My reasons to believe in Pakistan

Published: April 23, 2012

When I read about the sacrifices that were made to create Pakistan, my belief in my country strengthens. PHOTO: AFP

Main to kehta hun bas karo aur Malaysia challo.”

(I think we should drop everything and move to Malaysia.)

For what seemed like an eternity, I just stood there with my eyes wide open. Shocked to the very core of my heart, I stared at him. My mind could not decipher where in God’s world my patriotic father had gone.

He is the same guy who took bullets in his arm during student movements in his youth, and the man who helped me write my first speech in Montessori that ended with ‘East or West; Pakistan is the best.’

What happened to Pakistan Zindabad? What happened to the largest flag in our entire colony that always had to be on our roof top? Whatever happened to the man who did not even consider lucrative job offers from abroad, and instead chose to join the government service? The one who worked in the harshest of conditions in Balochistan for 25 years just to try and make a difference? What happened to the guy who wore shalwar qameez while he was studying abroad simply out of love for his country?

I just stood there and stared at him. He had lost faith in our country. I wonder what had happened.

I didn’t have to think much; corruption, loadshedding, bomb blasts, Pakistanis killing each other – that’s what happened.

Moreover, the ‘sabzi waala’ (vegetable seller) threw in rotten vegetables when Baba (father) wasn’t paying attention and the ‘gosht waala’ (meat seller) cheated on his weighing scale.

Baba did not receive a  sales tax certificate because he refused to pay Rs15,000 as a bribe to one of the clerks and further refused to use his contacts to put the clerk in his place. Meanwhile, the students of a nearby, renowned school smoked heroine in our house which was under-construction. And the list goes on.

Perhaps  he ran out of reasons to believe in our country and its people, but I hadn’t.

I refuse to give up on my nation, and I refuse to leave this country for any other place on earth or beyond.

I remember the semi-final between India and Pakistan that we lost; the next day, my entire university was pumped up to do the best that they could to make a difference and to help Pakistan improve.

I look back at that day and I refuse to believe anybody who tries to suggest that this country will fall. I see my best friend representing Pakistan in an international competition and winning it, and I refuse to believe that my country, my people are any less than the others out there.

I look at myself and see how my father has raised me to be ready to give the last drop of blood for this country, and I refute each and every word he had recently said about Pakistan.

Even when our nation is going though the hardest of times, I see people smiling, laughing and enjoying their lives. I see myself submitting assignments on time with 16 hours of loadshedding, and I see amma (mother) shed tears at every casualty and mishap that gets reported on news channels daily.

I reject every theory and notion that says things cannot improve. I read Stanely A. Wolpert’s book on Jinnah, and Naseem Hijazi’s novels on partition, books that my father gave me, and think:

Sorry Baba, I am not leaving the pure land Jinnah has given me.

I read about the sacrifices that were made to create Pakistan, and my belief in my country strengthens.

There are many reasons to believe in Pakistan, and my father’s entire life is one of them.

Just as he always said: ‘East or West, Pakistan is the best.’

Follow Maeedah on Twitter @MaeedahChishti

Maeedah Chishti

Maeedah Babar Chishti

The author is a student of Business Administration at the National University of Sciences and Technology.She tweets @MaeedahChishti.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • abhi

    If your patriotism is based on Naseem Hijazi’s novels then best of luck.Recommend

  • Dawood

    very well written! United we stand, we will become one of the most progressive and prosperous nation one day Inshallah! God Bless youRecommend

  • http://twitter.com/AliMir8 Ali Mir

    A very good article portraying the feelings of the majority of the youth of Pakistan. However, we should cut down on Naseem Hijazi’s novels. They’re called novels for a reason. Allama Iqbal’s philosophy must be the way forward!

    We have two options; we either leave this country and live the life of an average successful ‘Gora’.
    Or we stay here, fight for our people, for our country, for our future and be the Change that we all desire.
    Option 1 is for the weak hearted.. who do not usually think beyond self-interest.
    Option 2 is for the courageous young guns of our motherland who surely have the ability and determination to make a difference. Make your choice!

