Muslim Students Federation at Lahore on October 31, 1947, Jinnah said “Pakistan is proud of her youth, particularly the students who have always been in the forefront in the hour of trial and need. You are the nation’s leaders of tomorrow… You should realize the magnitude of your responsibility and be ready to bear it.” The future of every country is it’s next generation. For a progressive, pluralistic and economically sound Pakistan to succeed, there is an urgent need to harness the potential of the youth. This requires the state to invest ineducation, vocational training and skills development, technology, entrepreneurship opportunities, and job creation for both young men and women.

    With a crippled economy and a hemorrhaging war on terror, our education system is in shambles. Our budget reveals that only 1.5% is dedicated to education. The failure to educate the country’s children costs the equivalent of one flood a year, according to a report produced by the Pakistan Education Task Force.

    The 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan, states, “The state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to 16 years in such a manner as may be determined by law.”Although this year was declared Education Year in Pakistan, over 25 in million children are being denied their constitutional right to an education. Pakistan has the largest number of children out of school in the world after Afghanistan.Only 23 per cent of our children under the age of 16 attend secondary school and almost one-third of Pakistanis have received less than two years of education. 54% of Pakistan is literate (a generous estimate) and even so, being literate means the ability to sign your name.

    Pakistan’s young are dynamic and thirsty to learn and be involved. But the inadequacy of quality education – critical thinking in particular – renders our country incapable of dealing with the challenges of the 21st century. It means an overwhelming majority of our population is ignorant, angry, and extreme. Tens of thousands of children are growing up to be merchants of hatred — with a very narrow world-view and bitterly antagonistic against concepts of tolerance, individual freedoms and democracy. I lost my father, my friend and my hero because of this mindset. I do not wish for any other family to have to suffer through what mine has had to. No other nation should lose its brave heart.

    The road ahead is difficult and the results will not be immediate. But as patriotic citizens with a heavy stake in our nation’s stability, we must not abdicate our responsibilities. It is in our hands what direction our nation takes. Let’s reclaim Jinnah’s Pakistan.

  • Summaya  On August 12, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Mr. Jinnah’s presidential address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan

    August 11, 1947

    Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen!
    I cordially thank you, with the utmost sincerity, for the honour you have conferred upon me – the greatest honour that is possible to confer – by electing me as your first President. I also thank those leaders who have spoken in appreciation of my services and their personal references to me. I sincerely hope that with your support and your co-operation we shall make this Constituent Assembly an example to the world. The Constituent Assembly has got two main functions to perform. The first is the very onerous and responsible task of framing the future constitution of Pakistan and the second of functioning as a full and complete sovereign body as the Federal Legislature of Pakistan. We have to do the best we can in adopting a provisional constitution for the Federal Legislature of Pakistan. You know really that not only we ourselves are wondering but, I think, the whole world is wondering at this unprecedented cyclonic revolution which has brought about the clan of creating and establishing two independent sovereign Dominions in this sub-continent. As it is, it has been unprecedented; there is no parallel in the history of the world. This mighty sub-continent with all kinds of inhabitants has been brought under a plan which is titanic, unknown, unparalleled. And what is very important with regards to it is that we have achieved it peacefully and by means of an evolution of the greatest possible character.

    Dealing with our first function in this Assembly, I cannot make any well-considered pronouncement at this moment, but I shall say a few things as they occur to me. The first and the foremost thing that I would like to emphasize is this: remember that you are now a sovereign legislative body and you have got all the powers. It, therefore, places on you the gravest responsibility as to how you should take your decisions. The first observation that I would like to make is this: You will no doubt agree with me that the first duty of a government is to maintain law and order, so that the life, property and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the State.

    The second thing that occurs to me is this: One of the biggest curses from which India is suffering – I do not say that other countries are free from it, but, I think our condition is much worse – is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison. We must put that down with an iron hand and I hope that you will take adequate measures as soon as it is possible for this Assembly to do so.

