Crescent and Star on Green Field – Fluttering since 1947
August 14, 1947, through the gushing streams of blood and among the heap of dead bodies there emerged a nation on the map of this world which vowed to protect the socio-political rights of the Muslims. It was this piece of land which transformed the ambassador of Hindu- Muslim unity into the Quaid-e-Azam of Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Jinnah wasn’t a scientist, poet, philosopher or a religious scholar. He was an adept lawyer who used his political acumen to win the biggest case of his life in the international court. A strategically important actor at the international political stage and a resilient gem. Quaid was told many times that his Pakistan will not survive for long. Jinnah surrendered his breath as a price for the emergence of Pakistan. Pakistan lost her father just one year after birth. After 23 years, the Eastern wing of this ideological state had to afloat as Bangladesh. The slogans of unity, faith and discipline began to diminish.
From the fall of Dhaka to the judiciary movement in 2007 which ousted the US tamed dictator of Pakistan, hopes for the future dwindled. Almost 30 years were granted to the military men for forging Pakistan into what it was destined to be. The first and till now the only civil martial law administrator of this country was hanged to death. Constitution chalked by this political martyr was abrogated from time to time by the dictatorial fists. Pakistan became an acknowledged nuclear power in 1998. In 2001 after the 9/11 terror attacks, it entered the global war on terror at the beck and call of the US. The faltering economy never stabilized even after the influx of aid which was presented as an incentive for obeying foreign commands. Extremism and religious bigotry rose to a point at which the governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer was murdered by his own guard. However, a seemingly democratic coalition government led by the slogan-raisers of ‘food’, ‘shelter’ and ‘water’ made the most startling events possible. It was for the first time that the US Navy Seals carried out a raid in broad-daylight at Pakistani soil. The nation had no choice other than confessing that its Prime Minister was disqualified and the dictator departed after receiving guard of honour. Energy crisis, power crisis and circular debt rose to unprecedented levels. Corruption, nepotism and money laundering broke records.
Yet the nation resisted the Earthquake of 2005 and the floods of 2010 like a concrete wall. It nurtured individuals like Ali Moeen Nawazish, Sitara Akbar Buruj, Ibrahim Shahid, Arfa Karim Randhawa (late) and Babar Khan. The Pakistani flag hoisted in the Arthur Ashe stadium (USA) as Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi reached the U.S open tennis doubles final. The Chief Justice brought his son to book. His blatant suo-moto notices unveiled a lot of ugly faces. 18th and 19th amendments to the constitution restored the original draft of 1973 with powers in the hands of the parliament. Pakistan being the fourth most talented nation in the world has still much to be proud of. With the lengthiest track record of success, the best known Intelligence so far on the global scale of records is ‘ISI’. Pakistan trains one of the bravest armies in the world. This leaves a question mark for those who dare to declare it as a failed or banana state.
65 years are equal to hours in the history of any country. Admitting the fact that the political set-up lacks maturity, will and patriotism, this young nation has a long distance to cover. If it can assemble the domestic affairs with insight and discernment, then it can depict its true strength. Our problems are of local nature, the weakness within allows foreign intervention and involvement to penetrate. The fragmented nature of our decisions, actions and plans accompanied with the devils of provincialism and illiteracy has impeded the journey that is leading towards a progressive Pakistan. The need of the hour is to get united, make education a necessity and work with utmost dedication in all the sectors simultaneously. Despite all odds, the white crescent and star on the green field, continue to flutter that is contrary to what Pakistan’s enemies prognosticated.
Posted by Fakiha Hassan Rizvi