70th Independence Day: Do Pakistanis have much to celebrate?
Video     Photos     Pakistan     World     Islam     Health     Crime     Islamic News     Business     Society     India     Travel     Middle East     Sport     sci/tech      Contact      RSS
Search

Putin to talk with Saudi King Salman following Assad’s Russia meeting

Teenagers aged upto 12 sold for prostitution

Afghan Army Recruitment Dwindles Amid Taliban Threats

Gen. Soleimani’s message to Ayatollah Khamenei

Declared absconder : Is Ishaq Dar in a real fix?

India cancels $500m arms deal with Israel

Assad and Putin discuss end game in Syria

Arab League emergency meeting: Divisions fail decisions

Why Did Saudia summon COAS and Pakistan PM?

The difference between the Sunnis and the Takfiri Wahhabism!

Who conspired against Khatm.e.Nubuwwat (PBUH) law?

Dirty Politics: PTI’s blunder of making alliance with Taliban’s father

Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims ‘a dehumanising apartheid’: Amnesty report

Scientists warns of upsurge in major earthquakes in 2018

UNGA resolution: Is Pakistan on right track for Kashmir’s freedom?

Imran Khan paves way for father of Deobandi Taliban to his new Pakistan

Rana Sanaullah blames Intelligence Agencies for Shirazi kidnapping

Report: Saudi Arabia deficit reaches $32.4bn

Russia eyes active role in Afghanistan, breaking with three-decade restraint

While Saudi Arabia discusses Iran and Hezbollah in Cairo, its plans for Lebanon are backfiring

Afghanistan opium cultivation: A bigger threat than ISIS to Pakistan and Iran

Why Nawaz Sharif is hesitant to remove Ishaq Dar?

Can Islamabad protests lead into Military take over?

Iran: Saudi-drafted Arab League statement full of lies, worthless

Nasrallah: US did what it could to help Daesh in Syria's Bukamal

Interior Minister gets 48 hours to evict defiant Islamabad protesters

ABNA | Syrian civilian killed, material damaged in terrorist rocket attacks in Damascus

Pakistan nears its moment of truth

MERH | Study indicates discrimination against Shias in Bahrain

The Prophet, an ‘Ummi’..

Does Israel has secret ties with 'many' Arab, Muslim states?

Why Pentagon persuaded Congress to delink LeT from Haqqani network?

Security council appointed panel says no missiles sent to Houthis, refuting Saudi Arabia claim

The conditional release of Saad al-Hariri; Saudi Arabia kept his two children in Riyadh

How has Islamophobia changed over the past 20 years?

Saudi: Palestinian Abbas must endorse US’ plan or leave

Egyptian authorities crack down on televised fatwas

Saudi Arabia’s empty trumpeting for war against Iran

Replacing Finance minister: Is PML-N going to make Ishaq Dar a perfect scapegoat?

Faizabad sit in: Is another model town like action in the offing?

Is Shahbaz Sharif deliberately weakening PML-N?

Would Nawaz seek a presidential pardon?

Senior Iranian official warns Macron against meddling in Iran’s internal affairs

Palestine to freeze ties with US if Trump admin closes mission in Washington

The Martyrdom of Imam Hassan (AS)

Lebanese PM Accepts France Invite: Will This End Crisis?

Arab media: Baghdad not ready to host Saudi Crown Prince

Barzani seeking to mend ties with Iran, worrying US

The series of the arrogant prince

US troops told to ignore child abuse in Afghanistan

Shafaqna special: Did PML-N launch Tehrik.e.Labaik?

Balochistan mass murder:  A terrorist activity or human trafficking?

TTP in Afghanistan: How does Abdullah Abdullah’s confession shift burden from Pakistan to US?

Free Balochistan posters: A new game plan against CPEC

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi capital for France: Lebanese TV

Saudi siege of Yemen leaves three cities without clean water: Red Cross

Social Structure Founded by the Prophet (pbuh)

Death and Burial of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

How has Islamophobia changed over the past 20 years?

West Eyes Nuclear Deal-Style Missile Pact with Iran

Saudi Arabia’s Desperate Moves against Hezbollah

International conference on lovers of Ahlul Bayt (as) and the Takfiri issue

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

US Claims North Korea Behind FALLCHILL Malware

Saudi Arabia and Israel want to drag US into war against Iran: Former CIA officer

The story of a French woman who married four ISIS terrorists

'Saudi King Salman to step down next week'

Pakistan, US trade blame over cross-border terrorism

Delinking LeT from Haqqani network: Did US ditch India?

Is PTI backing Tehreek-e-Labbaik protests?

Israel ready to share intel on Iran with Saudi Arabia: Military chief

Saudi Arabia blackmailing detained princes to fill state coffers: Report

Netanyahu: Israel Will Act Alone to Force Iran Out of Syria

50,000 Yemeni children will die by end of the year, says Save the Children

Saudi storms home of detained cleric Salman Al-Ouda

Morsi tells lawyer of threats to his life

How Israel and Saudi Arabia Conspire to Seize Control of the Middle East?

How Trump’s CIA Used Bin Laden Files and a Neocon Think Tank to Escalate Tensions With Iran

Decline in terrorism: Has Pakistan won the proxy war led by Israel and India?

Is TTP returning to South Waziristan again?

Scapegoat: Is Supreme Court going to disqualify Jhangir Tareen?

Is this the end of Nawaz dynasty in Pakistan?

US president takes issue with ‘naïve’ Times op-ed on Xi-Trump ties

Yemeni hospitals will run out of fuel in three weeks: UN

Will new chairman review NAB’s in-house legal view on Musharraf?

How serious is Iraqi Kurdistan about reviewing ties with Washington?

Why Pakistan wants Afghanistan to join CPEC?

Lebanese Bankers Fear Qatar-Style Blockade by Saudis

Corruption in Israel is not just an Israeli issue

New constituency’s controversy: Is PML-N trying to delay the election?

Media Silent as 1 Million Protesters March in Spain to demand the release of Catalan political prisoners

Did Israel enforce Trump to renegotiate nuclear agreement with Iran?

Non-bailable arrest warrants: Has Nawaz Sharif abandoned Ishaq Dar?

Shafaqna Insight: Why India cannot sabotage CPEC?

Zimbabwe army deploys soldiers outside Harare

Sheikh Salman to be tried later this month on false espionage charges

Startling revelations: How politician used terrorists to target their rivals?

Turkish President slams Saudi Crown prince over ’Moderate Islam’

Islamic Jihad vows retaliation for Israeli attack

Don’t get ‘too close’ to Iran: US warning to Pakistan

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

 

Categories:   Pakistan ،
Tags:   pakistan ، Karachi ، Lahore ، Quetta ، Independence day ،
From other agencies (RSS Reader)