A Majestic NationJanuary 12, 2010
Wajahat Ahmed Shamsi | Team PKKH
I, as a student from Pakistan in the US, have seen that the majority of my fellow countrymen regardless of their age or gender are not proud of who they are and this shocks me. They are mostly pulled into the paranoia created by the Indians’ boasting about their country 24/7 and the biased and unjustified negative portrayal of Pakistan in the International media .Pakistanis say they have nothing to defend themselves with. In this article, I would prove to all why a Pakistani should walk with his/her head held high and should be the most proud citizen.
When Pakistan came into existence in 1947, we had nothing. People used twigs instead of pins, etc. Plus we were at war within our first year of independence with our more powerful neighbour (due to unfair division of means and resources, a departing gift from the British) over Kashmir. We had witnessed the highest migration the world has ever seen about million people in that process had been lost. All we had in 1947 was one university, one dysfunctional textile mill, and a brand new nation.
In a short period of over 60 years we have come a long way and will go further. Today we have the 40th biggest economy in the world in terms of GNP. We are recognized the world over and Pakistani Products be it fruits, textiles or engineered goods are known for their good quality. We have earned all this in 60 years and in that duration we have fought three major wars with India. Despite the political instability, we planned and led the Afghan Jihad, crushed the USSR, a super power of its time and broke it into smaller independent states.
Why be proud? Be proud because Pakistan has all the ingredients of being the greatest country on the face of the earth. We have 850 trillion Cubic Feet of coal located in Thar. This is more than the oil of Saudi Arabia and Iran put together which is 375 Billion barrels. The coal is worth 25 trillion USD and only 2% can generate 20, 000 Mega Watts of electricity for 40 years without a single second of load shedding.
In a small place called Riqo Dik near Chagai, we have the 5th largest gold and copper deposit in the world. The surface only has gold worth 60-100 Billion USD. According to Renowned Nuclear Scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand the worth of Gold and Copper in Pakistan is about 1 trillion USD, while the total debt on Pakistan is 50 Billion USD.
In Jan 30 2009 the senate was informed that Pakistan has 326 million barrels of oil while in June of the same year the Petroleum Ministry stated that Pakistan has 27 Billion Barrels of oil and 280 trillion cubic feet of gas and so far Pakistan has only 3.4% of oil and 19% of gas has been discovered.
Pakistan has the largest irrigation system in the world consisting of river Indus and its tributaries. The total length of the canal system exceeds 58,000 kilometres; there are an additional 1.6 million kilometres of farm and field ditches. Pakistan is the second, fourth, fifth sixth and tenth, largest producer of milk, cotton, sugar, wheat and rice respectively . All of this is possible because of the complex system of Dams, Barrages which includes the world’s largest dams like Tarbela and Mangla. While Dams like Kalabagh and Daimer-Bhasha will be constructed.
Pakistan is also home to the ninth wonder of the modern world, the Karakoram Highway. It is the highest paved road in the world. We also have the beautiful Makran Coastal Highway. In the 1980’s we were home to the world largest ship breaking Industry located in Gadani.
Not only are we blessed with abundant natural resources, the Northern areas of Pakistan also have tremendous and unique natural beauty. Pakistan is home to the five of the top fourteen peaks in the world including K-2 which the second highest in the world. It has beautiful valleys like Naran and Kaghan and hill tops like Murree and Shugran. All this is just the tip of the ice berg. Do not fall in the trap of the Turner-Murdock media; look at Pakistan with your own eyes.
As Zaid Hamid puts it, Pakistan had reached the top in any sport it has played. We won the 1992 Cricket world cup and more recently the 2009 T20 world cup. We have immense records in this game. In Hockey we have won four world cups, three gold medals in Olympics and many other titles. Having the highest titles in squash should make us proud. These are only few of many laurels Pakistan has won in the field of sports.
Pak Armed forces is one institution which single handedly makes all Pakistanis Proud. This institution has been the most solid wall of defence for the Pakistani nation in many wars and against bigger , much stronger adversaries. They not only defended the nation against the soviets but stalled it in Afghanistan. It also produced killer machines like Al-Khalid, JF-17s, UAVs and many other technological break throughs. The list goes on and on. We also contribute the largest number of troops to UN peace keeping mission. Our army has protected fellow Muslims in Bosnia and during the Arab-Israel wars.
To date, the biggest achievement of the Pakistani nation is that we became a nuclear power when the whole world was against us.
In terms of Human Resources the people of Pakistan are unique. We as a nation started with nothing, yet today we have accomplished so much that no other country has. Though many countries which became independent after us have a better economy and defence but we must remember that almost the whole world is against us prospering. The West puts anti-dumping duties and other tariffs against us and we have disadvantage in trade but still look where we stand today. We as a nation have come a long way and has to go even further. Be proud of what this nation has given you and walk with your head held high. Feel honoured that you are a Pakistani.
On a lighter side we have one more thing which distinguishes us form any other country in the word and that is our politicians. We have the most corrupt leaders in the world. A guy known for corruption worldwide gets to be our president. This happens only in Pakistan.