    Black-marketing is another curse. Well, I know that blackmarketeers are frequently caught and punished. Judicial sentences are passed or sometimes fines only are imposed. Now you have to tackle this monster, which today is a colossal crime against society, in our distressed conditions, when we constantly face shortage of food and other essential commodities of life. A citizen who does black-marketing commits, I think, a greater crime than the biggest and most grievous of crimes. These blackmarketeers are really knowing, intelligent and ordinarily responsible people, and when they indulge in black-marketing, I think they ought to be very severely punished, because the entire system of control and regulation of foodstuffs and essential commodities, and cause wholesale starvation and want and even death.

    The next thing that strikes me is this: Here again it is a legacy which has been passed on to us. Along with many other things, good and bad, has arrived this great evil, the evil of nepotism and jobbery. I want to make it quite clear that I shall never tolerate any kind of jobbery, nepotism or any any influence directly of indirectly brought to bear upon me. Whenever I will find that such a practice is in vogue or is continuing anywhere, low or high, I shall certainly not countenance it.

    I know there are people who do not quite agree with the division of India and the partition of the Punjab and Bengal. Much has been said against it, but now that it has been accepted, it is the duty of everyone of us to loyally abide by it and honourably act according to the agreement which is now final and binding on all. But you must remember, as I have said, that this mighty revolution that has taken place is unprecedented. One can quite understand the feeling that exists between the two communities wherever one community is in majority and the other is in minority. But the question is, whether it was possible or practicable to act otherwise than what has been done, A division had to take place. On both sides, in Hindustan and Pakistan, there are sections of people who may not agree with it, who may not like it, but in my judgement there was no other solution and I am sure future history will record is verdict in favour of it. And what is more, it will be proved by actual experience as we go on that was the only solution of India’s constitutional problem. Any idea of a united India could never have worked and in my judgement it would have led us to terrific disaster. Maybe that view is correct; maybe it is not; that remains to be seen. All the same, in this division it was impossible to avoid the question of minorities being in one Dominion or the other. Now that was unavoidable. There is no other solution. Now what shall we do? Now, if we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous, we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor. If you will work in co-operation, forgetting the past, burying the hatchet, you are bound to succeed. If you change your past and work together in a spirit that everyone of you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what relations he had with you in the past, no matter what is his colour, caste or creed, is first, second and last a citizen of this State with equal rights, privileges, and obligations, there will be no end to the progress you will make.

    I cannot emphasize it too much. We should begin to work in that spirit and in course of time all these angularities of the majority and minority communities, the Hindu community and the Muslim community, because even as regards Muslims you have Pathans, Punjabis, Shias, Sunnis and so on, and among the Hindus you have Brahmins, Vashnavas, Khatris, also Bengalis, Madrasis and so on, will vanish. Indeed if you ask me, this has been the biggest hindrance in the way of India to attain the freedom and independence and but for this we would have been free people long long ago. No power can hold another nation, and specially a nation of 400 million souls in subjection; nobody could have conquered you, and even if it had happened, nobody could have continued its hold on you for any length of time, but for this. Therefore, we must learn a lesson from this. You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State. As you know, history shows that in England, conditions, some time ago, were much worse than those prevailing in India today. The Roman Catholics and the Protestants persecuted each other. Even now there are some States in existence where there are discriminations made and bars imposed against a particular class. Thank God, we are not starting in those days. We are starting in the days where there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State. The people of England in course of time had to face the realities of the situation and had to discharge the responsibilities and burdens placed upon them by the government of their country and they went through that fire step by step. Today, you might say with justice that Roman Catholics and Protestants do not exist; what exists now is that every man is a citizen, an equal citizen of Great Britain and they are all members of the Nation.

    Now I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.

    Well, gentlemen, I do not wish to take up any more of your time and thank you again for the honour you have done to me. I shall always be guided by the principles of justice and fairplay without any, as is put in the political language, prejudice or ill-will, in other words, partiality or favouritism. My guiding principle will be justice and complete impartiality, and I am sure that with your support and co-operation, I can look forward to Pakistan becoming one of the greatest nations of the world.

    I have received a message from the United States of America addressed to me. It reads:

    I have the honour to communicate to you, in Your Excellency’s capacity as President of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan, the following message which I have just received from the Secretary of State of the United States:
    On the occasion of of the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly for Pakistan, I extend to you and to the members of the Assembly, the best wishes of the Government and the people of the United States for the successful conclusion of the great work you are about to undertake.