    Naumeedi Kufr Hay. Unity, faith, honesty,perseverance and discipline is the way forward!Recommend

  • Shazia Marri

    Maeedah – we need many more like you to speak up. From what is written, one is truly convinced that no matter what anyone’s wishful desire may be, Pakistan will never be alone, as long as passion like yours exists. We shall give every drop of sweat and blood for our country, just as our elders did.Recommend

  • http://India Feroz

    You are willing to shed the last drop of your blood for your country – that is excellent. However your blood may be spilt as an innocent victim of an sectarian attack rather than against some foreign invader on an battlefield. In the country currently many want to shed blood, theirs as well as those whose beliefs they dislike.Recommend

  • Anny

    I recently read a blog on tribune written by a young man who was ashamed of being a Pakistanibecause he’d been treated badly at a foreign airport. While reading that filled me with dread over where the youth of Pakistan was headed, yours has not only restored my faith but has also served to convince me that as long as there are young people willing to shed their own blood to secure theur country, we were going to be alright. Yes we may be going through a bad patch, but you have rightly shown people that giving up and washing hands off your nation is just NOT an option! Bravo!Recommend

  • JJ

    You will come out of this delusion when you grow up.. I was like you..gave up my immigration to make a difference..but this place has ruined me mentally..i am out of here as soon as i can.
    Best of luck to you.Recommend

  • Parvez

    We are a country in search of a leader, one we find him / her we will become a nation.
    Admire your thinking and strength.Recommend

  • http://Multan@ProPakistani.PK Multan

    ‘Land of Pure’? Its now mixed with blood of Sectarian, Ethical Killing. A Country, Which is falling like hell, Economy is going to hell, Foreign Reserve at lowest Level, Almost half of population living in ‘poverty’, Almost there is 8 Hours Loadshedding in whole Pakistan… By Writing in a Express Tribune, You can’t get rid of wrong things. For the writer, I must say… ‘Saib khata aur bolta hai kela kha raha/rahi hun’

    Now a days, Patriotism only found in Corrupt Politicians or Industrialist Tycoons… Recommend

  • sunflower

    beautiful and very patriotic, very nice….Recommend

  • Khattak

    Sigh… another victim of the “Hijazi” delusion. :/Recommend

  • antony

    Is it in muslim lingo where even an educated woman says shed her last blood for a cause. Generally civilian people from other religion from other nations say ” toil /work hard / sweat it out/burning the midnight oil for a cause or say for the nation. Why blood spilling qurbani style is the only form of sacrifice in 21st century ? . Why cant being honest in all dealing (mental effort) , toil (sweat it out) as a virtue emphasized to succeed in this century ?. It looks like pakistanis generally saying – we fear not death and we will fight till death , whereas Indians say we fear not life and we will fight to succeed in life! Recommend

  • BlackJack

    I can’t figure out whether to feel sorry for you or not; your article, despite the slightly nauseating melodrama, seems to indicate that your heart is in the right place. Your dad appears to have been a bit on the extreme end of patriotism – and those are the ones who sometimes swing all the way to the other side; whether it is your father who wore salwar kameez abroad (I have no clue what that is supposed to signify) and now wants to go abroad permanently, or a playboy cricketer who has suddenly found Islam and made buddies with the finest lot of extremists possible. Pls study hard and stay out of trouble – there is nothing else that you can do for your country.Recommend

  • Jahaz

    NASEEM HIJAZI??? ..cheap fiction..Go to Malaysia :PRecommend

  • ganatra

    give it some time. you’ll hate Pakistan eventually. Unless…..you interested in becoming a politician?Recommend

  • http://NewYork Falcon

    Maeedah – Well said. People like you are an inspiration for us in the darkest hour of our nation.
    P.S. Please do let your father know that we as a nation are indebted to him no matter where he lives. Recommend

