Bi­jarani’s sui­cide

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AR­TI­CLE five of the con­sti- tu­tion of Pak­istan re­quires ev­ery ci­ti­zen to be loyal with the state of Pak­istan which is ba­sic re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery citi- zen re­sid­ing within or abroad. Thus, Loy­alty of peo­ple is very im­por­tant re­quire­ment which is re­quired by mod­ern states from their ci­ti­zens. Loy­alty is ba­sic duty of ev­ery ci­ti­zen of a coun­try. But in most of cases we find peo­ple focusing on their rights and forgetting their du­ties. Case in this re­gard is no dif­fer­ent in do­main of peo­ple of Pak­istan.

How un­for­tu­nate it is that politi­cians in Pak­istan make big prom­ises of be­ing loyal to the state of Pak­istan and its peo­ple but such prom­ises are not more than pay­ing lip ser­vice. Loy­alty de­mands to re­spect and pro­tect state in­sti­tu­tions and sac­ri­fice per­sonal gains and aims in mu­tual and state in­ter­ests. Only big speeches and claims to show loy­alty to state are not enough but loy­alty re­quires prac­ti­cal man­i­fes­ta­tion of words. A fa­mous quote goes on like this “Loy­alty is not a word it is a life style.”

What­ever image of a state we see is direct re­flec­tion of loy­alty of its peo­ple. For ex­am­ple see the USA which at­tained the sta­tus of su­per power that was the re­sult of the pledge of Amer­i­cans to make their coun­try su­per power. See the ris­ing China whose peo­ple have also pledged to make China rise and the in­ten­tions of Chi­nese are no less than that of Amer­i­cans. Both the Amer­i­cans and Chi­nese have done noth­ing but they have be­come loyal to their re­spec­tive coun­tries. How­ever, Amer­i­cans and Chi­nese are not sole ex­am­ples of loy­alty in the globe; we can find a num­ber of other na­tions as well who are loyal enough to their coun­tries to make them pro­gres­sive, happy and pros­per­ous na­tions.

Loy­alty is not a the­o­ret­i­cal or book­ish term but ac­tu­ally it re­quires prac­ti­cal implementation in life. Above de­scribed ex­am­ples of Amer­i­cans and Chi­nese are not the­o­ret­i­cal rather prac­ti­cal. Peo­ple in Pak­istan also need to re­new their think­ing and fully un­der­stand what sate of Pak­istan owes them.

Both loy­alty and neg­a­tiv­ity can­not go to­gether. The tragedy of our peo­ple is that they have be­come vic­tims of neg­a­tiv­ity as they mea­sure every­thing about Pak­istan in neg­a­tive as­pects. Why do our Peo­ple not think in­de­pen­dently and ra­tio­nally, what has made them to di­vide their opin­ions about the state? The an­swers are not dif­fi­cult to be an­swered. We just need to look at re­al­i­ties. What­ever is shown by media, it is not only the busi­ness go­ing on in Pak­istan. There are thou­sands of good things that hap­pen ev­ery day in Pak­istan. But un­for­tu­nately such good news sel­dom takes cor­ners and at­ten­tion in news­rooms. Though media is free and free­dom of speech is a right granted in the con­sti­tu­tion of Pak­istan, there is also need to make use of such right by show­ing pos­i­tive image of Pak­istan.

Loy­alty to the state also re­quires peo­ple to por­tray pos­i­tive image of Pak­istan. The rea­son is that the neg­a­tive news takes at­ten­tion of en­e­mies in min­utes and they leave no stone un­turned to harm the image of Pak­istan. So, it is we who give way to en­e­mies to con­spire against Pak­istan. Pak­istan is not only coun­try that faces vi­o­lence and crimes, it is con­sid­ered so in world be­cause we pro­vide them tools to do so. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port world most dan­ger­ous cities in world by the Econ­o­mist, Karachi is not a city where ra­tio of crimes is high but there are also worlds least known cities i. e. Tehran, Jakarta, Manila, Caracas Ho Chi Minh City where crimes take place rou­tinely but due to the least media cov­er­age to the crimes, world is un­known to their crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. Nev­er­the­less, Karachi has got not good fame and is largely viewed as an un­safe city.

Re­spect­ing sate in­sti­tu­tion is also a duty of ev­ery ci­ti­zen and it is fun­da­men­tal to be loyal. Re­cently, leader of a po­lit­i­cal party cursed Par­lia­ment while ad­dress­ing a pub­lic gath­er­ing which opened new de­bate in po­lit­i­cal arena. Curs­ing Par­lia­ment or any state in­sti­tu­tion is in no case ex­am­ple of be­ing loyal. It is an irony in Pak­istan that po­lit­i­cal pun­dits speak more of be­ing demo­cratic and loyal but never change their words into ac­tions. As ‘ ac­tions speak louder than words’ so the only ut­tered word keep no value. It is a qual­ity of a good leader to keep both words and ac­tion in same pace.

