A Symbol of PatriotismNovember 17, 2008
Dear brothers and sisters,
If you want to see the face to true love and selfless sacrifice for Pakistan, look at Baba Mehar deen at Wagah border Lahore. He is there everyday for the last 60 years after sacrificing all he had for this sacred home for the Muslims. He has never asked what Pakistan has given him but have dutifully sacrificed all he had. But we know what Pakistan has given him. Pakistan has given him dignity, Izzat and a base to challenge and confront the Hindus who slaughtered millions of helpless muhajireen in 1947. Now he goes there every day to wait for this missing children and to challenge the Hindu Zionists till the last day of his life. Look into his eyes and see the love for the country oozing out of his frail body. His soul remains immersed in love and his Ishq is this sarzameen we call Pakistan.
Baba Mehar deen, your sacrifices are not in vein. You remain the most dangerous threat for the enemies of Pakistan for you continue to revive our hopes, faith and belief in the sacrifices of our forefathers for this beloved land of ours. We swear by Allah that we will not let your sacrifices go waste, never to betray your love and faith and inshallah will go back once again with the flag you hold to retake what you left behind. Allah be our witness and protector.
Pakistan Zindabaad. InshAllah Hamaisha Paindabaad.
Lahore: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has honoured Baba Mehar Deen, the 80-year-old lead soldier who has been performing the flag-lowering ceremony at dusk every day at Wagah on the India-Pakistan border for the last 40 years.
He has been given Rs50,000 (Dh3,025) and a ticket to Saudi Arabia to perform umrah for displaying “exemplary patriotism and true love for Pakistan”.
His smart drill excites the visitors on the Pakistani side to shout the patriotic ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and the religious cry ‘Allah-o-Akbar,’ the Daily Times said yesterday.
The drill at the Wagah Post, the principal entry-exit point on the India-Pakistan border, is performed by a contingent from the Pakistan Rangers. [link]