Pakistan is here to stay

Updated 06 April 2017
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Pakistan is here to stay

March 23, 1940, is one of the most important days in Pakistan’s history. On this day, Muslims of undivided India gathered in Lahore to decide the status of Muslims once the British colonial power left the subcontinent. The decision was unanimous: To demand a Muslim homeland in order to implement Islamic principles as a role model for Muslims worldwide.
People of the subcontinent lived in harmony until the British colonized this peaceful country by overthrowing its Muslim rulers in their policy of divide and rule, which worked in Asia and Africa. But after World War II colonized countries started gaining independence from Western powers.
Once the Lahore declaration was made, Muslims of the subcontinent gathered behind the leadership of Mohammed Ali Jinnah. He worked day and night to achieve this goal, which became a reality on Aug. 14, 1947.
Pakistan was the first Muslim country to become a nuclear power, to pursue its peaceful role in the world, though it is fighting the menace of terrorism. Jinnah once said Pakistan “is here to stay,” but Pakistanis have to be united to achieve the main purpose of making this nation a role model of Islam in order to play its due role in the world.


Syrian civil war

Updated 18 April 2017
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Syrian civil war

Since it broke out six years ago, the disastrous war in Syria has claimed about 400,000 lives, with the victims being more civilians than fighters. Of the civilians, the most affected are women and children. Peace is shattered in and around Syria only to safeguard the most selfish monster in the world: Bashar Assad.
According to a UNICEF report, grave violations against Syrian children during the war have been recorded. The children in Syria are not only maimed and killed as a result of bombings but also forcefully recruited to be part of the conflict. Children as young as 7 years old are pushed into the front line as fighters, suicide bombers and executioners! The actual figures of those injured, dead and forcefully-recruited children are far higher than in the UNICEF report.
The innocent children “used” in the conflict have had the right to blossom, the right to enjoy life and the right to be on a play-ground torn from them. They have been deprived of the right to education and, according to UNICEF, nearly two million children have been forced to stop their education with one-third of school buildings rendered inoperative due to destruction.
With their often physically crippled parents, the children have to be the sole bread-winners in nearly 75 percent of Syrian households. Unwillingly, the children are forced to serve as garbage collectors, hairdressers and cleaners. Keeping aside what Assad gets out of this war, the beneficiaries of the war are weapon manufacturers who may well be dubbed parasites living on the blood of innocents.
Assad, the inhuman butcher of humanity, does not care what the world says, opines, suggests and warns about the catastrophic war in Syria. More than the ruinous acts of Assad, Russia and Iran, it shocks, grieves and pains to see that the world and the Muslim world has done nothing to stop the butcher of this century from his brutal and barbaric destruction of his own nation and his own people.