    Source: Dawn, Independence Day Supplement, August 14, 1999.

  • Nawaz Ansari  On August 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Sorry for my somewhat austere comment here and I certainly do not intend to be a racist or even disrespectful to any one at all, but why people are quoting JFK and Roosevelt, the man has passionately written about Pakistan why not quote our own great people.


    • Summaya  On August 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

      That’s because unfortunately most GREAT quotes come from those NOT from here.HENCE JAWAD’S ARTICLE.
      Here’s one for the road by Jinnah:
      “Think 100 times before you take a decision, But once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man.”

  • Semeeh  On August 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Brilliant piece of writing .

  • jawad raza khan  On August 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    It is indeed extremely encouraging to read so many diverse superlatives for a very humble effort of mine for our great country. I must dedicate this article to my grandmother, from whom I listened, saw and felt Pakistan, especially the story of migration of my grand parents.

  • dilazak1AbdulQadir Khan  On August 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    A touching article for Pakistanis. May I call it ‘Marsia-e-Pakistan’? Writer has very correctly expressed frustration and anguish of so many patriots.
    A revolution is certainly required…NOW… to change the system, to get rid of the yokes of 1% and to prepare ourselves for ‘The Crusades in Offing’. Sorry that the phrase may seem out of place but to understand it better, I invite your attention to ‘Clash of Civilizations’ by Samuel P. Huntington, ‘Race Contact’ by Earl Edward Muntz and a documentary ‘Constantine’s Sword’ of James Carroll on growing religious intolerance in Christian world including Whitehouse and US Armed Forces coupled with Europe (Remember their recent activities?). New divisions of Christianity like Evangelic Church (A mega church is being established every two days in America) are a clear threat to Muslim world because Jews had enough, now it’s our turn. Though all is not as black as it seems apparently, Pakistan has achieved a lot as well which so many still long to achieve. I once (Some 24 years back) expressed my frustration about the state of affairs in Pakistan in front of my uncle ‘Brigadier Bashir Hussain Tareen (Late)’ and received a shut up call. He asked me that did I see Pakistan after partition and early 50s? My answer was certainly ‘No’. At the end of that lengthy lecture, I had at least acquired the sense of comparing and seeing positive as well.
    It surely does not mean that what Mr. Jawad has said is not true. In fact it is a wakeup call, for we have started heading in the wrong direction, towards the dead end. “The drivers” are to be changed ASAP else we may reach the end of the track …and our progress may not help us at all. A very important point hinted by the writer requires very very serious attention by us all. 60 % of the people must come out for the change else bloody revolution may take everything away, we have achieved so far.

    • S U Turkman  On August 13, 2011 at 12:38 am

      Qadir Khan, we were talking about Pakistan, not the West but you had to insert your hate of Christians, USA and the West in it for no reason at all. I live in USA and find no hate of Moslims in normal Americans but most of them are scared of your Sneak Attacking JehaaDi Terrorist Brothers because they have caused more than 16,500 Sneak Attacks all around the world since 9/11. If Christians really hate us, wouldn’t they be doing the same and killing tens of millions of us in USA and Europe?
      Begging is our Profession, lying is our Habit and Hate is our Religion.

      • dilazak1  On August 13, 2011 at 8:53 am

        Why U keep trying to prove yourself as Muslin?
        We know who U R…!
        Your last sentence….Very correct. I am not at all advocating some baseless issue against America and I AM NOT THE ONE WHO BELIEVES IN KILLING OR HATING PEOPLE, in fact I love every living thing. It’s a gift of God Almighty to us. It is just a precautionary measure and warning, let’s not be amongst those who have been extirpated by super powers all along the history. Don’t worry. Your dollars will not be cut because of Us. Prove me wrong if i redirect your last sentence to America. Who fits in the best…Pakistan or your USA? And mind you everybody in this world understands your hypocrisy, if we don’t speak, is another issue. Why U keep wasting your energies always to protect USA from being discussed in forums? Your record proves that. Please don’t waist our time. I am not going to reply you in future.
        By the way, did you consult the references, I indicated. No Muslim has written those books or made that video. There is a case against US Air force in your courts for covering and promoting Evangelic Church and promoting Religious intolerance. I can give you thousands of examples showing the foul play in whole world (Particularly Muslim world) by your country. Sun can’t be hidden behind a finger.

