Pak­istan, the eter­nally op­ti­mistic

The Pak Banker - - 4EDITORIAL - Sana An­war

SOME­ONE wise once said, "Those who live in the past or the fu­ture, can­not live in the present." How­ever, it is very prob­a­bly that words are from a fif­teen year old, who strung up some words for In­sta­gram. It teaches us a valu­able les­son about be­ing Pak­istani. The past holds mar­tyred chil­dren, their only fault be­ing that they went to school as usual, mas­sa­cred tourists at Wa­gah bor­der who sim­ply wished to en­joy the show with their fam- ilies on a sunny day, the count­less ser­vice­men who lost their lives be­cause they took up a sworn duty to pro­tect us in good times and bad and vic­tims of sec­tar­ian and re­li­gious vi­o­lence, the peo­ple of a lesser God. It is an ag­o­niz­ing past, to say the least. Though we can­not and should not at­tempt to erase it en­tirely, to live in this past will pre­vent us from liv­ing in the present. We have shared a col­lec­tive loss and though we mourn for it, there is much to celebrate as our beloved Pak­istan grows a year older and wiser.

It has been a great year for Pak­istan as we saw an end of an era for some of the most dan­ger­ous and wanted men re­spon- sible for cor­rup­tion, sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ism in the coun­try. A cer­tain sense of se­cu­rity pre­vails; Karachi is abuzz once again, the night­lights shine brighter and busi­ness is bet­ter than ever. The Pak­istan Army has played an in­stru­men­tal role in pro­tect­ing the sovereignty of the state and en­sur­ing rel­a­tive peace and pros­per­ity in the re­gion. Around 100,000 IDPs from Waziris­tan have been repa­tri­ated just in the be­gin­ning of this year. We pay trib­ute to the hun­dreds of ser­vice­men who have made it pos­si­ble for us to walk out of our houses with­out the fear of los­ing our lives. It is in­deed a great priv­i­lege to have this free­dom af­ter al­most a decade of un­cer­tainty and vi­o­lence mar­ring our daily lives.

The cel­e­bra­tions of this year's In­de­pen­dence Day, spoke vol­umes of how op­ti­mistic we are with the de­vel­op­ments of the past year. It was heart­en­ing to see fam­i­lies along with their young chil­dren flock to malls, road­side restau­rants and mon­u­ments to en­joy the lighted fes­tive at­mos­phere of La­hore and Karachi. Tele­vi­sion and Media played an im­por­tant role as usual to celebrate this day with the fer­vor that it de­serves.

This year has seen a re­vival of po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion across the coun­try. Women, young peo­ple, the el­derly and fam­i­lies along with their chil­dren were seen ac­tively par­tak­ing in po­lit­i­cal ral­lies, leav­ing the com­fort of their homes for a cause greater than them­selves. To mo­bi­lize the public to care so deeply for pol­i­tics and gov­er­nance in a coun­try like Pak­istan, where cer­tain po­lit­i­cal fam­i­lies have al­ways reigned, is a feat in it­self. We can for­ever de­bate the ac­tions of cer­tain po­lit­i­cal par­ties and their lead­er­ship, the how, when, why, where, but the fact re­mains that po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion was wit­nessed at the most ba­sic level which shows great prom­ise for the fu­ture. We have be­come a na­tion who is aware that our each and ev­ery vote counts, one that trea­sures the in­sti­tu­tion of democ­racy.

Women are break­ing stereo­types all over Pak­istan. Where it would not be fair to say that life is sig­nif­i­cantly any dif­fer­ent for the av­er­age Pak­istani woman, they have many lead­ing ex­am­ples to look up to and be inspired by. Whether it's women join­ing ser­vice- our first fe­male fighter pi­lot in the Pak­istan Air Force or the fire­fighter hail­ing from Mul­tan- or ad­ven­tur­ous moun­taineer climb­ing Ever­est, Pak­istani women are mak­ing waves across the globe. It is heart­en­ing to see women in Traf­fic Po­lice uni­forms on mo­tor­cy­cles and to see them break­ing cul­tural taboos.

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