Jashn-e-Azadi 6: Happy Independence Day everyone!

Jashn-e-Azadi 6: This independence day….

This year, 14th of August holds very different feelings for me. On the eve of celebrating our independence, we received a full day of showers, even an hour of torrential rain! Even with all the problems associated with the rain (power outages, un drained water, traffic jams and what not) today, it tells me that maybe we have finally managed to wash off all the dirt we’ve carried around for so many years. Maybe finally we manage to get off on a new start.. maybe things may still get better!

And next year, when we celebrate the sixth decade of our independence… we can finally look back at one year and say “we’ve come far!”

Happy Birthday Pakistan! We will NOT let you down and We will never loose hope.

14 Comments so far

  1. verysmart (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 3:10 am

    wonderfully constructed mansoor,
    A very happy Independence Day to you, and all the readers.

    MERA EMAAN PAKISTAN.


  2. Asad (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 3:26 am

    Beauty of this post is not the words but the emotions of the writer. You can feel that he says this from his heart.
    Rain is a symbol of nature’s mercy (most of the time) and I really hope that coming years bring peace , love and progress for our mother land.


  3. king_faisal (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 3:40 am

    happy birthday to all of us. despite all the headaches and the frustrations pakistani citizenship entails, i know i would not like to live any place else. i travel all over the world for work but i am always the happiest when the plane is about to hit the runway of jinnah intl karachi.


  4. YO YO (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 4:12 am

    Happy Independence Day to my fellow countrymen. May we see many more with khair.


  5. Mansoor 'Manny' Siddiqui (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 4:57 am

    Happy Independence Day everyone.

    Thats the passion and hope that we all should have! Amen to all of the prayers and wishes. Long live Pakistan and long live people who care about Pakistan …


  6. xia (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 5:14 am

    Just for the sake of Allah, if we love each other for only one day, I am sure most of the problems of Pakistan will go away. May that be 14th August this year.


  7. K.A. (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 6:33 am

    Happy Birthday Pakistan and Happy Independence Day to all of us here. I was shocked this morning to hear comments at work regarding 14th August, one person said that the same zeal and spirit is lacking in celebration that we see each year, this was replied to by a comment from another — that now we realize it was a mistake to have a separate homeland for the muslims of India and perhaps would’ve been better off if India would’ve remained undivided.
    I didn’t comment on that conversation coz I knew it would be useless to talk to a bunch of disloyal , heartless and God knows what other words I have for those hypocrites. They say that we are nowhere close to being a nation. Maybe we aren’t..maybe we are. But I ask, isn’t the time to prove that we are a nation always a hard time and not the ‘normal’ times of our day to day lives. I believe and I am proud of the fact that immediately after the terrible earthquake of October 8, Pakistan came together as one nation at a time of crisis. There’s hardly a person I know in Karachi who didn’t do something or the other for the relief effort in whatever way he or she could, and a considerable amount of relief supplies were collected in a short time. When I went to Denso Hall to buy bandages and medicines the shops were more or less lying empty and the shopkeepers were awestruck. One said to me almost with tears in his eyes ‘who says we are divided, just look at whats happened, did anyone worry about whether he’s buying medicine for a pathan , or a punjabi or kashmiri..no everyone came here, some with their precious savings and some mortgaged valuables to help Pakistanis in need’. I recall the stories I’ve heard of the 1965 war when villages picked up sticks and stones and ran towards the border to fight and the army had to put up an effort to stop them.
    So I say from 65 till 2005 when the earthquake struck. I dont think we’ve gone backwards as a nation. True we are facing problems, true the element of provincialism has become prominent but has it become prominent in Mansoor’s heart? or VerySmart’s? or Yo Yo’s or everyone else’s who has posted on this or any other blog, or millions of those who haven’t posted anything anywhere yet it is in their heart – No it hasn’t.
    We are all Pakistanis and we love Pakistan from the depth of our heart. We salute the Father of the Nation and all those who gave everything for the making and survival of this country. We detest those who have their own interests and those who have and are and want to loot this country to fill their coffers, those who spread ‘terrorism’ and those who kill others for their interests. I am sure I am representing many others besides myself when I say that as a civilian I am more than willing to fight in anyway for the integrity of Pakistan even at the expense of my life or anything else.
    This morning before Fajr prayers I prayed two rak’at as I always do on 14th August to Almighty Allah that give this Land of the Pure the purity it deserves, the loyalty of its people, the strenght of its armed forces to keep enemies at bay, the joining of hands as a nation in times of peace as they joined in times of turmoil, the sense to the governments to do what’s best for the country, and the sense to the people to realize that they are being led in different directions by those who have nothing to do with Pakistan as a country – may this nation prosper and grow and be a symbol of moderate modernism, peace and of course a symbol of Unity, Faith and Discipline – Ameen.
    I apologize to all for writing such a long comment and perhaps bored a lot of you but call it emotion or whatever, I just couldn’t stop myself.
    p.s. Its been the better part of a decade after which we’ve received the gift of rainfall on Independence Eve and Independence Day. I hope, pray and wish that it is the beginning of ‘purification’ of the Land of the Pure at the Hands of God Almighty.


  8. RAJA KHAN (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 7:35 am

    HAPPY INDEPENDECE DAY TO EVERYONE!

    LONG LIVE PAKISTAN.MAY ALLAH BLESS PAKISTAN AND MAKE IT THE MOST POWERFUL AND RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD(AMIN)

    “is parcham ke saye talay hum ek hain, hum ek hain”

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!


  9. xeenia (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 9:14 am

    happy 59th, Pakistan!!!


  10. Nancy (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 10:04 am

    Aug 14th was[is] my favorite festival. God bless Pakistan


  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

    I agree with Asad.Mansoor tried his best to open his heart infront of this forum visitors.Noone should have doubts on his sincere words and they are very well respected and appreciated.Lets his prayers come true and We hope tht we would achieve something in every field rather only in weaponary and Fashion/Music Industry.Today our weapons are in demand by many countries and our singers and writers are being invited across the border.One shoudnt comeup with excuse that they were treated specially.Its just they worked hard in their respective fields and made their dreams come true.Everyone should learn some lesson from them.


  12. TEE BEE (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    Happy Independence Day to every citizen of this land of pure…and i truly wish and pray that what we have long for our nation in terms of peace and prosperity, does get fullfilled.

    God Bless Pakistan.


  13. billygun (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 5:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Pakistan!!

    “YEh watan Hamaara hai..hum hain paasbaan iskey”


  14. Kashif (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 7:17 pm

    A very happy independence day. Congrats to all who have survived another year.



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