Pakistan 2009: Muskrahatoun kay naam

Posted on January 1, 2009
Filed Under >A for [Pine]Apple, >Adil Najam, >Darwaish, >Owais Mughal, About ATP, Photo of the Day
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Owais Mughal, Adil Najam, Darwaish, Asma Mirza

From all of us at, and on behalf of all our readers too, we wish these two children in the photograph a wonderful New Year and a prosperous and peaceful 2009.

These children may be shoeshine boys to the world. But they make all our worlds shine with their smiles. May the authenticity of the smiles that dance on their faces never lose its sheen. May the sullenness of the world they inherit never keep them from enjoying the simple pleasures of life. May their fears be few and their enthusiasms be great. May all their aspirations be high. May all their hopes be fulfilled. May their futures be defined by the heights of their potential and not the constraints of their circumstance. May they rise to the challenges of their times better than we have to ours. May they create for their children a world better than the world we created for them. Beta, jeetay raho aur hastay raho.

The photograph, taken by photography ace and an old ATP favorite, Umair Ghani, is more than two years old. But the expression of grace is timeless. And priceless. Today, on New Year’s day, we send them our fondest prayers and our sincerest good wishes. And, through them, we send the same to all the children of Pakistan – and, indeed, the world. Their nourishment is our biggest responsibility. And they remain our greatest hope!

22 responses to “Pakistan 2009: Muskrahatoun kay naam

  1. TARIQ says:

    Thank you for an excellent post and picture.

    To commenters, it is easy to sit back and think about what someone else has to do. Or to just leave everything on Allah. Lets each do whatever little that we can. Maybe give a few dollars to the excellent people at HDF to help teach kids. But please lets do something rather than just talk and talk.

  2. Shayan says:

    What a charming picture! Happy New Year!

  3. To help here and there,to him and them,will not serve the matter,although these should be continuously done to minimise the difficulties of needy persons but untill the proper system of welfare state and system of justice made available to every one is not regidly implimented as in the light of insrtructios in QURQN AND SUNNAH our problems will nit be solved but will increased multifold.

  4. shahbaz says:

    If you want to keep them smiling ? and keep their futures bright ? maybe you could spend less time romanticizing about the smile and take action ensure these two young boys get a fair education rather than shine shoes.

  5. Saba says:

    Nice Post by all ATP staff

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