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Can we think about Pakistan first?

Growing up I have always been taught “if you point a finger at someone, then remember, rest of the fingers point back at you.”

This post is written as an impartial and unbiased Pakistani, who doesn’t support PTI, PAT, PML-N, PPP or any other political party. Personally, I believe that each and every party has positive and negative sides, and that’s very humanly. Once, I ended up at a political seminar where they discussed different political strategies that are used to market a political party but only one point struck to my mind. Independent politician, lawyer and activist, Mr. Jibran Nasir asked, “How many of us actually follow any political party based on their “Party Manifesto”? Do we actually bother to read it or do we follow any political party based on a single person, our liking towards them.”
And I agreed fully, don’t we all do the same? What our country is going through and where we are going is a clear confusion at the moment. I know that I, myself am not doing what a Pakistani needs to do at this point but I thank Allah that I have this confusion cleared up in my head that who I support or who I don’t. I don’t plan to force anyone through this article to support any party but my point being is blindly following anyone isn’t the solution either.
Let’s be honest all we get on our social media timelines are constant bashing or simple praise for leaders of our respective parties. In the midst of everything, we have forgotten about IDPs, about Gaza, about Zarb-e-Azb. Here, we are just bashing each other which will take us nowhere.

Let’s just take a minute, pen down what is needed to be done to make our country strong and prosperous. Similarly, we should muster up courage to actually condemn what is against the well being of our beloved country. Few days back a friend of mine while commenting on the sit-ins said, “I was feeling bored so we went to the dharna.” Is this how we stabilize the condition of Pakistan? Let me be very clear, I don’t say everyone at the sit-in comes with this particular thinking, there are many souls who are there for Pakistan and only Pakistan. Not for the sake of naya or roshan but only Pakistan, which came into being after the sacrifice of countless lives and hard work of Quaid-e-Azam, Allama Iqbal and other honorable leaders.

And now what happened in Islamabad on the night of 31st August 2014 was extremely sad and depressing. The poor people were made to suffer through the hands of their own countrymen i.e. police. Despite the ruthless violence which unfolded on Constitution Avenue, I believe this might end up as a blessing for people of Pakistan. Instead of choosing the path of confrontation, if we could evolve by doing reforms to our electoral and political system via Parliament, then this will be the success of democracy. All of us need to understand that we have to put Pakistan first. 

“We have undoubtedly achieved Pakistan and that too without bloody war and practically peacefully, by moral and intellectual force, and with the power of the pen, which is no less mighty than that of the sword and so our righteous cause has triumphed. Are we now going to besmear and tarnish this greatest achievement for which there is no parallel in the history of the world? Pakistan is now a fait accompli and it can never be undone, besides, it was the only just, honorable, and practical solution of the most complex constitutional problem of this great subcontinent. Let us now plan to build and reconstruct and regenerate our great nation…” ― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

We need to fulfill the dream of founder of the nation and make our generations proud. Pakistan Paindabad!!

(Thankyou @syd_haider_ali for inspiring me and helping me write this post)

About Author:

Fizza Malik — Enjoys writing at times and a book worm. Believes in Live, Laugh, Love. She tweets as @FizzaMalick.

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