  • SnK

    Any solutions to rid the country of the vices it is faced with? Recommend

  • anas saleem

    Undoubtly we are stuborn and patriots
    But is it really a place we want to be living in?
    Im sorry to say i dont think so, the economic conditions are bad as hell, security is a big question and most of all we have lost almost all our heritage and culture

    So my advice is if u have a chance leave because a year from now you would be crying your eyes out on your foolishness and wish for this time to be backRecommend

  • Farhan Khan

    I refuse to give up on my nation, and I refuse to leave this country for any other place on earth or beyond.
    loved it. Thank You for writing something of relief.Recommend

  • Aamir Shahid

    May ALLAH bless you, people ,like you, are a ray of hope. Never give up on chasing your dreams of a better PAKISTAN … Hats off to you …. Recommend

  • Amjad

    Pakistan is the collective responsibility of people like you who believe in a better future. Corrupt and dishonest people won’t change but decent people in society must continue to work. As long as there are decent people in Pakistan everything can be achieved. The negative people will always be negative because they don’t want things to be better. Compared to most Muslim countries, Pakistan has brains, passion and hard working people- when this is tapped properly, a modern prosperous nation will evolve IA.Recommend

  • Shahzeb

    A sentimental and a very well-written article.
    I think you should express your opinions through some other mediums instead of blogging, because i think not much people in Pakistan like to read blogs.
    May be short clips on you tube?Recommend

  • Huma

    this piece of writing has refreshed my patriotism……hats off to this girl……reallyRecommend

  • Muhammad Azam Ul Amar

    The first pro- Pakistan article I saw on express tribune :)Recommend

  • Gupt Rogue

    The father in the story finally woke up and realized the truth.Recommend

  • Kashif Shamas

    I second author’s opinion and thoughts. I m currently living out of country for a better job and was very frustrated in Pakistan. Believe me, Pakistan is not that bad a place. If we can fix this loadshedding, half of our problems will go away with more economic activity and jobs. Leaving Pakistan is not going to help it rather it will worsen the conditions. If u r an honest person and leaving Pakistan, u can make way for a corrupt person. I have decided to come back to homeland despite the fact that loadshedding will welcome me. Recommend

  • Usman

    Enjoy your stay! Just make sure you stay clear of the gun trotting crazies, bombs and paedophiles. Yes and airplanes too.Recommend

  • malik

    After 2014, after US sanctions and after IMF loan denials and after interminable power cuts and after civil wars and after Taliban takeover……..

    You will say, “I wish I had listened to my dad earlier !” Recommend

  • Zain Gilani

    Whenever I start loosing hope for my country. A piece like this pops up from somewhere. There is a Hope !Recommend

  • saad

    Focus on your education and try to help others get educated any which way you can. Your Dil is an organization that helps set up schools and promotes education in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli

    If your father working in some big firm and making lot of chore money or retired army officer
    with three hundred acres land or big madrassa running on grand pa name or shrine caretaker
    or tax chore bussnismen then living in pakistan is like living in paradise other wise leave the
    home land if u get some oportunity.Recommend

  • not again

    wow that was some stereotypical,cheesy everyday stuff I’ve read a thousand times and hopefully won’t get to read again.Recommend

  • Knotty

    Well done!!
    .
    Tell your dad:
    “If what you believe does not show in your behaviour, then what you believe is not important!”
    .
    All those who say they love Pakistan, they need to show it by actions!Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ejazbutt Ejaz Butt

    This is such an inspiring writing that I couldn’t control my tears. Well done to this young writer Madhea. She is so accurate when she says she won’t leave the country. I made this mistake back in 1986 and left the motherland to settle in Europe for a better futrue. I have all the material comforts but soul is empty and lives in the motherland. I was coward and immigrated but I do have high regards for people who live in Pakistan and endure all the hardships and try to improve the country at the same time. My feelings as an X Pakistani/Kashmiri can be summed up as “Maiay nee main kinnu akhaan dard judaee da”. God bless the writer and the readers too.Recommend

