Letter to Pakistan

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Printed in Newsline Magazine – August 2012

Dear Pakistan,

I dreamt last night of a young boy who was cowering behind a trunk in a railway bogey. In the background, there were screams, gunfire and one could smell blood. Not to forget the broken bodies. They were everywhere! Then, the dream cut to another scene and suddenly this train arrived at a railway station, the young boy was lifted out of the bogey and there were shouts of relief, as others were also carried to safety. There it is, the signboard says Lahore Railway Station and is that not my father there lying on the platform in shock? He has survived but he has seen hell, my dear Pakistan. At the ripe young age of 14 he has seen hell. Awful dream and I woke with a start, in a sweat remembering those millions in 1947, who suffered just to be with you. Just to belong.

Years later when that boy had become my father, he told me the story. Of the great aspirations and love which went with the commitment to abandon all in India and migrate to Pakistan. For him the horrible events along the way, defined his love for you. It was worth it to give all that for a land where he would be free. Where he could live, marry, earn and not be considered lower than others. Not for skin, nor for sect or religion, nor for his language. He thought it was worth it, for the home this country gave to him for almost six decades. Right up to his last months, then a wasting disease took him to a more permanent abode.

I am so sorry Pakistan, because somewhere in the middle, while still loving and pining for you, I went away, I went abroad for long stints. Did not show the same dedication my father did. As justification I thought I shall earn and give back to my land. My commercial training and reasoning kicking in! Only, money never equates to action and sharing pain. When I came back, you had been robbed. I had left you undefended and they had come, raped and pillaged you and left you distressed. My fault. I did not consider that my home was worth raising my voice for.

Well I have been back many years now and have seen some light at the end of the tunnel. These young ones they are more like my father. They are ready to live for a cause. Oh I know you would say that the vast masses are insensitive and uncaring. But do not lose hope, my dear Pakistan. These young ones have a vision and a story they believe in and are beginning to awaken. The big, long slumber is over. They have a finger on your pulse, they know you are alive. My dear Pakistan, I feel you will finally get the leaders and people you deserve.


Oh yes, I meant to write and say to you Happy Independence Day. A very Happy 65th Birthday!

Your hopeful citizen



About sarfarazar
I have been lucky! A long career with large scale organisations and some acclaim. Also, took time off to write, mentor and do some education and social development projects. I continue to mentor and help younger people in life. Inshallah, hope to write on various subjects in my blog.

18 Responses to Letter to Pakistan

  1. Sarfaraz says:

    I wrote this for Newsline Magazine on Aug 14th, last year. Thought the theme would be appropriate pre elections.

  2. HAD says:

    You made me shed tears…wonderful.

  3. Saira says:

    Hope majority of people could read this, get motivated and vote for their Pakistan wisely….

    • Sarfaraz says:

      Saira, specifically my purpose was to try and remind the heavy price some paid for Pakistan, and then people like me squandered it, through our carelessness. Looking and talking to the younger ones I have great hope. Inshallah. This country will find peace and happiness.

      • Saira says:

        InshaAllah, under the able guidance of experienced people, the youth will make a difference…..very hopeful.

  4. JMS says:

    Each one of us can make a difference to Pakistan .It starts with us & not always through others. And its never too late. Well written. Hopefully, folks will make their voices count in the forthcoming elections.

  5. shafaq says:

    I am so touchd by this story, you echo the sentiments that beat in the hearts of millions of Pakistanis. God bless our country…

  6. Sarfaraz says:

    A friend sent me a private note saying that it is the generation btween 1950-1980 who are responsible for this problem in Pakistan and not my generation. While understanding that he malaise and commencement (3 MARTIALLaws, break up of Bangladesh) took place then, but i hold us responsible, because in our mind the generations in the last 25 years did not think this was our problem. Ruling and politics was notour game and so we passed the baton willy nilly and the evil guys stepped in. We looked in horror and disgust, but we turned up our noses and shrugged our shoulders and went off. That is why we too have to shoulder some of the blame.

