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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.

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  1. OPTIMIST says:
    April 4th, 2009 11:45 pm

    Pakistan’s civil society gives me hope in Pakistan’s future.

    As they did with the video of the Taliban beating a young girl, they will not let the forces of evil prevail in Pakistan.

  2. April 2nd, 2009 11:25 pm

    WE request readers to please stick to the topic of the post. We will be removing irrelevant discussions or discussions that can easily be conducted on other relevant posts.

    We also request commenters to not repeat themselves again and again. If people did not agree with the argument the first time it is unlikely that pasting the same material again or on multiple posts will change people’s mind.

  3. YLH says:
    April 2nd, 2009 11:15 pm

    Is it just me or has everyone started threatening everyone with “lashes” under “sharia”?

    Gorki I apologize for the behavior of my uncivilized compatriots.

  4. readinglord says:
    April 2nd, 2009 9:03 pm

    @bonobashi

    So dear bonobashi has also joined in as a fan of the Mai but the ‘extremist’, Nasir Gabol, got her by mere threat of committing suicide and divorcing his wife with a number of children. I wonder what message she is sending to the women at large and the West, especially, where polygamy is a crime.

    If I had been a woman in the situation of Mai I would have certainly accepted the offer of marriage by Abdul Khaliq, the accused Mastoi, who had risked death sentence twice by claiming Mai to be his wife . In fact, in Judaic law, it is the punishment for the rapist to be married with his victim to become responsible for the results of his crime.

  5. bonobashi says:
    March 31st, 2009 10:52 pm

    @Watan Aziz, Gorki, Bloody Civilian

    It is a shame that you can spend time thinking about threads, needles and sewing when there are so many other things to think about. Take a deep breath, count to 10^100, take a cold shower, drink a glass of cold water, and point your muskets in some other direction.

    While we are discussing these things, stop obstructing the course of true love. Why would the Mastois have bothered to get introduced (that 80 lashes thing is a real vocabulary expander) to the lady unless they truly loved her? To the point of one of them volunteering to marry her after the act? of introduction, of course, is what I mean.

    If you were women, you would understand. Unfortunately, you are not; else you would know very well that a woman can only fall in love with a true man who takes up a sewing machine and shows her that he is truly a man, not a wimp snivelling on and on about his love for her and whingeing about getting married.

    Things will only change for the better when you city slickers get off your ivory towers, come within whiplash range and learn how Real Men handle these situations.

  6. readinglord says:
    March 31st, 2009 9:12 pm

    @Watan Aziz, Gorki, Boody Civilian

    Oh God, I have to face three musketeers who are dead sure that Mai was raped as though they had watched the operation, six penises, going in and out of the vulva of Mai, like a thread going in the eye of the needle. They should know that rape is basically ‘Zina’ in terms of the Holy Quran and Sunna and it does attract all the conditions laid down thereby to prove its occurrence. Otherwise, whether the alleged zina is consensual or in-consensual (rape), it shall be held just an accusation (Tohmat) and the accuser would be liable to 80 lashes as a liar (being guilty of Qazaf).

    I wonder why Mai married an already married constable, only because he threatened to commit suicide, a very hackneyed tactic indeed, but refused to accept marriage with Abdul Khaliq Mastoi who actually risked death sentence twice in claiming her to be his wife in the court.

  7. Bloody Civilian says:
    March 30th, 2009 7:44 am

    You are claiming that because the accused have not been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt, therefore, this somehow (in your head only) proves beyond all doubt that the victim must be guilty. You are convinced of that, in exactly the same spirit and manner as the dispicable Hudood Ordinance (of your ‘favourite’ Zia and his mullah friends). You too are saying that since the guilt of the accused has not been proved beyong all reasonable doubt, the victim can be no better than a liar. Except, instead of taking your accusation against Ms Mai to a court of law, you presume yourself to be the judge too.

    Neither any of the respondents to your flawed view of justice, nor Salman Cheema (

  8. bonobashi says:
    March 30th, 2009 1:39 am

    After thinking long and hard about the matter, my conclusion is that it is all a terrible misunderstanding caused by a technical error, what we call in computers a rounding off error, especially when we need to convince the board of our client bank that it is actually not our fault or the fault of our software that they lost millions.

    Where advised to count to a 100 before thinking, it seems that some of us, reading the wrong source code and with only a wobbly grasp of Napierian logarithms, have been under the impression that 10^100 is a 100; a natural mistake and forgivable, as every fellow programmer caught red-handed will readily agree.

    We have not only followed that counsel with regard to our thinking, we have failed to wait at all before bursting into print with our undoubtedly interesting though somewhat eccentric views. This unfortunate asynchronicity – that is the correct term of obfuscation for the benefit of all of you out there not learned in these very technical matters – is responsible for all the discomfort that has been caused. All a technical error, due to a misreading of the code.

    Nothing to worry about, Gorki, it’ll all be fixed in the next revision; just a temporary inconvenience.

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