  • Anon

    Your father is older and wiser than you. Recommend

  • Omair Shakail

    Thank you for giving us all hope!Recommend

  • Shahid Sattar

    @Omair Shakail: I don’t think you know what she is talking about.Recommend

  • Aamir

    Go through the history of the Vietnam War and what happened in Cambodia, compare that with Pakistan and then let me know if you still want to be here in 10 years time. If the only requirement for you patriotism is sacrifice, you will definitely get it here in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Faiza

    Dear Madiha!!
    keep it up this article and spirit is just what we need… don’t get cariied away by these losers who will and are trying to demoralize you… very few articles like this appear on ET… so, ET you also deserve applaud…

    Long Live Pakistan..!!!
    Pakistan is made to stay forever.. keep on spreading venom you Losers… you are not going to win :P :P :PRecommend

  • mr. righty rightist

    As usual.

    Jazba jazba jazba, junoon.

    U can’t achieve anything with Jazba and Junoon.

    This is such a frivolous article. No substance at all.Recommend

  • mr. righty rightist

    And what is it the old fashioned emotional non-sensical talk of shedding the last drop of blood?

    What do u really mean by that? Looks like u been watching too many Dharmendra movies.

    those who shed blood simply die. They achieve nothing. Those who really want their country to prosper, work hard with honestly and don’t shed blood.Recommend

  • mr. righty rightist

    I can’t believe the comments here.

    It brought u hope? It brought u tears?

    Seriously?

    It was worse than watching Ekta Kapoor directed movie starring Dharmendra and Sunny Deol.

    It was worse than the Sakkeena Biwi story by Zaid Hamid.

    I’m an Indian (troll), so u will dismiss my comment as meaningless. But think about it. This is a highly superficial article with no substance in it.Recommend

  • antanu g

    @antony:
    Read Mrs.Gandhi’s last speach…vowing to spill the last drop of her blood…was mrs.gandhi a muslim….it is ridiculous you bought religion in such a matter…now who is extremist…?Recommend

  • ayeba

    very well written, and good to see the youth of Pakistan is still positive…i myself is a Patriot , so much so that hearing the national anthem bring tears to my eyes…but the situation is getting bleak…whenever things seems to be improing we see anotther accident happening, …lawless rues and honesty is rarely found….whatever happens NOTHING is taken to task…!!!!! we r in a shameful condition…Allah please have MERCY on us..ameen.Recommend

  • JustAnotherPakistani

    @Dawood:

    It’s the Inshallah and the God bless you bit that will ensure that Pakistan never achieves its potential. Recommend

  • Pungi

    Exactly…There is alot to belive in Pakistan…We have world’s best philanthropists..We have Noble laureates…we have world champions in Cricket, Hockey & Squash…We have females like Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy…We have talented students like Arfa Karim & Ali Moeen Nawazish…We have emerging leadership in shape of Asad Umar & Imran Khan…We have extra ordinary tourist sites in our pure land…We are Atomic Power…& that list continues..SO B POSITIVE WE CAN RISE & WE SHALL RISE..!!Recommend

  • Maaha Khawar

    Amazingly written and genuine.This is what the youth needs. Nations don’t change overnight, its a long, cumbersome process. The only thing we need to revolutionize Pakistan is Faith that it is worth saving and Hope that one day, our perseverance and hard work will change it.
    Best of luck to you..:)Recommend

  • Saad

    Good one Maeedah!Recommend

  • Gullible Nomore

    I love my country (Pakistan) so much that I don’t live there any longer…Recommend

  • Tabish Hassan

    Just one thing the whole nation is looking for ” a great leader like Jinnah”. We are all too afraid to make a stand against all these corrupt leaders.Recommend

  • Muhammad Haroon

    If anyone wants to go out of this country, just ask the Pakistani people who are living out of this county. They still weep to miss this country. One will find wealth, good life standard but he will end up with a feeling of guilt by serving Goras. Why not serve our own country? Yes we can save and progress our country. Inshallah.Recommend

  • Saad Raees

    Finally ET publishes an article which says something good about Pakistan!!Recommend

