Wherever we go and whatever we do, We are carrying in our self a deep subconscious negative opinion about our beloved country Pakistan. Brainwashed by the media and different channels of communication, we are generally being given a very ugly picture of Pakistan. We believe that Pakistan have no future and that it will be doomed very soon. Nowadays nearly everyone dreams of settling abroad so that they may not have to live in Pakistan.
Once in a class, one of our teachers got emotional when the day of independence approached. He was an old man and was very young when the Pakistan became a separate homeland. He told us about all the struggle and hard times they had to go through in the past. During that, one of the students in our class commented, “I don’t think Pakistan should have been made. It was totally pointless. We would have been better without Pakistan“. My teacher had tears in his eyes hearing this. He stood silent for a moment which seemed like an eternity. After that, he replied , “You people will never understand and know the worth of Pakistan because you have never been in the cruel past. But before saying these things about Pakistan, ask yourself what have you really done for Pakistan except for eating its resources and living in it without any appreciation?” He passed a sad gloomy look at us which aroused a ton of guilt within us. And we were compelled to ask our self, “Are we true PAKISTANIS??”
Just holding flags and watching programmes on independence on 14 August is not the way to prove your patriotism. Pakistan is the fruit of thousand of sacrifice given by all those who laid out their lives for this cause. Pakistan is the hope for our elders. Last but not least, Pakistan is our HOME. But nowadays do we really remember the sacrifices of all those people?
True patriotism is being positive about your country. It is your unending love for your people. It is the passion to give your best to your country. It is living with all your heart and soul in your beloved soil. The question is are we that much devoted to our country?
There is an interesting story about a King in ancient times who had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
The peasant learned what many of us never understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.
This story teaches us an amazing lesson. It teaches us that there is good in every bad thing. We must keep the positive light within us and keep on sharing it with the world.
A lot of people say bad things about Pakistan. Can we stop them from saying that? Definitely not! But we can do good on our own part and try to be positive about our country. Pakistan was made by the endless struggle of great people. It was a dream of our great poet Allama Iqbal. Pakistan is one of the most blessed country in the world which have unlimited resources. We have on of the most powerful armies of the world. Pakistan has great intellectual capital. It has some of the most beautiful places on earth.
But now it is sad to see that people talk only about thes negative things in Pakistan. Most of the people are consumed with discussing bad things about Pakistan such as terrorism,inflation,unemployment etc. Some are just frustrated because they are Pakistani. Being Pakistani is not a bad thing after all. But being ashamed of your identity is bad enough.
No matter what others do and say, Pakistan is all about individuals. Pakistan is all about you.
So in the end,the question is , “Are you a true Pakistani?“