For Pak­istan is to progress, ev­ery one of us need to be loyal to the state not ver­bal or the­o­ret­i­cal but in prac­ti­cal terms. There is also ur­gent need to por­tray pos­i­tive image of Pak­istan in Par­tic­u­lar and all state in­sti­tu­tions i. e. Par­lia­ment, Ju­di­ciary and military in gen­eral. The func­tion of all state in­sti­tu­tions is to safe­guard Pak­istan and for this they re­quire re­spect from ev­ery­one. Threat to any state in­sti­tu­tion should be con­sid­ered threat to Pak­istan. Sim­i­larly, loy­alty to the state of Pak­istan re­quires loy­alty to all state in­sti­tu­tions. Long live Pak­istan. – The writer is Re­search As­so­ci­ate at Pak­istan House, a think tank, based in Islamabad. Sui­cide killing of two eru­dite and en­light­ened souls, Sindh min­is­ter Mir Hazar Khan Bi­jarani and his wife Far­iha Raz­zaq in their own abode in Karachi shocked all and sundry across the coun­try, in­clud­ing those of their well­wish­ers liv­ing abroad. Mir sahib was really ‘ mir’ in his mien, mode and man­ners. He was a se­ri­ous and sober per­son.

Those who knew him they found him a fan of Hazrat Shah Ab­dul Latif Bhit­tai. His un­der­stand­ing of Nahj al- Balagha of Hazrat Ali ( KAW) was highly com­mend­able. He was in­deed peo­ple’s per­son and an in­tel­lec­tual politi­cian. Mir sahib’s sui­cide raises many ques­tions and need an­swers to meet the ends of justice. HASHIM ABRO Islamabad

Loy­alty to the state also re­quires peo­ple to por­tray pos­i­tive image of Pak­istan. The rea­son is that the neg­a­tive news takes at­ten­tion of en­e­mies in min­utes and they leave no stone un­turned to harm the image of Pak­istan. Re­spect­ing sate in­sti­tu­tion is also a duty of ev­ery ci­ti­zen and it is fun­da­men­tal to be loyal.

TO­DAY it’s a good six kilo­me­ters I walk or jog daily, but I re­mem­ber how it started: It was a few years ago and I had al­ways been an avid reader of the Read­ers Di­gest. My fa­ther was also one, and I re­mem­ber spend­ing many in­ter­est­ing hours in my child­hood, por­ing over back is­sues of the mag­a­zine. In fact, any knowl­edge I have of the hu­man anatomy comes solely from read­ing, “I am John’s heart, or Jane’s tummy or Peter’s liver.”

And yes­ter­day some good soul gifted me the De­cem­ber is­sue. Like a hun­gry school­boy I scanned the in­dex and fi­nally set­tled for, “How to lose weight by walk­ing.” As usual the Di­gest gave ex­am­ple upon ex­am­ple of peo­ple who had gained tremen­dously from the ad­van­tages of walk­ing, and I, though not hav­ing much weight to lose, re­al­ized that I had every­thing to gain by fol­low­ing the ar­ti­cle from my old bible, and made an in­stant decision to start a forty five minute walk the next day……

That was to­day…….. and let me tell that the Jan­uary chill is not the right time to make such spine chill­ing de­ci­sions. I fought the ir­re­sistible temp­ta­tion of snug­gling my­self back into the folds of an all se­duc­tive blan­ket, and stum­bled with track suit on into the cold. The track suit was a gift also, from par­ents who at some stage believed that a good en­tic­ing cos­tume, would get me onto the road of phys­i­cal fit­ness.

The part, I made a bee­line for was one, which I had heard had a walk­ers’ track. I got onto the track, and won­dered what pace I should keep. The Read­ers Di­gest, I re­mem­bered had said that, “it should be walk­ing as if you have some place to go, a level that’s not just strolling but not all out of breath ei­ther. Try six kilo­me­ters an hour.” Since my body had not been equipped with a speedome­ter and since even the be­gin­ning of a leisurely stroll, was get­ting me out of breath, I de­cided I would take it easy. “Rome,” I told my­self, “was not built in a day.”

“Lovely out­fit!” shouted a neigh­bor, pass­ing me like a su­per­fast Ra­jd­hani. “Thanks” I shouted to a cloud of dust, as three oth­ers walked past me. “Sir,” said the watch­man, “this track is meant for walk­ing you are block­ing the oth­ers by not mov­ing.” “Not mov­ing!” I shouted in near hys­te­ria, “do you re­al­ize my mus­cles are work­ing over­time to keep this pace?”

“Forty five min­utes of brisk walk­ing,” said my now not too beloved Di­gest. I man­aged fif­teen. “To­mor­row,” I told my­self as I rested my weary legs in a tub of wa­ter, “I’ll do twenty and then maybe in a month reach forty- five.” I looked at my bed and saw the copy of the Read­ers Di­gest nestling com­fort­able in the folds of my blan­ket, some­how, I did not feel it was a fair ex­change of places.!

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