  • Fahad Raza

    We ask so much from our country but what do we give it..?? Nothing and then we get fed-up and say let get the hell outaa here….. thats why we are biggest looser of south asia.Recommend

  • antony

    @antanug , I forgot ,yes there are muslims like you in India who too will shed their blood for the nation ..Please do that while your fellow indians just work hard and nothing more..Please dont compare erstwhile PM speech who saw wars ,Insurgency and assassins and in that threat mode a speech to stir up the masses to vote her might include “shedding her blood for a cause”.. Here we are talking about ordinary civilians who are patriotic and want sincerely uplift their nations..No need for shedding blood..Just honesty and Hard work will do!.Recommend

  • Adnan Khan

    Finally the truth comes out! Other nations with more AIDS patients then Pakistan has people brag about Being superpowers, and yet Pakistani’s look down on their great and obviously special nation! Pakistan is worth fighting for and will be the greatest nation on earth. Recommend

  • Hindu Indian

    @Ejaz Butt:
    Then why dont you go back to Pakistan and help your Kashmiri brothers to attain freedom, not sure why you are still stuck with a “materialistic” Europe with an empty soulRecommend

  • Elhaan Khan

    Pakistan has one problem, Mullah Military Alliance, control them and everything should be perfect, trust me!Recommend

  • alicia

    Wow that was an amazing article but I want to ask the author how are honest people supposed to work for this country when it was not built for honest people. No decent man woman can survive here. Either you are a feudal lord’s child or you dad is a big politician, army man, religious leader etc. or you have sifarish behind you that’s the only way other people will let you breathe in this country.
    If you are not overtly clever and manipulate the laws then you will never be successful in pakistan.
    Allah says that a nations leaders are its reflection. Look at our leaders Zardari a total crook, Nawaz Sharif a dumb weirdo, Altaf hussain a mad man, Riasani in Balochistan who has no value of education. etc. That unfortunately reflects our nation. We are a bunch of directionless people who have no idea how the world works.
    Everyone thinks like you during their youth but sometimes its okay to be practical.Recommend

  • Uzair arif

    @mr. righty rightist: True that!,it seems more of a PTV sponsored drama,arguments are over simplistic and immature.Recommend

  • Sane

    @mr. righty rightist
    Jazba & Junoon make one succeed. Through Jazba & Junoon we got independence. We are a great nation and searching a right leader and one day Malaysians, neighbors and others will come to prosper in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Kashif Ali

    Bravo, it was like someone was writing what i was thinking and feeling and u r my one more reason to believe in Motherland. thnkx for it.Recommend

  • Gulmeenay

    So what are the reasons exactly?Recommend

  • LEO

    good article,why people are so negative here??..don’t listen to them..you are on the right track !Recommend

  • LEO

    Great read.why people are so negative here?? don’t listen to them,u r on the right track !!Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/nas.pak Nadeem Siddiqui

    It is good to see the passion for homeland but we cant deny we are on a downhill and we need to to something about it otherwise it would be tough to convince talented and skilled youth to stay in Pakistan…. But before leaving pakistan I advise everyone to understanding it is only the exchange rate difference that attracts us to go abroad and make our income looks like lucrative. For real parity and purchasing power lets check this link…
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17543356Recommend

  • http://tribune,com,pk p r sharma

    author has not given any concrete reason to love the country except the patriotism and wishful thinking . This is not going to help the country. Author is in wishful dreams only.Please write something concrete to improve.Recommend

  • Mr Optimist

    @Multan:
    I refuse to be called a corrupt politician, or an industrial tycoon. An yet, I am patriotic, and I have faith in PakistanRecommend

  • http://tribune,com,pk p r sharma

    @Tabisg Hassan
    Just one thing the whole Nation is looking for ” a great leader like Jinnah” . So long you wish that someone else like Jinnah will emerge to rescue the nation nothing miraculous is going to happen unless you yourselves determine to become another Jinnah. you get the leader what you deserve. Recommend