  • Willy  On August 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    “all basics are deteriorating and you still say that I am at fault!”

    Unfortunately, the basics will continue to deterioate
    for many decades to come as I see it, YAA. The
    basics have barely yet begun their downward slide.

    And the slide is global. Due first to the financial
    bubbles, but due in the longer term to Peak Energy.

    • S U Turkman  On August 13, 2011 at 12:42 am

      Right, all the Basics of Moslims are deteriorating and they think, the whole world is going down the drain just like them. On the other hand, yesterday USA experimented its future Aeroplane that would be flying 13,000 a miles and you could be reaching London from Karachi in 12 minutes.

      • S U Turkman  On August 13, 2011 at 12:48 am

        Correction. 13,000 miles an hour.

  • sumbul  On August 13, 2011 at 12:25 am

    My dearest Pakistan! thanks for reminding us for your hardships, yes! we took you for granted as we went along on the course of a liberated nation. We forgot that u also bear emotions and can feel good and bad in different circumstances. Accept the deepest apalogy from us, we will definitely try and eradicate the ills in us to make you feel proud very soon INSHALLAH……………….THANKS jAWAD

  • Nadeem  On August 13, 2011 at 5:25 am

    An emotional article, but where does he get the idea of the ‘father’, Jinnah, trying to create or become a leader of the ‘Ummah’??? Mr. Khan is trying to advance the idea of Pakistan being theocratic rather than a modern political and sovereign homeland for all its citizens, the majority of them being Muslims, from a myriad of sects.

    If we are loyal to the ‘father’, i.e., Jinnah, there is no place in Pakistan for the rule of the mullas and their hordes of gun-toting, extreme sectarian zealots. In fact, it is the rise of this religion wielding class, starting in late 70’s, which is the cause of the sharp downfall of our motherland.

    Nadeem Kausar

  • Kausar Bajwa  On August 13, 2011 at 5:25 am

    NK Ji:

    Well said.


  • Jamil Zaidi  On August 13, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Yes we have made strides forward.

    Jameel Zaidi

  • Admiral Sirohey  On August 13, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Pakistan Paindabad


    • Jawad raza khan  On August 13, 2011 at 6:44 am

      Honoured to hear from you sir, one of the two greatest words we all came across ever “PAKISTAN PAINDABAD”. You asid it all in just two.

  • Siddiqui My  On August 13, 2011 at 5:51 am


    My mother died when I was born; she suffered terribly but my father did not care;he was too busy with his friends enjoying frills of life with them; perhaps thinking she will come out fine. I am told a Chinese doctor had warned my family about the serious condition of my mother but no heed was paid to his advice. I understand my father was not informed of this advice. My father and uncles were thus busy enjoying life as usual thinking mother’s serious condition was not serious and she will come out alright. But she was too weak to withstand pangs and pains. She passed away quietly one misty morning of winter and none of my relatives shed any tears. To this day I am not aware where they buried my mother
    Our beautiful house was ravaged and looted by strangers while my family celebrated my birth in partying and celebrating away in our second home in far away mountains.
    I grew up as an orphan; abondoned and unrecognised. Our family was broken and dispersed; I hardly remember a kind word from my father; our family was dispersed and I had no brother or close relatives. I became an abondoned child. Sure my father provided me a roof and put me in a school with plans to send me away to some foreign land away from himself; I was in no man’s land; i was an exile in my own homeland; I had no language , no religion and no culture. I imitated every thing and any body. I had no family and no friends. I looked like every body around me but i was not one of them.
    As I grew i saw confusion, discord and hatred around me. By then i was totally disoriented of my own being…who was I ? Pakistani? Muslim ? All round me was loot, plunder, chaos and hopelessness; I desprately wanted to escape but where ? who was I ? There was total disconnect in my life, I was confused. I saw greed, selfishiness and no light at the end of the tunnel. I was confused and there was no one to guide me and lead me
    There was confusion around me; Jinnah ? Who was he; Some eugolised him; others blamed him. Islam was taboo; terrorists were elites; some admired them; others hated them ; some said we are secular, others said we are fundamentalists….I was confused
    Those who gave lectures on State and Govt, themselves did not know the difference; they could not distinguish between Secular and Theocracy……..
    My Father, we are not a family, we are lost souls..where were you all these long years when my friends were dying for foreign aggressors; where were you when they killed our young men in our own streets ;
    you never owned me, you never loved me…tell me what did you give me…WHAT SHALL I GIV YOU BACK TODAY…You and your friends killed my mother; I cannot even find her grave to shed tears… made me an orphan and now we all are orphans. You always desired I fly away to foreign lands. which land tell me will accept orphans of the dead
    Now pray for yourself and greive not about me. Once you abonded my mother today I abondon you. It was you and your generation which destroyed our motherland. You have to atone your sins and seek forgiveness.

