August 14, 2013

From Independence to Dependence

Sixty six years back on this very day a country named “Pakistan” came into being as a result of years of long struggle of Muslims of sub-continent under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.  The purpose was to provide a peaceful place to all Muslims and Non-Muslims to live a happy life. On august 11, 1947 Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his address to the members of constituent assembly said:

“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of 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... We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State... I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in due course 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.”

Quaid’s vision was very clear for Pakistan and under his leadership this country was moving in right direction but unfortunately we lost him after almost a year of Pakistan’s creation and since then we lost the track. Today we are not free. We can’t freely go to mosques, temples or at any other place. We are in constant state of fear and insecurity. We are not being judged by our intentions and motives to work but by our religion, caste and creed.

Since Quaid’s death we kept in getting troubles but never found a way to get out of troubles. 3 years after Quaid’s death, Pakistan’s first prime minister got killed. The country which was supposed to be a democratic state wasn’t able to draft its constitution for 9 years. With continuous topples from military establishments, the democracy was never given a real chance to flourish. But whenever it got a chance the politicians also disappointed. Only because of these internal conflicts, after 24 years of independence we lost one part of Pakistan called “East Pakistan” in 1971. But we never learnt from our mistakes and kept on committing old and new mistakes just to bring more agony. Due to continuous hide and seek of democracy and dictators, Pakistan is now moving to become a failed state.

Our country is in all sorts of trouble as of today. Not a single institution and pillar of state seems to be working. We have a crippling economy, worst law and order, energy crisis, bad governance, inflation, education, health and lots of other issues. We are not living as a nation but individuals. Every day this country has to face a new trauma, remedy of which remains unknown to all.

At 66th Independence Day, I honestly feel that we aren’t independent anymore. Our minds have been hijacked and our soil is in control of non-state actors. Our economy is being run by IMF and our education system is pathetic. Our decisions are made in U.S, Saudi Arabia and GHQ. Independent nations are those who have independence to do whatever they like under the constitution but that is not the case here. Sadly but truly, I am not going to celebrate this Independence Day. I feel it isn’t the right time. I will keep on working for bringing a positive image of this country and will celebrate Independence Day when we will truly be independent. Long Live Pakistan

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