  • http://www.pakhealthforum.com soulpower

    Pakistan will survive all tough times and insha allah we’ll be back on track.Recommend

  • alina

    A beautiful article and i love your patriotism! i think everyone should have that.. but wouldn’t you prefer a peaceful life with all the fairness and righteousness that your father protrays for you? i don’t think pakistan has that to offer anymore.Sad but true. When it does im sure i will be back in my beloved country pakistan :) Recommend

  • alina

    and all we can do is hope! inshallah!Recommend

  • Noise

    I too dont plan to leave Pakistan but I wont delude myself thinking that one day things are going to get better. This country is a dump, its leaders are idiots, so are its people, if any country deserves misery, its this one. And there is no real escape, because things are going to get worse across the world. Best to hunker down and weather the storm.Recommend

  • Taha Hafeez

    Exceptional piece of writing, and all very true.Recommend

  • Cynical

    Wish someday a leader like Jinnah will pop up from somewere and roar ‘Direct action’.
    And people will wake up from their sumber, start putting their act together and the land of pure will be a land of milk of honey too.Recommend

  • Nwaq

    We need to have such sentiments around us more often so as to come out of the gloomy atmosphere that is surrounding us.it is quiet refreshing and much needed.Good job by author.Recommend

  • leila rage

    @author: commendable sentiments, but i’m afraid that when your a woman its hard to love a country that hates it’s women, abuses them and doesnt even allow them to try to bring change.Recommend

  • politicaly incorrect

    @Author

    Admire your spirit,optimism and your pure love for your country.
    The blood you are prepared to shed for your country wouldn’t go in vain. With a little help from almighty Pakistan oneday will soar to such heights that people from other countries would want to migrate and settle in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Mufazzil

    These kind of articles I believe are the need of time. Despite the facts that Pakistan has long hours of load shedding, bombings, forced marriages, killings, gang wars, persecution of minorities etc, but still Pakistan is the best place in the world. 52% area of Pakistan is kind of No-Go area for common Pakistanis, but still we love it. But however, my teacher guaranteed one thing in our class, he said when any of you will become Chartered Accountant, none of you will reside in Pakistan, and I believe to some extent that he was right. All specialized Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, Accountants etc I mean the cream of almost all professions dont want to live in Pakistan, not because they are offered better handsome salaries outside Pakistan but they need Peace. Recommend

  • jimmy

    @Adnan Khan:
    lol even if western countries do have more aids patients than Pakistan, they still have superior facilities treatments, laws that will not only protect or cure aids patients but also cure blind, deaf and ppl with other disabilities as well… i am sorry but neither Pakistan, India, and other countries in the subcontinent has facilities nor has the sympathy to take care of disable ppl, or ppl with severe diseases ! western ,some Asian and 1 or 2 Arab countries are superpowers because they hve everything superior infrastructure, equal laws for everyone, welfare benefits when you loose your jobs, better safe environment, no moral-policing , freedom to do as one please ..can pakistan or any other country in the sub-continent guarantee this ?? i am not saying these superpower countries are perfect..they have crime has well..but if you take the overall option,..they are far superior in terms of infrastructure, equal rights, humanity, stability than pak or any other nation in the sub-continent will ever be !!! Recommend

  • al

    i can so relate to this ! my dad was the same : patriotic to the very core! he denied jobs abroad and said theres no need to move..Pakistan is Pakistan! but now he advises us to leave this place if we ever get the oppportunity! i was shocked when he shipped our brother to a different country the second he got an offer from abroad. The same man who stopped him before out of his love for this Country.
    I am all for patriotism but Pakistanis killing one another ….seems to be an un ending rivalry!

    :(

    In my heart Pakistan is the best..be it east or west…!
    I just hope we stop killing one another!!