    your lost son

    • Jawad raza khan  On August 13, 2011 at 6:55 am

      Sir, your comment is a master piece in response to an average contribution.

  • R. Guzi  On August 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Many Pakistanis have greatly improved their standard of living since their country gained its independence in 1947. Yet over 30 percent of them—around 42 million people—still live below the poverty line. The gap between the rich and poor has widened in recent years, with some gaining financial comfort while others are finding it impossible to permanently escape from destitution.

    During the 1990s, economic growth in Pakistan ranged from low to moderate, but was relatively steady. However poverty rates stagnated. Indications are that economic growth was not strong enough, and its benefits distributed too narrowly to broadly reduce poverty.

    Poor people in Pakistan also typically fail to receive the kind of essential services they need to get ahead—credit so they can build a home or start a small business; clean water and sanitation to keep families healthy; decent schooling for their children; and electricity so they can do their homework at night.

    The current government of Pakistan has made concerted efforts to determine the cause of and solution to pervasive poverty. It has improved survey methods and is working to increase the availability of services which are essential to helping people escape poverty. It has also put in place measures to strengthen economic growth and help spread its benefits to those who need them most.
    Compared to other low-income countries, Pakistan has seen relatively high economic growth over the last decade, and its educated, urban elite enjoy a standard of living similar to their counterparts elsewhere.

    Other groups however, have remained trapped at or near the poverty line, with severely limited access to steady income, credit and public services. Poverty levels are consistently higher in rural areas than in the cities.

    The incidence of rural poverty is highest among those who own no land—more than one half of the rural population. Inequity in land ownership in Pakistan is responsible for agricultural yields which are below those of other countries at similar income levels.

    Female-headed households, tribal groups and those living at or below the subsistence level are particularly vulnerable. Poverty rates also vary significantly among provinces, from a low of 16 percent in the northeastern areas to 44 percent in the Northwest Frontier Province.

    Extensive development research has shown a correlation between educational attainment and economic growth in developing countries. Pakistan has increased school enrollment levels, however this progress stagnated in the mid 1990s. The country still has a relatively low level of education, which has appeared to play a role in dampening economic growth.

    Girls in Pakistan complete an average of only two and a half years of education while boys complete five. Only 44 percent of the population is literate, compared to 64 percent in countries with similar per capita incomes. A 30 percent gap between female and male literacy has not decreased since 1970.

    Economic status is a strong determinant of school enrollment. Among the richest households in Pakistan, as measured by consumption, the gross primary school enrollment rate is 90 percent, whereas among the poorest households, it is 50 percent.

    Lack of access to basic services impedes upward mobility. Compared to countries with similar income levels, 23 percent fewer Pakistanis have access to sanitation. Knowledge and ability to properly feed children is also insufficient in many poor households. Child malnutrition in rural areas has not changed in severity in 15 years, and impedes the economic prospects of affected adults in their later lives. Furthermore, only around 52 percent of poor households are connected to electricity, compared to 76 percent of non-poor households.

    Insufficient coverage of public services are due in large part to a “squeeze” on social spending in Pakistan. For the past two decades, the increasing burden of paying the country’s growing debt, combined with continued substantial defense expenditure and stagnant revenues have reduced the resources committed to providing basic social services. Until recently, for example, Pakistan had been allocating 42 percent less in health spending per capita than was allocated by other countries at its income level. Much of the government’s debt is comprised of loans which were taken to finance short-term and unsustainable spurts in growth in the 1980s.
    The new millennium has seen Pakistan shift emphasis to more sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. The current government has demonstrated a clear sense of direction, which is outlined in its Poverty Reduction Strategy—a plan devised after broad national consultations.

