We as a nation have become so critical of ourselves that we often forget to cherish the blessings in our lives. Specially, when it comes to critically analyzing the situation of our country, we take no caution in blaming the country for all the wrongs happening around. In the midst of all the criticism, we often ignore the fact that it’s our own collective behaviors that shape the society of ours. And it is we the people who are more or less responsible for the things that we ultimately end up disassociating ourselves with. Therefore, we the people are the ones who have the ability and the strength to change our own perspectives and narratives regarding our country and ourselves as a nation.
We keep arguing on issues such as whether Pakistan was meant to be an Islamic country or a secular one; whether Jinnah and Iqbal wanted to have a separate country for Muslims of Indo-Pak subcontinent or just a separate state with Muslim majorities. We even go to the extent of arguing over the validity of the Two-Nation Theory, which actually was the basis of creation of Pakistan. Whether we accept it or not, Two-Nation theory will remain the foundation of creation of Pakistan. Such vagueness of minds after 67 years of the country’s birth is nothing but a huge disappointment.
Since we keep being critical of ourselves at all times, at least on 14th August – the day of our independence – let’s truly cherish the fact that we are an independent nation. Perhaps one reason why we do not realize the importance of being an independent nation is that our generation has not witnessed the struggle of independence but our forefathers did sacrifice a lot for this piece of land for their future generations so that we may be able to enjoy the sense of freedom which they had been deprived of.
This year, let us celebrate our independence not just for the sake of enjoying a holiday but to pay tribute to those who scarified in many ways for this land which our leaders had carved out for us. Let us celebrate to pay tribute to Father of the Nation for his selfless struggle for the Muslims of the region. Let us also celebrate our independence to pay homage to all those martyrs of our defense institutions who have always been brave enough to fight and take the bullet to defend the motherland. In this regard, let us also dedicate this year’s Independence Day to our soldiers on ground fighting extremism in the country trying their best to bring the lost peace back at our motherland.
We keep looking at the flaws within us throughout the year but on the day of our Azadi, we must put aside all the negativity for a while and give the message to the world that no matter how many weaknesses we may have within us, as a nation we are all one; for Pakistan is what gives us our identity. And if anyone does not know what a great blessing Azadi is, they can have a look at the conditions of the oppressed nations – Kashmir and Palestine – for a while and ask them what ‘Azadi’ means to them. Independence is a feeling which is to be kept alive at all times. It is a hard-earned gift passed on by our forefathers to us, so that we may cherish it forever.
Happy Independence Day!
PS: A slightly different version of this piece was published at ARY Blogs “The Dying Spirit of Independence“