    Pakistan Zindabad!Recommend

  • Lone Star

    I think it’s about right time when we should start talking about this discriminatory flag of my dear country Pakistan. I would encourage the authorities to seriously think about it and maybe make it all green. As most of us know that Mr. Pappu Shah and other “ulema-e-deen” struggling hard to turn each and every individual to their kind of Muslim.
    Cheers!Recommend

  • Hira

    Finally something worth reading on et blogs! loved it.Recommend

  • Ed

    Thank you for writing this one. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD..Recommend

  • Ammarah

    Good description of sentiments, and we really should acknowledge things we get credit from.
    But, at the same time, life needs a lot more pragmatism than harkening back to the things that were emblem of our glory. No doubt, we had glorious past with charismatic leadership of Jinnah, mysticism of Iqbal, and though provoking verses of BaBa Bhulaey Shah. But what about PRESENT. How would we change this country for the fear of being killed on saying even a “single word”?

    My dear, adhering to your cultural roots, having lost yourself in your own literature, is not bad thing at all. Just think for a second about marginalized people, who are committing suicide because of hunger. Do you really got big heart to see 4 years child working in hotels and workshop? Can you tolerate people been fired because of not having electricity for running business operations anymore? Can you really get courage to see bruised corpse on news channels, people are killing each other, because they are so frustrated that they couldn’t even tell themselves that what they are doing, and for whom they are doing? And how can we change things, even if we want to; when corruption, contacts, poverty, misery, injustice, scarcity of resources, bad leadership reign everywhere.
    People in despair of hunger, miseries in eyes, and with deprivation for not being able to get educated, hardly think, what their culture is, where has it lost? And what magnificent their literature was?

    I appreciate your patriotism, and pray that, may Allah Tallah provide us such opportunities, leadership and peace in our country that we can’t even think to leave our country. Recommend

  • Ammarah

    Good description of sentiments, and we really should acknowledge things we get credit from.
    But, at the same time, life needs a lot more pragmatism than harkening back to the things that were emblem of our glory. No doubt, we had glorious past with charismatic leadership of Jinnah, mysticism of Iqbal, and though provoking verses of BaBa Bhulaey Shah. But what about PRESENT. How would we change this country for the fear of being killed on saying even a “single word”?
    My dear, adhering to your cultural roots, having lost yourself in your own literature, is not bad thing at all. Just think for a second about marginalized people, who are committing suicide because of hunger. Do you really got big heart to see 4 years child working in hotels and workshop,?can you tolerate people been fired because of not having electricity for running the business operations anymore? Can you really get courage to see bruised corpse on news channels, people are killing each other, because they are so frustrated that they couldn’t even tell themselves that what they are doing, and for whom they are doing? And how can we change things, even if we want to; when corruption, contacts, poverty, misery, injustice, scarcity of resources, bad leadership reign everywhere.
    People in despair of hunger, miseries in eyes, and with deprivation for not being able to get educated, hardly think, what their culture is, where has it lost? And what magnificent their literature was?
    I appreciate your patriotism, and pray that, may Allah Tallah provide us such opportunities, leadership and peace in out country that we can’t even think to leave our country.

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  • random1

    very sentimental. loved it!
    This is my country, this is where i belong

    East or West, Pakistan really is the BEST !!Recommend

  • Hasan Umar

    Somebody please wake me up is this really ET Blog I am reading???
    This is the 1st time I read a SENSIBLE,TRUE and PRO-PAKISTANI Blog here..

    Allah Bless You..
    And for all Naseem Hijazi and Pakistan Haters Grow Up!!!!!!Recommend

  • Hasan Umar

    Sorry Maeedah not Madeeha typosRecommend

  • Azm

    The poor writer has been misinterpreted by many i feel. Its a blog post that merely attempted to trigger a positive thought process in the reader’s mind, to just make the reader realize that hope can be found even in present times.
    While many are stuck on minute aspects such as naseem hijazi (does it even matter if she read an account of partition from a book that boosted her patriotism or whatever), or Shalwar Qameez (her father probably missed his country while he was abroad and he wore shalwar qameez probably to feel closer to home, whats so controversial about that), the point that the girl has very beautifully made, is that there is good around us. We need to see it, promote it and do more of it.
    Not leave the country and supposedly love it and wait for it to heal so that we can come back.
    Good Job kid.
    Even if its emotional, which many are finding nauseating, its good. You are young, and its good to know that positive emotions are still part of the youth. Thats what being young is about, to be able to dream and then make those dreams come true. take a chill pill people. don’t be so harsh on the young girl or start making baseless judgement on her father and herself.
    May God bless you.Recommend

