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Agha Riaz: Pakistan is a gift of God
August 14, 2017
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Under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, we have got the precious gift from Almighty God in the shape of Pakistan as a country. It was a Thursday and he chose the 14th day of August as the date for the ceremony of power transfer to the independent country, Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The day of independence was Ramadan 27, the holy month of the Islamic calendar.

I remember once my cousin told me: “There is no country like Pakistan in the world.”

By profession he is a doctor, thorough gentleman and has one unique habit: throughout the year he sports, 24/7, a badge of a Pakistani flag on his shirt, on the left side of his chest. That gives him some kind of satisfaction.

“Is it a dialogue from a proud Pakistani or something that I don’t know?” I replied.

He said: “I am talking about its geographic position. Pakistan occupies an area of 796,095km.”

“Go on, please,” I responded.

“The interesting point is that we are enjoying all the four seasons (winter, spring, summer, autumn) and are 36th in the list of the world’s sovereign states and their dependent territories by area, ranked by total area as per the United Nations Statistics Division data. In summer when the people of Jacobabad, the city in the south eastern part of Sindh province and one of the hottest cities of the country, bear 52ºC temperatures, at the same time one can find 0ºC in our Northern parts, Gilgit-Baltistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.”

He continued: “Here we find all types of fruits, dry fruits (some of them are the best in the world) and vegetables. Best quality rice, wheat, pulses, corn, sunflower and most important, the one that adds sweetness in our life, ‘sugarcane.’”

“Well, I am coming to sweet smelling plants in our country. There are more than 100 types of flowers grown here, especially the wide range of rose gardens. Do you know that there are more than 10 types and colours of roses? We are planting different species all widely grown for their beauty and fragrance and also some rose plants that range in size and form, compact and miniature.”

After a brief pause he started: “Now some key points of our country’s geographical position. As you know Asia is the most populous continent in the world. Its top two main heavyweights China (borders in the north) and India (to the east) are our neighbouring countries. Although they also share their borders but for trade they are bound to take the route via Pakistan to the other Asian countries.”

While taking a deep breath I said: “Only we need a better, sensible, honest and loyal leadership which will take us on right path of prosperity like Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.”

First of all this Pakistan Day reminds us to be united, and with love and care mould and reshape this land with all its beauty, richness and splendour together as a mutually supportive community.

It is already late and so much damage has been done. Even now there are signs of stress in every corner of our land, as we look at what is happening before our eyes, and think of the horrendous consequences for the land and the people.

For the past number of years we have experienced political instability, economic decline and growth in armed conflict.

As we thank God for the many ways He has gifted this land we must resolve to cherish and protect this for the future of Pakistan.

As Pakistanis we can and must act now.

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