    The strategy emphasizes tax reform to increase the government’s revenues and help it pay off its debt. It focuses on improving the business climate to encourage investment and sets out plans for reforming institutions to cut waste and corruption and improve public service delivery. Federal budget allocations for education and health programs have been nearly doubled.

    The government has nearly completed the process of privatizing state-owned banks and is following suit with other state-owned enterprises.

    Since Pakistan is still predominantly a rural country, agricultural growth is fundamental to economic growth and poverty reduction. The government has liberalized agricultural trade and pricing regimes, removing distortions, and increasing incentives for farmers.

    The government has also implemented a far-reaching devolution program which led to locally elected officials with the legitimacy and mandate to improve public service delivery.

    The budget deficit has fallen and inflation has remained below 5 percent. Exports have begun to grow after years of stagnation. Public expenditure on development has begun to rise as a percentage of GDP, while spending on interest and defense has fallen.

    The World Bank is the largest provider of development finance to Pakistan. The Bank’s Country Assistance Strategy, which outline’s support for Pakistan through mid 2005, is designed to directly support the government’s poverty reduction strategy. It focuses primarily on strengthening the basis for macroeconomic stability and government effectiveness; strengthening the investment climate; creating the conditions for accelerated, sustainable rural growth; and supporting policies which empower poor people and women.
    Pakistan still faces many challenges and risks as it works to eradicate poverty and enjoy the kind of prosperity seen in so many other countries.

    It is the private sector which will drive growth, and yet Pakistan is still an expensive country in which to do business both in terms of time and money. Inefficient public providers mean the cost of services such as railroad transfers and electricity, are higher than necessary. In addition, mock enforcement of un-needed rules and regulations plague small businesses in particular.

    Public expenditure reforms are required. Although the public debt has been reduced, it is still at unsustainable levels, yet will be challenging for Pakistan to increase revenues by broadening its tax base. Meanwhile, spending on social services, while having increased, is still relatively low.

    Pakistan has developed education and health reform strategies, however these need to be developed into action plans and implemented. To succeed, these will require substantial improvements in governance and public administration, and will also need incremental funding increases in the future.

    Social protection for those living near the poverty line is essential to help protect them from economic downturns and other shocks. These can take the form of social assistance, jobs on public works, and direct cash transfers. Increasing access to credit will also help. Since most of the country’s poor people live in rural areas, these measures would need to be part of a well-coordinated rural strategy.

    Finally, there are always vested interests who are opposed to reforms and modernization for fear of losing political influence or financial benefits. Demand for change by civil society and reform-minded leaders will be essential to completing reforms and significantly improving the lives of the Pakistani people who have been left behind.

  • Rafiq Mian  On August 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Great Article!

  • John Bose  On August 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Pakistan must look after her minorities. A lot of actions against Christians in Punjab testify to the fact that Pakistan must rise above just being a State for the muslims.

  • Hamid  On August 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Dear friends

    Asslam O Alaikum

    Current prevailing situation in our beloved country is a matter of concern for all of us, political unrest, energy crises, declining foreign exchange reserves, out flow of investments and above all, alarming increase in violence are posing a real threat to economic and social stability in Pakistan.
    Our problems are deep rooted and require a lot of struggle and hardship to overcome. Here I want to start some discussions about the problems our country is facing and how we can help to overcome these problems. I have noticed that many knowledgeable Pakistani friends do visit this site frequently. I would like to take this opportunity to invite them to take part in these discussions and oblige us. I myself am not highly educated and expert Pakistani but I am sure that a lot of visiting friends do have the ability and expertise to participate and share their views with other friends. I can reserve a separate domain for this purpose but let us start from here first.
    First of all let us discuss about the role of overseas Pakistanis in the development of Pakistan, how we can help to bring progress and prosperity in Pakistan.
    God bless you all.
    Best Regards

