We Pakistanis celebrate the 23rd of March, every year, with immense enthusiasm, to honor the most outstanding achievement of the Muslims of South Asia who passed the historic Pakistan Resolution on this day at Lahore. Seventy-one years ago, on March 23, 1940, at Muslim League’s 27th session, under Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vibrant leadership, he moved a resolution and demanded a separate sovereign state for the Muslims in the North West and Eastern Zones of the sub-continent, where they were in majority. The resolution was seconded by Ch. Khaliq-uz-Zaman and supported by several prominent leaders and members of the Muslim League party to transcribe the hopes and wishes of millions of Muslims into reality.
The golden words of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his Presidential lecture to the session carried a far deeper impression on the broken and demoralized Muslims at the hands of ruthless and undemocratic Congress rule. Mr. Jinnah said that
The Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs, and literature.They neither inter-marry nor inter-dine together, and they belong to two different civilizations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions.
The Pakistan Resolution created deep down a sense of nationalism, integrity, solidarity, and enthusiasm for getting out of slavery, in the hearts and minds of the Muslims of the sub-continent, which later resulted in a preponderant movement on the basis of which Pakistan was established.
I still remember that on 14th August we use to carry Pakistan flag and circle around school ground singing Dil Dil Pakistan. I still get a bit emotional when I imagine it all. We use to feel the spirit of independence all over the country. Every house was decorated, every car was flagged, every shopkeeper celebrated and everyone use to celebrate in his own way.
Fast forward 65 years later when I ask requested a young girl to wear Pakistan flag she said “Why should I wear and what’s so special about today?” I felt like peron talay zameen nikal gie…. It was really a shame to witness youth of Pakistan so careless about blessing of an Independent country.
We pretend to be an independent country but sorry to say that mentally we are still prisoners. Instead of embracing our own culture we love to carry western influence with us. We feel proud in listening to western music, getting inspired by their media, and follow their walk of Life but in all this we forgot true meaning of Pakistan.
Where is spirit of 14th August? Where is Jinnah ka Pakistan and Iqbal ka pegham
Kya iss liay banaya tha Jinnah ne ye Pakistan
Bastay nahi hain yahan ab Musalman
Yahan to ab rehtay hain Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi aur Pathan
My brother just came from South Africa and there he witnessed birthday of Nelson Mandela. What do South Africans do? Take holiday and sleep…. Nooooo!!! ON birthday of Mandela every single citizen need to work 2 hours in service to others. Howzzz that for a change!!!!!!!!!
My only concern is that we as Pakistani’s are destroying identity of Pakistan. Email, SMS, Social media we are making fun of ourselves. Please friends Pakistan is a blessing value it. My request to all the youth out there using social media in free time; friends be sensible or shut up!!!!
Take away from the blog…
- Celebrate Independence with true spirit.
- Pakistan is your home, protect its identity.
- How you communicate in social media reflects your identity as a Pakistani; so be sensible!!!
- Last but not the least…. make a habit of doing research work.. study Muslims scientists, Pakistani leaders from 1947, and try to adopt their Patriotism, Passion, Sincerity, and Hard Work.