The Faces of Pakistan’s Future

Posted on June 28, 2009
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Adil Najam

The memories, impressions, experiences, stories, scars, smiles, and worldviews that are being fostered as you read these lines in the IDP camps in Pakistan today, will define not only the future of these children, but possibly the future of Pakistan itself. Will these be memories of neglect and disdain and of a world and country who ignored their needs? Or will these be memories of a community and a country coming together as one to respond to these needs? The answer will not only define the future of hundreds of thousands of children, but of a nation itself.

The enemies of Pakistan know this well. And they sow the seeds of fear, of disdain, of doubt, and of hatred amongst these congregations of humanities in need. They realize just how important this moment is. Just a little assistance, a little attention, and dreams of glories untold can turn around an entire generation. Their discourse builds on the idiom of revenge, of fear, of hatred for other Pakistanis and of Pakistan, of promises of revolution outside the folds of Pakistan, of anger, and of vengefulness.

We Pakistanis must also recognize the power of this moment. But our message cannot simply mirror that of our enemies. Our message must be the message of hope, of possibility, of Pakistaniat, of unity, of humaneness and of humanity, of coming together and of rising as one. But, ultimately, no message can resonate simply because of the strategic imperative of the moment; the power of the word derives only from the content of the action that accompanies the word. History shall judge us all, not just by what we say in this moment of need. But what we do in this moment of need.

We at ATP have always been proud of the Pakistaniat of our readers, and reaffirm once again our committment to that Pakistaniat. Including the US$4780 raised from readers in our initial campaign plus teh US$1400 already raised this week and the US$2220 added from our Ad revenues, ATP readers have already raised a total of US$8400 for IDPs; most of which has been already sent to the Edhi organization in Pakistan and UNHCR. We intend to close this current campaign over the next few days, but we will remain committed to doing whatever little we can and urging all to do whatever they can.

Let us never forget that this is not just about the plight of those who have been displaced from their homes; this is also about making sure that the rest of us are never displaced as they have been. This is not about our generosity, this is about our humanity. Let us look into the eyes of these displaced children, and let us infuse into that reflection our own aspirations.

17 Comments on “The Faces of Pakistan’s Future”

  1. June 28th, 2009 3:55 pm

    I love the strong sense of patriotism that exudes from all your posts and the mere feel of your website.

    I am a proud Pakistani and Long Live Pakistan!

  2. Pakistani says:
    June 28th, 2009 4:50 pm

    Powerful write-up.

    Yes, these children represent Pakistan’s future. The Taliban and their supporters are already very active in the camps to recruit them and if they succeed then Pakistan as we know it will be lost.

  3. AishaFbi786 says:
    June 28th, 2009 5:37 pm

    What beautiful children and what beautiful pictures capturing the essence of Pakistan. Indeed Pakistani children are some of the most beautiful children in the World.

    I have great hope in Pakistian and the Pakistani people. The road ahead may not be easy but I don’t see the Pakistani people sitting idoly by as the Taliban attempts to create another Afghanistan environment.

    One thing that is undeniable is the Patriotism mentioned by “Zarin.” Pakistanis are proud and united in their love for the motherland. They have come so far in the past 60+ years. They have etched a place of their own to be united and to call home. Now, more than ever they must come together and unite and fight to save Pakistan and its future. The time to act is now! The battles for change have already begun…but the war isn’t over yet!

    It’s imperitive that the gov’t gives the people a sense of hope by showing them that their desires have value and are important, that Pakistan belongs to them, to be molded by them, and that they have the full support of the Pakistani Gov’t.

    Gov’t corruption is a threat to this ideal and must be dealt with fearlessly and swiftly. Basically we know what it comes down to. Is the future of Pakistan worth dying for? Are the children and their future worth dying for? Without a doubt, a civil war is on the horizon. Let’s just hope that everyone does their part and doesn’t sit idly by waiting for someone else to have a voice and stand up for what is right and take care of the problem. It is going to require a “United Front.”

  4. Adam Insaan says:
    June 28th, 2009 6:45 pm

    I do state that we as pakistani`s have lost rather much,
    -one thing we can`t afford to loose is our beloved children.
    But as is concerned with much in life, we all have to answer
    … day.

