Thursday, 28 April 2016

Reasons to Believe in Pakistan

Love Pakistan,Pakistani by Soul

Let's believe in Pakistan and make others believe too.

 A poor nation still offers a multitude of reasons to believe in it.

Pakistan, lit. The Land of the Pure, is home to world's sixth largest population but more recently is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Every day we hear a lot of so-called pundits and analysts telling us to abandon our aspirations and expectation by quoting the problems faced by Pakistan. A premier intelligence agency of the world has predicted that "Pakistan will be a failed state by 2015" (Source) and writing this in 2016 brought a smile on my face. Most of such forecasts are made by people with minimal knowledge of the situation on the ground. What these people do not know is that we have very strong society at the sub-state level. Pakistan is still standing hard and fast and will do so till the end of the world InshaAllah.

Although, We can list down hundreds of reasons to believe that Pakistan has the potential to be the welfare state it was envisioned to be. We will list top 5 reasons why we believe so:


Generosity and Love for Humanity:

Pakistani by Soul, Edhi Foundation, Abdus Sattar Edhi, Humanity
Edhi Sahib

Pakistanis are a generous nation and they have huge love and respect for humanity. If you need to see a face of humanity then you do not have to look past Abdus Sattar Edhi (Donate to Edhi). Abdus Sattar Edhi has been serving the humanity since 8888 and currently he runs the world's largest not-for-profit ambulance network. Now maybe you are thinking that everybody quotes Edhi to prove that we are a generous nation, then let me share some more facts that will give you a reason to believe in Pakistan. 

  • According to John Hopkins University Report, there are more than 45,000 Not-for-Profit Organizations in Pakistan which employ over 300,000 people.
  • Domestic donations in Punjab are equivalent to governmental resources allocated to social welfare.
  • Corporate Philanthropy is gaining momentum in Pakistan. In 2003, Rs. 220 Million were donated by corporations which increased to Rs. 3.8 Billion in 2011.
  • According to some surveys, 60% of the population is below the poverty line but 32% of the population donates and that is some achievement.

Shaukat Khanum, SKMCH, Imran Khan, Peshawar, Donations
Inauguration of SKMCH in Peshawar

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (Donate Now) is another example of generosity and donations made by this nation which is struck by poverty, corruption and terrorism. Recently completed SKMCH Peshawar was built by donations amounting to Rs. 4 Billion by the very same nation and same nation pays Rs. 19 Billion spent by SKMCH annually as financial support to deserving patients.

Thousand of other such organizations is run by this nation with meager resources but huge hearts.

Only Muslim Nuclear Power and a Formidable Army: 

Pak Army, Pride of PakistanPakistan is the first and only Islamic Nuclear Power. On 28th of May 1998, Pakistan became the seventh nuclear power state in the world. Pakistan does not have offensive designs or global military aspirations but the geography of the country demands a minimum deterrence. As Woodrow Wilson said:

"Only peace between equals can last."

Pakistan is the world sixth largest army with a standing strength of 550,000 active troops. The other branches of Pakistan Armed Forces like Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy are also well equipped and are capable of defending the motherland in the case of any foreign aggression. The Strategic Planning Division is responsible for security and deployment of nuclear weapons and it has been lauded internationally for having strict internal controls and safety procedures.

Pakistan Army has been recognized internationally as a highly competent force. Pakistan Army has secured two gold medals (2010 & 2015) in Cambrian Patrol, one of the toughest military exercise ever devised. 

Armed Forces of  Pakistan are one of the reasons to believe in Pakistan's secure future.

Land of Diverse Landscapes and Home to Oldest Civilizations:

Mohenjo Daro, Beautiful Pakistan

The diversity of landscape in Pakistan is jaw dropping. The terrain of this country has so much to offer that one will be bewildered by the dissimilarity of the view on offer. The beloved homeland offers you the views of green plains, vast deserts, long rivers, sky-scrapping mountains, clean beaches, deep ports and anything you can dream of. One hour will make you think you are in a completely different world. Some facts to make you believe in Pakistan:

  • Pakistan is home to 108 peaks above 7000 metres. (Check Full List here)
  • Pakistan is world's 36th largest country by area.
  • Karakorum Highway is world's Highest Paved International Road.
  • The border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is world's second longest border.
The current day Pakistan was inhabited by some of the world's oldest civilizations and the country has to offer you a lot if you are an archeologist or a history enthusiast. The Balochistan was home to world earliest known farming settlements estimated to dated around 7000 BC(Details here). Mohenjo-Daro has remnants of one of the world's oldest urban settlements of  Harrapan Civilization dated around 26th century BC. Taxila has the reference from around 8th BC.

In summary, the country is vast, beautiful and diverse.

Unparalleled Sportsmen and Artists:

Heroes of Pakistan, Pakistani by soul
     Cricketing Legends of Pakistan

Pakistan has a rich history of producing great sportsmen and artists that have proved their worth on national and international forums. Sportsman and artists of this country prove that this homeland is not infertile. Pakistan has the history of producing great fast bowlers and every cricketing nation knows the names of the likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

Pakistan has dominated other world sports like Field Hockey and Squash. The famous winning streak of 555 consecutive matches by Jahangir Khan is still the longest streak in any professional game is the history. Hashim Khan, Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan are the prominent name in squash. Similarly, Pakistan have won 4 hockey world cups and produced names like Islahuddin, Shahbaz Ahmad, Sohail Abbas and many others.

Pakistan has also produced many great artists. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has been recognized internationally for his Qawwalis.

Huge Pool of Scientists and Engineers:

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Although a lot of educated Pakistanis have moved out of the country but still the country has the seventh largest pool of scientists and engineers in the world.

Abdus Salam, a Pakistani Nobel laureate, is one the many prominent names. More recently, Dr. Nergis Mavalvala has got international fame for his contribution in the discovery of gravitational waves.

I have tried my best to keep it short but I could not.

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