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2016-08-14 02:21:24

70th Independence Day: Do Pakistanis have much to celebrate?

Pakistan is celebrating its 70th Independence Day today with national zeal and fervor. All major public and private buildings, roads and avenues have been decorated with illuminations, national flags, posters, and banners for the Independence Day festivities. The day was dawned with special prayers in mosques for the progress and prosperity of the country, to be followed by thirty-one gun salute in the federal and twenty-one gun salute at the provincial capitals. Mobile phone services would remain suspended in several parts of Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, and other high-security areas in major cities – a step taken to ensure security on the occasion of the country’s Independence Day.The man who did more than any other individual to create the state of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, would not recognise much of the state that Pakistan is today.It is all too easy to concentrate on the negatives, they are all around and plain to see and hear. The last year has seen a significant uptick in the number of mass-casualty incidents of terror. Hundreds have died and well over a thousand have been injured, the majority innocent civilians and the government pledge post to the Peshawar school massacre in 2014 to eliminate terrorism is looking increasingly hollow. The ugly head of terrorism raised itself again this week as an entire generation of Quetta’s lawyers were wiped out in a terrorist attack. Instead of renewing our resolve towards fighting terrorism, it opened up deep fissures within our state, which cannot be covered over by blaming external actors. Pakistan has suffered due to terrorism and it does not seem that our suffering will end soon. The promise to end terrorism is renewed after every major terrorist attack but we know not to believe the promise. This has been a tough year for Pakistan on the international front too with the US drone attack on Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour inside Balochistan posing questions about the country’s commitment to regional peace. Pressure on Pakistan has been spiked up as Pakistan has found solace in its own trump card, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The paradox of Pakistan is that it has failed to fulfil the expectations of many and become a failed state. Indeed, it is far from being a failed state and there is little indication that it is likely to fail in the foreseeable future. It is moving forward in developmental terms more slowly than is the regional norm but it is moving forward. Almost 70 years later, their hopes of freedom are still unfulfilled. As we celebrate independence we must pay a tribute to our nation’s resolve in the face of difficult circumstances. Terrorism, the economy and political instability remain the most obvious challenges.

pk.shafaqna.com

 

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