The world is celebrating the mental health day today with hopes of spreading awareness about the most prevalent and also the least discussed health problem. These Mental health problems have been a dilemma for quite a long time now.

According to WHO, the mental disorders effect one in four people which shows how prevalent these mental disorders are. Of what I know, one of the primary reasons for the prevalence is that people do not recognize “a disturbed mental state” as a disorder or a problem. You often hear people saying “It’s all in the head.” Or “Just snap out of it”. But the fact is it is not. A person with a mental disorder does not make that all up in his head. A mental disorder occurs to a person just as diabetes or hypertension does and it also requires treatment like any other physical disorder. So, Mental Health Problems do exist.

We all are quite familiar with Depression, Anxiety, OCD and other common ‘terms’ like these and we use them very often in our conversations. We know depression as an adjective to be used when we feel really really sad but we do not realize how serious this medical condition is and we might be undermining somebody’s reality. So, recognize disorders as disorders and don’t use them as adjectives.

As every other thing, the society has also set standards for mental health. We often hear things like “Mental disorders do not require treatment, you can snap out of them if you really want to.” But the fact is mental disorders do require treatment like physical disorders.

Not everybody having a mental disorder is insane or violent. This is yet again a stigma associated to mental health. Telling people to consult a psychiatrist for professional help is one of the most difficult thing to do since the immediate reaction you get is “Do you think we are insane?” This is mainly because the society has labeled psychiatrists as “Doctors who treat the insane people.” This is again not true.

Generally, the people refrain from seeking professional help. Either because they believe only the ‘insane’ people require help or they are embarrassed of their condition and shy away from going to a psychiatrist. There is nothing wrong with going to a psychiatrist to seek help for your mental problems.

So, If somebody talks to you about their mental problems don’t laugh it off. Try and stamp out the stigmas from their heads and ask them to seek help. Lastly, If you thing you are having a mental problem that is affecting your everyday life don’t hesitate to seek help.





All that is good about Pakistan.

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”

-Wade Bogg

  67 years after its creation, Pakistan has still not been as stable as it should have been. With the prophets of doom prophesying Pakistan’s end and the world media crying itself hoarse about the ostensible failure of Pakistan as a State, it is easy to escape those aspects of Pakistan that make this country what it actually is, i.e. a truly great nation. Below, I skim over a few select spheres of influence where Pakistan has truly blazed a trail.

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, lying between the latitudes 23.45° and 36.75° north and between the longitudes 61° and 75.5° east has an important geographical location. Pakistan is situated in a region, which has a great political, economic and military importance also. Pakistan is in the neighborhood of two big powers i.e. China and the Russian Federation. Similarly, Pakistan has an access to the six Muslim Central Asian States through Afghanistan. These states are land locked states and Pakistan can provide an inter link between the Gulf States, African, European and Central Asian countries. Our sea route remains open throughout the year due to moderate temperature. There is a series of Muslim countries from the Middle East to the African continent, which are easily accessible from Pakistan. Pakistan, thus, connects almost all the Muslim countries of the world from Atlantic Ocean to the Arabian Sea.

Talking about education, the literacy rate of 46 % is not upto the mark but Pakistan is now home to some to some the finest universities there can be. The Aga Khan University, Lahore University of Management Sciences, National University of Science and Technology, FAST, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and the Ghulam Ishaq Khan University are those newly established universities that have joined the ranks of older Pakistani educational institutions such as Dow, King Edward College of Medicine, National College of Arts and the IBA to become the bedrock of Pakistan’s higher education infrastructure. These world class educational institutes are rays of hope for Pakistan.

In many countries, tourism acts as an engine for development through foreign exchange earnings and the creation of direct and indirect employment. Pakistan, the land of adventure and nature, is blessed with many heart throbbing tourist sites that portrays the best of Pakistani culture. The Northern areas of Pakistan are quite fascinating. Pakistan has all sort of landscape regions to attract the tourists. The Naran and Kaghan valley and the lake Saif-ul-Mulk in the northern region of Pakistan are two of the most beautiful tourist spot in the country.

The Northern Pakistan is to host three mountain ranges; The Hindu-Kush, The Himalayas, The Karakoram Range. The World’s second highest peak “Mount Godwin-Austen” or K2 peak is a part of the Karakoram range in Northern Pakistan.

The land surface of Pakistan is an amalgamation of varying physical properties of the earth surface, i.e., from seashore to deserts, plains and plateaus to finally towering pinnacles. The Plateaus include The Baluchistan and Potwar Plateau. Pakistan hosts five major deserts which were historic forests. They include; Cholistan, Indus Valley, Thar, Thal and Kharan desert.

Apart form these Pakistan is host to 5 rivers; Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej and the Indus River. The Arabian Sea is a region of the northern Indian Ocean bounded on the north by Pakistan that provides a sea route for trading purposes. Pakistan is host to many Glaciers, including the Siacein Glacier, as a resource of fresh water.

Apart from the natural landscapes, Pakistan has produced master artists such as Sadeqain, Abdur Rahman Chughtai, Ustad Allah Baksh, Shakir Ali and others whose work is not only recognized in this part of the world but is the predominant feature of many art auctions all over the world at Sothebys and Christies . Our artist are the product of a rich cultural heritage that dates back thousands of years.

