Save the country by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani

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Whatever recently happened in Lahore is yet another black day in our national history. Many lives of innocent patients were lost during the tussle between two honourable professions. Even, in war between two countries, hospitals are considered sacred places and must not be targeted. Many sensible people, including myself, are still in shock to see horrible attack on a hospital, located in our own homeland. Every religion of the world highly emphasized about saving the homeland. Last Prophet of Islam (P.B.U.H) said that Patriotism is part of our faith. In Hinduism, protection of motherland is most sacred virtue. Holy Ramayan urges to ensure respect and devotion towards motherland (dharti mata) at any cost and that is the reason that a Hindu direly loves his place of birth, his country and even does not hesitate to sacrifice his life for the prestige of his motherland. Quaid e Azam had given us the gift of Pakistan but still we are unable to keep it prospering. Most of the time, I love to express my views on ethics , moral values and patriotism. However, most frequently question asked to me is about need to deliver lectures on ethics to parliamentarians. In my views, Parliament is a very respectable, honourable and supreme institution. I never ever miss any single opportunity to share my same views with fellow parliamentarians on the need of ethics and promoting moral values in our society. A number of Hindu citizens also supported the Pakistan Movement, under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam, in order to achieve a separate Muslim-majority country. The contributions of Pakistani Hindu community for national development are remarkable. Even, today many Hindu soldiers in Pak Army are sacrificing their lives to strengthen country defence. Being a patriotic Pakistani national, I strongly believe that  we should not give importance on sectarianism, provincialism and religious bias. We must identify ourselves as Pakistani at every forum. However, it is very unfortunate to witness some parliamentarians using foul language and indulging themselves in blame game. Such unwanted attitude also reflects in our society when we observe some doctors are on strike, lawyers are attacking on hospitals and public property, and students are marching on roads. This condemnable behaviour, no doubt, leads towards the situation of anarchy, which is not at all in the interest of our country. The recently held student march reminded me the past days of my college life. That time, student unions were involved in violence in the name of student politics. Unfortunately, there was less education and more bullying in educational institutes. No doubt, students played a key role in the Pakistan Movement but after the freedom, Quaid-e-Azam himself advised students to make education their top priority and understand the importance of utilizing prestigious time in positive activities to make Pakistan a prosperous and developed country.

Civilized societies are recognized by their high moral values where people used to debate with logical arguments  in a decent and positive way. Today, the focus of every wise country is to pay special attention towards nation building.  Although, our elders achieved Pakistan on the basis of two nation theory, today we need to adopt “one nation theory” to move Pakistan in right direction. According to this, there is only one nation resides in Pakistan and that nation is called Pakistani. Every person, living in any part across the country, belonging to any cast, whatever his/her any religious affiliations is, must have single recognition and that is Pakistani. The same thing Quaid-e-Azam said during his 11th August speech that every citizen of Pakistan must play due role for national development and progress. “You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the state,” the great Quaid had ensured. Today, Pakistan’s regional situation stressed the need to focus on Kashmir and Afghanistan. Our borders with another neighbour Iran is also tense. Our economy is considered the weakest economy of the region. In such a critical time, all sensible citizens, doctors, lawyers, engineers, civil society, and media, should come forward to bring Pakistan out of crisis. Students should focus on their education as per Quaid-e-Azam ‘s advice. All political parties belonging to government and opposition should sit together to devise solid policies to tackle the challenges faced by Pakistan. This is also our duty to respect each other and behave politely. If we are not bothered to follow such instructions and keep on practicing path of arrogance then this attitude will lead nowhere but anarchy in entire society as a whole. I hope that my message of unity will be understood positively by all segments of the society. Save the country!

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