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6th September, 1965. The Defense Day of Pakistan. Why is this date so important to Pakistan? As Pakistanis progress to a modernized world, they try to adopt the ways of successful nations. Yes, the western powers. But have you forgotten the sacrifices made for your identity? So that you were not forced into living a lifestyle that did not suit you? The sad truth is that we have forgotten the fundamental basis of being a Pakistani.
The morale of not just the soldiers but the civilians of 1965 was so high. Where did we go wrong?. We went wrong in identifying our cause to fight. We fight not for, but against our country. Why is our society so obsessed with the image of the west? When our people stood up for their beliefs, they did not fear the enemy who was multiple times the size of them. They did not let the enemy who appeared stronger take what was theirs. Today in Pakistani society, we are giving up our beliefs and morals to mimic the lives of the people our ancestors fought.
The sad part is that if any of our shuhada (martyrs) were alive right now, they’d be crying tears of blood. Watching the Pakistanis they sacrificed their lives for the nation they so strongly built, would surely break them. The common Pakistani who belittles the values of the country is more dangerous to Pakistan than the soldier who holds a gun on the other side of the border. Constructive criticism however, is needed in our society.
In the war of ’65 all of Pakistan came together as one. Where Madam Noor Jehan sang to motivate our soldiers and everyone held their hands out in prayer for victory. That was victory in itself. Where nobody was a Punjabi, Pathan, Muhajir, Sindhi, Kashmiri or Siraiki. They were all Pakistanis who were willing to fight and die for the Pakistan they envisioned.
If you want to make the best of Defense day and repay those who sacrificed their lives for you, live by what they fought for. Stop trying to become someone you are not. Become a proud Pakistani. The Pakistani who was bred from the land of the pure. The land who’s soil contains the blood of many brave individuals. Remember, if you don’t help Pakistan, nobody will. Let’s have a look at what our Quaide Azam taught us:
“Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope others will share with us.”
Preserving the Islamic ideology of our country in no way means to consider non-Muslims inferior to the Muslims of Pakistan. Remember, our people fought not only for the green and crescent in our flag, but also for the white which represents the non-Muslim groups. Embrace your neighbors regardless of their religion, caste or ethnicity and live as a true Pakistani. We are forever indebted to the sacrifices made for us.