The media plays an important role in the development of a country.The media in Pakistan is among the most independent in the world as are the world-class journalists that comprise this institution. This has resulted in a silent revolution and national awakening throughout the length and breadth of Pakistani society similar to that which this country had witnessed prior to independence. Thus, thinkers and scholars now mould public opinion in a manner that is conducive for national building and progress.

In medicine, not only have we have produced world class doctors that now practice all over the world, we also have state of the art medical facilities that offer services at a fraction of the cost that is charged for similar facilities elsewhere. To name a few, these facilities include Aga Khan, South City Hospital, SIUT, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, Burns Center, Kidney Center, Services Hospital Lahore and Indus Hospital among others. I would like to mention that Shaukat Khanum Hospital is the world’s only free Cancer hospital. Similary, the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) is the world’s only kidney and liver transplant hospital that treats patients entirely free of cost. Apart from this the Edhi Foundation lead by Abdul Sattar Edhi runs the worlds largest ambulance serivce in Pakistan.

Moreover, In this modern era it is important to introduce the best of the telecommunication facilities. Pakistan has been able to cope up with the growing trend of telecommunication.The phenomenal rate of growth of Pakistan’s telecom industry is unheard of anywhere else in the world. Despite having a very small GDP per capita, Pakistan has succeeded in achieving cellular connections for fifty percent of the population, i.e. sixty million cellular connections within a span of a few years.

“Once you replace negative thought with positive ones, you will start having positive results.”

-Willie Nelson

Pakistan has not been a successful state so far but it does own some positive aspects that make it a Great Country. We must never forget how blessed we are and should never be negative when we have so much positive to talk about. With this optimism in mind the enthusiastic youth, that is known to be the country’s future, must work selflessly  for the sake of the county. The state has given us so much now its time to pay back. Therefore, we must always remain optimistic and devoted to our beloved state, PAKISTAN !

Quaid-e-Azam said;

“With Faith, Discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve” 


Freedom All The Way

Ban kay rahega Pakistan,
Bat k rahyga Hindustan.

It may be just another enthusiastic slogan but the struggles, hard work and sacrifices that followed it are worth remembering.
August 14, 1947 the day of Independence. A day of sacrifices. A day when millions of people crossed the border. Among which there were people who survived the brutal torture and also the ones who came in pieces. Leaving their families to lament.
But all the sacrifices brought the greatest gift to us. Freedom.
Friends, Freedom is not only confined to roaming around on the roads, waving the national flag or playing national songs. It is much, much more than that.
Its about remembering the sufferings of our forefathers and sacrifices of all those who fought for a free state but never lived in one. The people who never stepped on this land. The people who never saw the mountains, the rivers of the country they fought for. Who never experienced the beauty of freedom.
Yes, we are blessed. Blessed, for we are living in a free state. Despite all the problems that we are facing it is still OUR COUNTRY. OUR PAKISTAN !
We OWN it.
So, you think flying abroad is a solution ? Well, its not. Wanting to settle abroad is a disrespect to freedom. You go and work for people who never respected you. Who treated you like shit. The people from whom your forefathers won freedom. You go back and offer yourself as a slave. Fair enough, eh ?
Sorrows lessen when shared.
Would you like it if the people close to you leave you at a time when you need them the most ? No ?
Then how can we even think to leave this country in the hands of corrupt people with filthy intentions ?
This is the time to get united. United for a cause. To work for a revolution not only by marches but a revolution in the way we think.
We must unite in this difficult time because no matter what happens this is our country. THIS IS OUR PAKISTAN !

Moujh barhy ya aandhi aae,
diya jalae rakhna hai,
Ghar ki khatir so dukh jhelain,
Ghar tou aakhir apna hai !

Pakistan Paindabad !

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Suarez bites again. And it isn’t funny. No, seriously, it’s not. Stop laughing!

Serial biter Luis Suarez of Uruguay took a hunk out of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder in today’s 1-0 win over the Azzurri.

With FIFA certain to review the incident, it appears that Suarez may have bitten off more than he can chew.

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You are important.

You were born. People rejoiced because you came into existence. You were the world to your parents. You were important.
From your first tooth to your first step and to the first word you ever said, you were encouraged for you were important.
You learned to walk and to talk. You were taught to tie your shoes, comb your hair and to button your shirt. You were taught all that was important to survive because you were important.
You started going to school. You worked hard and got encouragement. You made new friends who would call you at 12:00 on your birthday to tell you that you were important.
You grew up to reach your teens. You were in love. You actually felt important. But you were soon to realize you weren’t.
Now that you are no more with the one you said you loved, you feel like its the end. All those thoughts that come and go and all those fears you have in your mind make you feel unimportant.
You cry hard or even tear apart but believe me, YOU WERE IMPORTANT AND YOU STILL ARE IMPORTANT.
You are important to your parents who brought you up with love and care. You are important to your siblings and to your friends who were there for you when nobody was. You are important to many but you may not realize. It is all about finding and judging the people who really care. And to love the ones who are worth it. And not to let people fool you, remember, YOU ARE IMPORTANT !