    • FEL  On August 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Dear Hamid,
      Various untoward incidents of bomb explosions at the public places, perpetration of suicide bombings by extremist elements bathed in religion and dogmatism and firing of bullets on the innocent civilians by the miscreants bear out that volatile law and order situation is gravely affecting social, political, economic and religious fabric of Pakistan. This unwanted state of affairs has given birth to uncertainty and frustration which are acting as blight in our society. No public place is secure, no religious institution is sacrosanct and no spiritual or political congregation is safe.Talented people are leaving the Land of the Pure for good because their fate is in the doldrums due to uncertainty of jobs and insecurity to their life and property. Thus menace of “Brain Drain” is continuously depriving the country of the intellectuals that are the true assets of the country to resolve its intricate problems.
      Our tourism industry is in the doldrums due to security concerns. Despite scenic beauty of hilly areas, glistening peaks, towering mountains, gushing rivers, archeological sites, and historical monuments ,the PTDC and the Tourism Ministry have badly failed to catch the attention of the foreign tourists because no one will take risk to visit a country where indigenous population is not secure and its rulers address public gatherings behind bullet proof screens. Pakistan has a lot of investment potential which could not be fully tapped because of violent incidents. Therefore, the economy of Pakistan is in the shambles. The investors fear of sinking their investment due to unending terrorist incidents.
      The worst victims of law and order as well as poor economy are always the poor. Their vulnerability to shocks is more than others. Therefore, it is imperative that any analysis of the impact of law and order on economic situation must start with the most vulnerable in the society. In other words, no study of economic situation is complete without taking account of at least three interrelated economic indicators of poverty, unemployment, inflation, particularly food inflation.
      Our study has seen positive correlations between crime and major economic variables: when there are negative trends in the economy (increase in inflation, poverty, unemployment, and decline in investment) there are negative trends in law and order (increase in crime rate).
      The role of police force is vital for maintaining law and order situation in the country.
      Since 9/11 and the consequent US/NATO military action in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s troubled northwestern frontier has come under increasing pressure from militant and terrorist organizations operating in the area. Pakistan’s deficient and flawed law enforcement capacity in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the adjacent North West Frontier Province (NWFP) have helped Pakistani Taliban and other terrorist groups expand their influence and strongly challenge the state’s writ. Outgunned and outfinanced, on average 400 police officers have been killed every year in terrorist attacks since 2005. Controversial and haphazard Pakistani military action in the area has led to more instability, and limited resistance in FATA has now become a growing ethnic insurgency. As is clear from the turmoil in the NWFP’s Swat district, any army action can provide no more than a breathing space to the state; only police and law enforcement actions can help the state reestablish its writ and stabilize the area. A timely police action can be more effective in quelling emergent insurgencies. My research into the 2007 Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) crisis in Islamabad, where a strong military operation led to hundreds of deaths and dozens of retaliatory suicide attacks, also indicates that: (a) an effective police action in time (2004–05) could have avoided the later bloody clash and (b) the police lacked authority and the permission of the state and its important institutions to legally pursue the rebel clerics in the mosque (during the 2004–07 timeframe).
      The police infrastructure is one of Pakistan’s most poorly managed organizations. It is aptly described as ill-equipped, poorly trained, deeply politicized, and chronically corrupt. It has performed well in certain operations; overall, however, that is a rare phenomenon. Arguably, the primary reason for this state of affairs is the government’s persistent failure to invest in law enforcement reform and modernization. It is ironic that despite frequent internal crises since its inception in 1947, ranging from ethnic confrontations and sectarian battles to a sharp rise in criminal activity and growing insurgencies, both political and military policymakers have never given this sector top priority. Hence, poor police performance in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency is not surprising. The fact that the police successfully challenged some militant religious groups in Punjab and tackled an insurgency-like situation in Karachi in the late 1990s shows that they do have the potential to deliver the desired results when political support is present and resources are provided.

