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The Rise & Rebirth Of Pakistani Nationalism

Posted by yourpakistan on March 24, 2012


23 March: The Rise And Rebirth Of Pakistani Nationalism

“We recognize that an informed Pakistani citizen is the most potent weapon in our effort to bring change to the Pakistani political system.” PakNationalists Forum

PRESS RELEASE | 23 March 2012 | PakNationalists Forum
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Today is the 72nd anniversary of Pakistan Resolution. It is an occasion to remind ourselves what Pakistan and Pakistani Nationalism are, and why it is important for us to remember. Pakistan is the modern incarnation of ten centuries of Muslim dynastic rule in Central and South Asia. Our nation has given birth to a distinct culture, language and race, drawn from Turkic, Persian, Arab and Aryan heritages and races.

The Muslim imperial rule ended in 1857 at the hands of European colonialism. Soon after our forefathers led an independence movement for ninety years that culminated in the rise of Pakistan on the morning of 14 August 1947.

Pakistan was destined to happen sooner rather than later. But it was the inspirational leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah that made Pakistan happen in 1947. Hundreds of thousands of young Pakistanis joined him at the time to make Pakistan a reality. It was a cause that was fought through creativity, passion and patience.

Pakistan encompasses many Pakistani identities and Pakistani languages. All of the Pakistani identities and languages are interrelated culturally and ethnically. All Pakistani languages use the Arabic alphabet for writing. This makes the languages of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan the only three non-Arabic languages to use the Arabic script.

Pakistan is a modern Muslim nation, where Pakistani Christians were active participants in the Pakistan Independence Movement.Today, on the borders of Pakistan, in the fighter jets flying our airspace, and on our battle ships, you can find Pakistani Sikhs, Hindus and Christians standing alongside Pakistani Muslims in defending the motherland. The Pakistan Independence Movement was enriched by Pakistanis from all backgrounds without discrimination as to race, language or sect, from Bengal to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and from Sindh to Kashmir.

PAKISTANI NATIONALISM

Pakistani Nationalism has remained an obscure idea for the most part of the twentieth century. But now it is rising again, thanks to the 4th and 5th generations of Pakistanis.

This younger generation of Pakistanis is more integrated than their fathers and grandfathers. This generation speaks more than one Pakistani language. It has traveled throughout the country in more ways than its elders. And this generation is also the most intermarried generation of Pakistanis. The result is that today’s younger Pakistanis are more ‘Pakistani’ than their ancestors in many ways.

The reason that Pakistani Nationalism did not take off after 1947 is because of the failures of Pakistan’s ruling elites. Failed and divisive politics practiced by our ruling elite focused on dividing Pakistanis, not uniting them.

Pakistani politicians, intellectuals, writers, novelists and military rulers failed to transform the magic and the passion of Pakistan Independence Movement into Pakistani nationalism.

Pakistani Nationalism defines our people, nation and history. But it was neglected because our politicians were mediocre, our intellectuals were confused, and our military rulers were distracted by crises.

As we entered the 21st century, the government galvanized younger Pakistanis with the slogan Pakistan First. This nationalistic mobilization came out in the open after the Kashmir earthquake in 2005, when Pakistanis impressively came out to Kashmiris’ help; and in 2007 when Pakistanis did not wait for a weak government and mobilized themselves against the blunt demonization campaign and the anti-Pakistanism of the American and British media in that year.

More recently, as Pakistan faces a failed political system and corrupt politicians, Pakistanis and especially the younger generation have reacted by committing themselves to the cause of Pakistan, just like their grandfathers did in the Pakistan Independence Movement between 1857 and 1947, and on 23 March 1940.

In Pakistan, 14th August 1947 marks the day when Pakistanis successfully led an independence movement against British occupation and formalized their centuries-long history of successive empires in Central-South Asia. This history is credited at its peak with producing art and culture in three languages, Persian, Turkish and Arabic, and producing wonders such as the Taj Mahal, located in what is known today as India. Our challenge is to channel this energy into political will to transform Pakistan into a prosperous, strong and proud nation in the 21st century.

Our ruling elites have already wasted the first decade of the new century. It should be our resolve to prevent them from wasting away our future. If they can’t govern properly, they should step aside and let better Pakistanis take charge to introduce change.

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