Azadi: It Is A Journey, Not a Destination

Posted on August 13, 2009
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Adil Najam

Tomorrow we will all celebrate Pakistan’s Independence DayYom e Azadi.

Today, let us take a moment to think about just what ‘independence’ – Azadi – means.

Azadi – independecne – is not a destination, it is a journey. It is not something that we ‘achieved’ on August 14, 1947. It is something that we must earn, and preserve, every day.

On this particular Yom e Azadi, there can be no better reminder of just what the continuing journey that is Azadi really mean than the daily struggles of internally displaced Pakistanis (IDPs). Those who remain homeless in their own homeland.

Some IDPs have indeed begun to return to their homes. That is good. Too many, however, remain displaced. And even those who have returned home continue with the struggles of displacement with their lives dispersed and the ugly shadows of Talibanism hanging heavy over their every move.

We at ATP wish to take a moment today to reaffirm that we have not forgotten these displaced Pakistanis. And that we will not. It is far too easy to get distracted by the hot news of the day and to forget the sacrifice that these Pakisatnis are having to bear in defense of their own and of all of our Azadi. We have not, and will not, forget.

Over the last many months ATP has had two separate fund-raising efforts for IDPs in Pakistan. During the first our readers contributed US$ 4,780; during the second they contributed another US$ 1,806. To this we at ATP have added, in various tranches, an additional of US$ 3,414. In total, therefore, a total of US$ 10,000 (Pak Rs. 820,000) has now been sent to support IDP relief works on behalf of you, our ATP readers. As we have mentioned before, this amount has been equally distributed between the Edhi efforts in Pakistan and UNHCR.

Today, we wish to take a moment to thank all of you for all of this.

As we all prepare to celebrate our Azadi, it is your Pakistaniat that reaffirms our own. It is your passion that ignites our hopes. It is your commitment that gives us strength.

The IDPs remind us today that the struggles for Azadi are always hard, but never futile.

Azadi Mubarak, Pakistan!

30 responses to “Azadi: It Is A Journey, Not a Destination”

  1. Great article its very difficult to get freedom its a journey to make and establish a country and that journey is still continue.

  2. Me Never Ever says:

    beautiful post happy independence day to all Pakistanis home and abroad
    here is little gift from our Chines friend

    chinese girl sings pakistan national anthem (quami tarana)

  3. adeel says:

    Thank you Watan Aziz (yet again!) for your comment. You certainly know how to put things in perspective. I feel good already (^_^)

  4. Riaz Haq says:

    Along the road to Azadi that you describe as a journey, do you suggest any milestones other than the return/rehab of the IDPs ? How about freedom from illiteracy, poverty, hunger, sickness, lack of basic sanitation? What do do you think about the freedom of the rural poor who remain enslaved by the feudal lords whose land they live on? What options do they have? Any ideas about how the sham democracy led by feudal lords can be made into a real democracy that is responsive to the needs of the people? How about improved governance to deliver results on the ground for the people who elected this government? How about solution to the basic issues of roti, bijli and paani?

  5. Khawaja Aleem says:

    Azadi mubarak. You are right, this is a constant journey. And we have to be constantly working to make sure that the great gift given to us as a nation is never lost.

    Must say, reading this made me feel proud and patriotic and also with urge to do something. You made us feel more alive by writing this.

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