The world has been in a fiery wake of development over the last hundred years. It has witnessed revolutions, wars, peace, and the advent of terrorism. The century marked partition of South Asia, which led to creation of Pakistan on 14th August 1947. The country in its history of sixty-nine years have been involved in three wars with its arch rival India. Pakistan lost its eastern wing, now known as Bangladesh in 1971 war, which was a tremendous loss to a nation that was yet to stand on a unified ground.
The Problems Since Independence
The sacrifices made by Pakistanis in every aspect are great but it has overcome the losses that many reckoned would prove to be fatal for the new state. Since the dawn of independence, Pakistan has been at conflict with India over the issue of Kashmir. In less than twenty-five years, it suffered heart wrenching loss of East Pakistan. Before marking half a century of independence, it faced a far greater threat during Soviet-Afghan war. The 1980s marked Pakistan’s entry as a decisive game changer in world politics as it ensured defeat of an enemy far greater than itself. However, it also allowed penetration of terrorism, drugs, and Kalashnikov culture, which later proved to be problems that wrapped the entire state in fabric of war on terror. The worst consequence was the attack on 16 December 2014, which left hundreds of innocent children being martyred in this war.
Enter the Army— For the better!
Pakistan suffered losses. Civilians and military casualties were beyond the price for the mistakes committed. However, tides have changed. The initiation of Zarb-E-Azb was a fatal blow to enemies of the state. The people who were once afraid to send their children to schools are now satisfied with law and order situation in their neighborhood. The industrial hub, that was once a war zone has been contained and cleansed by law enforcement agencies for the better. The Pakistan Army remains to be an institution upon which every father, mother, and child gazes with pride and confidence in their ability to eradicate all threats. Pakistan becomes a critical economic corridor in South Asia as it initiated Pakistan China Economic Corridor (CPEC) with China. Gwadar continues to be a threat to all deep water ports across the region and at the same time stands to be a lucrative offer for Pakistan. Hence, Pakistan is provided a better position in the midst of the geo-strategic realignment. More importantly, the country stands as nuclear power with one of the world’s biggest armies.
Pakistan established relations with Russians on a positive ground as the two countries observed joint-military exercises. The atrocities of Indian Army in Kashmir have been condemned in United Nation Organization and Pakistan’s effort to protect people of Kashmir continues at full strength.
Great People, Great Nation
It holds an Oscar winning director, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, legacy of Abdul Sattar Edhi Sahab, and a nation that defies the idea of surrender and defeat against all odds. The idea of democracy prevails that suggests an opportunity for politicians to learn from prior mistakes. The media industry is in a transition from films that had no purpose to films that are thought provoking.
Much was the debate in recent times that Pakistan will be a victim of isolation. The howling of its enemies indicates that Pakistan is on the right track with all the resources at hand. With an efficient system that ensures justice and equality, the country will have nothing to hold it back from greatness. This is a nation that was expected to collapse in front of an enemy much bigger than itself, yet achieved so much in 69 years that other were left surprised.
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