Pre­serve moral val­ues

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SHIZA KHAN ZAI

Pak­istan, the land of the pure, our fore­fa­thers had to fight for and count­less sac­ri­fices put in to achieve that ob­jec­tive, 69 years ago, still ap­pears to be a rud­der­less ves­sel sail­ing un­der the boun­ties of the Cre­ator. Change, an oft-re­peated enor­mous word as it seems but view­ing the com­plex­ity of present na­tional sce­nario there is yet another di­men­sion to all this prospec­tive. When peo­ple have awak­ened up from a long drowsi­ness and an un­avoid­able change lies in front of us, then at that point there comes some re­spon­si­bil­ity on our part. Be­hind ev­ery suc­cess­ful na­tion, there is a long trail of strug­gle and hard­ships of the whole na­tion; and so any change is not the re­sult of the ef­forts of a sin­gle per­son. Tech­nol­ogy, wealth, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trans­port are the ba­sic ingredients of the de­vel­op­ment in­fra­struc­ture of ev­ery na­tion that steers it onto the heights of suc­cess but there is some­thing else which is the back­bone of ev­ery de­vel­oped na­tion and what we lack at the mo­ment is far more cru­cial, i.e. the moral val­ues the strength of any so­ci­ety; but un­for­tu­nately, the same is the crum­bling pil­lar in our case. Before his death, honourable Quaid-e-Azam Mo­ham­mad Ali Jin­nah re­peat­edly stressed on “Unity, Faith and Dis­ci­pline” - th­ese three at­tributes if com­bine to­gether, form what we re­fer to a bou­quet of so­cial or moral val­ues. If today in this hour, we abide by the ad­vice of Quaid, we don’t need any World Bank or IMF to support us be­cause it’s our at­ti­tude that has blighted in last few years. More­over, what we should do is to wipe away the self-cen­tred ap­proach and look in a broader per­spec­tive. Alama Iqbal’s dream, Quaid’s hard work and count­less sac­ri­fices must be kept in mind. — Karachi

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