      The Balance of Justice
      The Sialkot incident was yet another example of a society calling its protectors for help in the face of a sorry state of human rights and rule of law. This episode of barbaric killings was not the first of its kind. There have been quite a few attempts of similar nature in the past 12 months, especially in Karachi where the people had literally assumed the role of law enforcers as well as the judiciary. There was a need for serious action back then which, unfortunately, was never taken and which ultimately culminated in the demise of two brothers in Sialkot.
      However, what was most depressing at Sialkot was the silent presence of law enforcers alongside a violent crowd. It depicts not only the weakness of the Police Department, but also their indifferent attitude towards the law. In fact, their silent presence encouraged the crowd to commit the barbaric act of public killing and hanging. The police simply did not try to enforce the law and for that they ought to be punished. The Police Order 2002 which governs their duties highlights penalties that can be imposed for gross negligence that cost the lives of two young men.
      According to Police Order 2002, it is the duty of the police to provide protection and maintain public peace. Section 3(d) of the said order, in this respect is attention-grabbing. It enjoins upon the police to “…aid individuals who are in danger of physical harm.” With such clearly laid down rules, it was nothing but wilful defiance on the part of the police which caused the deaths. Also, their silence in the midst of criminal activity implicates them in the crime. Section 107 of Pakistan Penal Code is directly applicable in this regard on “a person who intentionally aids, by any act or illegal omission, the doing of that thing.” Both the laws taken together clearly signify breach of law by the police officers.
      According to Section 80 of the Police Order, function of the Provincial Public Safety and the Police Complaints Commission is to take action against the omissions committed. It is under a statutory duty to do so, on its own accord, if the case is of severe nature, and order a competent authority to probe the matter. But to the dismay of fair-minded people of the country, no action was taken, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court had to take up the matter.
      A still gloomier picture appears when the incident is seen in the light of the punishment that has been prescribed for the police neglect. According to Section 155 of Police Order, if an officer is found to have breached his duty, he can be, at maximum, imprisoned with fine for no more than three years. Considering the gravity of the criminal acts, this punishment would hardly fulfil the demands of justice and in no way constitutes deterrence.
      More importantly, investigation is the main course to decide the fate of the guilty officer. But the slow pace of investigation, inability and ill will of the investigating officer or the team usually overshadows the proceedings that could provide an easy escape to the culprit. While the judicial inquiry into the Sialkot murders has been completed, the Police Department does not appear to show any seriousness in conducting its own inquiry.
      This incident highlights a signal failure of our police not only in the light of local law, but also the international code to which Pakistan subscribes. The United Nations has provided a Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials (adopted by General Assembly resolution 34/169 of December 17, 1979) which sets out the basic standards for policing agencies across the world and relates to all law enforcement officers who exercise powers of arrest and detention. It requires them to recognise the rights set out in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other international conventions. Under its Article 5, a law enforcer is restrained from “tolerating any act of torture”, while discharging his duties.
      This grave violation brings out the need for reform in the system and revitalisation of the existing bodies established to check the police conduct such as Provincial Public Safety and Police Complaints Commission. It is necessary to establish a system which is easily accessible and neutral. In the UK, the Police Reform Act established the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which investigates the most serious complaints and allegations of misconduct against the police in England and Wales, as well as handles appeals from people who are not satisfied with the way the police have dealt with their complaint. More importantly, IPCC is self-governing, making its decisions entirely independently of the police, government and complainants. These measures provide for a powerful legal regulatory framework making the police accountable for their actions. There is a stark need to introduce some changes on the same lines in Pakistan.
      Hence, the need of the hour is to introduce and implement a more coherent code for police accountability to eliminate the recurrence of such despicable acts in the future. The Sialkot act requires serious attention of the authorities and a strong reprimand of the officials whose criminal omission allowed the people to take law into their own hands. Indeed, now is the time to set an example and take appropriate steps to put an end to such wrongdoings!

  • Freda Shah  On August 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    The citizens own the State, but the government does not own the people. The government represents the people and its duty is to serve them and safeguard their interests.

  • Faisal Imam  On August 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    It seems that finally Pakistan ,as defined, has entered a philosophy given to us by the Mullahs.The romantic feeling of Khudkush Hamla Awar.we are going headlong into the arms of Heaven which is beckoning us with all the goodies for the great deed we are committing on Mother Earth.
    On earth then our future generations will either be subordinated to India or divided into inconsequential status much worse than Afghanistan,maybe three or four Somalias;each having a vagabond army or warlord running it.

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  • Varda Nisar  On October 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

    A very sad, politically incorrect and highly misleading, while full of romanticism regarding your own distorted view of history!

    Sorry to read such a piece!

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