    Out talk has te be implemented in and integrated into our person, so that the voices/sounds heard are just not hollow echo`es of double-standards tranduced through the winding into the curly receptor in the inner ear.

  5. Aliarqam says:
    June 29th, 2009 1:47 am

    Absolutely they are
    Future Of Pakistan…
    We hope after the deadliest show of Taliban
    No one will make their homeland
    a safe heaven for their strategic assets….
    We hope they will be given a clear concept of
    Pakistaniat and confusions and illusions will not not prevail them….

  6. Maha Khan says:
    June 29th, 2009 5:41 am

    Surely we will defeat the terrorists and these people will return to thire home..inshallah

  7. Naveed says:
    June 29th, 2009 9:01 am

    What you are doing is very praiseworthy. Could you give us a little follow-up on how the money raised is being used, too? Thanks.

  8. K.K.Alam says:
    June 29th, 2009 9:56 am

    I followed the donation link to “PayPal”, but was surprised that they do not accept Pakistani credit cards. Is there an alternative way to donate to you for the IDPs?

  9. June 29th, 2009 9:59 am

    Dear Naveed, thank you for the message.

    As we have mentioned in previous emails, we started off with sending a first tranche of $2000 to the Edhi organization in Pakistan. A second tranche of $2000 was later sent to UNHCR. Later we sent an additional $1500 each to Edhi and UNHCR again. So a total of $7000 has already been sent to Edhi and UNHCR.

    The decision on where to send was largely based on reader comments. On our part we wanted reader support to go to someone involved in long-term support and in earlier emails readers (including donors) seemed to favor these two organizations the most.

    We hope to conclude this collection in a couple of days, add some more money from ATP advertising and send out another tranche.

    Ideas on good institutions to send it to are always welcome… for ourselves as well as for many readers who are sending directly.

  10. June 29th, 2009 10:03 am

    Dear K.K. Alam. Thank you so much for the thought. Yes, we have also heard from a number of other readers in Pakistan that PayPal is not accepting Pakistani credit card. I am sorry about that.

    Given that there are many other worthy ways to donate in Pakistan, I would urge you to please do so through which ever source you have most trust in. But – for you and other readers – do please give what you can, through whatever avenue you think you have most confidence in. The important thing is to do our part in whatever way we can.

    Thank you all.

  11. Aamir Ali says:
    June 29th, 2009 12:14 pm

    These poor kids are all victims of the zalim Taliban.

  12. Saadia says:
    June 29th, 2009 5:45 pm

    Pakistaniat zindabaad. You guys are doing a great service to the country.

  13. Farrukh says:
    June 29th, 2009 6:02 pm

    I really hope that ATP will make its goal. Less than one day to go and $400 still to go. I have done my small bit. I think even if 20 readers give just $20 each, we will get there. Lets do it!

  14. readinglord says:
    June 29th, 2009 6:25 pm


    You say:

    “Pakistaniat zindabaad.”

    But please tell me what you mean by ‘Pakistaniat’.

    The other day I saw an interview on a Paky TV channel of a Swati IDP kid. The intervewer asked the kid whether he liked Taliban. He said,”Yes I like them because they talk of ‘Namaz’”. Keeping in view the fact that the kids don’t tell a lie, can you tell me what would he be like when he grows up: A Taliban, hopefully, a moderate one!

  15. farzad says:
    June 30th, 2009 9:38 am

    These people will never return to their homes. The government is not serious about helping anyone but themselves.. like I commented almost a year ago to all these intelligent people telling me that Pakistan will change for the better… now I hear 2/3 of Pakistan has no electricity, clean water and prices are going up every day.. even bangladesh is more modern than Pakistan.

  16. Mahboob says:
    June 30th, 2009 11:47 am

    I think the issue is of great importance but our apathy for future (youth) of Pakistan is due to multiple reasons. One that the whole system is not built for a better future of present youth which is quite a secular or mundane ideal. On the contrary we are always taught and surmoned to achieve some goals in the air like hoisting flag in some other country or to change the entire world by brining about islamic revolution. So we will have to revisit our goals and slogans for improving the future of Pakistan.

  17. Ayesha says:
    June 30th, 2009 6:30 pm

    The good news is that many IDPs are beginning to go back home. I think that is major and hope that will accelerate. But the needs are still great and I hope people will not forget about them.

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