  7. Muhammad Saim says:

    Well, being an Ahmadi Muslim I am denied the right to vote as any ordinary Pakistani, I am forced to get my vote registered against my faith and my conscious, therefore I will not be voting in May’13 elections, but for those who will be voting on 11th, I would ask them to to do at least following before you actualy stamp:

    1- Stay up at mid of the night and say Tahajjud prayer, pray for Pakistan, seek guidance from Allah, he who knows who will be the best in favour of Pakistan. Perform an Istikhara, you did it for your job, your marriage, your home now do it for Pakistan.

    2- Read Quran and specialy the following verses of Surah Al-Nisa and read them carefuly, and understand the meanings and keep those guidelines in mind when you cast vote:

    Al-Nisa 58 – 59:

    58. Verily! Allah commands that you should render back the trusts to those, to whom they are due; and that when you judge between men, you judge with justice. Verily, how excellent is the teaching which He (Allah) gives you! Truly, Allah is Ever All-Hearer, All-Seer.

    59. O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad ), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger (), if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination.

    3- Your vote is the “Trust” you must “render back” to those “to whom it is due”….don’t look for worldly rewards against your vote, roads, jobs, water supply n all…. seek Allah’s guidence, find the one “who will be doing jutice”, and even if you dont like him personaly but if he is good for the Country, do vote for him. Difficult to find such? wake up at midnight, and cry on the prayer mat, He listens, He is As-Sami!!

    4- And when the results are announced “obey” whoever is elected, and if you do not like them or do not like what they do when they come in to authority then Almighty tells you : “if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger (), if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination” Al-Nisa 59. Do not go on streets, do not even participate in drawing room politics, for thats is not the path Allah has told you to follow.

    May Allah bless us and show us “Sirat-e-Mustaqeem” and enable us to follow it.

    • sarfarazar says:

      Thank you for your note. Very sensible and conscientious…and quite right too. Allah only knows the unknown and future, so Istikhara is relevant. Thank you once more.

  8. Muhammad Saim says:

    One more comment:

    People say we need “true leaders”, I say there is no dearth of leaders in Pakistan, she need “true followers”… those who can follow even if the leaders’ head is like the “kernel of a Date” (Hadiath, PBUH), those followers who wont break red light even in mid of a dark night when he is all alone on the road, those who do not go on to streets even if his loved one is killed in a fake police encounter, they always follow the law and if they have any grieviences they refer to Almighty.

    • sarfarazar says:

      Well, I dont one happens without the other. It is chicken and egg, as to who comes first, but definitely, great leaders will have good followers and a whole lot of good people will find a way to create a leader who does good things and leads. I plan to put up my Leaders criterion post, which I ran a couple of months ago. Shall do that just before the election date. Please do read it on Thurs/Friday

  9. Muhammad Ali Khan says:

    Sir, it is not so easy to convince this nation (especially the educated) to go and vote for; and also for the right candidate.
    we have developed a habit of sacrificing our long-term benefits for short-term gains and voting in elections is one those events in which we can’t spend one day under the Sun in return for; giving the right people a chance to serve us for the next 5 years.

    Ironically, we are probably the only nation in the world whose fate is decided by its uneducated, unaware, underprivileged and enslaved citizens because they vote and we enjoy the holiday.

    • sarfarazar says:

      To be fair there has been a lot of effort from younger people and that has dragged older middle agers into it. Its good to see. Hope all that effort on the ground will translate into voting. A personal friend has spent the last two+ weeks holding open house for PTI election planning in NA 250, and it is swarming with PTI razakaars. all educated and dedicated. Lets try and hope for the best and the rest will be in Allahs domain.

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  11. Umer Khan says:

    Dear Sarfaraz, Please let me know your email address. Need to share something that i wrote a year ago

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