  • yousaf

    @ author :very good article,particularly for your age.Just a small amendment in the last sentence i.e”east or west,Pakistan is the best”.Actually it should be put as “east is lost,west Pakistan is the best”and then pray for her to become the best.btw.I agree with you that to loose hope is “gunah”,so one should keep hoping till the end,instead of hopping around.To give solace to your Baba tell him that he is not alone.There are many like him who are going through what he is facing,he should KEEP HOPING as at his age migration is not that easy any moreRecommend

  • Farhan

    Well 20 years from now you will be uttering the same words that your father is. Your heart is in the right place and your reasons for loving your country are noble. But problems that existed 10 years ago have now magnified and more newer problems have been added. As one of the comments to your article stated that he chose to stay back and the problems of this country destroyed him mentally. You are young, living in the protective embrace of your parents. Once you go out and experience the REAL Pakistan, i wont be surprised if you book a first class ticket to Kuala Lumpur. Recommend

  • Awais

    @Elhaan Khan:
    Pakistan also has other problems. Eradicate corruption, religion and century old stereotypes and everything should be okay :)……Oh Wait these are the favoured toys of a vast majority of Pakistani’s and they are sure as hell going to stick around.Recommend

  • Qasim

    Innocent, refreshing and full of hope. Don’t let the cynicism of the so called intellectual bring you down. Hope is what gets us through…and it is your hope that the world is envious of. All those who want us to turn to dust are trying hard to make us lose hope. Keep writing and countering the negatives. It is needed. You should do your bit – rest assured it will make a difference.Recommend

  • http://www.muslimnamesworld.com Islamic Names

    Dont believe that the bad people around you, who really are ruling the world will make it easy to find somebody to go a great job for the pakistani nation.

    Of course I still wish it.Recommend

  • ifra

    amazing piece!Recommend

  • nasir

    The problem is the land of Jinnah has become the land of the Mullah. Zia , ZAB and subsequent leaders all share the blame for letting this happen Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/IAARACCOP I am a responsible and civilized citizen of Paksitan

    Nice write-up. That’s the spirit of patriots. It truly reflects the reasons for believing in our Pakistan.Recommend

  • ahsan

    The article is absolutely refreshing and very very well-written!
    keep up!Recommend

  • Umair

    @BlackJack:
    what do we mean when we wear the Pakistani team’s T-shirts during there matches? Or you dress like a particular superstart? You show your unconditional support and show that you are proud to be associated with that team or super star. Similarly, her father wearing shalwar qameez showed how proud he was wearing it and how much love he had for the country. Also if someone changes his past then we should forgive him as no one is perfect. And please, you call asad umar as extremist? And Islam is the best code of life, so what is wring if someone wants to adopt its rules. And if you ahd read some history, or know the history of big companies, mostly its just the passion and commitment that brought people success, so this girl has that motivation and passion to do good for the country, and thats what matters the most, and she is educated enough to find ways to serve the countryRecommend

  • http://www.pricemo.com Temp1

    The author talks about leaving / staying in Pakistan as if there are only two places ( Pakistan and out of Pakistan). However Pakistan is just one of over 190 countries in the world. So in choosing which place to live in, it would be better to consider all the possible choices and seeing where you be happiest or better of. People attach too much significance to the place they were born or the place their parents were born in.

    Countries are in a way artificial entities dividing humans. The world wasn’t created with these territorial boundaries. Throughout history, countries have routinely come and gone out of existence. The concept of patriotism has been made popular by leaders to garner support for fighting wars.

    In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have different countries and human beings would be free to travel and live wherever they choose to.Recommend