A KENNEDY QUOTE THAT REVERBERATED IN PAKISTAN
IN ALL WAYS, SURELY A LESSON FOR US EVEN TODAY
The people who made Pakistan were guided by principles and their intellectual minds and feelings. Disregarding all personal advantage, they went ahead to carve the first Ideological state of the Islamic world, 1000 years after the advent of ISLAM itself. Their guiding light was Hazrat Umar (Blessings) himself. Quaid e Azam sacrificed lucrativeness for advent of Pakistan. Dr Allama Iqbal was worried about the financing of education of his children and in sheer desperation wrote to the Nawab of Bhopal for help. We all know the bounties that Liaquat Ali Khan left behind as a Nawab and the amount of money he had in the bank after his death. After being shot, a torn socks and a vest was discovered on his body. The much hyped fabulous wealth of Field Marshal Ayub Khan never did materialize and it was all phoney to bring him down. And that is true for most of the leaders of those times. The same applied to M.A. Rahman Chughtai. After embarking upon a career spree in England in 1938, he did not even hesitate for a second and came back to his country, even when a mere Idea of Pakistan was floating in the air. Certainly they were following the dictates of Allah, and the quote of John Kennedy suited their nature well.
Ask the man on the street about the present day leaders. And they will blurt out the same thing. Penniless persons who became billionaires in a short period of time. They took from Pakistan everything and stole all dignity from the nation. And as inspiration they trickled down their corrupt practices to the very core of the people. The country was divided not between rich and poor, but two set of people. One who believed in honesty and the others who lost all values in their bursts of dishonesty. This resulted in loss of compassion for those who were doing right. Petty writers write in newspapers for money against national institutions with impunity. The only force left in Pakistan following the principles of Unity, faith and Discipline is the Army of Pakistan, and not only are they custodians of Geography, they have become custodians of Ideology too. The ultimate unification of the world depends on not giving up your views but relaxing your hostility for other ways of life. Pakistan Forever!