Iss parcham ke saaye talay

Published: July 1, 2014

Pakistani army soldiers deployed in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP

It’s been more than a decade since I have felt safe in my own country. Through times, I have experienced phases that this country has seen, but never have I seen such a demanding situation that seemed never ending. But now, finally, there seems a light at the end of this tunnel – maybe children will be able to play on the streets again… like I used to. Now, finally, we are taking the war to the enemy.

I remember the day Lal Masjid was attacked. There were many discussions on various forums about whether the government was right in taking action or whether we were killing our own people. That was when I realised that we, as a nation, were lost. The feeling of disparity, of losing our own, has affected us deeply, yes, but the disparity of not knowing whether what had happened through the years is right or wrong is something that would be embedded in our collective conscience for many generations.

Back in the day, an operation was a very contentious topic – people used to question the basic grounds on which the war on terror was being orchestrated, and whether Muslims killing Muslims made any sense. The most important question was,

“Is this really our war or are we hired mercenaries?”

There is no easy way to answer these questions and there may be many schools of thoughts and debates on such issues, but as a Pakistani citizen who has survived two suicide bomb attacks, I can say one thing for sure: this might not have been our war when we began fighting it, but with time this has become our war.

There was a time these terrorists were targeting schools and universities, and my university was on the hit list. For many months, I would to wake up every day and take a good long look at my mother’s face before leaving for university, because, everyday, there was a slight chance that I wasn’t going to come back home. If you are wondering how that feels, believe me when I say this, it is the worst feeling one could ever experience.

I know there are still people who are against operation Zarb-e-Azb. I would like to remind them that we have lost some really good people during this war, people who believed in Pakistan. We have shouldered a lot of coffins. And during this entirety of this operation, we might lose many more, but as of now, while I write this blog, there are parts of us, our fathers, brothers and sons out there, making their way through every hill, every cave, every street and every house to cleanse the threat that has infected our country for more than a decade.

They will leave no stone unturned until they eliminate every last threat to this country. They are awake so that we can sleep. My prayers are with them and my tears are with their families.

I understand the agony, the loss… my own cousin took part in the Swat operation. For any family whose relative is in the army, under such circumstances, each tick on the clock seems like a lifetime and each ring on the phone is a blow to the heart.

An army officer once told me not to cry over the death of a soldier; he said it was a sin to do so. According to him, a soldier is born to lay his life down on the line of duty for his country; a soldier dies with dignity, honour and valour. Crying on the death of soldier means we regret their sacrifice.

In the end, it comes down to two kinds of people – those who believe in this country and those who have given up hope. I salute these brothers, sons and fathers who are fighting for our hope. May God be with them and may we see a new tomorrow where we don’t have to live in anguish and sorrow.

Pakistan’s flag will soar high in the sky once again because,

Iss parcham ke saaye talay hum aik hain

Adil Siddiqui

Adil Siddiqui

Currently doing his bachelors in business administration from Bahria University, Adil loves travelling and aspires to become a business man. He tweets as @adilsid11

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

  • Racer

    Nice essay by 8th grade standardsRecommend

  • Queen

    Very well written. The entire nation is praying for our brave Army officials who are fighting to protect our homeland from threatening elements. The nation is indebted to those Pakistani citizens of North Waziristan who have left their homes so that peace can be established in the country.Recommend

  • Farrukh rohilla

    Thumbs up adil. Its time to become active and think twice before saying anything about your country. Im proud of my country and its soldiers.
    Excellent attempt buddy. CheersRecommend

  • izzah zaineb

    Doubtlessly, we have suffered enough and we’d be fools if we keep waiting for angels- messiahs that will never descend from heavens above to set things right. I agree with you completely on how these terrorists have affected us not only physically but mentally too. And as ironic as it sounds, it has become a part of us. This fear. Insecurity. And it is just sad how we tend to criticize the people who are willing to make an effort to make this country a better place to live in.
    I’m highly impressed by the effort that you have made in order to educate the people who sit out there to do nothing but make foul statements regarding army uselessly.
    Very impressive. It’s very rare that we get to read such quality work. Keep it up!Recommend

  • نائلہ

    …..hum Aik hain, hum Aik hain :) <3. No power on this Earth can undo pakistan. Recommend

  • izzah zaineb

    I completely agree with you. Recommend

  • Hamza

    At least he wrote something unlike you who only criticizesRecommend

  • Prashant

    I hope the Pakistani army goes after the militants who are responsible for killing innocent Indians and are living cosy lives within your borders. Good luck to you and your army though.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Words are just vehicles.It is the emotion and passion behind the words,and is nicely conveyed by the author.Surely one can also see the emotion behind your sentence!!!!!Recommend

  • nazarbaaz

    simple and beautiful. good elaboration.Recommend

  • nazarbaaz

    ok can you come up with something much better? Your time starts now and you have whole life to write up something similar… goRecommend

  • 2#

    may be you dont know but if it is extremely difficult to understand, common people will not understand and it will only remain a piece somewhere hidden. A commonly conveyed message to the common people is like a good breakfast after a wake up from tiring sleep… get some eggs tomorrowRecommend

  • nazarbaaz

    and can you explain your first two sentences?Recommend

  • nazarbaaz

    people of NW have done more which is not even known to millions… but after a few years, their sacrifices will be learnedRecommend

  • izzah zaineb

    Gladly. In simple words what I mean to say is that we have become too lazy. We have become a host to this chaotic inferno and we refuse to do anything about it. In the first two lines of my comment I just mean to urge everybody to do whatever they can, at whatever level they can and not wait on some superhero to make his move in order to set things right.Recommend

  • Azazel

    I supported the operation but there is no guarantee that this will succeed in weeding out the threats Pakistan faces. I’m going to maintain skepticism and not be so quick to declare victory. We might just create even more enemies seeing Pakistan Army’s track record regarding war crimes.Recommend