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Assalamo Alaikum and Azadi Mubarak
Today, at the 57th independence day of Pakistan, we remember the
struggle of the millions who died or lived through hell to make
this claim a reality by creating Pakistan out of nowhere with a
unique partnership of a leader who had the vision to see in the
future and the people who had faith in that leader and answered
his call. And once this task was accomplished Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad
Ali Jinnah pronounced these words as a guiding light for the young
nation, "Now, if we want to make this great State of Pakistan
happy and prosperous, we should wholly and solely concentrate on
the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the
If the creation of Pakistan was a miracle, its
survival for 57 years against all odds is no less of a miracle.
Young Pakistan had not a penny in the treasury, no organized defense
force, no administrative core, the economy was shattered and to
top it all there were millions of refugees to take care of. Pakistan
not only survived but forged ahead. In 1971 division of Pakistan
and creation of Bangladesh was a blow that struck deep into the
heart of every Pakistani. But the reality was accepted and reckoned
with. During the first Afghan war once again millions of refugees
were driven into Pakistani borders and had to be taken care of.
Pakistan with its limited resources somehow managed to do that.
Throughout its brief history there have been
forces within and without which have diligently worked to break
the spirit of the people of Pakistan but they have failed. There
are still millions who have faith in Pakistan, who are willing to
die for Pakistan if needed.
Now once again as the world is convulsing in
the wake of the tragedy of 9/11, Pakistan is challenged by being
thrown at the center stage of this drama, certainly through no choice
of its people. Pakistanis have to wisely consider their choices
and make decisions.
The guiding light in these difficult times is
once again the words of Qaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, spoken
on August 11, 1947, "If you will work in co-operation, forgetting
the past, burying the hatchet, you are bound to succeed. If you
change your past and work together in a spirit that everyone of
you, no matter no what community he belongs, no matter what relations
he had with you in the past, no matter what is his colour, caste
or creed, is first, second and last a citizen of this State with
equal rights, privileges, and obligations, there will be on end
to the progress you will make. I cannot emphasize it too much."
This is the challenge, Ladies and gentlemen.
The challenge never was and never will be the lack of resources.
The challenge is, are we capable of coming together to think, to
plan and to work for a Pakistan that is still a dream for the millions,
the dream of a Pakistan that is a beacon of light for the Humanity.
It is only through pooling of resource, intellectual and financial
and channeling them in a constructive manner that we can make this
dream become a reality. In 1947 millions died to make a dream come
true, today we don’t have to die but we do have to sacrifice
our egos and personal agendas to rise above ethnic, religious, political
and other differences to make this dream come true. Are we ready
for this challenge? Millions are ready to die for Pakistan but are
they ready to live for Pakistan? Our actions not words will write
the next chapter in the history of Pakistan.
At HDF we invite you to renew your faith in Pakistan and your pledge
to live and work for it. We pledge to make this a grassroots organization,
which is responsive to its constituents and representative of their
wishes. We have a mission statement, "to start a movement for
a positive social change..." We invite you to share your ideas.
What do you see as a positive social change, how do you think it
can be brought about, and how you can contribute towards this movement.
God bless Pakistan and its people.
Tundieye Bade Mukhalif se na ghabra ai uqab
Ye tou chalti he tujhe ooncha uranai ke lieye
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