“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”
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.”
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 !
“With Faith, Discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve”
PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!