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What Gives You Hope For Pakistan's Future?

Posted on March 23, 2009
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Adil Najam, Owais Mughal, Darwaish, Asma Mirza

In this, the final post in our series on Pakistan Day 2009, we want to look towards the future. Not on what the source of our concerns are, but on the source of our hopes.

The spirit of this post, as you will see, is best expressed in the great song by Mehdi Hasan – Yeh Watan tumhara Hai. We have written about this song before, but as Khan Sahib struggles for his life in a Karachi hospital today, this March 23rd is a good day to remember his song and remember him in all our prayers.

Each of the four editors of this blog asked ourselves the same question that we ask you: "On this Pakistan Day, what gives you hope for Pakistan’s future?"

Here are our answers. Do please share with us what your answers might be. (Those who want to talk about threats and concerns can do so in the last post; but, please, do respect the question that this post focuses on).

DARWAISH: The Lawyers Movement, emergence of a vibrant civil society and the awareness created in masses by media has given me new hope for a better future. I know we are not there yet and it’s just the beginning of a long road ahead but independent judiciary is the first step in right direction.

The ruling elite and others sitting in the corridors of power can no longer do whatever they want and get away with it. They will be exposed and that’s a very positive change. A transparent and fair public accountability process, which has been long absent from Pakistani society, can now hopefully be achieved through a combination of independent judiciary and media.

I also hope that now we will see extensive judicial reforms which are desperately needed, especially in the lower courts which deal with more than 90% of public issues.

ASMA MIRZA: When I compare general attitude of an average youth now with that of ten years ago, I totally get amazed at the change we went through. Ten years back the life of an average youth probably revolved around gaming, a bit of gossiping on media (read: films) and studies. That’s it.

Today things have taken a total turn. When I talk around with young people, the spirit they have for Pakistan – the hatred they have against evils that are killing us as a nation – makes me revive my thoughts of hope and respect in Pakistan’s future. It may be the media that is spreading the awareness but the willingness to ponder about things – about Pakistan’s future – is gratifying. This, more than anything else, gives me hope in Pakistan’s future.

Long live Pakistan ~ The land of beautiful people. Young saplings give me hope for Pakistan. This blood has got the potential and I feel happy that this blood knows their rights too. It is through this generation that I see Pakistan a better and progressive land in coming decades, Inshah Allah.

OWAIS MUGHAL: What gives me hope on this March 23rd are the women cricketers of Pakistan. Pakistan recenlty ended up at 6th position in the Womens’ Cricket World Cup but the ladies from Pakistan conquered much more than sixth position. They conquered the taboo of following their dreams, they conquered the no-no of coming from extreme rural background and competing against the best in the World.

I took special note of the places where these ladies came from. Some of these places have never been able to send a male player to Pakistan’s national team but these ladies have shown there is no limit to what one can achieve by aiming high and with dedication. One player of Pakistani women team came from Nankana Sahib in Punjab, one from a place as remote as Chaghi, Balochistan, 1 from Quetta, 3 from Abbotabad, 1 from Hyderabad, Sindh and 3 from Multan. Rest of the team came from Karachi and Lahore.

This was a truly a Pakistani team comprising of players from remote cities as well as mega cosmopolitans. My congratulations to Pakistani women cricket team on this birthday of Pakistan Resolution. You give us hope!

ADIL NAJAM: My response to this question is not much different from my colleagues, in that it is the people of Pakistan that give me hope as well as sustenance. There are many many manifestations of the hope they stir, here are just five examplars (representative, but not comprehensive):

So, this is what we think… your turn now.

SUPER SUB!; Ex-seaman Andy gunning for glory.(Sport)

Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland) September 7, 1996 | Gordon, Phil Former seaman Andy Hume used to work on nuclear submarines.

But now the Stenhousemuir striker is more interested in shooting down Ayr United. web site beaches in florida

Giant hitman Hume quit the Navy last summer to become a fire-fighter on Civvy Street.

And his prospects on the pitch look flaming good since Stenny gave him his first taste of senior football last month.

The 28-year-old ex-Navy engineer wants to repay the Warriors faith by leading them on a voyage to promotion.

Hume, who stands 6ft 6ins tall, said: “During my days in the Navy I played football on beaches in Florida and Bermuda.

“But I am more excited about playing against Ayr because I thought my chance of senior football would never come.” The striker spent eight years in the Royal Navy including a spell on the crew of HMS Repulse which was the last sub to carry Polaris missiles.

But he’s lucky boss Terry Christie didn’t see his shooting in those days.

He recalled: “During a big match on the deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious I hit the ball too hard and it landed in the sea.

“Needless to say I wasn’t too popular with my shipmates who had to abandon the game.” Hume, who now works at BP in Grangemouth, has two permanent reminders of his days at sea.

He confessed: “I’ve got two tattoos. One is visible to anyone, but the other can only be seen by the boys in the changing rooms.” Stenny will be without striker Ian Little and defender Graeme Armstrong faces a fitness fight after being floored by a bug.

But Christie has Jimmy Thompson, Alan Banks and Max Christie all available again.

Ayr boss Gordon Dalziel will have to pick his players up after their brave Coca- Cola Cup defeat against Rangers at Ibrox in midweek. go to site beaches in florida

He said: ” I have warned the players that Ibrox is over and done with.

“It is all very well going there and playing in front of 45,000, but it must not be a come down to be in front of 600 at Larbert.

“Stenhousemuir are a good side and this is a very important game for us.” Striker Isaac English returns but fellow frontman Steve Kerrigan, still feeling weak from a virus infection, will get a late check.

Key defender Willie Jamieson is sidelined with a groin injury.

Gordon, Phil

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  2. Nice Heights says:
    July 9th, 2011 11:22 am

    I am afriad there might be a tendency emerging in Pakistani society to be attracted towards cults. This attraction towards “cults” is another factor which may damage our society deeply. I am afraid, a part of our society may become Irrational brain-washed zombie dumbasses giving loyalty and obedience to their cult leaders…..

    I still have hope though, I think improving our law enforcement agency and directing our funds to develop it more, instead of developing the army, may help. Also, this democratic system needs to continue in order for our society to develop. I hope there is not another military take over, we have seen what happened in last 3 military take overs……

    These are my concerns and opinions for now, donno whither they are right or wrong though…

  3. Adnan Munir says:
    February 12th, 2011 5:04 pm

    Hope is all here.. The soil of my homeland gives me HOPE it is shining with our ancestor’s blood. She have to give us hope when our forefathers join their voice standing on this land and said

  4. EJAZ KHAN says:
    March 15th, 2010 12:44 pm

    Name of pakistan give me hope. The word pakistan make me exited. Word pakistan give me a base at every stair of my life.

  5. baseer says:
    October 30th, 2009 5:05 am

    can i post this on my web forum ?

  6. readinglord says:
    April 9th, 2009 10:40 pm

    @ATP Admin

    Would you please suggest where to go to discuss Mai’s case which is as ‘important’ as Pakistan’s future? In fact this and the flogging of a girl in Swat represent it is an epitome of Pakistan.

    @All friends discussing Mai’s case

    Why not go to Mukhtar Mai’s Blog where to I have transferred all posts relevant to Mai’s case?

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